Place:DeKalb, Alabama, United States

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NameDeKalb
Alt namesDe Kalbsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
De Kalb countysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
DeKalbsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS1000187
TypeCounty
Coordinates34.45°N 85.783°W
Located inAlabama, United States     (1836 - )
See alsoEtowah, Alabama, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
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DeKalb County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Major General Baron Johan DeKalb. As of the 2010 census, the population was 71,109. Its county seat is Fort Payne.

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History

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DeKalb County was created by the Alabama legislature on January 9, 1836, from land ceded to the Federal government by the Cherokee Nation. It was named for Major General Baron Johann de Kalb, a hero of the American Revolution.

DeKalb County was the one time home of the famous Cherokee Sequoyah.

The county's eastern edge, along the state line, was also the epicenter of an earthquake on April 29, 2003, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale. Power was knocked out in the area, mirrors and pictures thrown to the floor, foundations cracked, and one chimney fell to the ground. It was felt over a significant portion of the southeastern states, including quite strongly in northeastern Alabama and neighboring northwestern Georgia, and nearby eastern Tennessee (especially near Chattanooga). It was also felt slightly in western upstate South Carolina, far west-southwestern North Carolina, south and southeastern Kentucky, and east-northeastern Mississippi.

On the whole, DeKalb County is a dry county. In 2005, a change in local laws enabled Fort Payne to become the only location in the county to allow the legal sale of alcohol. Collinsville later allowed alcohol sales.

DeKalb County saw the highest death toll in Alabama during a massive tornadic system in late April 2011 April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak, with 31 deaths reported in the county.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1835 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1836 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1836 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1848 Probate 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
1885 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
1840 5,929
1850 8,245
1860 10,705
1870 7,126
1880 12,675
1890 21,106
1900 23,558
1910 28,261
1920 34,426
1930 40,104
1940 43,075
1950 45,048
1960 41,417
1970 41,981
1980 53,658
1990 54,651

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