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Colbert County, Alabama

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Colbert County
Colbert County Courthouse in Tuscumbia
Colbert County Courthouse in Tuscumbia
Map of Alabama highlighting Colbert County
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°40′36″N 87°49′02″W / 34.6767°N 87.8172°W / 34.6767; -87.8172
Country United States
State Alabama
FoundedFebruary 6, 1867
Named forGeorge and Levi Colbert
Largest cityMuscle Shoals
 • Total622 sq mi (1,610 km2)
 • Land593 sq mi (1,540 km2)
 • Water30 sq mi (80 km2)  4.7%
 • Total57,227
 • Density92/sq mi (36/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September, 2007

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.[2]

The county seat of Colbert County is Tuscumbia. It is part of the Florence - Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals". As of 2020, 57,227 people lived there.[1]

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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.[2] It is also the location of Ivy Green, the birthplace of noted author Helen Keller.[2] 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.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,610 km2), of which 593 square miles (1,540 km2) is land and 30 square miles (78 km2) (4.7%) is water.[3]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "QuickFacts: Colbert County, Alabama". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Colbert County Website". Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  3. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. Alabama Railway Map Archived 2012-03-12 at the Wayback Machine. 2008. Alabama Department of Transportation. Accessed 2012-03-15.