Colbert County, Alabama
Colbert County Courthouse in Tuscumbia, Alabama
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 6, 1867|
|Largest city||Muscle Shoals|
|• Total||623.61 sq mi (1,615.1 km2)|
|• Land||594.53 sq mi (1,539.8 km2)|
|• Water||29.08 sq mi (75.3 km2) 4.66%%|
|• Density||91/sq mi (35/km2)|
Colbert County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs. George Colbert operated a ferry across the Tennessee River in 1790 near present-day Cherokee.
History[change | change source]
Colbert County was first formed on February 6, 1867. It split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was ended but was reestablished on February 24, 1870. It is also the location of Ivy Green, the birthplace of noted author Helen Keller. Colbert County is also home of the towns Sheffield and Muscle Shoals where many popular musicians such as Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded music.
Geography[change | change source]
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 623.61 square miles (1,615.1 km2). 594.53 square miles (1,539.8 km2) (or 95.34%) is land and 29.08 square miles (75.3 km2) (or 4.66%) is water.
Major Highways[change | change source]
- U.S. Highway 43
- U.S. Highway 72
- State Route 20
- State Route 157
- State Route 247
- Natchez Trace Parkway
National protected area[change | change source]
- Natchez Trace Parkway (part)
Rail[change | change source]
River[change | change source]
Border Counties[change | change source]
- Lauderdale County, Alabama - north across the Tennessee River
- Lawrence County, Alabama - southeast
- Franklin County, Alabama - south
- Tishomingo County, Mississippi - west