FRANKLIN COUNTY ALABAMA

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Franklin County Alabama

 

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Franklin County is a county of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,704. Its county seat is Russellville Alabama. Its name is in honor of Benjamin Franklin, famous statesman, scientist, and printer.

In 1806, former vice president Aaron Burr hid for two weeks in Dismals Canyon, located in the town of Phil Campbell in the northeastern part of the county, to avoid arrest on treason charges after being discovered attempting to raise an army and take over the southern United States.

In 1820, the federal government completed Jackson’s Military Road (named for Gen. Andrew Jackson), which shortened travel time between Nashville and New Orleans, through portions of Franklin County.

In 1840, the county became one of the leading iron manufacturers in the state. Iron produced at the Cedar Creek Iron Works aided both the Mexican War and Civil War efforts. The furnace was destroyed in July 1864 during Union general Lovell H. Rousseau’s raid through Alabama.

Franklin County Alabama Map

Franklin County Alabama Map

 

Franklin County Alabama population is 31,704. Its county seat is Russellville. Its name is in honor of Benjamin Franklin, famous statesman, scientist, and printer.

Franklin County Alabama Cities:


Red Bay, Alabama

Red Bay is located in western Franklin County in the northwest corner of the state, approximately one mile from the Alabama-Mississippi state line. The western border of the city is the Mississippi state line. It is situated on the Tennessee Valley divide, with the northern half of the city draining north to Bear Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River, and the southern half draining south to Gum Creek, a tributary of the Tombigbee River.


Russellville, Alabama

Franklin County Alabama Towns:


Hodges, Alabama

Phil Campbell, Alabama

In the 1880s, a railroad work crew leader and engineer by the name of Phillip Campbell (originally from England) established a work camp near the location of modern Phil Campbell. Mel Allen, a prominent local businessman, told Mr. Campbell if he would construct a railroad depot and add a side track to the stretch of railroad going through the area, he would name the subsequent town after Campbell. Mr. Campbell built both the depot and siding, which led to Phil Campbell being the only town in Alabama to have both the first and last names of an individual.

Vina, Alabama

Franklin County Alabama Communities:

 

Atwood, Alabama

Belgreen, Alabama

Burntout, Alabama

Halltown, Alabama

Liberty Hill, Alabama

Nix, Alabama

Old Burleson, Alabama

Pleasant Site, Alabama

Pogo, Alabama

Seven Pines, Alabama

Spruce Pine, Alabama

 

Franklin County Alabama Destinations


Alabama’s newest horse trails, the Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park

The National Natural Landmark Dismals Canyon

Cypress Cove Farms, a historic Appalachian Village

Fishing, camping, swimming and white water rafting at Bear Creek Lakes

Tammy Wynette displays at the Red Bay Museum

Franklin County Alabama Places of Interest:


Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River, flows through the north-central area of the county, and Bear Creek, also a tributary of the Tennessee River, flows through the southwestern corner of the county. Bear Creek is a popular area for Canoeing and kayaking.

In the late 1960s, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) built a reservoir on Bear Creek, creating Bear Creek Lake. In 1978, the TVA dammed Cedar Creek, creating Cedar Creek Lake. Mud Creek, a tributary of the Luxapilla Creek, runs through the eastern half of the county.

Dismals Canyon has been voted one of the country’s most secluded and beautiful areas. The canyon includes waterfalls, more than 350 species of flora, and what are known colloquially as “dismalites,” strange glowing insects called fungus gnats.

A portion of the William Bankhead National Forest is located on the southeastern border of the county. Bridge Canyon is home to Alabama’s largest rock formation, a giant sandstone cliff embedded with quartz deposits that rises 285 feet. Located near Hodges in the northern area of the county, the canyon also contains caves, springs, waterfalls, and an 82-foot-long natural bridge.

Franklin County Alabama Events:


Every August, the town of Russellville hosts the annual Watermelon Festival, which features a pageant, a 5K race, arts and crafts, and tennis tournaments.

Franklin County Alabama Zip Codes:

35571 Atwood, Alabama

35593 Burntout, Alabama

35571 Hodges, Alabama

35581 Phil Campbell, Alabama

35582 Red Bay, Alabama

35653 Russellville, Alabama

35654 Russellville, Alabama

35585 Spruce Pine, Alabama

35593 Vina, Alabama

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