Franklin County Alabama
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 population is 31,704. Its county seat is Russellville.
Franklin County Alabama Cities:
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 is a city in Franklin County. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 9,830, up from 8,971 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County.
After the War of 1812, the U.S. government appropriated money to improve a route from Nashville to New Orleans. It was named Jackson’s Military Road after Andrew Jackson, and it passed through what became Russellville. (Present-day Jackson Avenue and Jackson Highway, U.S. Route 43, follow portions of the original road.)
Franklin County Alabama Towns:
A community known as “Reid Brake” was established at what is now Hodges in the 1880s. The current town was was laid out in 1902 and established in 1907 as a stop along the Illinois Central Railroad. The town incorporated in 1913, and reincorporated in 1919.
Hodges is a town in Franklin County. At the 2010 census the population was 288.
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 is a town in Franklin County. Vina was originally known as “Jones Crossroads,” and later as “New Burleson.” When a branch of the Illinois Central Railroad was constructed through the area in the early 1900s, the community was renamed “Vina” after the wife of a railroad engineer.
Franklin County Alabama Communities:
Atwood is an unincorporated community located in southern Franklin County. It is located along Alabama Highway 172 between the towns of Hodges and Vina. Atwood is situated just south of the Bear Creek Reservoir.
Belgreen is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Franklin County, located nine miles west of Russellville and around 17 miles east of Red Bay on Alabama Highway 24. As of the 2010 census, its population was 129.
Burntout is an unincorporated community in Franklin County. Local legend states that during the Civil War a group of Union soldiers stopped to camp at a church just outside Red Bay. During the night, a soldier knocked over a lantern and started a fire. Local settlers came together to replace the burned church and decided to call it Burnout Church, a name also adopted by the surrounding community.
Halltown, also known as Alanthus, is an unincorporated community in Franklin County. Halltown is located along Alabama State Route 24, 4.9 miles east-northeast of Red Bay.
Liberty Hill Alabama
Nix is an unincorporated community in Franklin County.
Old Burleson Alabama
Old Burleson is an unincorporated community in Franklin County.
Pleasant Site Alabama
Pleasant Site is an unincorporated community in Franklin County. During the Civil War, Company B of the 27th Alabama Infantry (known as the “Confederate Sentinels”) was organized at Pleasant Site.
Pogo is an unincorporated community in Franklin County.
Seven Pines Alabama
Seven Pines is an unincorporated community in Franklin County. Seven Pines is located on Alabama State Route 247, 4.1 miles northeast of Red Bay.
Spruce Pine, Alabama
Spruce Pine is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Franklin County. Its population was 222 as of the 2010 census.
Franklin County Alabama Destinations
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.