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Tallapoosa County, Alabama has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Creek and Cherokee peoples. These tribes lived off the land and established small settlements along the Tallapoosa River, which runs through the county.

In the early 19th century, European settlers began to enter the area and establish towns. The city of Dadeville was founded in 1837 and became the county seat of Tallapoosa County. As more settlers arrived, the county's population grew rapidly, primarily through agriculture and the production of cotton.

During the American Civil War, Tallapoosa County played a significant role. It was a strategic location, as the railroad passing through the county connected Montgomery and Atlanta. The county experienced battles and skirmishes as Union and Confederate forces vied for control of the area. After the war, the county faced a challenging period of reconstruction and the gradual shift from agriculture to industry.

In the 20th century, Tallapoosa County saw significant advancements and changes. The construction of Lake Martin in the 1920s provided opportunities for recreation and tourism, boosting the county's economy. The county also became more industrialized, with the growth of factories and manufacturing facilities. Today, Tallapoosa County continues to thrive, blending its historical roots with modern development and providing a diverse array of cultural, economic, and natural attractions for visitors and residents alike.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Tallapoosa County, Alabama.

  • 1770s: The Creek Native American tribe occupies the land.
  • 1814: Treaty of Fort Jackson is signed, opening the area for settlement.
  • 1832: Tallapoosa County is officially established.
  • 1834-1835: Construction of the first courthouse in Dadeville.
  • 1861-1865: Tallapoosa County citizens fight in the American Civil War.
  • 1935: Lake Martin is created as part of a hydroelectric project.
  • 1965-1966: The filming of "To Kill a Mockingbird" takes place in Dadeville.
  • 1990: Completion of the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park visitor center.