In the heart of Alabama's River Region lies a quaint, small town with a big history. In 1834, the city of Wetumpka was incorporated, eventually becoming the seat of Elmore County. But long before its official incorporation, Wetumpka played host to a range of significant world events.
Wetumpka, Ala., is home of one of only 200 world-recognized impact craters, due to an astrobleme, or “star wound,” known to hit the area over 80 million years ago, resulting in beautiful green hills that touch the rim of its winding Coosa River. This unique topography lends to the city’s nickname as the “city of natural beauty,” which makes it a treasured spot for recreational outdoor activities, including whitewater kayaking, legendary fishing, cycling, trail running and bird watching.
From war heroes to movie backdrops, Wetumpka has served as the staging post for many illustrious events, including conflicts during the French and Indian War, as well as the Creek War phase of the War of 1812. Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson stands as evidence of this today and hosts many events, including some of the largest living history events in the state. And while truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, cult classics like “Big Fish” and “The Grass Harp” were all filmed in this picturesque city.
Today, historic downtown straddles both sides of the captivating Coosa River, with primarily residential on one side and a charming business district on the other. With great community enthusiasm and support, Main Street Wetumpka works to revitalize and capitalize on the potential of its treasured downtown.