Bullock County is adjacent to metropolitan Montgomery, Alabama, only 45 minutes from metropolitan Auburn-Opelika and an hour drive to Columbus, Georgia. Other cities of close proximity are Troy (40 minutes), Eufaula (50 minutes) and Tuskegee (20 minutes).
Bullock County is only 7 miles from the 1-65 and 1-85 loop presently under construction in east Montgomery County. Union Springs is less than a one hour ride to the Hyundai Automotive Plant in south Montgomery County. Seventy-seven (77%) percent of the residents of Bullock County own their homes. This percentage is well above the average for the State of Alabama. There are 3,732 households in the county. Quality rural living, coupled with conveniences offered by the above large to medium cities, make Bullock County unique, viable, and attractive.
The original inhabitants of the area were the Creek Indians and they held lands until treaties in the early 1800s brought an influx of settlers from the Carolinas and Georgia. In 1866, the Alabama Legislature created Bullock County from portions of Pike, Macon, Barbour and Montgomery counties. The county is home to the oldest public garden in the United States.
Union Springs was incorporated by the state legislature in 1844. The town is known as "the Bird Dog Field Trial Capital of the World" and hosts amateur field trials in February. Today, Bullock County offers the opportunities to explore Alabama's history from the early Indians to the present. Historic sites, beautiful old homes and commercial buildings are proudly preserved. Downtown Union Springs lists 47 buildings on the National Historic Register.
Click on HISTORY for more information about the county's history with a special section on African American history, as well as contacts to research your own family genealogy.
The largest industries in Bullock County are in nondurable goods (plant farming, timber), poultry production and poultry processing.
Both local banks, AmeriFirst Bank and Community Bank & Trust Bank, have branches located in Montgomery, Alabama. Bonnie Plant Farm has facilities located from Alabama to Florida to Virginia and from Georgia to Texas and other states as well. Wayne Poultry LLC is an international business.
In 1987, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Enterprise Zone Act, which encourages economic growth through certain innovative financial incentives for 27 zones across the State of Alabama. Bullock County is an ENTERPRISE ZONE.
For a more comprehensive overview of economic development opportunities in Bullock County, please click on this LINK.
- HIGHWAYS--Bullock County is served by two federal routes, US 29 and US 82, which provide easy access to Eufaula, Montgomery, Troy and Auburn/Opelika. Alabama Highway 110 through Fitzpatrick to Montgomery is, as are the other state and county roads of Bullock County, in excellent condition.
- AIR--Franklin Field is located 6 miles west of Union Springs on Alabama Highway 110. The facility has one 3,700 foot paved and lighted runway, two large hangers and one small hanger. Montgomery Regional Airport (Dannelly Field) is less that an hour drive from the city, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l Airport is less that a two hour drive.
- OTHER--Railway service is one hour's drive in Montgomery, Alabama and in Columbus, Georgia. Greyhound bus line provides service to Union Springs, Midway and Bullock County, Alabama. The port city of Mobile, Alabama, via I-65, is four hours away. There is river traffic within the State of Alabama, all accessible from Bullock County.
- ELECTRIC--Alabama Power Company and Dixie Electric Cooperative provide electrical service to Bullock County, Union Springs and Midway. Whatever the demands, whatever the assistance needed, these two utilities can and do provide.
- WATER--The city of Union Springs is supplied by 4 wells (well source: Deep Wells) with a daily consumption in 2001 of 1,759,000 gallons. Daily consumption max is 2,550,000 gallons. The Utilities Board reports that storage capacity is 1.35 million gallons.
- GAS--Southern natural gas is supplied by the Union Springs Utility Board. Sewage treatment for Union Springs is a trickier filter with capacity of 750,00 gallons daily, as well as activated sludge with a capacity of 1.5 million gallons a day. Over 280 acres the LAS (land application site) sprays at a maximum of 1.5 million gallons a day. This acreage is now planted in pine trees.
- WASTE--Bullock County residents /industry/business must have individual septic systems. Solid waste disposal is contracted in the city by Waste Management, Inc. The County provides solid waste service to county residents. Sewage treatment for Midway is a lagoon sewage system.
- TELECOMMUNICATIONS--The Union Springs Telephone Company, a privately owned utility, serves over 1,800 customers within the city of Union Springs and almost the entire population of the county. In February, 2002, the fiber-to-home buildout was begun. The service provides the customer with voice, video and data services with virtually unlimited bandwidth. Within the city, the following services are available: DSL internet, POP, FIBER OPTICS internet, mobile service.
Union Springs Herald - weekly The Montgomery Independent - twice weekly The Montgomery Advertiser - daily The Columbus (Georgia) Ledger/Enquirer - daily
- TELEVISION/RADIO--TV-23, a local cable channel, provides community updates and specials focusing on the people and places in and around Union Springs. Major network channels and cable are available through Union Springs Telephone Company. Various satellite providers are also available, including DishNetwork and DirecTV. Radio reception available from all area wide stations.