Clarke County, Alabama
|Clarke County, Alabama|
Location in the state of Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 10, 1812|
1,252.51 sq mi (3,244 km²)
1,238.38 sq mi (3,207 km²)
14.13 sq mi (37 km²), (1.13%)
21/sq mi (8/km²)
History[change | change source]
Clarke County was formed on December 10, 1812 by the Mississippi Territory. It is named in honor of General John Clarke of Georgia, who was later elected governor of that state. The county had many forts, built by settlers for protection during the Creek War (1813-1814). One of the most notable was Fort Sinquefield.
The first county seat was Clarkesville, formed in 1820. The seat was moved to Macon, later renamed Grove Hill, in 1831. During the American Civil War, the county was notable for its salt production.
Major highways[change | change source]
- U.S. Highway 43
- U.S. Highway 84
- State Route 5
- State Route 69
- State Route 154
- State Route 177
- State Route 178
- State Route 295
Border counties[change | change source]
- Marengo County (north)
- Wilcox County (northeast)
- Monroe County (east)
- Baldwin County (south)
- Washington County (southwest)
- Choctaw County (northwest)
Settlements[change | change source]
Cities[change | change source]
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Former communities[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Clarke County: A Brief History". Clarke County Historical Museum. http://www.clarkemuseum.com/html/clarke_county.html. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- "Fort Sinquefield". Clarke County Historical Museum. http://www.clarkemuseum.com/html/fort_sinquefield.html. Retrieved July 27, 2011.