Boaz, class of 2017, designated 2020, cityofboaz.org
Incorporated in 1897, Boaz is located atop the Sand Mountain Plateau in Marshall County in northeast Alabama between Gadsden and Guntersville, 77 miles from Birmingham and 57 miles from Huntsville. The Boaz economy grew from the soil of Sand Mountain, named for its sandy soil that creates ideal farmland in a mild climate. In earlier days, the city served as a magnet that drew farmers looking for supplies and other necessities of life not produced on the farm. Farmers also came to Boaz to distribute their fruits of labor. Although Boaz was primarily a town built upon the agriculture sector, with a current population of just over 10,100, it now encompasses a diverse industry base, including automotive parts manufacturing and distributing, pipe fittings, railroad and transit supplies, recycling, and parts for the aircraft industry. Boaz was the nearest shopping center for many communities atop the mountain, and the historic downtown area is still home to local small businesses. Snead State Community College is within walking distance to downtown Boaz.
Additionally, there are many historical landmarks throughout the city, including the Thomas A. Snellgrove Homestead, Snead Junior College Historic District, Edward Fenns Whitman House and Julia Street Memorial United Methodist Church. All are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for Marshall County. Boaz also has a golf course, campground, bowling alley, movie theater, and many fast-food restaurants.
112 North Broad Street, Boaz, AL 35957 | 256-593-8105