Lamar County, Alabama

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Lamar County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, member of the United States Senate from Mississippi. As of 2000 the population was 15,904. As of 2009 its population had shrunk to 14,295. Its county seat is Vernon and it is a prohibition or dry county.



Jones County was established on February 4, 1867, with land taken from the southern part of Marion County and the western part of Fayette County, and was named for E. P. Jones of Fayette County, with its county seat at Vernon. It was abolished on November 3, 1867. On October 8, 1868, the area was again organized into a county, but as another county had been recently named "Jones", the new county was named Sanford, in honor of H. C. Sanford of Cherokee County. On February 8, 1877, the county was renamed Lamar in honor of Senator L.Q.C. Lamar of Mississippi.


  • The Vernon Pioneer - (1875 - 1878) The first newspaper published in Lamar County was The Vernon Pioneer. The Editors and Proprietors included William R. Smith, William R. Smith Jr., Smith, McCullough & Co, Sid B. Smith, and Don R. Aldridge.
  • The Vernon Clipper - (1879 - 1880) - Alexander Cobb as Editor and Proprietor and later Alex A. Wall as Proprietor.
  • The Lamar News - (1886 - 1887) - E. J. McNatt as Editor and Proprietor
  • The Vernon Courier - (1886 - 1890) - Alex A. Wall as Editor and Publisher, then Courier Publishing Co. (R. J. Young as Editor-in-Chief and Mollie C. Young as partner)


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 605 square miles (1,568 km²), of which 605 square miles (1,567 km²) is land and 1 square mile (2 km²) (0.10%) is water.

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