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Decatur is a city in Morgan and Limestone counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. The city, nicknamed "The River City", is located in Northern Alabama on the banks of Wheeler Lake, along the Tennessee River. It is the largest city and county seat of Morgan County. The population in 2010 was 55,683.
Decatur is also the core city of the two-county large Decatur, Alabama metropolitan area which had an estimated population of 153,374 in 2013. Combined with the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, the two create the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area, of which Decatur is the second-largest city.
Like many southern cities in the early 19th century, Decatur's early success was based upon its location along a river. Railroad routes and boating traffic pushed the city to the front of North Alabama's economic atmosphere. The city rapidly grew into a large economic center within the Tennessee Valley and was a hub for travelers and cargo between Nashville and Mobile, as well as Chattanooga and New Orleans. Throughout the 20th century, the city experienced steady growth, but was eclipsed as the regional economic center by the fast-growing Huntsville during the space race. The city now finds its economy heavily based on manufacturing, mining, cargo transit, chemical, and high-tech companies such as Vulcan Materials,Daikin,Toray, and United Launch Alliance.
Initially the area was known as "Rhodes Ferry Landing", named for Dr. Henry W. Rhodes, an early landowner who operated a ferry that crossed the Tennessee River in the 1810s at the present-day location of Rhodes Ferry Park. The city was incorporated as Decatur in 1821. It was named in honor of Stephen Decatur; after he was killed in a duel in 1820, President Monroe directed that the Alabama town be named for him.
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Decatur-Morgan County Chamber taps health care workers as Citizens of Year
Health care workers received the spotlight Thursday as the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce selected the Decatur Morgan Hospital workforce as the collective 2020 Citizens of the Year and ...
Decatur school district offers summer learning programs to bridge pandemic gap
The Alabama Literacy Act requires schools to offer summer programs to K-3 students with reading deficiencies, said Wanda Davis, supervisor for elementary curriculum and instruction. “Decatur City ...
Fort Decatur has large turnout for return of open gym time
Fort Decatur Recreation Center's gym filled up quickly and the basketball games were intense the first two days the facility was open for play after being closed more than a year as a pandemic ...
2 director of development candidates chosen for second Decatur interviews
The Decatur City Council will bring back two of the five director of development semifinalists for second interviews as council members made clear they want the position filled by someone more focused ...
Alabama House committee advances ban on COVID-19 vaccine passports
The measure would prevent most businesses and public agencies from requiring proof of vaccination before delivering services.
Decatur police searching for card theft suspects
Decatur police are looking for three people using debit cards stolen from vehicles. Police released images Wednesday of three people at Target who they said used cards stolen from vehicles in the area ...
Editorial Roundup: Alabama
Online: The Dothan Eagle on a bill that makes it a crime for local police officers to enforce any new federal gun restrictions: A majority of conservative Alabama state senators believe they’ve found ...
Decatur Police identify motorcyclist killed in wreck
One person is dead after a car wreck involving a motorcycle and a car Monday afternoon. According to Decatur Police, the motorcycle and car collided at the intersection of Highway 31 and Highway 20 in ...
Percussion with the Police: Decatur Youth Symphony program connects students with officers
Straddling the cajon drum, Sgt. Jamie Jones joined the circle of young musicians. "OK, y'all are going to hear me offbeat, so go ahead and get your laughs in," Jones said with a chuckle. "I always ...
Watch now: Decatur school board members were worried about potential bonus vote fallout
Decatur school board members expressed concern during a closed session discussion about the public backlash that could result if they moved ahead with the awarding of a proposed $30,000 bonus ...
COVID restrictions continue at Decatur Morgan Hospital
Decatur Morgan Hospital is continuing to limit visitation and require masks despite a drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations and the end of a statewide mask mandate. The hospital had three inpatients with ...
Decatur man killed in Saturday crash
A Decutur man died in a single vehicle crash Saturday in Priceville. Senior Trooper Brandon Bailey of ALEA said the crash happened at approximately 4:45 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 65 near Alabama 67 ...