Clay County, Alabama
Clay County Courthouse in Ashland
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
|Founded||December 7, 1866|
|• Total||606 sq mi (1,570 km2)|
|• Land||605 sq mi (1,570 km2)|
|• Water||189,787 sq mi (491,550 km2) (0.15%)%|
|• Density||11/sq mi (4/km2)|
History[change | change source]
Clay County was formed on December 7, 1866 from land taken from Randolph and Talladega County. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State. Clay County is one of only three counties in Alabama to have no U.S. Highways in its boundaries.
Geography[change | change source]
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 606.00 square miles (1,569.5 km2). 605.07 square miles (1,567.1 km2) (or 99.85%) is land and 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2) (or 0.15%) is water.
Major highways[change | change source]
Rail[change | change source]
- CSX Transportation
- Norfolk Southern Railway
Border counties[change | change source]
- Cleburne County, Alabama – north
- Randolph County, Alabama – east
- Tallapoosa County, Alabama – south
- Coosa County, Alabama – southwest
- Talladega County, Alabama – west
National protected area[change | change source]
- Talladega National Forest (part)
Cities and towns[change | change source]
Notable natives[change | change source]
- Hugo Black (1886–1971), born in Harlan, served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1937 until 1971
- LaFayette L. Patterson (1888–1987), born near Delta, served three terms in the U.S. Congress from 1928 to 1933
- Byron Lavoy Cockrell (1935–2007), born in Lineville, rocket scientist and engineer
- Bob Riley (b. 1944), Alabama's 52nd governor, native of Ashland
Places of interest[change | change source]
Clay County is home to parts of Cheaha State Park in the Talladega National Forest and Lake Wedowee on the eastern boundary. The Pinhoti Trail system Archived 2009-04-09 at the Wayback Machine weaves its way through the Talladega National Forest to Mt. Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama. Hikers along the trail may see some of the local wildlife, including whitetail deer, wild turkey, and the rare bald eagle.