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Enterprise, a growth community, is not just a town; it is a team working together to improve the community spiritually, culturally, socially, and economically.
It is a progressive city whose birth actually took place in l88l when Mr. J. Henry Carmichael built the first residence. He is recognized as the founder of Enterprise, which was officially incorporated in l896 with a population of 250. In l898, the railroad came to Enterprise, bringing with it much growth and progress. In l90l, the Atlantic Coast Line acquired the railroad and currently it is operated by CSX Transportation. After the turn of the century, the first hospital was built.
Primarily an agricultural town, Enterprise was especially hard hit with the arrival of the unwelcome boll weevil. Shortly after l9l0, this destructive insect invaded the cotton fields. In an effort to offset the resultant devastating effect brought on by this infestation, systematic reduction of cotton acreage and diversification of crops were initiated statewide.
Because of the tremendous economic success Coffee County farmers had with their peanut crops, they decided to build a monument to the boll weevil that had been responsible for the change from cotton. On December ll, l9l9, the monument was unveiled and still stands in downtown Enterprise, the only city in the world with a monument glorifying a pest.
Another one-of-a-kind monument, which commemorates and is dedicated to Army aviators, was erected by a local garden club in l972. Enterprise today is a progressive city with a population of more than 22,000. It is continuously gaining new and outstanding leadership in facets of community life, thus offering challenges and opportunities to its residents. The citizens of Enterprise are dedicated to “Quality of Life.”
Enterprise City School System is comprised of six elementary schools, three junior high schools, and one high school with a total enrollment of about 5,300 students. Students have consistently scored higher than state and national averages on tests such as the Stanford Achievement Test and the American College Test.
The system is currently rated as one of the top school systems in Alabama with about $2.5 to 3 million worth of scholarships awarded annually to graduating seniors.
Enterprise Ozark Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree. EOCC has established and maintained a superior academic reputation with more than 2,000 students enrolled in credit courses and an


additional 3,000 adults registered in various continuing education programs. Many military service members and their Families take advantage of the Service Members’ Opportunities College Associate Degree network that allows students to transfer credits throughout the nation.
Enterprise has an outstanding public library, an active art alliance, country club, golf course, and 80 acres of developed parks for use by people of all ages. “Don” Donaldson Park has modern facilities that feature six lighted tennis courts, two softball fields, and a baseball field.
The Enterprise Recreational Complex is complete with a lake, walking trails, playground, and a Family picnic area.
Several shopping centers and a large variety of locally-owned businesses make one-stop shopping a reality in Enterprise.
Community members have access to modern health care services at Medical Center Enterprise. The 135-bed hospital provides the latest technology in Labor and Delivery, ENT, Orthopedic, Urology, Internal Medicine and Diagnostic services and outpatient surgery center.
Religious worship is an integral part of the Enterprise community. The many faiths represented are more than just religious centers; they are active in all facets of the community.
Enterprise, adjacent to the west gate of Fort Rucker, is a city of a new generation of Southerners, where gracious living blends easily with a modern way of life.

      
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