The city of Boaz is named for the husband of Ruth, a Biblical character in the Old Testament. Incorporated in 1897, Boaz quickly began to "set a pace for her neighbors that could not be closely followed without some extra exertion on their part," stated the editor of a nearby town's newspaper in 1905.
Boaz, Alabama is located atop the Sand Mountain Plateau, which is labeled for its sandy soil. The Boaz economy grew from the soil of Sand Mountain, primarily because it was ideal farm land with a mild climate. Boaz was the nearest shopping center for many communities atop the mountain.
In earlier day, the city served as a magnet which drew farmers looking for supplies and other necessities of life that were not produced on the farm. Farmers also came to Boaz to dispose of their fruits of labor. Located in Marshall County, Boaz is in northeast Alabama between Gadsden and Guntersville, and only 77 miles from Birmingham and 57 miles from Huntsville.
Shopping is still a feature attraction for Boaz. With retail stores, outlets, locally owned unique gift shops including Historic Downtown area shopping, many automotive dealerships and others, Boaz beckons shoppers to visit. Boaz also offers a golf course, camp ground, bowling alley, movie theatre, and many restaurants.
Although Boaz was primarily a town built upon the agriculture sector, it now possesses a diverse industry base. Such industries include: automotive parts manufacturing and distributing, poultry processing, pipe fittings, carpet yarns, and parts for the aircraft industry. We also recycle steel for sources around the world.
The friendliest people around await you here in the Boaz, Alabama area, where you will find wonderful churches and neighborhoods. Living in the Boaz area is both a blessing and a privilege. Boaz possesses a tradition rich in beauty and tranquility, of hospitality and southern delight. We encourage you to contact the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce office at any time to talk to us about visiting our area!