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Colbert County, Alabama
Colbert County Courthouse.JPG
Colbert County Courthouse in Tuscumbia
Map of Alabama highlighting Colbert County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1867
Named for George and Levi Colbert
Seat Tuscumbia
Largest city Muscle Shoals
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

622 sq mi (1,611 km²)
593 sq mi (1,536 km²)
30 sq mi (78 km²), 4.7
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

57,227
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.colbertcounty.org/
Footnotes: *County Number 20 on Alabama Licence Plates

Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September 2007

Colbert County ( /ˈkɒlbərt/)[1] is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census the county's population was 57,227.[2] The county seat is Tuscumbia.[3] The largest city is Muscle Shoals. The county is named in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs.[4]

Colbert County is part of the Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as "The Shoals".

History[]

Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians were the earliest inhabitants of Colbert County. In the 1810s, settlers began to settle in an area at a crossroads that came to be Leighton, AL. Colbert County was originally established on February 6, 1867, after it split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was abolished eight months later on November 29, 1867[5] by an Alabama constitutional convention and then reestablished on February 24, 1870. In 1890, the eastern boundary of Colbert County changed from County Line Road to Town Creek which resulted in all of Leighton placed within Colbert County.[4] Colbert County is the location of Ivy Green, the birthplace of noted author Helen Keller.[4] Colbert County includes the cities of Sheffield and Muscle Shoals where many popular musicians such as Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded music. Also located in Colbert County is the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard established in 1937.[6]

Geography[]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,610 km2), of which 593 square miles (1,540 km2) is land and 30 square miles (78 km2) (4.7%) is water.[7] The county's elevation ranges from 410 feet at the Tennessee River in northwestern Colbert County to 980 feet in southeastern Colbert County at the broadcast facility's tower of WQPR-FM/WFIQ-TV.

National protected area[]

  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)

River[]

  • Tennessee River

Major Creeks[]

  • Bear Creek
  • Cane Creek
  • Mulberry Creek
  • Spring Creek
  • Town Creek

Waterfalls[]

  • Cane Creek Canyon Waterfall
  • Rainbow Branch Waterfall
  • Wilson Dam Waterfall

Notable Springs[]

  • Big Spring at Tuscumbia
  • Buzzard Roost Spring at Margerum
  • Chalybeate Spring at Littleville
  • Milk Springs at Colbert Heights
  • Shegog Spring at Ford City

Notable Mountains[]

  • Bald Knob
  • Coburn Mountain
  • Colbert Mountain
  • Hawk Pride Mountain
  • LaGrange Mountain
  • Mountain Mills Ridge
  • Sand Mountain
  • Underwood Mountain
  • Wagnon Mountain
  • Wheeler Mountain

Adjacent counties[]

Transportation[]

Major highways[]

  • US 43.svg U.S. Highway 43
  • US 72.svg U.S. Highway 72
  • Alabama 13.svg State Route 13
  • Alabama 17.svg State Route 17
  • Alabama 20.svg State Route 20
  • Alabama 133.svg State Route 133
  • Alabama 157.svg State Route 157
  • Alabama 184.svg State Route 184
  • Alabama 247.svg State Route 247
  • Natchez Trace Parkway

Rail[]

  • Norfolk Southern Railway - freight lines going South, East, and West.[8]

Airports[]

  • Big River Airpark
  • Northwest Alabama Regional Airport

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 12,537
1880 16,153 28.8%
1890 20,189 25.0%
1900 22,341 10.7%
1910 24,802 11.0%
1920 31,997 29.0%
1930 29,860 −6.7%
1940 34,093 14.2%
1950 39,561 16.0%
1960 46,506 17.6%
1970 49,632 6.7%
1980 54,519 9.8%
1990 51,666 −5.2%
2000 54,984 6.4%
2010 54,428 −1.0%
Est. 2021 57,474 [9] 4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2020[2]

2000[]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 54,984 people, 22,461 households, and 16,037 families residing in the county. The population density was 92 people per square mile (36/km2). There were 24,980 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.52% White or European American (non-Hispanic), 16.62% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2010[]

According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau:

There were 22,461 households, out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,954, and the median income for a family was $39,294. Males had a median income of $32,112 versus $20,107 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,533. About 11.10% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.40% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

2020[]

Colbert County racial composition[15]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 43,241 75.56%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 9,222 16.11%
Native American 223 0.39%
Asian 432 0.75%
Pacific Islander 9 0.02%
Other/Mixed 2,368 4.14%
Hispanic or Latino 1,732 3.03%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 57,227 people, 21,880 households, and 14,797 families residing in the county.

Government[]

Colbert County is governed by a County Commission that is composed of six members, elected from single-member districts, numbered one through six, by the qualified voters residing within each district. The term of office is 4 years. The six districts are apportioned as provided by law.  Each Commissioner resides in the same district he or she represents at the time of qualifying for office and during his or her tenure.  The Chair of the Commission rotates among the six members of the Commission with each Commissioner serving as Chair for one-sixth of his or her four-year term of office. Regularly-scheduled meetings of the Colbert County Commission are held in the evenings of the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

United States presidential election results for Colbert County, Alabama[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 19,203 68.86% 8,343 29.92% 340 1.22%
2016 16,746 67.21% 7,312 29.35% 857 3.44%
2012 13,936 59.44% 9,166 39.10% 342 1.46%
2008 14,739 59.33% 9,703 39.06% 401 1.61%
2004 13,188 55.10% 10,598 44.28% 149 0.62%
2000 10,518 48.85% 10,543 48.96% 471 2.19%
1996 8,305 40.88% 10,226 50.33% 1,787 8.80%
1992 8,073 35.98% 12,206 54.40% 2,160 9.63%
1988 7,775 42.25% 10,397 56.49% 232 1.26%
1984 9,530 45.31% 11,008 52.34% 494 2.35%
1980 6,619 33.07% 12,550 62.71% 844 4.22%
1976 4,471 26.55% 11,996 71.23% 375 2.23%
1972 11,215 67.71% 4,811 29.04% 538 3.25%
1968 1,727 11.06% 2,291 14.67% 11,603 74.28%
1964 5,267 48.59% 0 0.00% 5,573 51.41%
1960 2,815 26.79% 7,550 71.85% 143 1.36%
1956 1,819 20.35% 7,007 78.40% 111 1.24%
1952 1,381 18.90% 5,920 81.01% 7 0.10%
1948 488 15.62% 0 0.00% 2,637 84.38%
1944 496 12.75% 3,386 87.07% 7 0.18%
1940 365 8.35% 3,998 91.47% 8 0.18%
1936 251 6.92% 3,365 92.75% 12 0.33%
1932 312 9.62% 2,908 89.64% 24 0.74%
1928 1,249 31.64% 2,596 65.75% 103 2.61%
1924 576 25.29% 1,503 65.98% 199 8.74%
1920 650 25.18% 1,869 72.41% 62 2.40%
1916 352 23.02% 1,132 74.04% 45 2.94%
1912 228 15.25% 946 63.28% 321 21.47%
1908 353 27.88% 849 67.06% 64 5.06%
1904 203 17.47% 936 80.55% 23 1.98%
1900 1,243 42.79% 1,542 53.08% 120 4.13%
1896 1,754 49.84% 1,658 47.12% 107 3.04%
1892 0 0.00% 1,960 56.48% 1,510 43.52%
1888 1,315 50.65% 1,274 49.08% 7 0.27%



Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Muscle Shoals
  • Sheffield
  • Tuscumbia (county seat)

Towns[]

  • Cherokee
  • Leighton
  • Littleville

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Allsboro
  • Barton
  • Buzzard Roost
  • Ford City
  • Hatton
  • Listerhill
  • Maud
  • Mountain Mills
  • Nitrate City
  • Pride
  • Spring Valley
  • Village Number 1

Education[]

Colleges[]

  • Northwest Shoals Community College

Public School Systems[]

Colbert County School System[]

  • Cherokee Elementary School
  • Cherokee High School
  • Colbert County High School
  • Colbert Heights Elementary School
  • Colbert Heights High School
  • Hatton Elementary School
  • Leighton Elementary School
  • New Bethel Elementary School

Muscle Shoals City School System[]

  • Muscle Shoals High School
  • Muscle Shoals Middle School
  • Muscle Shoals Career Academy
  • Highland Park Elementary School
  • Howell Graves Preschool
  • McBride Elementary School
  • Webster Elementary School

Sheffield City School System[]

  • Sheffield High School
  • Sheffield Junior High School
  • L.E. Wilson Elementary School
  • W.A. Threadgill Primary School

Tuscumbia City School System[]

  • Deshler High School
  • Deshler Middle School
  • Deshler Career Technical Center
  • G.W. Trenholm Primary School
  • R.E. Thompson Intermediate School

Parks and Recreation[]

  • Alabama Wildlife Refuge Area at Pleasant Site
  • Avalon Park, Tuscumbia
  • Buzzard Roost Park, Margerum
  • Colbert County Park, Pride and Margerum
  • Highland Park, Tuscumbia
  • John W. Gattman Park, Muscle Shoals
  • Colbert Ferry Park, Cherokee
  • North Alabama State Fair Park, Tuscumbia
  • Park West, Tuscumbia
  • Rivermont Park on the Tennessee River, Tuscumbia
  • Rosetrail Park, Margerum
  • Spring Park, Tuscumbia
  • Tenth Avenue Park, Sheffield
  • Thomas State Wildlife Refuge, Barton
  • York Terrace Park, Sheffield

Historical Sites and Attractions[]

  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Tuscumbia
  • Barton Hall, Cherokee - National Historic Landmarks
  • Belle Mont Mansion/Plantation
  • Cane Creek Canyon and Natural Preserve
  • Colbert County Courthouse Square Historic District, Tuscumbia
  • Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard of Key-Underwood, Cherokee
  • F.A.M.E. Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals
  • Ivy Green - Birthplace of Helen Keller, Tuscumbia
  • LaGrange College Site and Monument, Leighton
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Nitrate Village Number 1 Historic District, Sheffield
  • Old Railroad Bridge of 1839 on the Tennessee River
  • Rosenwald School site, Cherokee
  • Tennessee Valley Art Museum, Tuscumbia
  • Tuscumbia Railroad Depot Museum
  • TVA Walking Trails and Recreation Area
  • Wilson Lock and Dam, Muscle Shoals

See also:

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Colbert County, Alabama
  • Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in Colbert County, Alabama

Annual Events[]

  • Belle Mont Celtic Fest - May
  • Muscle Shoals Area Street Rods Car Show Festival - May
  • Recall LaGrange Commemorations - May
  • North Alabama African Heritage Festival - June
  • Leighton Juneteenth Celebration - June
  • Helen Keller Festival - June
  • W.C. Handy Music Festival - July
  • Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration - September
  • “Oka Kapassa” – Return to Cold Water American Indian Festival - September
  • Annual Christmas Parades of Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield - December

In popular culture[]

  • Colbert County was featured in a three-part comedy feature on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report from November 28–30, 2006.
  • Colbert County is the setting for the Drive-by Truckers song, "Putting People on the Moon"

Notable People[]

  • Arthur Alexander
  • Jason Allen - American football
  • Beverly Barton
  • Lefty Bates
  • Deion Belue
  • Boyd Bennett
  • Robert Byrne - songwriter
  • Marcel Black
  • John A. Caddell
  • Archibald Hill Carmichael
  • Pete Carr
  • Amanda Chase
  • George Colbert
  • Levi Colbert
  • Mike Cooley (musician)
  • Dominique Croom
  • Ben Cunningham (activist)
  • Rece Davis
  • Bobby E. Denton
  • James Deshler
  • Leon Douglas
  • Cecil Dowdy
  • Alecia Elliott
  • Henry S. Foote
  • Douglas A. Foster
  • Al Gamble
  • Wayne Greenhaw
  • Wendell Wilkie Gunn
  • Rick Hall
  • Howell Heflin
  • Kelvin Holly
  • Dennis Homan
  • David Hood
  • Patterson Hood
  • Jimmy Hughes
  • Richard H. Jackson
  • Rick James (baseball)
  • Jimmy Johnson (session guitarist)
  • Helen Keller
  • John W. Keys
  • Adam Lazzara
  • Maud McKnight Lindsay
  • Robert B. Lindsay
  • Frank Manush
  • Heinie Manush
  • Kenny Mims
  • Guy Morton
  • Alfred Huger Moses
  • Stan Munsey
  • Ozzie Newsome
  • Gary Nichols
  • Jimmie Orr
  • Margaret Pellegrini
  • Anthony Piccione
  • Will Reynolds
  • Willie Ruff
  • Wimp Sanderson
  • William Henry Sawtelle
  • Mark Sears
  • Herschel Sizemore
  • Joseph Humphrey Sloss
  • William H. Steele (judge)
  • Phillip Swann
  • Percy Sledge
  • Leigh Tiffin
  • Chris Tompkins
  • Fred Thompson
  • Ken Tribble
  • Wilson D. Watson
  • Ed West
  • John Paul White
  • William Willis (artiest)

References[]

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External links[]

Coordinates: 34°40′36″N 87°49′02″W / 34.67667, -87.81722


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