Cordova Alabama

Cordova Alabama

Cordova is a mid-sized city in North-central Alabama, about 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. Cordova is located in Walker County and was originally settled on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. Early settlers came to the area now comprising Cordova in the early 1830s. By 1840, the first coal mine, long a sustaining part of the local economy, was opened. The town was originally called Dent. Sources differ as to when the town incorporated; it was in either 1897 or 1901.

Historic downtown Cordova, Alabama Contributor Names Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer Credit line: The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.


In 1859, Benjamin Long established a store in the area and built a number of rental houses, and a community began to grow up around the store. Long, a veteran of the Mexican-American War, dubbed the town El Cordova; the “El” was later dropped.

Indian Head Mills, a textile business, opened around 1898 and in addition to the coal mines provided ample employment for the town’s expanding population. The mill built its own village and school for employees. The 1910 Census lists a population of more than 1,700, three times that of the 1900 Census.

Cordova Alabama Map

Cordova Alabama Weather

May, October and April are the most pleasant months in Cordova, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Cordova Alabama Events and Places of Interest

The Gilchrist House, located southwest of the city, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Long Mansion, a private residence, was built by Cordova founder Capt. Benjamin McFarland Long around 1883.

Cordova Alabama Weblinks

Cordova Alabama City Hall

Historic Downtown Cordova Alabama

Old Pictures of Cordova


Additional Resources

Cordova Lioness Club. Reflections of Cordova, Alabama. Sumiton, Ala.: Mapco Printing, 1994.

Walker County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Walker County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.