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Alabama Counties

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.

Colbert County, Alabama History

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Colbert County is a county of the state of Alabama. Based on the 2010 census, the county population was 54,428. Colbert County was created on Febuary 6, 1867, from part of Franklin County. The county was abolished by the Constitutional Convention on November 29, 1867, and re-established by the legislature on December 9, 1869. The county seat is Tuscumbia. Colbert county is named in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs.

Colbert County is part of the Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as "The Shoals".

Etymology - Origin of Colbert County Name

Colbert county was named after George and Levi Colbert, noted Chickasaw chiefs, who resided in the county. The county is located in the northwestern part of the state.

Demographics:

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Colbert County History

Colbert County, Alabama

Colbert county was formed by the Alabama legislature on Feburary 6,1867  from part of Franklin County. It was abolished by the Constitutional Convention on November 29, 1867  and re-established by the legislature on December 9, 1869. The county was named after George and Levi Colbert, noted Chickasaw chiefs, who resided in the county. Colbert County is located in the northwestern part of the state. It currently encompasses 589 square miles. Colbert county is bordered on the north by the Tennessee River and Lauderdale County, on the east by Lawrence County, on the south by Franklin County, and on the west by the State of Mississippi. An election in 1870 established the county seat at Tuscumbia. Other towns and communities include Cherokee, Sheffield, Leighton, and Muscle Shoals.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,610 km2), of which 593 square miles (1,540 km2) is land and 30 square miles (78 km2) (4.7%) is water.

The Tennessee River runs along the entire northern border and part of the western border of Colbert county, and several of its tributaries, including Bear, Rock, Can, and Spring creeks, intersect the area. In 1918, the Army Corps of Engineers started construction of the Wilson Dam, the first dam on the Tennessee River. Completed in 1924, the dam created Wilson and Pickwick Lakes along the northern border of Colbert County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Lauderdale County
  • Southeast: Lawrence County
  • South: Franklin County
  • West: Tishomingo County, Miss.

In popular culture

Colbert County was featured in a three-part comedy feature on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report from November 28-30, 2006.
Colbert County is the home of singer Aretha Franklin

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