Clarke County, Alabama

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Clarke County, Alabama
Clarke County Courthouse.jpg
Clarke County Courthouse in Grove Hill, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Clarke County
Location in the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded December 10, 1812
Seat Grove Hill
Largest city Jackson
Area
 • Total 1,252.51 sq mi (3,244 km2)
 • Land 1,238.38 sq mi (3,207 km2)
 • Water 14.13 sq mi (37 km2), (1.13%)
Population
 • (2010) 25,833
 • Density 20/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.

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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]

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  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.