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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.

Fayette County, Alabama History

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Fayette County is a county of the state of Alabama. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,241. Fayette County was created on December 20,1824 from portions of Marion County, Pickens County and Tuscaloosa County. The county seat is Fayette. Fayette county is named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette(or de la Fayette), who aided General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War.

Etymology - Origin of Fayette County Name

The county was named for General Lafayette who was touring Alabama at the time of the county's formation.


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Fayette County History

Fayette County, Alabama

Fayette County was formed on December 20, 1824 from portions of Tuscaloosa and Marion counties. The county is located in the northwest-central section of the state. It currently encompasses 630 square miles. The county was named for General Lafayette who was touring Alabama at the time of the county's formation. The county seat is located in the town of Fayette.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 629 square miles (1,630 km2), of which 628 square miles (1,630 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.

The Sipsey River, a tributary of the Tombigbee River flows through the center of the county, while the North River, a tributary of the Upper Black Warrior River, flows through the eastern half. Luxapalila Creek, a tributary of the Upper Tombigbee River, flows south to north through the western half of the county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • East: Walker County
  • Southeast: Tuscaloosa County
  • Southwest: Pickens County
  • West: Lamar County
  • Northwest: Marion County


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