Atmore is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. The city has a culture similar to its neighboring metropolitan of Mobile, Alabama. 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 Alabama Historical Commission to have the downtown district listed on theNational Register of Historic Places.
On May 23, 2007, Atmore celebrated its centenary.
The federally recognized Poarch Band of Creek Indians is also headquartered in Atmore.
Atmore was first recorded as a stop on the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad. The town was named after Mr. C.P. Atmore, General Passenger Agent of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, who was a friend of Mr. Carney. Mr. Carney owned a sawmill in town and was a very prominent citizen. The town was originally going to be named Carney, but Mr. Carney had a brother who had already established a town and named it Carney nearby. The town then decided to let Mr. Carney name the town. He named it after his close friend Mr. Atmore, who never visited Atmore.
Atmore is located at(31.023183, -87.492067).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.4 square miles (22 km2), of which, 8.3 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.36%) is water.
Atmore is home to various local schools within the Escambia County Public School System, including: Rachel Patterson Elementary School, A. C. Moore Elementary School, Escambia County Middle School (the largest school in the system), and Escambia County High School (the first public high school in the state of Alabama). It is also home to Escambia Academy and Atmore Christian School, as well as several other private schools.
Atmore is home to an adjunct campus of Jefferson Davis Community College based in Brewton, which offers associates degrees and technical school training.
For most of the 20th century, the Atmore area was primarily a farming, timber, and light industry community. Major commercial industries have been Masland Carpets, Alto, and a local lumber company. For many years, the Vanity Fairlingerie company operated a manufacturing sewing plant in Atmore, offering employment to local citizens and surrounding communities.
With federal recognition and the founding of gaming casinos, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians near I-65 has increased its relative economic contributions to the region. The tribe operates The Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, which provides for tourism and conferences. Wind Creek is one of few four diamond hotels in the state.
Atmore Community Hospital, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care of Pensacola, Florida, offers full acute care in a two-story facility.
Atmore has several recreational and sportsfacilities, including Atmore Heritage Park and Claude D. Kelley State Park.
Mayfest 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.
William Station Day Held the 4th 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 fiddler's 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.