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Alabama currently has sixty-seven counties. The oldest county, Washington, was created on June 4, 1800, when what is now Alabama was then part of the Mississippi Territory. The newest county is Houston, created on February 9, 1903.

In 1820, Alabama had 29 counties. By 1830 there were 36, with Indians still occupying land in northeast and far western Alabama. By 1840, 49 counties had been created; 52 by 1850; 65 by 1870; and the present 67 counties by 1903.

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Barbour County, Alabama

Barbour County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Clayton
Year Organized: 1832
Square Miles: 885
Court House:

P.O. Box 398
Clayton, AL 36016-0398

Etymology - Origin of County Name

County was named for Virginia Governor James Barbour.

Demographics:

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County History

Barbour County, Alabama


Barbour County was created on 18 Dec. 1832, from former Creek Indian territory and a portion of Pike County. Its boundaries were altered in 1866 and 1868. The county was named for Virginia Governor James Barbour.


Barbour County is located in the southeastern section of the state, bounded on the east by the Chattahoochee River and the State of Georgia. The county encompasses 884 square miles. The county seat was established in Louisville in 1833, and moved to Clayton in 1834. Today Barbour County contains two courthouses - one in Clayton and one in Eufaula.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Russell County; Stewart County, Ga.
  • East: Quitman County, Ga.
  • Southeast: Clay County, Ga.; Henry County
  • Southwest: Dale County
  • West: Pike County
  • Northwest: Bullock County
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