Praying for Cordova, AL

Mayor Drew Gilbert

Founded in 1859

Incorporated in 1900

2010 census population 2,095

  • Located in Walker County on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River

  • 37 miles from Birmingham

  • Was originally called Dent or Dent’s Place.

  • Captain Benjamin M. Long in 1859 renamed it Cordova after a city in Mexico in which we was stationed during the Mexican War (where he served under Robert E. Lee)  (some sources say Cordova was named after an industrial town in Great Britain but the city of Cordova claims that Long named it after the city in Mexico)

  • Cap. Long was instrumental in persuading Nashua Manufacturing of Nashua, New Hampshire to open a cotton mill, called The Indian Head Textile Mills to Cordova, which opened in 1898.  The mill was the largest employer in the county and the company built over 100 houses, many of which are still standing and occupied today.

  • In the 1950’s Cordova was known as “The Industrial Heart of Walker County.”

  • In 1962 Cordova suffered a huge economic blow when the Indian Head Textile Mill closed and is still recovering from the loss.

  • Gilchrist House near Cordova, considered one of the oldest surviving houses in Alabama, was destroyed by fire in the 1990s, but the site remains listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

  • April 27, 2011 Cordova was hit by two tornados. An EF-3 tornado struck in the morning and in the afternoon an EF-4 tornado destroyed much of the historic downtown district. FEMA funds were slow coming and it wasn’t until April of 2013 that the city was able to begin work on restoring the downtown area.

  • Future growth for Cordova

    • BAE systems, a British defense, security and aerospace company recently opened a plant in Cordova

    • The opening of Interstate 22 (Corridor X) will allow for renewed economic growth

Heavenly Father, we look to You for everything we need, for You give us everything pertaining to life and godliness by Your divine power. We pray that Your divine power would be evident among the citizens and leadership of the city of Cordova. May You cause Mayor Gilbert and the city council to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with You. (Micah 6:8)

We pray that divine healing on the physical, emotional, spiritual and economic levels would be fully accomplished, as all of those things were profoundly affected by the April 27 tornadoes. May Your hand of blessing be on this city as they rebuild and look forward to new growth. Accomplish for them, in them, and through them what only You can accomplish. May all who see what You are doing and are going to do know that it is only by Your hand and Your divine power.

We ask that Your will would be done, and Your kingdom come in Cordova as it already is in Heaven. And may You receive all the honor and glory for it. Amen.

We would love to hear how the Lord is leading you to pray for Cordova! (Again, many, many thanks to Ginny Hart for helping us with the research for this city!)