Jasper, Alabama

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Jasper is a city in Walker County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 14,659. As of July 1, 2006 the population had increased to 15,117.[1] The city is the county seat of Walker County,[2] and once ranked among the world's leading producers of coal.

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Geography

Jasper is located at 33°50′32″N 87°16′38″W / 33.84222°N 87.27722°W / 33.84222; -87.27722 (33.842347, -87.277174).[3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.9 square miles (69.6 km²), of which, 26.9 square miles (69.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water.

History

Jasper, named in honor of Sergeant William Jasper, a Red Stick War hero, was settled in 1815, but was not incorporated until 1888.

During the Civil War, Union troops marching toward Selma burned the courthouse and several other buildings in town and raided neighboring farms for supplies.[4]

The first significant growth of the area was realized in 1886, when the Kansas City-Memphis & Birmingham and the Sheffield & Birmingham Railroads were completed through Jasper. The population grew from 200 people in 1886 to more than 3,000 in 1890.[4] In a special edition in 1891, The Mountain Eagle stated there were 400 coke ovens in operation, six coal mines, one foundry and machine shop, two saw mills, one brick work, two sandstone quarries, four hotels, and two banks.

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