Calhoun County, Alabama
|Coordinates: 33°46′10″N 85°49′15″W / 33.769444444444°N 85.820833333333°W|
|Founded||December 18, 1832|
as Benton County
|Named for||John C. Calhoun|
|• Total||612 sq mi (1,590 km2)|
|• Land||606 sq mi (1,570 km2)|
|• Water||6.4 sq mi (17 km2) 1.0%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||191/sq mi (74/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
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 | change 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 | change 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.
Major highways[change | change source]
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Adjacent counties[change | change source]
- Cherokee County, Alabama - northeast
- Cleburne County, Alabama - east
- Talladega County, Alabama - south
- St. Clair County, Alabama - west
- Etowah County, Alabama - northwest
National protected areas[change | change source]
Cities and towns[change | change source]
- Blue Mountain
- Hobson City
- Pleasant Valley
- Oxford (part - part of Oxford is in Talladega County)
- Piedmont (part - part of Piedmont is in Cherokee County)
- Webster's Chapel
- West End-Cobb Town
Places of interest[change | change 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 | change source]
- ↑ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.