Originally called Cowhead, the town began to be settled in 1820, just a year after Alabama achieved statehood. According to local lore, the town received its current name Eva in October 1883 at the suggestion of a local physician, who had just delivered a baby by that name because the town needed a new name as a prerequisite for establishing a post office. Some sources say that the name may have been that of the first postmaster's wife or daughter. It was not until 1887 that the town's name was officially changed from Cowhead. Eva incorporated in 1963.
Eva's population according to the 2010 Census was 519. Of that number, 96.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.7 percent as two or more races, 0.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.4 percent as Native American, and 0.2 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $47,308, and the per capita income was $25,596.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Eva was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (18.3 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste rmanagement services (17.2 percent)
· Construction (16.4 percent)
· Manufacturing (11.1 percent)
· Retail trade (6.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.1 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (6.1 percent)
· Public administration (6.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.6 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.8 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.5 percent)
· Information (1.1 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (0.8 percent)
Schools in Eva are part of the Morgan County school system; the town has approximately 435 students and 28 teachers in one K-8 school.
Interstate Highway 65, running north-south, is located approximately ten miles west of Eva.
Events and Places of Interest
Eva holds an annual Frontier Days festival on the last Saturday in September. The celebration includes a parade that features
marching bands, antique cars and tractors, and horses. Arts and crafts vendors and food vendors also are part of the festival.
Knox, John. A History of Morgan County, Alabama. Decatur, Ala.: Decatur Printing Company, Inc., 1967.
Morgan County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Morgan County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
James P. Kaetz
Published August 7, 2013
Last updated August 7, 2013