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Long before Alabama became a state, the area in East Walker County, later to become the City of Dora . Little is know about East Walker County before 1800. According the the Dora Centennial Book, the area was difficult to reach because it was covered with dense forests.

Wild horses roamed the banks of the Warrior River and Horse Creek, which runs through what is now called Dora. Native Americans, such as the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and the Creek Claimed the area as their territory.

 

The troops of Col. John Coffee burned he last remaining Native American village during the Creek Indian War which along with the War of 1812, opened the territory east of the Mississippi River to white settlers. Men who served in these wars were given land grants to settle in the newly opened area.

 

According to the Dora Centennial book, the earliest known settlers of the site currently known as Dora, were James M. Davis and Ezekiel Morgan.

 

Sometime after the War of 1812, the families of James . Davis and Ezekiel Morgan, along with several other families, left Raleigh, North Carolina and traveled by covered wagon and horseback to Alabama, settling for a time around Blount Springs before moving again.

 

In the late 1820s or early 1830s they found a pretty valley with a creek running through it that they named Horse Creek because of all the wild horses they found there.

 

James M. Davis filed claim to government land in Section 18, Township 15, Range 5, on February 13, 1830.

 

Ezekiel organ filed claim to his land on November 26, 1831. This land was in the eastern section of the valley along Horse Creek and to the road now know as Old Highway 78. This included the areas now know as Sloss Hollow, and West Pratt.

 

Not long after the homesteaders moved in, coal was discovered on the land. Coal mining soon became a thriving business.

 

There was not real town or community, however until the Kansas City, Memphis, and Birmingham Railroad came through the area in 1886.

 

The railroad build a depot along the rail line. The railroad men called the stop, Sharon, probably after one of their wives or girlfriends.

 

Within the next few years the town of Sharon was established and a business district began to develop around the depot.

 

The railroad was atop an embankment with Main Street and most of the stores were built much lower than the railroad. This left little room for expansion of the town with stores only possible with Main Street only having one side, but with the growth of mining operations, camps sprang up all around the town of Sharon.

 

The town continued to grow, and on February 18, 1897, the town incorporated with the new name of Horse Creek. The first elected mayor was Sam Sellers, and the aldermen were R. H. Palmer, Bill Mitcher,

F.M. Thompson, J.W. Gravlee, Titus Davis, and T.L. Waldrop.

 

At some point in the early 1900s, the name changed from Horse Creek to the current City of Dora.

 

Demographics

 

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,413 people, 984 households, and 711 families residing in the city. The population density was 319.9 people per square mile (123.6/km2). There were 1,080 housing units at an average density of 143.2 per square mile (55.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.61% White, 16.66% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. 0.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

 

There were 984 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.

 

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

 

The median income for a household in the city was $21,458, and the median income for a family was $29,000. Males had a median income of $28,942 versus $19,886 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,560. About 23.1% of families and 27.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.0% of those under age 18 and 23.5% of those age 65 or over.

 

2013-present -  Mayor is Randy Stephens

 

The Fire Chief is Chris Edwards.

 

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2510 Highway 78, Sumiton, Al 35148

Phone - 205-255-0202

 

East Walker Chamber of Commerce meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon at Lees Family Restaurant on Highway 78 in Sumiton.

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