Colbert County

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Colbert

Colbert County is named for George Colbert and Levi Colbert, who were Chickasaw chiefs.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lauderdale County 

E – Lawrence County

S – Franklin County

W – Tishomingo County, Mississippi

 

Created:  February 24, 1870                                                      Map of Alabama highlighting Colbert County

County Seat:

Tuscumbia  1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Tuscumbia

 

Location:  201 North Main Street / West 4th Street

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Greek Revival and Italianate

Architect:  Edward Laurent of Nashville, Tennessee

Contractor:  William Dowling of Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Tuscumbia. The east front has a large portico supported by four white colored columns rise to a pediment at the roof line. There is decorative brickwork between the first and second stories. On the center of the roof is a large open dome with clock and white colored dome above. The building houses the County Circuit Court and the County District Court of the 31st Judicial District. The building burned in 1908 when the interior was gutted. In 1909, the building was rebuilt and a clock tower was added. The architect was Bearden and Foreman and C L Peckinpaugh of Nashville, Tennessee and the contractor was Hosford & Graham.. An addition was built on the north side in 1948. The architect was H A Griffiths Jr. and the contractor was N C Hatcher. An addition was built on the west side in 1973 to 1975. The architect was Northington, Smith, Kranert, Tomblin & Associates and the contractor was B H Craig Construction Company Inc.

 

See: National Register of Historic Places – Colbert County Courthouse Square Historic District

 

History:  The county was created in 1870 and Tuscumbia was selected as the county seat. The courthouse constructed in 1881 is the first and only courthouse erected in the county.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Tuscumbia

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2018