Colbert County, Alabama
|Colbert County, Alabama|
Location in the state of Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 6, 1867|
|Largest City||Muscle Shoals|
623.61 sq mi (1,615 km²)
594.53 sq mi (1,540 km²)
29.08 sq mi (75 km²), 4.66%
91/sq mi (35/km²)
Colbert County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs. George Colbert operated a ferry across the Tennessee River in 1790 near present day Cherokee.
Colbert County was first formed on February 6, 1867. It split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was ended but was reestablished on February 24, 1870. It is also the location of Ivy Green, the birthplace of noted author Helen Keller. Colbert County is also home of the towns Sheffield and Muscle Shoals where many popular musicians such as Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded music.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 623.61 square miles (1,615.1 km2). 594.53 square miles (1,539.8 km2) (or 95.34%) is land and 29.08 square miles (75.3 km2) (or 4.66%) is water.
Major Highways [change]
- U.S. Highway 43
- U.S. Highway 72
- State Route 20
- State Route 157
- State Route 247
- Natchez Trace Parkway
National protected area [change]
- Natchez Trace Parkway (part)
Border Counties [change]
- Lauderdale County, Alabama - north across the Tennessee River
- Lawrence County, Alabama - southeast
- Franklin County, Alabama - south
- Tishomingo County, Mississippi - west
Unincorporated communities [change]
- "Colbert County Website". http://www.colbertcounty.org. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- Alabama Railway Map. 2008. Alabama Department of Transportation. Accessed 2012-03-15.