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Colbert County, Alabama

county in Alabama, United States

Colbert County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs. George Colbert operated a ferry across the Tennessee River in 1790 near present-day Cherokee.[1]

Colbert County, Alabama
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Colbert County Courthouse in Tuscumbia, Alabama
Location within Alabama
Location within Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 6, 1867
Largest cityMuscle Shoals
 • Total623.61 sq mi (1,615 km2)
 • Land594.53 sq mi (1,540 km2)
 • Water29.08 sq mi (75 km2), 4.66%
 • (2010)54,428
 • Density91/sq mi (35/km2)
Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September, 2007

The county seat of Colbert County is Tuscumbia. It is part of the Florence - Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals". As of 2010, 54,428 people lived there.



Colbert County was first formed on February 6, 1867. It split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was ended but was reestablished on February 24, 1870.[1] It is also the location of Ivy Green, the birthplace of noted author Helen Keller.[1] Colbert County is also home of the towns Sheffield and Muscle Shoals where many popular musicians such as Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded music.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 623.61 square miles (1,615.1 km2). 594.53 square miles (1,539.8 km2) (or 95.34%) is land and 29.08 square miles (75.3 km2) (or 4.66%) is water.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Colbert County Website". Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  2. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  3. Alabama Railway Map. 2008. Alabama Department of Transportation. Accessed 2012-03-15.