Place:Baldwin, Alabama, United States

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NameBaldwin
Alt namesAbraham Baldwinsource: Wikipedia
Baldwinsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates30.75°N 87.767°W
Located inAlabama, United States     (1809 - )
See alsoEscambia, Alabama, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
Washington, Alabama, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Baldwin County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is named in honor of Senator Abraham Baldwin, though he never lived in what is now Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 182,265. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2012 population is 190,790. The county seat is Bay Minette. The largest county in Alabama by area, it includes a portion of Mobile Bay.

The U.S. federal government designates Baldwin County as the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan statistical area.

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History

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Baldwin County was established on December 21, 1809, ten years before Alabama became a state. Previously, the county had been a part of the Mississippi Territory until 1817, when the area was included in the separate Alabama Territory. Statehood was gained by Alabama in 1819.

There have been numerous border changes to the county and numerous armies have invaded.

In the first days of Baldwin County, the town of McIntosh Bluff on the Tombigbee River was the county seat. (It is now included in Washington County, west of Baldwin County.) The county seat was transferred to the town of Blakeley in 1810, and then to the city of Daphne in 1868. In 1900, by an act of the legislature of Alabama, the county seat was authorized for relocation to the city of Bay Minette, however, the city of Daphne resisted relocation.

To relocate the county seat to Bay Minette, the men of the town devised a scheme. To lure the Sheriff and his deputy out of the Daphne, the men fabricated a murder. While the law was chasing down the fictitious killer during the late hours, the group of Bay Minette men stealthily traveled the seventeen miles (27 km) to Daphne, stole the Baldwin County Courthouse records, and delivered them to the city of Bay Minette, where Baldwin County's county seat remains. A New Deal mural, completed by WPA artists during the Great Depression, depicts the events. It hangs in the Bay Minette post office .

Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Baldwin County frequently endures tropical weather systems, including hurricanes. In recent years, the county was declared a disaster area in September 1979 due to damage from Hurricane Frederic, in July 1997 due to Hurricane Danny, in September 1998 from Hurricane Georges, in September 2004 due to damage from Hurricane Ivan, and again in August 2005 due to damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1809 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1809 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1809 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1810 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1810 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1886 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1810 1,427
1820 1,713
1830 2,324
1840 2,951
1850 4,414
1860 7,530
1870 6,004
1880 8,603
1890 8,941
1900 13,194
1910 18,178
1920 20,730
1930 28,289
1940 32,324
1950 40,997
1960 49,088
1970 59,382
1980 78,556
1990 98,280

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