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Seale in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Old Russell County Courthouse

 
 
Old Russell County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 16, 2007
1. Old Russell County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. During the Federal occupation of the former Confederate States of America, the Alabama Legislature created Lee County primarily from the northern half of Russell County in 1866 and ordered the selection of the county seat "more centrally located." Government in Russell County was practically non-existent at the time; few records were kept and taxes levied only for favored political purposes. An election was called; Seale won. Simeon O'Neal and Cicero McBride selected this commanding site. John Lewis was architect.

Marker Reverse:
Political opportunists kept confusion reigning; another election was held in 1868; Seale won; excavation began; records were removed from the former county seat at Crawford to a nearby store until rooms were sufficiently complete. Permanent funding was not enacted until 1871, the total cost being $9,600.00. Simeon O'Neal was the contractor. The wing rooms, the inside stairs, and exterior rebricking was accomplished in 1908. In 1935 the branch at Phenix City was elected the county seat with Seale remaining a branch until it was closed in 1943.
 
Erected 1984 by The Historic Chattahoochee Commission And The Old Russell County Courthouse Association.
 
Location. 32° 17.894′ N, 85° 
Old Russell County Courthouse Marker Reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 16, 2007
2. Old Russell County Courthouse Marker Reverse side
10.061′ W. Marker is in Seale, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Chapel Street and Longview Street. Touch for map. Marker located to the grounds on the front right side of the old Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Jackson Street, Seale AL 36875, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seale United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holland McTyeire Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mitchell-Ferrell-Powell House (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Augustus Mitchell (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Bacon McDonald (approx. half a mile away); Villula (approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Peter A.M.E. Church Cemetery (approx. 5.5 miles away); Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church /Macedonia School (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seale.
 
Categories. GovernmentPolitical SubdivisionsPolitics
 
Old Russell County Courthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, March 16, 2007
3. Old Russell County Courthouse and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,575 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on March 3, 2012, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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