Dallas County, Alabama
|Dallas County, Alabama|
Dallas County Courthouse in Selma. Built in 1901, it was given an extensive modern makeover in 1960
Location within Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 9, 1818|
|Named for||Alexander J. Dallas|
|• Total||994 sq mi (2,574 km2)|
|• Land||979 sq mi (2,536 km2)|
|• Water||15 sq mi (39 km2), 1.5%|
|• Density||45/sq mi (17/km2)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC−6/−5|
History[change | change source]
Dallas County was formed on February 9, 1818. It was named for U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas of Pennsylvania. At first the county seat was at Cahaba. In 1865, the county seat was moved to Selma.
Geography[change | change source]
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 993.37 square miles (2,572.8 km2). 980.71 square miles (2,540.0 km2) (or 98.73%) is land and 12.66 square miles (32.8 km2) (or 1.27%) is water.
Border Counties[change | change source]
- Chilton County (north)
- Autauga County (northeast)
- Lowndes County (southeast)
- Wilcox County (south)
- Marengo County (west)
- Perry County (northwest)
National protected areas[change | change source]
Transportation[change | change source]
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Communities[change | change source]
Cities[change | change source]
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Census-designated places[change | change source]
Unincorporated communities[change | change source]
- Elm Bluff
- Marion Junction
- Pleasant Hill
Education[change | change source]
Areas not in Selma are served by Dallas County Schools. Areas in Selma are served by Selma City Schools.
Notable residents[change | change source]
- James Abercrombie, (1795–1861), United States Congressman from Alabama, lived here for a time.
- Shwetak Patel, (1981-), born in Selma, a professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington
References[change | change source]
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.