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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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Pike County, Alabama History

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Pike County is a county of the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 32,899. Its county seat is Troy. Its name is in honor of General Zebulon Pike, of New Jersey, an explorer who led an expedition to southern Colorado and discovered Pikes Peak in 1806.

Pike County comprises the Troy, AL Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Pike County Name

The county was named for Gen. Zebulon Pike (New Jersey), a soldier in the War of 1812.


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Pike County, Alabama

Formed on 1821 Dec. 17. The county boundaries changed several times before being set at their current locations in 1866. The county was named for Gen. Zebulon Pike (New Jersey), a soldier in the War of 1812. The first county seat was established at Louisville, later moved to Monticello and finally located in Troy in 1839.

Pike County is located in the southeastern section of the state, in the coastal plain or "Wiregrass" area. It encompasses 672 square miles. A teachers' training college, Troy Normal School, was established in Troy in 1887. Today it exists as Troy State University. Other towns located in the county include Brundidge, Spring Hill and Henderson.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 673 square miles (1,740 km2), of which 672 square miles (1,740 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.1%) is water

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Bullock County
  • East: Barbour County
  • Southeast: Dale County
  • South: Coffee County
  • West: Crenshaw County
  • Northwest: Montgomery County


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