LEE COUNTY ALABAMA
Named after Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia and most senior flag officer of the Confedrate Army.
Lee County has a population of 140,000. The county seat is Opelika and the largest city in Lee County is Auburn Alabama.
Lee County Alabama Cities:
Auburn is a city in Lee County. It is the largest city in eastern Alabama with a 2018 population of 65,738. It is a principal city of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area.
Opelika is a city in and the county seat of Lee County in the east central part of Alabama. It is a principal city of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Opelika was 26,401, and in 2018 the estimated population was 30,555.
Phenix City Alabama
Phenix City is a city in Lee and Russell counties and the county seat of Russell County. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 32,822. Phenix City lies immediately west across the Chattahoochee River from much larger Columbus, Georgia. Sometimes called Hub City, Most of Phenix City is included in the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area, but a section is located in Lee County, and is therefore in the Auburn, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. The entire city is part of the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika Combined Statistical Area.
Smiths Station Alabama
Smiths Station is a city in Lee County. At the time of the 2000 census, it was a census-designated place (CDP), and its population was 21,756. The area that incorporated as Smiths Station in 2001 was much smaller than the CDP, and contained a population of 4,926 by the 2010 census. Smiths Station, known to locals as “Smiths”, is a bedroom community of Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama.
Lee County Alabama Towns:
Loachapoka is a town in Lee County located less than 1/2 mile west of Auburn and approximately 5 miles west of Auburn University. The population was 180 as of the 2010 census.
The name “Loachapoka” means “turtle killing place” in Muskogee, with locha meaning “turtle” and poga meaning “killing place.”
Located in east central Alabama, Notasulga is centrally located between Montgomery, 44 miles to the west, and Columbus, Georgia, 46 miles to the east. Notasulga is strategically located near several major highways. Alabama Highways 14 and 81 travel through the town limits, as does a railway for CSX Transportation. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 965, up from 916 in 2000.
Waverly is a town in Chambers and Lee counties. It was incorporated in 1910. As of 2010, the town population was 145. Waverly was settled in the 1830s, but saw little growth until the 1870s. The name of Waverly, Alabama first appeared on Alabama maps in 1853. It was given the nickname, Pea Ridge, but this was never its official name.
Waverly Alabama Annual Town Bar-B-Q
Beginning October 1990, and the second Saturday of each October since, the Town of Waverly hosts the Annual Waverly BBQ. Both pork and chicken BBQ, home made cakes and other sweets, cols, ice tea and lemonade are served. Town members all pitch in cooking, preparing the food,’stirring’ the stew pot (a local tradition), and smoking the BBQ with hickory wood from the Friday night prior to the ‘BBQ Day’ at approximately 5:00pm, and continue this tradition until all the BBQ and stew is sold. Food is served to all attendees from 10:00am until 3:00pm. The event hosts singers, dancers, artists, arts and crafts, petting zoos, and other such events. This town get together serves as one of Waverly’s largest fundraising events.
Lee County Alabama Communities:
Beauregard is an unincorporated community located in central Lee County. It is located east of Auburn and south of Opelika. Beauregard was settled in the late 19th Century and was named for Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. There are also some unidentified ruins along Road 166 that sit behind the limestone quarry.
Beulah is an unincorporated community in the northeast corner of Lee County just south of Valley Alabama. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Area. It is bounded by Chambers County on the north, the Chattahoochee River on the east, and the Halawaka Embayment of Lake Harding on the south.
Gold Hill Alabama
Gold Hill, also known as Goldhill, Gold Mine, or Gold Ridge, is an unincorporated community north-centrally located in Lee County just a few hundred feet south of the Chambers County line. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Area. Today, Gold Hill lies mostly in the corporate limits of Auburn.
Marvyn, also spelled Marvin, is an unincorporated community southerly located in Lee County, Alabama, United States. It sits at the crossroads of Alabama Highway 51 and U.S. Highway 80, and in the Lee County “panhandle” between Russell County and Macon County. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Area.
Roxana, also known as Rock Springs, is an unincorporated community northwesterly located in Lee County. It lies seven miles (12 km) north of Notasulga and five miles (8 km) southwest of Waverly. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Area.
Salem was first settled in 1835, and grew rapidly for the next two decades. Salem incorporated in 1846 and quickly became one of the area’s largest cities. However, a fire which engulfed the town in 1854 and the subsequent Civil War resulted in the collapse of the town’s government, and rapid depopulation. Salem lost a bid to be the county seat of the newly formed Lee County in 1865, and then saw its charter become inactive in the following decades. Today, Salem is a small unincorporated community of a few hundred.
Source: Wikipedia contributors, “Salem, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
Sights in Lee County Alabama
Lee County Alabama Ghost Towns:
Wacoochee Valley Alabama
Lee County Alabama Historic Destinations
Pebble Hill (Scott-Yarbrough House) – Auburn Alabama
Toomer’s Corner – Auburn Alabam
Lee County Historical Society Museum – Loachapoka Alabama
Museum of East Alabama – Opelika Alabama
Lee County Alabama Weblinks
Lee County Alabama is home to Chewacla State Park, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Bean’s Mill, the Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge and the Grand National Golf course which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Native American History of Lee County, Alabama