Atmore is a city in Escambia County, Alabama. It has an estimated population of 10,194.
Atmore Alabama Today
Atmore is in the planning stages to increase its economic base with additions in its new Rivercane development along the I-65 corridor.
Atmore has completed requirements to be recognized as an Alabama Community of Excellence at the upcoming Alabama League of Municipalities Convention. City officials are also working with the Alabama Historical Commission to have the downtown district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The federally recognized Poarch Band of Creek Indians is headquartered in Atmore.
The Holman Correctional Facility, a prison of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), is within the city limits 9 miles north of the center of Atmore. Holman has a male death row and the State of Alabama execution chamber. In addition Fountain Correctional Facility is 10 miles north of Atmore, in a formerly unincorporated area that is now within the city limits.
Atmore is close by Interstate 65. US Highway 31 and State Highway 21 pass through the center of the city. The city has one of only two Amtrak stops in southern Alabama. It is also home for major coast-to-coast freight haulers, including the Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway and CSX. In addition, Atmore has a municipal airport.
With federal recognition and the founding of gaming casinos, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians near Exit 54 on I-65, 6 miles northwest of the center of Atmore, has increased its relative economic contributions to the region. The tribe operates the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, which provides for tourism and conferences, adjacent to I-65 Exit 57. Wind Creek is one of just a few four-diamond hotels in the state.
Atmore Alabama Local events
On the first Saturday in May at Tom Byrne Park, Atmore celebrates Mayfest with sports events, arts and crafts and a variety of food. There are many different forms of entertainment, including a Beautiful Baby Contest and a Pooch Parade.
Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention —
Musicians from across the state come to Atmore the third Saturday in July to compete for prizes in the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bands and vocals division.
A Taste of the South —
Held annually at Heritage Park in September, A Taste of the South is an evening of entertainment and local food from the area’s best cooks.
Williams Station Day —
Held the fourth Saturday of October, Williams Station Day celebrates Atmore’s history beginning in 1866 as Williams Station. The event includes an arts and crafts show, an old time fiddlers’ tent, professional entertainment, a model train show, and sugar cane mill.
Poarch Creek Indian Pow-wow —
The local Poarch Creek Indians host an authentic Thanksgiving annually. Visitors enjoy turkey, dressing, and roasted corn as dancers from many tribes gather to compete. Over 100 booths display arts and crafts, quilts and other keepsakes of the Creek Indian culture.