Shelby County Alabama is located near the geographic center of the state of Alabama. The county seat of Shelby County is Columbiana Alabama. The county is named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky from 1792 to 1796 and again from 1812 to 1816.
St. Clair County was established on November 20, 1818 by the Alabama Territory legislature by splitting the area from Shelby County. In 1836, a portion of St. Clair County was separated to establish Cherokee County and DeKalb County. In 1866, after the Civil War, a northeast section of the county was used to create Etowah County.
Talladega County is a county of the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 82,291. Its county seat is Talladega, Alabama. Talladega is derived from the Muscogee (Creek) Native American word TVLVTEKE which translates to “border town.” Prior to Euro-American settlement in what is today Talladega County it was the home of the Abihka tribe of the Creek Confederacy. The county was established December 18, 1832 from land ceded by the Creek Indians.
In Talladega County, the Riddle and Story Mines both produced lode gold, with placers found in Talladega Creek.