Marion County Alabama

Marion County Alabama

Marion County Alabama Location Within The State of Alabama
Marion County Alabama Location Within The State of Alabama

Marion County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 30,776. The county seat is Hamilton, Alabama. The county was created by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly on February 13, 1818. The county seat was originally established in Pikeville in 1820, and moved to Hamilton in 1881. The county was named for General Francis Marion of South Carolina.

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. The county is a prohibition or dry county, however, the sale of alcohol is permitted within the cities of Guin, Hamilton, and Winfield.
 Source: Wikipedia contributors, “Marion County, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,

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. It is bordered on the north by Franklin County, on the east by Winston County and Walker County , on the south by Fayette County  and Lamar County, and on the west by the state of Mississippi.

Marion County Alabama Cities

Guin Alabama

Guin is a city in Marion County.  It incorporated in December 1889. At the 2010 census the population was 2,376.

7500 U.S. Hwy 43, P. O. Box 249 Guin, AL 35563
​Tel: 205.468.2242 | Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Haleyville Alabama

Haleyville is located on the border of Winston and Marion Counties in northwest Alabama, being mostly in Winston County. The area around Haleyville was inhabited by the Cherokee and many remained even after forced removal in the 1830s. Haleyville had been known by various names, including Wards Grist Mill, Davis Crossings or Crossroads, and The Ark.

Hamilton Alabama

Hamilton is situated almost in the center of Marion County. The roots of the county go back to the early history of the State of Alabama. Marion County takes its name from the Revolutionary War Hero Frances Marion, and was created as the largest Alabama territorial county in 1818. It incorporated in 1896. At the 2010 census the population was 6,885. The city is the county seat of Marion County and since 1980 has been its largest city.

Winfield Alabama

Winfield is a city in Marion and Fayette counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. The population was 4,717 at the 2010 census, the second largest city in Marion County. The town was originally called “Needmore”, but when it was incorporated in either 1887 or 1891, the name was changed to Winfield in honor of General Winfield Scott. This area was once the Chickasaw Indian domain. Although there were no known Indian settlements within the county, several sites were maintained as hunting camps.

Marion County Alabama Towns

Bear Creek Alabama

Bear Creek is a town in Marion County. It incorporated in 1907, although the 1910 U.S. Census records indicated 1909. At the 2010 census the population was 1,070.

Upper Bear Creek Reservoir is located in Bear Creek. This is a TVA flood control lake that also provides a variety of recreation activities.

Brilliant Alabama

The Town of Brilliant is located in the southeastern portion of Marion County along Alabama Highway 129, approximately 15 miles southeast of Hamilton, the county seat, 10 miles west of the Winston and Walker county lines, and 7 miles north of the Fayette county line.

The present Town of Brilliant was incorporated as Boston, Alabama and was named for the Bostick family. There were two stores, a blacksmith shop, and down the hill on the Illinois Central Railroad, there was the Brilliant Coal Company with an office, depot, commissary (company store), doctors’ office, barber shop, and post office. Later when the Brilliant Coal Company moved its location, they moved the post office to the top of the hill to Boston. This presented a problem since there was already a Boston post office in the state. It was decided to change the name of the town to Brilliant to honor the coal company that had brought such prosperity to the area. The community was first incorporated in 1927.

Source: Town of Brilliant Alabama

Glen Allen Alabama

Glen Allen is a town located in Fayette and Marion counties. The town incorporated in May 1959. At the 2010 census the population was 510.

Gu-Win Alabama

Gu-Win is a town in Fayette and Marion counties. It incorporated in 1956. At the 2010 census the population was 176, down from 204. 

Hackleburg Alabama

Hackleburg is a town in Marion County. Prior to non-Indian settlement, the Hackleburg area served as hunting grounds for the Chickasaw Indians. Settlers arrived in the early 1800s and the community formed at the intersection of several stage roads and Jackson’s Military Road.

  It incorporated on August 23, 1909. At the 2010 census, its population was 1,430.

Hackleburg  was named for the abundance of hackberry trees in the area. A post office opened in the town in 1885.

 It incorporated on August 23, 1909. At the 2010 census, its population was 1,430.

Hackleburg Alabama History

In 1848, telegraph lines were laid along Jackson’s Military Road and a grist mill, cotton gin, and sawmill were soon established. By 1884, a general stored opened in Hackleburg, followed by a post office in 1885. The Illinois Central Railroad ran a line through the town in the early 1900s, prompting the construction of a train station and worker housing.

Twin Alabama

Twin, also known as Yampertown, is a town in Marion County. It is about equidistant from Brilliant, Guin and Winfield. It incorporated on August 6, 2002, becoming the 10th incorporated community in Marion County. It had a population of 399 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.

Marion County Alabama Townships

Clay Alabama

Dallas Alabama

Franklin Alabama

Franklin is a rural town in Macon County. The 2010 census placed the population at 149, unchanged from 2000.

Indiana Alabama

Knoxville Alabama

Lake Prairie Alabama

Liberty Alabama

Pleasant Grove Alabama

Red Rock Alabama

Summit Alabama

Union Alabama

Washington Alabama

Marion County Alabama Communities

Barnesville Alabama

Bexar Alabama

Bexar is a rural, mostly agricultural community in extreme west Marion County, approximately three miles from the Alabama – Mississippi state line.The community was founded circa 1830 and named for the Mission (then known as San Antonio de Béxar) which was the location of the Battle of the Alamo. Bexar first appeared on the Alabama state map in 1853. All that remains today in Bexar are homes, a few churches and the vacant buildings that once housed the post office and general store.

Pigeye Alabama

Pigeye is an unincorporated community in Marion County.


Pull Tight Alabama

Shottsville Alabama

South Haleyville Alabama

Texas Alabama

Texas is an unincorporated community in Marion County.

Gravel Springs Alabama

Byrd Alabama

Byrd is an unincorporated community in Marion County.

Marion County Alabama Historic Destinations

Jerry Brown Pottery


Marion County Alabama Ghost Towns

Pikeville Alabama

Pikeville is a ghost town in Marion County in Alabama.

Pikeville served as the first permanent county seat of Marion County from 1820–1882. It was incorporated as a town on January 12, 1827. The county courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1866, and was later rebuilt.

Pikeville is now a ghost town. However, the courthouse still stands along with the city cemetery, a civil war cemetery, a grave of an unknown War of 1812 soldier and remnants of General Jackson’s Military Road.

A post office operated under the name Pikeville from 1824 to 1907.

Marion County Alabama Weblinks

Return to Alabama Counties Index