Waterloo, Alabama is a town in Lauderdale County, Alabama. It is part of the Florence–Muscle Shoals metropolitan area, known as “The Shoals”. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 203, down from 208 in 2000. The town and surrounding area is served by Waterloo High School and by the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department.
Waterloo Alabama History
The town was incorporated in 1832 on the banks of the Tennessee River. The name most likely commemorates the Battle of Waterloo. According to the 1910 U.S. Census, Waterloo was reincorporated in 1903.
In the 1930s, the town was moved to its current location when the Tennessee Valley Authority completed the Pickwick Landing Dam, which impounds Pickwick Lake. Waterloo has lost a large area of land to floods and later the construction of Pickwick Landing Dam.
In 1880, when it first appeared on the U.S. Census, and again from 1910-1940, it was the second largest community in Lauderdale County after Florence, Alabama, reaching its zenith of 524 residents in 1940. It has since lost 2/3rds of its population and since 1980, and ranks 8th and smallest of Lauderdale County’s communities with 203 residents.