Calhoun County, Alabama

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Calhoun County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Calhoun County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the USA highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 18, 1832
as Benton County
Seat Anniston
Largest City Anniston
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

612 sq mi (1,585 km²)
608 sq mi (1,575 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 0.63%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

112,249
184/sq mi (71/km²)
Website: www.calhouncounty.org

Calhoun County is a county in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of 2010 the population was 118,572. It is included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Anniston.

History[change | edit source]

Benton County was formed on December 18, 1832. It was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a member of the United States Senate from Missouri. The first county seat was at Jacksonville.

An F4 tornado struck here on Palm Sunday March 27, 1994. It destroyed Piedmont's Goshen United Methodist Church twelve minutes after the National Weather Service of Birmingham issued a tornado warning for northern Calhoun, southeastern Etowah, and southern Cherokee.

Geography[change | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 612.32 square miles (1,585.9 km2). 608.46 square miles (1,575.9 km2) (or 99.37%) is land and 3.86 square miles (10.0 km2) (or 0.63%) is water.[1]

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Places of interest[change | edit source]

Calhoun County is home to the Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Berman Museum of World History. It also contains a part of the Talladega National Forest.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.