Clay County, Alabama

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Clay County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the USA highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 7, 1866
Seat Ashland
Largest City Lineville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

606 sq mi (1,570 km²)
605 sq mi (1,567 km²)
189,787 sq mi (491,546 km²), (0.15%)
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

14,254
11/sq mi (4/km²)

Clay County is a county of the US state of Alabama. As of 2010 the population was 13,932. Its county seat is Ashland and it is a prohibition or dry county.

History[change | edit source]

Clay County was formed on December 7, 1866 from land taken from Randolph and Talladega County. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State. Clay County is one of only three counties in Alabama to have no U.S. Highways in its boundaries.

During the Desert Shield/Storm conflict, Clay County had more soldiers serving per capita than any other county in the United States.[1]

Geography[change | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 606.00 square miles (1,569.5 km2). 605.07 square miles (1,567.1 km2) (or 99.85%) is land and 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2) (or 0.15%) is water.[2]

Major highways[change | edit source]

Rail[change | edit source]

  • CSX Transportation
  • Norfolk Southern Railway

Border counties[change | edit source]

National protected area[change | edit source]

Cities and towns[change | edit source]

Notable natives[change | edit source]

  • Hugo Black (1886–1971), born in Harlan, served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1937 until 1971
  • LaFayette L. Patterson (1888–1987), born near Delta, served three terms in the U.S. Congress from 1928 to 1933
  • Byron Lavoy Cockrell (1935–2007), born in Lineville, rocket scientist and engineer
  • Bob Riley (b. 1944), Alabama's 52nd governor, native of Ashland

Places of interest[change | edit source]

Clay County is home to parts of Cheaha State Park in the Talladega National Forest and Lake Wedowee on the eastern boundary. The Pinhoti Trail system weaves its way through the Talladega National Forest to Mt. Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama. Hikers along the trail may see some of the local wildlife, including whitetail deer, wild turkey, and the rare bald eagle.

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