Tallassee, class of 2017, designated 2019, tallasseeal.gov
With a population of just under 4,800, Tallassee, which was incorporated in 1835, is situated on the banks of the Tallapoosa River and resides in two counties, Elmore and Tallapoosa. Tallassee’s section of the Tallapoosa River is on the Alabama Scenic River Trail and just a few miles south of the heart of downtown lies the former capital of the Creek Nation, Tukabachi. It was here that the great warrior Tecumseh made his impassioned speech to the Creeks to become part of a confederation to fight the white settlers. Ultimately, the Creeks joined in the war party, called the “Red Sticks,” but were defeated by Andrew Jackson.
The Tallassee Riverwalk provides a place to walk, run, and picnic for any fitness level. It’s a short easy walk on Lake Talisi and the nature trail, opened in 2015, is a popular addition to the area. The asphalt trail is accessible for the handicapped, and the shady trail scattered with benches makes for a pleasant stroll or run. Community events that attract visitors include Trade Day in the fall and Tallassee Now! in June. In addition, Thurlow Dam is situated right in the heart of downtown Tallassee and when all the gates are down, it’s easy to see why it’s called “Little Niagra.” The Benjamin Fitzpatrick bridge, which spans the dam and river, is an engineering feat, and the power plant, which is open for tours during Tallassee Now!, sits on the west side of the dam. The Tallassee Commercial Historic District and the Tallassee Mill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Confederate Arsenal House (Elliott House), the First United Methodist Church, Herron Hill and the Tallassee Mill are all listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.