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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.

Butler County, Alabama History

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Butler County is a county in the state of Alabama. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 20,947. The county seat is Greenville. Butler county is named in honor of Captain William Butler, who was born in Virginia and fought in the Creek War, and who was killed in May 1818. Butler County was created on Dec. 13, 1819 from parts of Monroe County and Conecuh County.

Etymology - Origin of Butler County Name

Butler county was named for Captain William Butler, a soldier of the Creek War of 1813-14.


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Butler County History

Butler County, Alabama

Formed by the first session of the Alabama legislature on 1819 Dec. 13, from parts of Monroe and Conecuh Counties. It was named for Captain William Butler, a soldier of the Creek War of 1813-14. Butler County lies in the south-central part of the state, and borders Lowndes, Crenshaw, Covington, Conecuh, Monroe, and Wilcox counties. The county seat is located at Greenville, which was originally named Buttsville.

 Butler County (located in south Alabama) was a railroad hub during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 square miles (2,020 km2), of which 777 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Butler county has several tributaries intersect the area. Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Alabama River, runs through the northwestern corner of the county, while Panther, Persimmon, and Pigeon Creeks, all tributaries of the Conecuh River, run through the southern section of the county.No major waterways run through the county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Lowndes County
  • East: Crenshaw County
  • Southeast: Covington County
  • Southwest: Conecuh County; Monroe County
  • Northwest: Wilcox County


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