Etowah County, Alabama

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Etowah County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is from the Cherokee language, which means "edible tree". It is the center of the 'Gadsden, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area' which includes Etowah and Cherokee Counties. As of 2000 the population was 103,459. Its county seat is Gadsden. In area, it is the smallest county in Alabama.

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History

Etowah was originally the southern part of DeKalb County, Alabama. However Baine County was established on December 7, 1866, named for General David W. Baine of the Confederate Army, with its county seat at Gadsden. The county was abolished in 1867, but a year later, Etowah County was created from the same territory. An F4 tornado struck here on Palm Sunday March 27, 1994. It destroyed Piedmont's Goshen United Methodist Church twelve minutes after the National Weather Service of Birmingham issued a tornado warning for northern Calhoun, southeastern Etowah, and southern Cherokee.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 549 square miles (1,421.9 km2), of which 535 square miles (1,385.6 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36.3 km2) (2.54%) is water.

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