Place:Geneva, Alabama, United States

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Geneva County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,790. Its county seat is Geneva. Geneva County is a prohibition or dry county.

The county was named after its county seat, which in turn was named after Geneva, New York which was named after Geneva, Switzerland, by Walter H. Yonge, an early town resident and Swiss native.

Geneva County is part of the Dothan, Alabama, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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  • Geneva County was established on December 26, 1868.
  • The county was declared a disaster area in September 1979 due to damage from Hurricane Frederic.
  • On March 10, 2009, a gunman named Michael McLendon went on a mass shooting spree at 9 locations in Geneva County from the town of Samson to the city of Geneva killing 11 people and wounding over 15. McLendon entered his former place of employment, Reliable Metal Products on the northeastern side of Geneva, where he took his own life.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1868 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1883 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1898 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1898 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1910 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1912 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
1870 2,959
1880 4,342
1890 10,690
1900 19,096
1910 26,230
1920 29,315
1930 30,104
1940 29,172
1950 25,899
1960 22,310
1970 21,924
1980 24,253
1990 23,647

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