Waldo is located in Talladega County in the northeastern part of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government.


The community of Waldo grew up around a mill and foundry established by the Riddle family in the 1840s. A gold mine known as Riddle’s Hole was discovered and worked in the 1850s, and the community built a covered bridge to provide access across Talladega Creek. It still stands but is slowly decaying. The mill has been used as a coffin factory, the town hall, and a restaurant over the years, but is currently unoccupied.


According to 2020 Census estimates, Waldo recorded a population of 306. Of that number, 57.8 percent of respondents identified themselves as white and 36.9 percent as African American. The town’s median household income was $35,000, and the per capita income was $20,593.


According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Waldo was divided among the following industrial categories:

  • Manufacturing (35.3 percent)
  • Construction (19.1 percent)
  • Retail trade (15.4 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (8.8 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (6.6 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (5.9 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (5.1 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (2.2 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (0.7 percent)
  • Public administration (0.7 percent)


There are no public schools in Waldo. Students attend Talladega County schools. Central Alabama Community College maintains a campus in nearby Talladega, and Talladega College is located there as well.


State Route 77 runs northwest-southeast through the town, and County Road 91 runs north from the northern portion of the town.

Events and Places of Interest

The town hosts a Sorghum Festival each September on the grounds of the former mill. The historic 115-foot Waldo covered bridge was built in 1858 to provide access to a local mill for residents on the opposite side of Talladega Creek. It is the second oldest covered bridge in the state.

Further Reading

  • The Heritage of Talladega County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.

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Waldo Covered Bridge

Photo courtesy of Jayson Hill
Waldo Covered Bridge