The first known use of the phrase "Roll Tide" was in a 1907 Birmingham News article that referred to the University of Alabama football team. The phrase became a rallying cry for Alabama football fans and is still used today.
Bibb County, Alabama has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1818. The county was named after William W. Bibb, the first governor of Alabama. Originally, the area was inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Choctaw and Creek tribes. However, European settlers began to move into the area in the early 19th century.

The county experienced significant growth during the 19th century, largely due to the construction of the Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad in the 1850s. This railroad brought economic opportunities and allowed for the transportation of goods and people. The county became known for its iron and coal mining industries, attracting workers from different parts of the country.

During the American Civil War, Bibb County was divided in its loyalties, with some residents supporting the Union and others supporting the Confederacy. The county witnessed several skirmishes and battles between the two sides, including the Battle of Ebenezer Church. Following the war, the county faced economic challenges as a result of the destruction caused by the conflict.

In the 20th century, Bibb County experienced further growth and development. Many schools, churches, and businesses were established, contributing to the county's prosperity. Today, Bibb County continues to be an important center for agriculture, with cotton, soybeans, and cattle being major industries in the region. The county also offers beautiful natural scenery, with attractions such as the Bibb County Glades Preserve and the Cahaba River.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Bibb County, Alabama.

  • 1818: Bibb County is established on February 7, 1818, as a county in the state of Alabama.
  • 1820: The first census is taken and shows a population of 1,104 residents in Bibb County.
  • 1839: The town of Bibbville becomes the county seat.
  • 1861: Bibb County and Alabama join the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • 1870: The population of Bibb County reaches 11,069 after the war.
  • 1899: The Wilsonville Coal Company is established, leading to increased industrialization in the county.
  • 1974: Bibb County celebrates its bicentennial anniversary.
  • 1996: The Talladega National Forest is established, including parts of Bibb County.
  • 2005: Bibb County is severely affected by Hurricane Katrina, causing extensive damage and loss.
  • 2019: The population of Bibb County stands at approximately 22,915 residents.