The area that was to become the present day Saraland was included in a Spanish land grant to Don Diago Alvarez.The present name of the city is reported to have been given by C.J. DeWitt, a retired minister editor who moved south in 1890 for health reasons. He opened the first post office on the Southern Railroad in 1895. The Community is purported to be the namesake of his beloved wife, Sara.
Saraland was sparsely populated during the first part of this century, until an industrial and population boom occurred in neighboring Mobile. Northward expansion of Mobile in the 1940’s and 50’s brought about the incorporation of Saraland in 1957. At the time of incorporation, the city reported only 125 residents. Current census records report that as of 2000, Saraland’s population has grown to 12,288.
Did you know?
The Dob Diego Alvarez family lived here and were a unique part of Mobile’s history. The city was named after a postmaster’s wife. They were the first city in Mobile County to separate and form their own school system.
Things to See & Do
- Saraland Civic and Senior Activities Center
- Saraland Performing Arts Theater
- Saraland Music and Arts Festival
- Amelia Park
- Bethel Forest Park
- Rufus Harbin Park
- Forever Wild Jacintoport Tract
- Saraland Public Library
- Hertz Park
- Oscar Driver Park
"716 Saraland Blvd. South Saraland, AL 36571" | (251) 675-5103