Talladega Springs is located in Talladega County in the north-central part of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government.
First known as Sulphur Springs, the area was settled soon after the end of the Creek War of 1813-14 around a mineral spring believed to have health benefits. It became known as Talladega Springs in 1845. The town became a popular resort, with a hotel and swimming pool. In the late nineteenth century, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad extended a line to the town, and it soon boasted a pharmacy, post office, grist mill and sawmill, and a Coca Cola bottling plant. The town incorporated in 1913. The town’s popularity waned soon after, however. A portion of the western section of the town was submerged after the creation of Lay Dam and Lake in 1914.
According to 2020 Census estimates, Talladega Springs recorded a population of 141. Of that number, 89.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 6.4 percent as African American, 2.8 percent as two or more races, and 1.4 percent as Native American. The town’s median household income was $45,833, and the per capita income was $26,770.
According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Talladega Springs was divided among the following industrial categories:
- Educational services and health care and social assistance (26.5 percent)
- Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (16.2 percent)
- Manufacturing (14.7 percent)
- Construction (13.2 percent)
- Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (11.8 percent)
- Wholesale trade (8.8 percent)
- Public administration (5.9 percent)
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (2.9 percent)
There are no schools in Talladega Springs. Students attend Talladega County schools.
County Road 55 runs north-south through the town.
Events and Places of Interest
The sulfur springs still exist in the town on the Sulphur Branch of the Coosa River. The Pursell Farms resort lies just to the east of the town and offers golf and other outdoor recreational opportunities, fine dining, and a spa.
- The Heritage of Talladega County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.