Choctaw County, Alabama

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Choctaw County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is named for the Choctaw tribe of American Indians, though most of those that resided here were removed to Oklahoma.[1] As of 2000 the population was 15,922. Its county seat is Butler.

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History

  • Choctaw County was established on December 29, 1847.
  • The early pioneers of Choctaw came from France, Ireland and Scotland, but mostly from North and South Carolina. The county's population reached its peak in the 1920s due to the jobs created by such companies as E. E. Jackson Lumber Company in Riderwood and Choctaw Lumber Company in Bolinger. After the sawmills closed, Choctaw began a decline in population that still continues.[1]
  • The county was declared a disaster area in September 1979 due to damage from Hurricane Frederic.
  • On August 20, 2009, Choctaw County once again made history. A Louisiana man, Jamie Richards, (who was visiting with his some of his relatives at the time) was injured during an ATV accident on the Oaktuppa Creek outside of Gilbertown. The location where the accident occurred was so remote that EMTs had to be driven to it on fourwheelers and the victim was airlifted by a state rescue chopper. To date, it is the first and only combination of a land, water, and air rescue mission in the state of Alabama.

Historical Populations

In 1950 Choctaw County had 19,152 residents.[2] In 1990 there were 16,018 people in the county.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 921 square miles (2,385.4 km2), of which 914 square miles (2,367.2 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18.1 km2) (0.80%) is water.

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