DeKalb County Alabama
DeKalb County population is 71,109. Its county seat is Fort Payne, Alabama. Its name is in honor of Major General Baron Johan DeKalb.
DeKalb County was created by the Alabama legislature on January 9, 1836, from land ceded to the Federal government by the Cherokee Nation. It was named for Major General Baron Johann de Kalb, a hero of the American Revolution.
DeKalb County was the one time home of the famous Cherokee Native American Sequoyah.
DeKalb County Alabama Cities
Fort Payne Alabama
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County. At the 2010 census, the population was 14,012
Henagar is a city in DeKalb County, Alabama. At the 2010 census the population was 2,344. Henagar is located on top of Sand Mountain, a southern extension of the Cumberland Plateau.
Rainsville is a city in DeKalb County, Alabama. At the 2010 census the population was 4,948, up from 4,499 in 2000. Rainsville is located on top of Sand Mountain, a southern extension of the Cumberland Plateau.
As of the 2010 census Rainsville had a population of 4,984. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 93.5% non-Hispanic white, 0.2% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from some other race, 1.3% from two or more races and 3.8% Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Home of the Plainview Bears, and the Cornerstone Christian Academy Eagles, Rainsville is a city of 5,000 residents resting atop the large plateau known as Sand Mountain in scenic northeast Alabama. The uncrowded, yet growing city is ideally located near larger Southern cities with easy access to major transportation routes. Outdoor recreation opportunities such as fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and outdoor photography abound in this region filled with rivers, lakes, mountains, caverns and canyons.
Things To Do in Rainsville Alabama
DeKalb County Alabama Towns
Founded in the mid 1800’s by Alfred Collins and surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of northeast Alabama, Collinsville is a great place to call home. Collinsville is a town in DeKalb and Cherokee counties. It was incorporated in 1887. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,983.
Collinsville is located in southern DeKalb County at 34°15’55.555″ North, 85°51’41.483″ West (34.265432, -85.861523). A small portion extends southeast along Alabama State Route 68 into Cherokee County. The town is located in the Little Wills Valley, between Lookout Mountain to the east and the smaller Big Ridge to the west.
Collinsville is home to the Collinsville Trade Day, which is held every Saturday. It is estimated that 10,000 people visit the trade day each week, a number which may reach 30,000 in spring. The trade day was originally located outside the city limits, but was annexed in 2004.
Top Sights in Collinsville
Crossville is a town in DeKalb County. At the 2010 census the population was 1,862, up from 1,431 in 2000. Crossville is located atop Sand Mountain, a southern extension of the Cumberland Plateau. Crossville is a farming community in northeast Alabama, situated on the sandstone plateau of Sand Mountain. The native peoples called the plateau Raccoon Mountain. It holds some historical significance for having figured tangentially in the Creek War.
Fyffe, located atop Sand Mountain, was founded in the 1880s. The origin of the name “Fyffe” is obscure, though it was apparently suggested by the Postal Service when the post office was established. Fyffe was incorporated in 1956. At the 2010 census the population was 1,018.
The town of Fyffe was the location of UFO sightings on Friday and Saturday, February 11–12, 1989. More than fifty people (at a time when the town of less than two thousand residents) called the Fyffe Police Department to report sightings on two separate occasions.
As a way of remembering the UFO sightings, Fyffe is home to an annual UFO (Unforgettable Family Outing) Festival every August and features hot air balloon rides available to the public as well as musical entertainment and outdoor games.
Geraldine is located in DeKalb County on beautiful Sand Mountain. Geraldine offers a quiet, rural lifestyle but with opportunities for industrial growth and expansion. It is a great place to live.
Hammondville is a town in DeKalb County. It was incorporated in 1937. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town is 488.
Ider is a town in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 723. It incorporated in October 1973.
Ider Alabama Zip Code
Ider Alabama Events and Places of Interest
Ider holds an annual Mule Day festival on Labor Day. It includes a parade, an antique car show, arts and crafts vendors, food, and entertainment. The town also holds a Homecoming parade and a Christmas parade.
Ider maintains one municipal park that has a walking trail, tennis courts, baseball fields, playground equipment, and an outdoor stage.
Mentone is a town in DeKalb County. Mentone, located atop Lookout Mountain, has the highest elevation of any incorporated town in Alabama, narrowly over Hytop. A number of private summer camps are located near Mentone.
Pine Ridge Alabama
Pine Ridge is located in central DeKalb County in the northeastern corner of the state. It was incorporated in 1982. Pine Ridge is located near the geographic center of DeKalb County at 34°26′45″N 85°46′45″W (34.445939, -85.779069). It is bordered to the east by the city of Fort Payne, the county seat, and to the northwest by the city of Rainsville.
Pine Ridge is in the Ridge and Valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and occupies a series of low ridges and valleys. From east to west, they are Middle Ridge, Dugout Valley, Shinbone Ridge, and Sand Valley, with the northwestern part of the town climbing the eastern edge of Sand Mountain, a southern extension of the Cumberland Plateau.
Powell is a town in DeKalb County. At the 2010 census the population was 955. Powell is located atop Sand Mountain. Originally incorporated as Powell’s Crossroads in the 1960s, it had shortened its name to Powell by the 1990 U.S. Census.
Sand Rock Alabama
Sand Rock is a town in Cherokee and DeKalb counties. It incorporated in 1988. At the 2010 census the population was 560.
Shiloh is a town in DeKalb County. Shiloh is located west of the center of DeKalb County at 34°27′56″N 85°52′38″W at an elevation of 1,263 feet (385 m). It is bordered to the northeast by the city of Rainsville and to the southwest by the town of Fyffe
Sylvania is a town in DeKalb County. It incorporated in October 1967. At the 2010 census the population was 1,837, up from 1,186 in 2000. Sylvania is located atop Sand Mountain.
Valley Head Alabama
Valley Head is a town in DeKalb County. Although the town incorporated in 1921, it was also listed as being incorporated on the 1890 U.S. Census. At the 2010 census the population was 558. The area occupied by Valley Head is the same area that the Cherokees called Telonga.
DeKalb County Alabama Communities
Alpine is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County, located northeast of Fort Payne.
Adamsburg is an unincorporated community located on Lookout Mountain in eastern DeKalb County, southeast of the county seat of Fort Payne, and just west of Little River Canyon.
Aroney is an unincorporated community located on Sand Mountain in far southwestern DeKalb County, Alabama.
Beaty Crossroads Alabama
Beaty Crossroads is an unincorporated community on Sand Mountain in northern DeKalb County. It is located within the town limits of Ider at the intersection of Alabama Highway 75 and Alabama Highway 117.
Chigger Hill Alabama
Chigger Hill is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County. Chigger Hill was named from the fact the original settlers had to combat a serious infestation of mites.
Dawson is a small unincorporated community located in DeKalb County. It is located atop Sand Mountain, approximately 4 miles northeast of the town of Crossville.
Dog Town Alabama
Dogtown, also known as Cagle’s Crossroads, Dog Town, and Ruhama, is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County. First called Cagle’s Crossroads after a local family, the community was then called Dogtown due to the large number of hunters and their dogs that frequented the area. It is also referred to as Ruhama, in reference to a local Baptist church that was organized in 1900.
Grove Oak Alabama
Grove Oak is a small unincorporated community in DeKalb County. It is located atop Sand Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Grove Oak has one store, and is surrounded by forests and farmland. There are two Baptist churches. There is a small Masonic lodge and a now-closed junior high school.
Guest is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County. The community was most likely named for the local Guest family. A post office called Guest was established in 1892, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1905.
Hopewell is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County.
Lake Howard Alabama
Lake Howard is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County.
Loveless is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County. It is named after its founder, Dawson Lovelace and located 9 miles south-southwest of Fort Payne.
Sulphur Springs Alabama
Sulphur Springs is an unincorporated community in DeKalb County. The community was founded as a stop on the Alabama Great Southern Railroad. It was once home to the Alabama White Sulphur Springs Hotel, an 80-room hotel, which also included six cottages, built by Col. A. B. Hanna in 1871. The hotel remained in operation until 1929, when it and the surrounding property were donated to the YWCA of Chattanooga. It was operated as Camp Elizabeth Lupton by the YWCA until 1953.
The community was named for the springs of sulphur water near the town site.
A post office called Sulphur Springs was established in 1885, and remained in operation until 1918. The post office was moved across the border to Sulphur Springs, Georgia, with mail being brought over from the train depot in Georgia.
Source: Wikipedia contributors, “Sulphur Springs, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
DeKalb County Alabama Ghost Towns
Bootsville is a ghost town in the Sand Valley area of central DeKalb County. It was located roughly five miles west-southwest of Fort Payne. This would place it near the present-day intersection of County Road 458 and County Road 461.
Rawlingsville, also known as Crystal Lake or Hollemans Station, was the first county seat of DeKalb County. It served as such from 1835 for a short time until the county seat was moved to Bootsville. Rawlingsville was located within the boundaries of the present city of Fort Payne but has long since ceased to exist as a recognized community.