Elmore County Alabama
Elmore County is a county of the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 79,303. Its county seat is Wetumpka. Its name is in honor of General John A. Elmore.
Elmore County was created by the Alabama legislature on 1866 Feb. 15, from parts of Autauga, Coosa, Montgomery, and Tallapoosa Counties.
Elmore county is located in what once was the heart of Upper Creek territory. The present-day towns of Wetumpka and Tallassee, located on the banks of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers, retain the names of the former Creek towns on those sites. Tuckabatchee, one of the principal towns of the Creek Nation, was also located in Elmore County, near the town of Tallassee. After the arrival of the French in Mobile in 1702, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, sent an expedition up the Alabama River to what is now southern Elmore County to establish Fort Toulouse, completed in 1717.
The Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women of the Alabama Department of Corrections is in Wetumpka in Elmore County. The prison houses Alabama’s female death row. Wetumpka was previously the site of the Wetumpka State Penitentiary.
Elmore County Alabama Cities
Prattville (partly in Autauga County)
Millbrook (partly in Autauga County)
Tallassee (partly in Tallapoosa County)
Wetumpka (county seat)
Elmore County Alabama Towns
Elmore County Alabama Census-designated Places
Elmore County Alabama Unincorporated Communities
Equality (partly in Coosa County and Tallapoosa County)
Elmore County Alabama Links
|Fort Toulouse Site |
Fort Toulouse served as the easternmost outpost of colonial French Louisiana. It was established in 1717 at the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers, and was abandoned in 1763, after the Treaty of Paris. Andrew Jackson reestablished a fort here in 1814 following his defeat of the Creek Nation at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
|Tallassee, Alabama (Horseshoe Bend Treasure) |
Tallassee, Alabama is located in both Elmore and Tallapoosa counties. At the 2010 census the population was 4,819. The Horseshoe Bend Treasure, $200,000 in gold coins, is buried near Tallassee. During the Civil War, three wagonloads of gold and silver coins worth $285,000 were buried along a fence line near Tallassee in the central part of the state. The treasure has never been recovered.