Pike County, Alabama

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Pike County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of General Zebulon Pike, of New Jersey, an explorer who led an expedition to southern Colorado and discovered Pikes Peak in 1806. As of 2000 the population was 29,605. Its county seat is Troy.

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History

In 1819 the State of Alabama was admitted to the Union and was soon organized into counties. Pike County was named from general Zebulon Montgomery Pike of New Jersey, being one of the oldest counties, established in the year 1831. The Act of Legislature of Alabama of December 13, 1821 provided that until the Commissioners of the County of Pike should select a site for the seat of justice, the temporary seat was established at the house of Andrew Townsend in said county. Pike County comprised a large tract of country, so large that it was called the State of Pike, including a part of what is now Crenshaw, Montgomery, Macon, Bullock, and Barbour Counties, and extended to the Chattahoochie River on the east.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 672 square miles (1,741 km²), of which 671 square miles (1,738 km²) is land and 1 square mile (3 km²) (0.16%) is water.

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