Helena is one of the most beautiful cities located in the State of Alabama. The city consists of Shelby and Jefferson Counties and is also considered as a part of Birmingham district. Helena is also among those three cities including Pelham and Alabaster, which constitute the North Shelby County. According to the census conducted in 2010, Helena’s population was 16,793. The city is best regarded as being a place where you can live as well as raise your children owing to the less pollutant environment and great economic opportunities for residents. In 2007, the city was ranked number 91 in the top 100 best places to live, a list published by Money Magazine. Furthermore, Helena has 8th rank in terms of lowest crime rate per population within United States. The city has a rich history in terms of economically contributing towards the growth and prosperity of the United States, and that is why its people are not driven towards committing criminal offenses and are considered as skilled and hardworking people.
The first-ever community, which would eventually become Helena, started living in the town of Cove in 1845. The name of this town was changed to Hillsboro in 1856. It was the same time when a rolling mill was built there. The purpose of establishing this rolling mill was to manufacture the arms for Confederacy. At the end of Civil War, the Union raiders had destroyed this rolling mill. The city once used to be a thriving center for coal mining and steel production. However, Helena faced a setback for a short period of time in post Great Depression period and resulting destructive tornadoes in 1933. It has been observed quite recently that the city is experiencing the building of modern sewage system, industrial park and many residential colonies, which have boosted overall infrastructural development in Helena.
In the post Civil War period, the reconstruction period followed. It is considered as the defining phase for Helena Alabama history. This is because most of the infrastructural development was made in this period. The city was joined with other cities of Alabama State and rest of the country through an extensive railroad network. As a matter of fact, the first-ever train station in this area was named Helena Station, based on which the city’s name was changed. Due to construction and subsequent ease in communication and transportation, the area around Helena Station was rapidly developed and ultimately Hillsboro was absorbed and officially incorporated as the Helena City. The first-ever mayor of this city was a railroad agent namely M.H. Williams.
Another important thing is that this city played a significant role in growth and development of Birmingham steel industry and coal mine and this is also credited towards the rich Helena Alabama history. Helena also possessed a variety of retail stores, boarding houses and educational institutions. It also had many gristmills. The city, however, faced serious setbacks in after 1920, but this small city of big-hearted people did not lose hope and rebuilt itself after the World War II, and it is still considered as one of the prosperous cities in USA where people can live and raise their children in peaceful manner.