Hueytown's rich history began 1815 when William Brown left his family
in Tennessee and traveled south until he reached what
is known as “Possum Valley”. He drove his stake
where the plant of Westfield now operates. He began to
clear the land and build a home. After the fall harvest he returned
to Tennessee for his family.
In 1825, Abner McGee obtained a track of land, now know as Hueytown.
Eleven years later Octavus Spencer entered another tract
in the same community. In 1833 Mortimer Jordan purchased
thousands of acres from these gentlemen in this community.
This estate was sold at auction and otherwise to other people
from 1842 to 1866 when the big auction was held.
There came a June freshet that washed everything the Sam Huey family
had away on Valley Creek. Sol and Van, sons of Sam Huey told
their father that they were not going to stay where they
could not be sure their crops would not be washed away. They
were leaving, and he could come with them or stay there.
He elected to go with them and so it was that he bought the
11 (1,100) acres of land from the Jordan Estate in 1866.
Development of the area grew rapidly, although it was not until 1960
with a population of 5,500, that the residents of the community
realized the need for an incorporated municipality.
For more in depth history:
of Hueytown by Simon J. Smith (1962)
of Hueytown by Mary K. Roberts (1992)