Etowah County Alabama Map

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Etowah County Alabama Map

Etowah County Alabama

Map of Alabama highlighting Etowah County

Map of Alabama highlighting Etowah County


Etowah County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Etowah county is located in the northeastern section of the state, in the southern Appalachians. As of the 2010 census the population was 104,430. Its county seat is Gadsden. It is the smallest county in Alabama but one of the most densely populated. Its name is from a Cherokee word meaning “edible tree”.

Etowah County Alabama History

The Alabama legislature established Etowah County on December 7, 1866. The territory of Etowah County was originally split among the neighboring counties, with most of it belonging to DeKalb and Cherokee counties.In honor of the confederate soldier, General David W. Baine, Etowah County was originally named Baine County. Baine County officially became known as Etowah County on December 1, 1868. The county was abolished on 1868 Dec. 1 by the Constitutional Convention and re-established on the same day, under the name of Etowah, which is from the Cherokee language.

The first settlement in what is now Etowah County was located at a town called Double Springs on the Coosa River.

Etowah County Alabama Civil War Events

On May 2, 1863, during Union colonel Abel Streight’s raid through north Alabama, a local farmer named John Wisdom gained notoriety when he raced ahead of Streight’s troops, who were in turn being pursued by Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, to Rome, Georgia, to warn the town’s citizens of the Union troops’ impending arrival. A young girl named Emma Sansom became a local heroine during the raid when she led Forrest and his men across Black Creek to capture Streight’s troops.

Etowah County Alabama WWII Events

In 1942, the U.S. took possession of 36,300 acres in Etowah and adjoining St. Clair County to establish Alabama’s first Chemical Warfare Center (CWC). Known as Camp Sibert, it served as a Unit Training Center and a Replacement Training Center for the CWC. Deactivated in 1945, Camp Sibert was the training site for more than 45 percent of all CWS troops who served in World War II.

Etowah County Alabama Contact Information

Etowah County Alabama Courthouse

800 Forrest Ave.
Gadsden, AL 35901 (256) 549-1444
(866) 314-7660
(256) 549-5400


Etowah County Alabama Quick Links

Etowah County Alabama Cities:

Attalla, Alabama

Neon Sign in Attalla Alabama. Alabama Power Co. Mascot: Reddy Kilowatt

Neon Sign in Attalla Alabama. Alabama Power Co. Mascot: Reddy Kilowatt

Attalla is a city in Etowah County, Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,048. The town occupies the site of an Indian village which was of considerable importance during the Creek War. It was in Attalla that David Brown, a Cherokee assisted by the Rev. D. S. Butterick, prepared the Cherokee Spelling Book.

Attalla was not founded until 1870, on land donated by W. C. Hammond, a plantation owner. It was incorporated as a city government on February 5, 1872. The town was officially named “Attalla” in 1893, from the Cherokee language word meaning “mountain”.

Attalla is the site of the first hydroelectric dam to provide electricity for a city, constructed in 1887. In 1903, Gadsden resident William Patrick Lay built his first hydroelectric plant on Big Wills Creek, which furnished the town of Attalla with electricity. He organized Alabama Power Company in 1906.

Attalla, Alabama Website
Attalla Alabama Festival

 Heritage Day: Held the third Saturday in October each year. The City of Attalla and our sponsors are proud to present, Attalla Heritage Day. The festival features arts & crafts, car show, bands, food vendors and a large children’s area including free rides, games and activities. Heritage Day is a FREE fun filled family event!
The festival is located in a blocked off area of downtown Attalla which includes antiques, restaurants, boutiques and professional services. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Attalla Alabama Police Department

Chief of Police: Dennis Walker
(256) 538-7837
302 6th Ave NW, Attalla, AL 35954

Boaz, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Gadsden is the county seat, named after Col. James Gadsden, distinguished soldier, diplomat, railroad president and famous for the Gadsden Purchase. Gadsden became an important military center during World War II, when the Gadsden Ordnance Plant was constructed to produce shells for cannons. By the end of the war in 1945, the plant had produced more than 16 million shells.

Glencoe, Alabama

Hokes Bluff, Alabama

Rainbow City, Alabama

Southside, Alabama

Etowah Cunty Alabama Towns:

Altoona, Alabama

Reece City, Alabama

Ridgeville, Alabama

Sardis City, Alabama

Walnut Grove, Alabama

Etowah County Alabama Communities:

Ballplay, Alabama

Bristow Cove, Alabama

Carlise-Rockledge, Alabama

Coasts Bend, Alabama

 Egypt, Alabama

Galland, Alabama

Ivalee, Alabama

Lookout Mountain, Alabama

New Union, Alabama

Owassa, Alabama

Tidmore Bend, Alabama

Whitesboro, Alabama

Anderson, Alabama

Liberty Hill, Alabama

Pilgrims Rest, Alabama

Mountainboro, Alabama

Etowah County Alabama Notable Sights and Events

Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain are located in Etowah County.  Etowah County is the starting point for the annual World’s Longest Yard Sale, a multi-state, three-day event that stretches more than 690 miles and culminates in Addison, Michigan.

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Etowah County Alabama Sites Of Interest

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Hokes Bluff: 34.000000, -85.866667
Ballplay: 34.058746, -85.808967
Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary: 34.166548, -86.298333
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Ballplay was so named because Native Americans would play a ball game at the site in order to resolve disputes between tribes. A post office was established at Ballplay in 1840, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1905.
Ballplay, AL, United States
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Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary

Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary is the perfect place for a fun-filled family outing. At this zoo, visitors will have the opportunity to experience hands-on interaction with the animals and get to view the beautiful birds in the aviary. Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary is also the perfect place to host a birthday party or other fun event. Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary is located at 1500 AL Hwy 168, Boaz, AL 35957. Hours: Thurs-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm / Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm / Price: $5 per person


1500 State Hwy 168, Boaz, AL, USA
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Hokes Bluff
Hokes Bluff is a city in Etowah County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2000 census the population was 4,149 and 4,286 in 2010.
Hokes Bluff was established on a high bluff overlooking the Coosa River. The town was called "The Bluff", and was used as a lookout station for Native American tribes, as they could a great distance across, up and down the Coosa River. Hokes Bluff was one the staging areas where the Cherokee were collected, and sent to Gunter's Landing (Guntersville), and west to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. Settlers came into the area in the 1840s. Daniel Hoke Jr. was among the settlers, who came in 1850 and built a trading post and a blacksmith shop near the site of the bluff. The town was renamed Hoke's Bluff after him in 1853 by W.B. Wynne, a friend of Hoke. The town was raided and pillaged during the Civil War by raiding parties of both sides of the Union and the Confederacy. John Henry Wisdom, who became the "Paul Revere of the Confederacy" after making his famous ride from Gadsden to Rome during the Civil War was a resident of Hokes Bluff.

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