Addison


Addison is located in eastern Winston County in the northwest corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government. Well-known character actor Pat Buttram was born in Addison.

History 

Originally known as Cobb's Store, Addison is one of the oldest communities in Winston County. By 1888, it had grown large enough for the establishment of a post office. The town submitted two names to the U.S. Postal Service, only to have them rejected because other towns in Alabama already had claimed those names. The town requested that the Postal Service select a name and was assigned the name Addison. The town incorporated in December 1949.

Demographics 

Addison's population according to the 2010 Census was 758. Of that number, 99.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 0.7 percent as two or more races, 0.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.1 percent as African American, and 0.1 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $30,139, and the per capita income was $15,149.

Employment 

According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Addison was divided among the following industrial categories:

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (37.5   percent)
· Manufacturing (16.9 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (15.9 percent)
· Construction (8.8 percent)
· Public administration (6.4 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.7 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (3.7 percent)
· Retail trade (3.4 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (1.4 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (1.0 percent)
· Information (0.7 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (0.7 percent)

Education 

Schools in Addison are part of the Winston County school system; the town has approximately 650 students and 38 teachers in one elementary school and one high school.

Transportation 

Addison is bisected by U.S. Highway 278/State Highway 74, runs generally east-west through the center of the town. The Addison Municipal Airport is located a mile northeast of the center of town.

Events and Places of Interest 

Addison holds an annual Pat Buttram Festival in October to celebrate its best-known native son. The festival includes all day-screenings of movies and television shows in which Buttram appeared, as well as food, music, buck dancing, a yard sale, and children's activities. Caney Creek runs through Bankhead National Forest, which Bankhead National Forest

William B. Bankhead National Forest borders Addison on the western town limit. Lewis Smith Lake is located about 15 miles southeast of town.

The Looney's Tavern site is located approximately 3.5 miles north of Addison; it is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources 

Winston County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Winston County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published August 16, 2013
Last updated August 16, 2013