Clarke County, Alabama

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Clarke County, Alabama
Clarke County Courthouse.jpg
Clarke County Courthouse in Grove Hill, Alabama
Location within Alabama
Location within Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
FoundedDecember 10, 1812
SeatGrove Hill
Largest cityJackson
 • Total1,252.51 sq mi (3,244 km2)
 • Land1,238.38 sq mi (3,207 km2)
 • Water14.13 sq mi (37 km2), (1.13%)
 • (2010)25,833
 • Density20/sq mi (8/km2)

Clarke County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of 2010, 25,833 people lived there. The county seat is Grove Hill.

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.[1] The county had many forts, built by settlers for protection during the Creek War (1813-1814). One of the most notable was Fort Sinquefield.[2]

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.[1]

Major highways[change | change source]

Border counties[change | change source]

Settlements[change | change source]

Cities[change | change source]

Towns[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

Former communities[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Clarke County: A Brief History". Clarke County Historical Museum. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  2. "Fort Sinquefield". Clarke County Historical Museum. Retrieved July 27, 2011.