Marion County Alabama is a county of Alabama. Marion County is located in the northwestern part of the state, bounded on the west by the state of Mississippi. It encompasses 743 square miles.
As of the 2010 census the population was 30,776. The county seat is Hamilton. The county was created by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly on February 13, 1818 preceding Alabama’s statehood by almost two years. It was created from land acquired from the Chickasaw Indiansby the Treaty of 1816.The first towns in the area were Pikeville, Hamilton (formerly Toll Gate), Winfield, and Guin.
Research continues on an incident that allegedly occured in Marion County Alabama. While reviewing archives at the Library Of Congress, this interesting article was found which was printed in “The Hickman Courier” in Hickman Kentucky on August 28, 1885. The article is a reprint of an article printed in the “Pulaski Citizen,” a newspaper in Pulaski Tennessee. The article(s) tell of the finding of “The Long Lost Ark of the Covenant” in Marion County Alabama. Evidently the article was republished around the country.
Marion County Alabama offers a range of recreational activities. The Sam R. Murphy Wildlife Management Area consists of 25,150 acres of game hunting. The Upper Bear Creek Reservoir and the Marion County Public Fishing Lake offer boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching. Twin Forks Park, near the Bear Creek Reservoir, includes picnic and campsite areas as well. Comprising approximately 743 square miles, Marion County lies in the northwest corner of the state.
Bear Creek Alabama is a town located in northeastern Marion County in the northwestern part of the state. Bear Creek initially was known before the Civil War as Allen’s Factory after a nearby textile factory, one of two in the area. After both factories were burned during the war, the town took the name of the nearby creek. At the 2010 census the population of Bear Creek was 1,070. Video by Nicholas Troutman
The Upper Bear Creek Reservoir, located on the eastern side of town, offers fishing, camping, swimming, and other water sports.
Sept. 16, 1887
In the Federal court some twenty dealers in that good stuff called “moonshine” from Lamar County, were brought forward to the bar of the court in order that they might arrange their bonds. Congressman BANKHEAD promptly stepped forward and agreed to become their bondsman. Thereupon ex-Gov. Smith in his driest style but with a twinkle in his eye, arose and said: “If it please the court, there are about twenty more moon shiners from this congressional district who are anxious to find a bondsmen. I would like to have them brought before your Honor, in order that I may qualify upon their bonds.
Home of 911 and The Historic Red Phone
1901 11th Ave
The first 911 call was made from Marion County Alabama in the city of Haleyville Alabama on February 16, 1968. A red rotary dial phone was used to make the call. The phone is housed in a plexiglass box in Haleyville city hall. The phone is on display during city hall business hours only so you might call to confirm.
As of the census of 2000, there were 204 people, 86 households, and 63 families residing in the town. The population density was 106.4 people per square mile. There were 100 housing units at an average density of 52.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White. 2.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.