Cherokee County, Alabama

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Cherokee County, Alabama
Cherokee County Courthouse in Centre, Ala.JPG
Cherokee County Courthouse in Centre
Map of Alabama highlighting Cherokee County
Location in the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1836
Named for Cherokee Nation
Seat Centre
Largest city Centre
 • Total 600 sq mi (1,554 km2)
 • Land 554 sq mi (1,435 km2)
 • Water 46 sq mi (119 km2), 7.7%
Population (est.)
 • (2017) 25,857
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km2)
Congressional districts 3rd, 4th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5


  • County Number 13 on Alabama Licence Plates

Cherokee County, Alabama is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is named for the Cherokee tribe. As of 2010 the population was 25,989. Its county seat is Centre. It is a prohibition or dry county which means alcoholic drinks cannot be sold.

History[change | change source]

Cherokee County was formed by European Americans on January 9, 1836. The county was created on territory of the Cherokee Nation.[1] The Cherokee were forceably removed by the US government in what was known as the Trail of Tears in 1838. Cherokee County was created by the Alabama legislature on 1836 January 9 following the Treaty of New Echota, 1835 December 29.[2] The Cherokee people did not accept the Treaty because the people who signed were not authorized.

An F4 tornado struck here on Palm Sunday March 27, 1994. It destroyed 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 counties.

Geography[change | change source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 599.95 square miles (1,553.9 km2). 553.12 square miles (1,432.6 km2) (or 92.19%) is land and 46.83 square miles (121.3 km2) (or 7.81%) is water.[3]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Cherokees in Alabama". Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  2. "Alabama Counties: Cherokee County". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  3. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.