DIGITAL ALABAMA GUIDE TO ETOWAH COUNTY ALABAMA

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Etowah County Alabama

Map of Alabama highlighting Etowah County

Map of Alabama highlighting Etowah County

 

Etowah County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Etowah county is located in the northeastern section of the state, in the southern Appalachians. As of the 2010 census the population was 104,430. Its county seat is Gadsden. It is the smallest county in Alabama but one of the most densely populated. Its name is from a Cherokee word meaning “edible tree”.

Etowah County Alabama History

The Alabama legislature established Etowah County on December 7, 1866. The territory of Etowah County was originally split among the neighboring counties, with most of it belonging to DeKalb and Cherokee counties.In honor of the confederate soldier, General David W. Baine, Etowah County was originally named Baine County. Baine County officially became known as Etowah County on December 1, 1868. The county was abolished on 1868 Dec. 1 by the Constitutional Convention and re-established on the same day, under the name of Etowah, which is from the Cherokee language.

The first settlement in what is now Etowah County was located at a town called Double Springs on the Coosa River.

Etowah County Alabama Civil War Events

On May 2, 1863, during Union colonel Abel Streight’s raid through north Alabama, a local farmer named John Wisdom gained notoriety when he raced ahead of Streight’s troops, who were in turn being pursued by Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, to Rome, Georgia, to warn the town’s citizens of the Union troops’ impending arrival. A young girl named Emma Sansom became a local heroine during the raid when she led Forrest and his men across Black Creek to capture Streight’s troops.

Etowah County Alabama WWII Events

In 1942, the U.S. took possession of 36,300 acres in Etowah and adjoining St. Clair County to establish Alabama’s first Chemical Warfare Center (CWC). Known as Camp Sibert, it served as a Unit Training Center and a Replacement Training Center for the CWC. Deactivated in 1945, Camp Sibert was the training site for more than 45 percent of all CWS troops who served in World War II.

Etowah County Alabama Contact Information

Etowah County Alabama Courthouse

800 Forrest Ave.
Gadsden, AL 35901 (256) 549-1444
(866) 314-7660
(256) 549-5400

 

Etowah County Alabama Quick Links

Etowah County Alabama Cities:

Attalla, Alabama

Neon Sign in Attalla Alabama. Alabama Power Co. Mascot: Reddy Kilowatt

Neon Sign in Attalla Alabama. Alabama Power Co. Mascot: Reddy Kilowatt

Attalla is a city in Etowah County, Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,048. The town occupies the site of an Indian village which was of considerable importance during the Creek War. It was in Attalla that David Brown, a Cherokee assisted by the Rev. D. S. Butterick, prepared the Cherokee Spelling Book.

Attalla was not founded until 1870, on land donated by W. C. Hammond, a plantation owner. It was incorporated as a city government on February 5, 1872. The town was officially named “Attalla” in 1893, from the Cherokee language word meaning “mountain”.

Attalla is the site of the first hydroelectric dam to provide electricity for a city, constructed in 1887. In 1903, Gadsden resident William Patrick Lay built his first hydroelectric plant on Big Wills Creek, which furnished the town of Attalla with electricity. He organized Alabama Power Company in 1906.

Attalla, Alabama Website
Attalla Alabama Festival

 Heritage Day: Held the third Saturday in October each year. The City of Attalla and our sponsors are proud to present, Attalla Heritage Day. The festival features arts & crafts, car show, bands, food vendors and a large children’s area including free rides, games and activities. Heritage Day is a FREE fun filled family event!
The festival is located in a blocked off area of downtown Attalla which includes antiques, restaurants, boutiques and professional services. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Attalla Alabama Police Department

Chief of Police: Dennis Walker
(256) 538-7837
302 6th Ave NW, Attalla, AL 35954

Boaz, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Gadsden is the county seat, named after Col. James Gadsden, distinguished soldier, diplomat, railroad president and famous for the Gadsden Purchase. Gadsden became an important military center during World War II, when the Gadsden Ordnance Plant was constructed to produce shells for cannons. By the end of the war in 1945, the plant had produced more than 16 million shells.

Glencoe, Alabama

Hokes Bluff, Alabama

Rainbow City, Alabama

Southside, Alabama

Etowah Cunty Alabama Towns:

Altoona, Alabama

Reece City, Alabama

Ridgeville, Alabama

Sardis City, Alabama

Walnut Grove, Alabama

Etowah County Alabama Communities:

Ballplay, Alabama

Bristow Cove, Alabama

Carlise-Rockledge, Alabama

Coasts Bend, Alabama

 Egypt, Alabama

Galland, Alabama

Ivalee, Alabama

Lookout Mountain, Alabama

New Union, Alabama

Owassa, Alabama

Tidmore Bend, Alabama

Whitesboro, Alabama

Anderson, Alabama

Liberty Hill, Alabama

Pilgrims Rest, Alabama

Mountainboro, Alabama

Etowah County Alabama Notable Sights and Events

Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain are located in Etowah County.  Etowah County is the starting point for the annual World’s Longest Yard Sale, a multi-state, three-day event that stretches more than 690 miles and culminates in Addison, Michigan.

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