Barbour County, Alabama

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Barbour County, Alabama is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of James Barbour, who served as Governor of Virginia. As of 2000 the population was 29,038. The 2006 population estimate was 28,171. Its county seat is Clayton.

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History

Barbour County was established on December 18, 1832, from former Creek Indian territory and a portion of Pike County. Its boundaries were altered in 1866 and 1868.[1] The Election Riot of 1874 occurred near Comer.

In 1833, Louisville was chosen as the first county seat for Barbour County. The county seat was moved in 1834 after an eleven-member committee selected Clayton to be the seat of government because of its central geographic location. By the 1870s, Eufaula had surpassed Clayton in size, sparking debate concerning whether the county seat should be moved to the county's commercial center or remain at its geographic center. A compromise was reached on February 12, 1879, with the approval of Act No. 106, establishing courts in both Eufaula and Clayton. Today, two courthouses remain operational in Barbour County.

Barbour County Governors

Barbour County is home to more Alabama governors than any other county in the state. Six elected governors as well as two acting governors have called Barbour County home. The Barbour County Governors' Trail was established by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 2000 to honor the eight distinguished men and women who have served as governor from Barbour County.

Died in Office

1971-1979, 1983-1987

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 905 square miles (2,343.9 km2), of which 885 square miles (2,292.1 km2) is land and 20 square miles (51.8 km2) (2.17%) is water.

Major highways

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