Historic Markers Across Alabama

Washington County

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on Court St, Chatom, AL
County: Washington
Coordinates: N 31° 27.948    W 088° 15.373
  31.4658    -88.25621666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Waymark: None


First county in Alabama. Created in 1800 by proclamation of governor of Mississippi Territory. This was first U. S. civil government in area that was to become Alabama. Its original boundaries: East-to-west: Chattahoochee to Pearl River; South, 31° lat. (Present Ala.-Fla. Line); North, 32° 28', a line just north of Phenix City-Montgomery-York. From these 25,000 square miles have come 26 counties in Alabama, Mississippi.

Early history of this area. 1519-1700: Claimed by Spain as part of Florida by discovery, exploration, conquest and attempted settlement. 1700-1763: Claimed by France as part of Louisiana by exploration, settlement. 1763-1780: Seized by England as part of West Florida after defeating French. 1780-1795: Regained by Spain during American Revolution by invasion, occupation. 1795 - Spain ceded area to U. S. 1798 - U. S. created Mississippi Territory.

End of Washington County