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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.

Cullman County, Alabama History

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Cullman County is a county of the state of Alabama. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 80,406.Cullman County was created on January 24, 1877, from portions of Blount County, Morgan County, and Winston County. The county seat is Cullman. Cullman county is named in honor of Colonel John G. Cullmann.

Cullman County comprises the Cullman, AL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Cullman County Name

Cullman county was named after John G. Cullmann, a native of Germany who encouraged the immigration of Germans to northern Alabama.


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Cullman County History

Cullman County, Alabama

Cullman county formed by the Alabama legislature on January 24, 1877 from portions of Blount, Morgan, and Winston Counties. The county was named after John G. Cullmann, a native of Germany who encouraged the immigration of Germans to northern Alabama. Cullman County lies in the north-central part of the state, and is bounded on the north by Morgan and Marshall Counties, on the east by Marshall and Blount, on the south by Walker, and the west by Winston. It encompasses 738 square miles. The town of Cullman is the county seat. Other towns and communities include Good Hope, Holly Pond, Arkadelphia, and Bug Tussle.

The county is a "moist" county in terms of availability of alcoholic beverages; the cities of Cullman, Good Hope and Hanceville allow sale of alcohol and are "wet" and the rest of the county is dry.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 755 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 735 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (2.7%) is water.

The Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River runs along the southeastern edge of the county and several of its tributaries, including the Duck River and Dorsey, Eightmile, and Brindley creeks, cross the county. In 1961, Alabama Power dammed the Sipsey River to create Lewis Smith Lake, located along the southwestern border of the county. Several tributaries of the Sipsey, including Blevens, Crooked, and Ryan creeks, traverse the area.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Morgan County
  • Northeast: Marshall County
  • Southeast: Blount County
  • Southwest: Walker County
  • West: Winston County
  • Northwest: Lawrence County


Public education in Cullman County is provided by two systems: the Cullman City School Board and the Cullman County School Board, which governs all municipalities except the City of Cullman.

Cullman High School - under the governance of the Cullman City School Board

Private educational institutions in the county include:

  • Christ Covenant School - located in Cullman (Grades K-2)
  • Cullman Christian School - located in Cullman (Grades K-12)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School - located in Cullman (Grades PreK-6)
  • St. Bernard Preparatory School - located in Cullman (Grades 7-12)
  • St. Paul's Lutheran School - located in Cullman (Grades K-6)
  • Vinemont Christian Academy - located in South Vinemont (Grades PreK-12)

Cullman is also the home of the state-owned and operated Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. It was named for the former Governor of Alabama, George C. Wallace. His father and his wife, Governor Lurleen B. Wallace, also had junior colleges named for them.

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