Cleburne County Alabama Map

Cleburne County Alabama Map


Follow our research as we plow through the history of moonshining in Alabama. Interesting findings will be published in a new series: “Bama Dew.”


Chulafinnee Alabama

Chulafinnee was originally one of several Indian villages of the Upper Creek Nation.The Indian word, Chulafinnee, means “Pine Log Crossing.”  Chulafinnee is now a ghost town with a gold producing past. It is located in the southwest corner of Cleburne County along Carr & Chulafinnee Creeks. This was a gold mining town about 12 miles south of Heflin, Alabama. Chulafinnee is near a creek of the same name, about four miles from the creek junction with the Tallapoos River and along present US Highway 431.

Moonshiners and Deputies Have Gunfight

Moonshiners and Deputies Have Gunfight


What is said to be one of the most exciting gun battles between officers and
outlaws took place on the streets of Lineville Alabama on Wednesday, October 17th, 1928, when officers of Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Clay County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Sebe and Joe Echols of Cleburne when they were discoverd in Lineville and attempted to arrest them. It seems that Sebe was apprehended by the officers and after being placed
under arrest, made a dash for liberty, whereupon the officers gave chase,
firing twice but not hitting the fleeing man. Joe Echols, a brother, some
distance away, fired four or five shots at the officers as they persued Sebe
then made a get away but was later located at the home of Howell Turner, some five miles east of Lineville. Sebe was recaptured in the home of Dr. J.S. Ray by John W. Kilgore, a Cleburne County officer, where he happened to run while trying to make his escape. Sheriff Allen and Deputies Cook and George Thrower of Cleburne and Pope of
Talladega, were at the scene of the home where Joe was shot and captured following a pistol battle lasting several minutes.

Alabama Gold

Arbacoochee Alabama

Arbacoochee Alabama
Arbacoochee in Cleburne County, Alabama was the site where gold was first discovered in Alabamam in 1832. According to historian George W. Yarbrough,
“This was probably the most profitable gold mine in Alabama’s history.” Arbacoochee was named after the old Creek Indian village of “Abihkuchi”, which translates to “a pile at the base.” Arbacoochee is located on CR-42 between SH 46 & SH 9, nine miles southeast of Heflin, Alabama. Latitude:


Arbacoochee Alabama Gold
Gold was discovered in Arbacoochee in 1832, and the local mines produced over $5,000,000 worth of gold.

Alabama King Mine

“Alabama King Mine” is a past producer deposit site in the Appalachian Highlands of Alabama, The United States. It is a small deposit, not considered to be of world-class significance. Gold deposits are documented at “Alabama King Mine.” Gold is present at a grade sufficient to have a strong effect on the economics of an excavation project. It may even be viable as the only commodity mined.

Cleburne County Alabama

Cleburne County Alabama

Cleburne County Alabama History
Cleburne County was established on December 6, 1866, by an act of the state legislature. The county was made from territory in Benton (now Calhoun), Randolph, and Talladega counties. Heflin Alabama is the county seat. Cleburne County  is the fourth-smallest county in Alabama by land area and second-largest by total area. Cleburne County is home to Alabama’s highest natural point on Cheaha Mountain which is part of the southernmost mountain range in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park
Clay County Alabama
Cleburne County Alabama

Cheaha State Park is a 2,799-acre state park in Alabama, located in northern Clay and southwestern Cleburne counties. The park, which is Alabama’s oldest continuously operating state park, encompasses Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in the state. Park facilities include a lodge, restaurant, general store, campsites, hiking trails, and other amenities. Day-use: The park has day-use areas for picnicking, swimming, and fishing. Scenic overlooks: Cheaha Mountain is topped with Bunker Tower, a stone building with an observation deck on top. Near the peak, Bald Rock has a wheelchair-accessible wooden walkway that provides an overlook of the surrounding region.