Blount County, Alabama

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Blount County is a county located in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2000 United States Census, the population was 51,024. In 2006, the Bureau of the Census estimated Blount County's population has risen to approximately 56,436. Its county seat is Oneonta.

Blount County is a dry county.

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History

Blount County was created by the Alabama Territorial Legislature on February 6, 1818, formed from land ceded to the federal government by the Creek Nation on August 9, 1814. This county was named for Governor Willie Blount of Tennessee, who provided assistance to settlers in Alabama during the Creek War of 1813-14. This county lies in the northeastern quadrant of the state, which is sometimes known as the mineral region of Alabama. Blount County is bordered by Cullman, Marshall, Etowah, Jefferson, Walker, and St. Clair Counties. This county is drained by the Locust and Mulberry Forks of the Black Warrior River. Blount County covers 650 square miles (1,700 km2). The Warrior coal field is located in Blount County.

Caleb Fryley and John Jones established Bear Meat Cabin in 1816. Its post office was opened in 1821, and the settlement was incorporated as Blountsville on December 13, 1827. In 1889, an election resulted in this county's county seat being transferred to Oneonta, Alabama.

Geography

According to the Census Bureau, this county has a total area of 651 square miles (1,686.1 km2), of which 646 square miles (1,673.1 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.77%) is water.

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