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Ashland in Clay County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Clay County / Clay County Courthouse

 
 
Clay County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
1. Clay County Marker
Inscription.
Clay County
Established Dec. 7, 1866

Boundaries of eastern Talladega County and western Randolph County were redrawn in 1866 to create the 58th county of Alabama. The name honors U. S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky. Historical place names include Almond, Anititchapko, Ashland, Barfield, Berwick, Bluff Springs, Bowden Grove, Brownsville, Bull Gap Crossroads, Campbell Springs, Carbon, Carr Mill, Chambers Springs, Clairmont Springs, Cleveland Crossroads, Coleta, Cooley, Copper Mine, County Line, Cragford, Delta, Dempsy, East Mill, Elias, Erin, Fishhead, Flat Rock, Fox Creek, Gibsonville, Gilberts Mill. Glades, Guntertown, Harlan, Hatchet Creek, Haynes Crossroads, High Pine, Highland, Hillabee, Hillabi Town, Hollins, Idaho, Jenkins Springs, Laundshi, Lineville Lundies Crossroads, McConathy, Mellow Valley, Midway, Millerville, Motley, Mountain, Needmore, Pinckneyville, Potus-Hatchi, Puckna, Pyriton, Rays Crossroads, Roma, Roselle, Ross Ford, Shady Grove, Shinbone, Sikesville, Skegg Crossroads, Springhill, Talladega Mountains, Union, Wako-Kayi, Watts Crossroads, Watts Mill. Weathers, Wesobulga, Wheelerville, Wicker, and Winn.

Clay County Courthouse
Built 1906


The county’s first courthouse burned in 1875. Anniston architect Charles W. Carleton designed
Clay County Courthouse Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
2. Clay County Courthouse Marker (Side 2)
the present courthouse with Italian Renaissance elements. Contractor Harper & Barnes of Cleveland, Tenn., completed the building in August, 1906, at a cost of $37,986. A Seth Thomas clock in the dome is dated 1907. The courthouse has the highest elevation of any courthouse in Alabama. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black began his legal career here in 1906. Congressman Bob Riley launched a campaign for governor on the west side of the courthouse, and in 2003 became the first county native to serve as governor. This marker celebrating the centennial of the courthouse was unveiled on Aug. 12, 2006.
 
Erected 2006 by Alabama Tourism & Travel, Lee Sentelll, Director / Courthouse Celebration Chairman Probate Judge George Ingram.
 
Location. 33° 16.469′ N, 85° 50.134′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Alabama, in Clay County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Court Square (Road 31) and 2nd Avenue North, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Court Square, Ashland AL 36251, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay County and the Creek Indian War of 1813-14 / Clay County and the Creek Indian Confederacy
Clay County / Clay County Courthouse Marker (under trees on right) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
3. Clay County / Clay County Courthouse Marker (under trees on right)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Ashland, Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of Ashland (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Richmond McCain (approx. 5.1 miles away); Lineville Alabama Monument (approx. 5.3 miles away); Goldville (approx. 13.5 miles away); Battle of Enitachopko (approx. 14.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ashland.
 
Regarding Clay County / Clay County Courthouse. Notable characteristics of the Clay County Courthouse include its large dome, with clocks inset on four sides, and cupola surmounted by a statuary representing justice. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1976.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama history of Clay County. (Submitted on June 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Clay County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
4. Clay County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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