Tallapoosa SwStr - History

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(SwStr.: t. 974 1. 205', b. 35' dph. 11'6" dr. 6'6"; s. 11.5 k., cpl. ;90; a. 2 100-plr. P.r., 4 9'' D.sb., 2 20 pdr. P.r., 2 24-pdr. how.; el. Sassaeus)

The first Tallapoosa-a wooden-hulled, double-ended steamer built at the New York Navy Yard by C. W. Booz of Baltimore, Md.—was launched on 17 February 1863 and commissioned on 13 September 1864, Lt. Comdr. Joseph E. DeHaven in command.

As Tallapoosa was being fitted out, Confederate cruiser Tallahassee was cruising off the Atlantic coast destroying Union shipping from the Virginia Capes to Nova Scotia. Hence, the Union double-ender got underway late in October and spent her first days at sea in seeking the Southern commerce raider. Her futile quest

took her from New York to Halifax, then south to the Virginia Capes, then back north again to the coast of Nova Scotia. On 4 November, Tallapoosa encountered a southeasterly gale, which battered the ship for the next two days, disabled both her rudders, and caused other damage. She finally made port at Boston on the morning of the 7th

Following repairs at the Boston Navy Yard which lasted over a month and one half, Tallapoosa was assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. Her most notable duty during this assignment occurred on 11 January 1865 when she assisted in salvaging material and equipment from screw frigate San Jacinto which had run aground in the Bahamas on an uncharted reef near Green Turtle Cay off Grand Abaco Island.

After the Civil War ended, Tallapoosa served in the Gulf Squadron—cruising in the West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico-until 1867 when she was laid up at the Washington Navy Yard. Reactivated in 1869, the ship became a dispatch vessel, beginning a role which soon brought Talla poosa one of her more interesting missions. In January 1870, she carried Admiral Farragut to Portland, Maine, where he met HMS Monarch at the end of that British turreted battleship's voyage across the Atlantic to return to the United States the remains of philanthropist George Peabody who had died in England. Early the following summer, the double-ender carried Farragut from New York City to Portsmouth, N.H., to visit the commandant of the navy yard. It was hoped that the cool sea breezes of New England would improve the aged and ailing admiral's health. As Tallapoosa neared Portsmouth on 4 July, she fired an Independence Day salute to her famous passenger, the Navy's highest ranking and most respected officer. Upon hearing the warship's guns Farragut left his sick-bed, donned his uniform, and walked to the man-of-war's quarterdeck. There he commented, "It would be well if I died now, in harness...." A month and 10 days later, Farragut died at Portsmouth.

In 1872, Tallapoosa moved to Annapolis, Md., to serve as a training ship at the Naval Academy. The following year, she became a transport. While she performed this duty, her years of service began to show, and it became apparent that she needed extensive repair work. Hence, the ship was largely rebuilt at Baltimore in 1874 and 1875. There, revitalized and configured as a single-ender the veteran warship resumed her role as a dispatch vessel and continued performing as such for almost a decade.

Shortly before midnight on 24 August 1884, Tallapoosa collided with schooner J. S. Lowell and sank about five miles from Vineyard Haven, R.I. After the ship had been raised and repaired by the Merritt Wreeking Company, she was recommissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 11 January 1886. Assigned to the South Atlantic Squadron, Tullapoosa departed New York on 7 June 1886, bound for Rio de Janeiro. At the time, South America was plagued by much political and social unrest; and United States warships were needed in the area to protect American interests and commerce. Tallapoosa served along the coast of South America until 30 January 1892 when she was condemned as unfit for further service. She was sold at public auction at Montevideo, Uruguay, on 3 March

Tallapoosa SwStr - History

The Creek Indians lived along the Tallapoosa River and its streams for many hundreds of years before the Alabama Legislature, in 1832, created a county called Tallapoosa. On April 6th of 1940 the Menawa Indians transferred the land they were granted through the terms of the 1832 treaty to the courthouse commissioners of Tallapoosa County for the courthouse site.

Early Settlers of Tallapoosa County
The early settlers were nearly all farmers and planters. Under the Federal Land Law of 1820, which was in effect when Tallapoosa County was settled, a farmer could purchase a minimum of 80 acres of land for $1.25 an acre. For $100.00 cash, the settler could acquire a small farm.

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park commemorates the epic frontier struggle between the advancing white American settlers and the Creek Indian Nation. On March 27, 1814 at Horseshoe Bend on the Tallapoosa River, 2000 regular army troops, Tennessee militia, and friendly Indians under the command of Andrew Jackson confronted 1,000 Creek Warriors under the leadership of their war chief Menawa of Okfuskee. The crushing defeat inflicted on the Indians effectively ended 300 years of military superiority of the Creek Nation in Alabama and Western Georgia. Today the descendants of the Indians and their White adversaries, who faced each other on the battlefield that early spring day, are American citizens. We identify with the people of both sides in this struggle. The cause for which they fought, the values and traditions they sought to preserve, the heroism, and the villainy displayed by both sides are now part of our American heritage.

Tallapoosa County is also home to one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Lake Martin was formed after the completion of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. Martin Dam is used to generate hydroelectric power. The dam was begun in 1923 and completed in 1926. Lake Martin, with its 44,000 acres of crystal waters, can be enjoyed in January as well as July and every month of the year. One of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is an excellent source of recreation. Lake Martin is a truly regional attraction for swimming, boating, fishing, skiing, camping and golfing. Lake Martin is one of our area's biggest assets.

Located off Highway 128 between Highways 63 and 280, Wind Creek State Park sports one of the largest camp sites in Alabama. Campers, fishermen, and boaters from across the country come to Wind Creek to enjoy water sports on Lake Martin. Wet boat storage, paved boat ramp access, a marina, a full-service store and bait shop service all boaters. A swimming area and beach with a bathhouse, picnic areas, and hiking trails are available for campers or day-use. Wind Creek offers 635 campsites on its 1400 acres. For more information contact (256) 329-0845.

Interesting Facts

  • Tallapoosa County is approximately 45 miles wide by 75 miles long.
  • Tallapoosa County has a population of 41,616.
  • Lake Martin has 750 miles of shoreline.

Tallapoosa County, from as far north as Hackneyville , Daviston and Alexander City, reaching as far south as Tallassee is full of wondrous history.

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About Tallapoosa County, Alabama.

Tallapoosa County was created by the Alabama legislature on December 18, 1832, from land ceded by the Creek Indians in the 1832 Treaty of Cusseta. The name of the county is derived from the Tallapoosa River. Tallapoosa is believed to mean "pulverized rock" in a Muskogean Indian language, attesting to the rough Tallapoosa River waters that shaped the landscape of the area.

Traders and settlers came to the area that would become Tallapoosa County via the Okfuskee Trail or the Upper Creek Trading Path, a southern route below the Appalachian barrier to the Mississippi Valley. In August 1814 the Creeks ceded nearly 23 million acres of territory under the Treaty of Fort Jackson, opening up much of central Alabama to settlement. The earliest settlers came from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee. Some of the first towns were Alexander City, Dadeville, Carrville, Suzanna, and Walnut Hill. The most recent boundaries of Tallapoosa County were established in 1866, after a portion of Tallapoosa County was used to create Elmore County.

From 1832 to 1838, Okfuskee served as the first county seat. The first courthouse was a simple log structure built in 1833. In 1838, the county seat was moved to Dadeville, which was named for Major Francis Langhorne Dade, who died in the Seminole War. A log house served as the courthouse until 1839, when the first permanent courthouse, a two-story brick building, was completed. Alterations and renovations of the courthouse took place in 1861 and again in 1901, when matching bell towers were added to the northern and southern ends of the building. Small modifications were made to the courthouse in 1929 and 1947. In 1961, residents voted to construct a modern courthouse. The old courthouse was torn down, and a new courthouse was raised on the same site. It continues to serve Tallapoosa County today.

On April 27, 2011, a massive storm, causing numerous powerful tornadoes, struck the southeastern United States. More than 250 people were killed in Alabama, including one person in the Tallapoosa County community of Dadeville.

Farming was the prevailing occupation of Tallapoosa County until well into the twentieth century. Wheat, corn, oats, and cotton were the county's main agricultural products. In the 1840s, one of the first textile mills was established at Tallassee Falls. Gold mining also caused a boom in some areas, especially Goldville and New Site, during the two decades preceding the Civil War.

After the Civil War, Tallapoosa County remained largely agricultural but began to shift to a more industrial economy. In the early twentieth century, Alexander City Cotton Mills began operations, and Benjamin Russell opened Russell Corporation. Martin Dam was completed in 1926 and provided hydroelectric power to supply growing local industries. With the creation of Lake Martin, the Martin Dam also enhanced the recreation industry in Tallapoosa County. By the mid-twentieth century, Tallapoosa County had become a center for industry and recreation in the state.

The county has a total area of 766 square miles, of which 717 square miles is land and 49 square miles (6.5%) is water. The population recorded in the 1840 Federal Census was 6,444. The 2010 census recorded 41,616 residents in the county.

Neighboring counties are Clay County (north), Randolph County (northeast), Chambers County (east), Lee County (southeast), Macon County (south), Elmore County (southwest), and Coosa County (west).

Communities in the county include Alexander City, Dadeville, Tallassee (partly in Elmore County), Camp Hill, Daviston, Goldville, Jackson's Gap, New Site, Frog Eye, Hackneyville, Our Town, Reeltown, Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Bluffs, Church Hill, Dudleyville, and Equality (partly in Coosa & Elmore Counties).

Tallapoosa County, Alabama Records

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Birth Records - The Alabama Department of Public Health maintains records of births from 1908 to present. This was the year Alabama began keeping official birth records. You can obtain official copies of birth certificates by visiting the birth record page on their website and following the instructions. Since there are no official birth records before 1908 for births prior to that date you will need to determine birth information from census records, bible records, baptismal records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Death Records - The Alabama Department of Public Health maintains death records after 1908 on file. This was the year Alabama began keeping official death records. You can obtain official copies of death certificates by visiting the death record page on their website and following the instructions. Since there are no official death records before 1908 for deaths prior to that date you will need to determine death information from census records, bible records, funeral home records, cemetery tombstones, etc.

Marriage Records - We have thousands of county marriage records on our county websites. These dates will assist you greatly in obtaining a copy of the original marriage license. The Alabama Department of Public Health can provide you with information for marriages that took place from 1936 to present by by visiting the marriage record page on their website and following the instructions.

All existing county marriage records for any date not listed above (and for the dates listed above for that matter) may be obtained from the county's Probate Office in which the marriage was held.

Divorce Records - The Alabama Department of Public Health maintains divorce records from 1950 to present. You can obtain official copies of devorce records by visiting the divorce record page on their website and following the instructions. Records for divorces occuring before 1950 may be obtained from the Circuit Clerk in the county where the divorce took place.

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Tallapoosa County, Alabama: Family History & Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records & More

Biographies, Oral Histories, Diaries, Memoirs, Genealogies, Correspondence

Church Records

Enslaved people, enslavers, and slavery in general - information

  • 1850 Slave Schedules Tallapoosa County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • 1860 Slave Schedules (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • Tallapoosa County (Source: Sankofagen Wiki)
  • United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 Tallapoosa County (Source: FamilySearch)

Estate Records

  • Alabama Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999 includes Tallapoosa County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • Tallapoosa County Court Records Bonds, Guardians, Probate (Source: USGenWeb Alabama Archives)
  • Tallapoosa County Wills & Estates (Source: USGenWeb Alabama Archives)
  • Tallapoosa County, Alabama Wills Records (Source: SAMPUBCO)


Introduction and Guides

Land Records

  • Index to Tallapoosa grants (Placed) 1832-1991 (Source: Deed Data Pool)
  • Land Patent Search (Source: Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office)
  • Tallapoosa County Deeds and Indexes (Source: FamilySearch)
  • Tallapoosa County Land & Deed Records (Source: USGenWeb Alabama Archives)
  • Tallapoosa grants (Placed) 1832-1991 (Source: Deed Data Pool)
  • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 Tallapoosa County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 Elmore, Tallapoosa Counties (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)

Libraries, Museums, Archives

  • Family History Library Holdings (Source: FamilySearch)
  • Library Directory for Tallapoosa County, Alabama (Source: libraries.org - A directory of libraries throughout the world)
  • PERiodical Source Index Search Tallapoosa County, Alabama (Source: Find My Past)
  • Tallapoosa County Data Collections (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • USGenWeb Archives (Source: USGenWeb)

Mailing Lists and Message Boards

  • East Central Alabama Researchers mailing list RAN-CLAY
  • East Central Alabama Researchers Message Board (Source: RootsWeb)
  • GenForum Message Boards (Source: Genealogy.com)
  • RootsWeb Message Board (Source: RootsWeb)
  • tallapoosa Tallapoosa Co, AL Researchers (Source: Yahoo! Groups)

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Maps and Gazetteers

  • Historical Maps of Tallapoosa County (Source: Historical Map Archive)
  • Individual County Chronologies Tallapoosa County (Source: The Newberry Library)
  • Tallapoosa County Gazetteer (Source: USGS Geographic Names Information System)
  • Tallapoosa County Post Offices
  • Tallapoosa County Post Offices 1846 (Source: Internet Archive)
  • Tallapoosa County Postal Covers ($)
  • Tallapoosa County Sanborn Maps (Source: The Library of Congress)

Military Records and Histories

Civil War

World War I

Miscellaneous Data

  • Alabama Voter Registration, 1867 includes Tallapoosa County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • Montani Publishing Publishers of Appalachian Memoirs mid-20th century ($)
  • Tallapoosa County Public Records Links (Source: Free Public Records Directory)

Newspaper Records

  • Alexander City Historical Newspapers (Source: Newspapers.com) ($)
  • Chronicling America Tallapoosa County (Source: The Library of Congress)
  • Dadeville Historical Newspapers (Source: Newspapers.com) ($)
  • Search Notasulga Historical Newspapers (Source: GenealogyBank) ($)
  • Tallapoosa County Newspapers (Source: USGenWeb Alabama Archives)

Obituaries and Funeral Home Records

  • Alexander City Funeral Homes (Source: Legacy.com)
  • Alexander City Outlook
  • Alexander City, Alabama Newspaper Obituaries (Source: GenealogyBank) ($)
  • Camp Hill Funeral Homes (Source: Legacy.com)
  • Dadeville, Alabama Newspaper Obituaries (Source: GenealogyBank) ($)
  • Obituary Index Individuals born in Tallapoosa County
  • Obituary search includes Alexander City Outlook (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • Radney's Funeral Home, Alexander City Recent obituaries
  • Tallapoosa County Obituaries (Source: USGenWeb Alabama Archives)

Photographs, Postcards, Historical Images

School Records and Histories


Surnames Web sites, obituaries, biographies, and other material specific to a surname (72)

Tax Lists

Transportation and Industry

  • Building histories of Tallapoosa County (Source: Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project)
  • Camp Hill Tallapoosa County Airport (62A) Camp Hill, Alabama (Source: Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields)
  • Extant Railroad/Railway Structures (Source: Railroad Station Historical Society)
  • Lake Martin and the Thomas Wesley Martin Dam (Source: Encyclopedia of Arkansas)
  • Mines, Mining and Mineral Resources (Source: mindat.org - the mineral and locality database)
  • Patents Tallapoosa County, Alabama (Source: Google Patents)
  • Tallapoosa County N. W. Ayer & Son's American Newspaper Annual, 1880 (Source: HathiTrust Digital Library)
  • Tallapoosa County Bridges (Source: Historic Bridges of the United States)

Vital Records

  • Alabama County Marriages, 1805-1967 includes Tallapoosa County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • Alabama Marriages, 1807-1902 Includes Tallapoosa County (1834-1845) (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • Divorce records, 1840-1915 and index, 1840-1915, 1840-1934 (Source: FamilySearch)
  • Tallapoosa County AfAm Marriages (Source: USGenWeb)
  • Tallapoosa County Vital Records (Source: Vital Records Information for the United States)
  • Tallapoosa County, Alabama Vital Records Births, Marriages, Deaths & Social Security (Source: USGenWeb)
  • United States Census (Mortality Schedule), 1850 Tallapoosa County (Source: FamilySearch)

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2021-01-21 12:00:00 (link to chat)Sorry if this was answered somewhere that I missed, but did Jo Adell not qualify?
(Jason from Nashville)
Adell along with a few other guys that weren't strict PA/IP cutoffs got bumped by the new rookie eligibility rules they added to account for the 2020 season. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-11-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)How much has Jo Adell 's value fallen, a year ago he was trout 3.0 and Acuna 2.0, now there is a lot of bust talk and he may never develop the hit tool.
(brad from NJ)
I'm pretty glad I don't have to rank Jo Adell this year. The in-zone contact rate was bad which seems stickier than some other negative hit tool markers. The swing has gotten even noisier though, so it's possible there is a mechanical fix here. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a couple guys you’re looking to ravound next year?
(Quincy from Ames)
Is it cloying to say Jo Adell ? I don't think he's this bad even if I am legitimately concerned about his in-zone contact rate in general. Adell, Dahl, Victor Robles , Yoan Moncada just to name a few. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat) Jo Adell struggled to lift the ball in his first game in the majors. How worried about this are you?
(JP from CT)
Jeffrey is making fun of me because of a comment in our gchat last night, but I was a little surprised to see him hit a grounder in his last at-bat. I'm not worried but I expect him to drive the ball more, generally. Also the play at first on his grounder to Seager was closer than it had any right to be. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat) Jo Adell struggled to lift the ball in his first game in the majors. How worried about this are you?
(JP from CT)
Jeffrey is making fun of me because of a comment in our gchat last night, but I was a little surprised to see him hit a grounder in his last at-bat. I'm not worried but I expect him to drive the ball more, generally. Also the play at first on his grounder to Seager was closer than it had any right to be. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-06-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. I have been seeing a trend of expert starting to lean towards Lux as the second best prospect and Adell as third of course after Franco. What say you?
(brad from NJ)
I totally understand the Lux love. He's up and he's good. I think he might be safer than Adell, but I don't think there's nearly the upside that you get from Jo Adell . I think Adell should be closer to #1 than #3. (Mark Barry)
2020-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do you see Brandon Marsh coming up? How do you think he compares to Carlson, Monte Harrison , kelenic, Rodriguez etc.
(Tommy from LA)
I think Marsh arrives in 2021 at this point. He likely begins the season back in Double-A, though he should move to Triple-A pretty quickly (as soon as Jo Adell moves on to the majors). I prefer all those outfielders (except Harrison) to Marsh (Harrison really should not be part of this conversation). I view Marsh as a potential 5+/5/5+ bat, which is not too dissimilar from Dylan Carlson (5+/5+/5). Both Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic are next level in tools. At peak, I think Marsh could hit around .275/.350/.450/20/15, give or take, which is a stones throw from Carlson (.280/.360/.490/25/10). I just think he carries a bit more risk given his injury history, proximity, and production. We do really like Marsh here at BP. (Jesse Roche)
2020-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)What can I expect from Jo Adell this season? Is he worth rostering in a 10 team fantasy league?
(matzabal from co)
I'd want some clarity on how and if teams are manipulating service time before I took any prospect in a redraft format without a clear path to playing time, like say Luis Robert . (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-03-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)how long will I get to watch Jo Adell here before the angels stop being scummy?
(Chansen8895 from Salt Lake City)
I'm guessing we see him in the majors sometime in late April. Brian Goodwin isn't the worst stopgap option in the outfield until then. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Give me the names of top prospects who are going to come up this year?
(Charlie from Atlanta)
The list is extensive. Here are top-50 prospects who likely will be in the majors at some point in 2020: Jo Adell , Gavin Lux , Luis Robert , MacKenzie Gore , Carter Kieboom , Dylan Carlson , Nick Madrigal , Jesus Luzardo , Dustin May , Brendan Rodgers , Nate Pearson , Casey Mize , Forrest Whitley , Alec Bohm , Cristian Pache , Ryan Mountcastle , Spencer Howard , and Matt Manning . There are obviously others, and even more who will surprise, but I'd wager these prospects will arrive at some point. (Jesse Roche)
2020-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alright, the elephant in the room: will Jo Adell make the 2020 Opening Day roster for the Angels?
(Donnymo from Davis)
No. I'd guess May-ish if I had to. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-11-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does JRod have an upside comparable to Jo Adell ?
(Martin from Berlin)
Well, that's some whiplash. I am of course conversely the high guy on staff on Jo Adell (no, Craig doesn't count). But there's a short list of potential superstar outfielders this cycle, and Rodriguez is one of them, sure. (Seattle Mariners Top 10 Chat)
2019-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat) Jo Adell is great and all but this Angels farm system still seems depleted and disappointing, like everything Craig has ever done. Anyway, Jo Adell reminds me of prime Matt Kemp , is that a reasonable comp?
(Yuri from Israel)
I think the shape will be a little different, better glove, more game pop, maybe more .270-.280 than .300+. I've used Justin Upton before, although Kemp is a better physical comp for Adell (who somehow keeps finding good weight to add). Kemp also had a weird peak among all-star level players, with the MVP season following a disaster year, and uneven seasons around them. (Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Chat)
2019-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)If forced to rank players in terms of future value over the next 10 years of their MLB career, would Wander Franco occupy the same tier as Yelich, Acuna, Soto, Lindor, etc.? If not, who would be some fellows in his tier?
(Bill from Capitol Hill)
Man I love Wander Franco , but you can't rank him in the top tier of major league producers until there's some major league production. I made this point last year that by June or so, I would have take Juan Soto comfortably over Vlad jr and any other prospect. Look, it's perfectly plausible that he ends up as one of the 10-15 best players in baseball for a good stretch of his career, but you can't rank him with those guys yet. (The fellows in his tier are Jo Adell , Luis Robert , Adley Rutschman , those kind of names) (Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 Chat)
2019-10-18 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Steve got a couple of true/false questions for you :). O'Neil Cruz will at some stage in his MLB career lead the league in home runs? Jo Adell will be at some stage in his MLB career will win the Triple Crown ? Forest Whitley will strike out 250+ in at least one season of his MLB career? Thanks for the chat mate.
(boatman44 from Liverpool)
ONeil Cruz could lead the league in home runs, given that Pete Alonso//Joey Gallo/Cody Bellinger/Christian Yelich/Nolan Arenado/etc. all get hurt. In other words, not liekly.

Jo Adell will probably strike out too much (but hey who isn't these days) to have the batting average/OBP necessary to win it.

Tallapoosa County, Alabama History

Tallapoosa County is a county of the state of Alabama. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 41,616. Tallapoosa County was created on December 18, 1832, from land acquired from the Creek Cession of Mar 24, 1832. The county seat is Dadeville. The name Tallapoosa is of Creek origin, many Creek villages were located along the banks of the lower river before Indian Removal in the 19th century.

Etymology - Origin of Tallapoosa County Name

The county derives its name from the Tallapoosa River. Tallapoosa is believed to mean "pulverized rock," in the Choctaw Indian language.


Tallapoosa County History

Tallapoosa County, Alabama

Tallapoosa county was formed by the Alabama legislature on December 18, 1832, from land acquired from the Creek Cession of March 24, 1832 Tallapoosa County received its present dimensions in 1866. The county derives its name from the Tallapoosa River. Tallapoosa is believed to mean "pulverized rock," in the Choctaw Indian language. Tallapoosa County is located in the east-central part of the state and is bordered by Clay, Randolph, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Elmore, and Coosa counties.

The county lies almost entirely in the Piedmont plateau, immediately south of the Appalachian plateau province. It encompasses 701 square miles. From 1832-38, the county seat was at Okfuskee. Since 1838, it has been at Dadeville, which was named for Major Francis Langhorne Dade who died in the Seminole War. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park and Lake Martin are located in Tallapoosa County. Other towns and communities include Alexander City and Camp Hill.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 766 square miles (1,980 km 2 ), of which 717 square miles (1,860 km 2 ) is land and 50 square miles (130 km 2 ) (6.5%) is water. The county is intersected by the Tallapoosa River.

The Tallapoosa River runs north to south, bisecting the county. The rough falls of the river made early navigation difficult and delayed industrial development in the area. Today, however, these falls allow for a number of increasingly popular whitewater sporting activities.

Tallapoosa SwStr - History

New Year’s Eve in Times Square? Meh. The real action is in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

That’s where Bud and Jackie Jones, career taxidermists, live. They helped establish a completely different kind of New Year’s Eve tradition in their small town.

Bud and Jackie came to StoryCorps recently to share the love story that helped launch it all.

Since the Tallapoosa Possum Drop began in the late 1990s, the event has grown from about 40 people to over 7,000 in attendance. That’s more than twice the population of Tallapoosa itself.

Top photo: Bud and Jackie Jones pose after their StoryCorps interview in Tallapoosa, GA in September 2018. By Kelly Moffitt for StoryCorps.
Middle photo: Bud and Jackie Jones pose together in 1963. Courtesy Bud Jones.
Bottom photo: Bud and Jackie Jones pose near “Spencer” at the Possum Drop in Tallapoosa, GA in 2014. Courtesy Bud Jones.

Originally aired December 28, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.


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Bud Jones (BJ): What do you remember about our first date?

Jackie Jones (JJ): Well, I got in the car and you said, ’Now, don’t get excited, Jackie, but my pet snake is loose in this car,’ and I’m not a snake person.

BJ: But you toughed it out, didn’t you?

JJ: I toughed it out. You were a hot number for me. We dated for two years, and then we decided to elope.

BJ: I remember you didn’t want your mother and daddy to know where we going, so you threw your clothes out the window.

BJ: And just as we were getting ready to leave, Ivey Pope called and said he had killed a strange bird in his lake and wanted me to come and look at it. So we went over to Ivey Pope’s lake and he had just killed a duck.

JJ: And by then it was night and we had to go to the judge’s house and when we got there, he was drunk.

BJ: Well, he wasn’t exactly drunk, he was just kind of wobbling a little bit.

JJ: He was feeling real good.

BJ: Yeah, he was feeling good.

JJ: Well I must have been crazy in love to go through this.

We seldom ever have an argument, but if it is, it’s about something like an elephant’s eye. But I’ll say right here that you do know a lot.

BJ: Well, I’ll be. I need to record that.

JJ: Tell me the story about Spencer.

BJ: There was this big possum on the side of the road. He wasn’t hurt at all, except he was dead. So, I said, ’Well, he’ll make a nice mount.’ So I got out and mounted him hanging by his tail, and I never thought Spencer would be a celebrity.

You know, Tallapoosa, before it was incorporated, used to be called Possum Snout. So the people, they said, ’Let’s have a Possum Drop on New Year’s Eve.’ We thought it was stupid but you just never seen such hollering…

JJ: They start cheering and carrying on…

BJ: Yeah. And they’ll knock you down to get over there and get a picture of Spencer.

JJ: People give you more credit for Spencer than anything else.

BJ: Well let me tell you. A man or a woman is blessed if they can go to work every morning and enjoy it. And I’m just really happy that I’ve had partner all of these years that I wouldn’t trade for anybody.

JJ: Thank you. Life has not been dull with you, Bud.

BJ: Well I know that, but when you got in the car that night, you should have known.

JJ: I know I did. That should have been my first clue as to what my life was going to be like.

Where and How to Get Tallapoosa County Divorce Records

Tallapoosa County divorce records are kept at the Tallapoosa County Circuit Court. To obtain divorce records, submit a written request or application for divorce records to:

Tallapoosa County Circuit Court
Tallapoosa County Courthouse, Alexander City
1 Court Square
P.O. Box 189

Alexander City, AL 35011
Phone: (256) 234-4361

Tallapoosa County Courthouse, Dadeville Branch
125 North Broadnax Street
Dadeville, AL 36853
Phone: (256) 825-1098

Records of divorces from 1950 to date can be obtained from the Alabama Department of Public Health. A certified copy costs $15, and an additional $6 for each extra copy of that record requested. Walk-in requests for divorce records can be made at the Tallapoosa County Health Department or mail requests can be made to the State Public Health Department. Divorce records are accessible to the public, as access to divorce records is unrestricted. A requester will be required to provide the necessary information, as well as a valid ID and payment. Information required for divorce record requests include:

  • Full names of the divorce parties before marriage
  • Date of divorce
  • Place of Divorce

Complete the Vital Records Request Application form to make mail requests for divorce records. The completed form should be attached to a money order payment and a copy of the requester’s valid ID. These documents should be sent to:

Alabama Vital Records
Alabama Department of Public Health
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625

Walk-in requests can be made by submitting the completed application form, with payment and a copy of a valid-ID to:

Tallapoosa County Health Department
Alexander City Branch
2078 Sportsplex Boulevard
Alexander City, AL 35010
Phone: (256) 329-0531
Fax: (256) 329-1798

Dadeville Branch
220 West LaFayette Street
Dadeville, AL 36853
Phone: (256) 825-9203
Fax: (256) 825-6546

Tallapoosa River

The Tallapoosa River has a 4,675 square mile watershed. The watershed is mostly in the Piedmont, so it receives few nutrients from natural sources. For this reason, the Tallapoosa River and its reservoirs are often clear and not as productive as many of Alabama’s waters. The Tallapoosa River begins in Georgia and flows through eastern Alabama. All sections of the Tallapoosa and Little Tallapoosa rivers are determined navigable, which means the bottom of the streams is property of the State of Alabama. Four impoundments are formed from the Tallapoosa River before it joins the Coosa River near Montgomery to become the Alabama River.

Headwaters, the Upper Tallapoosa River and Little Tallapoosa River.
The Tallapoosa River has its headwaters in Georgia forty miles west of Atlanta and enters Alabama at Cleburne County. The Little Tallapoosa River also begins in Georgia and enters Alabama to form the border between Cleburne and Randolph counties. The two rivers have three types of black bass: largemouth bass, redeye bass and Alabama spotted bass. A variety of sunfish (bream) may also be caught in the clear waters.

Various nongame fish are also present in the Tallapoosa River. The lipstick darter is unique to the Piedmont streams of the Tallapoosa River drainage. The stippled studfish is found in the Tallapoosa drainage and one Coosa River tributary, and the Tallapoosa shiner is only found in the Tallapoosa drainage and one Chattahoochee River tributary. The Tallapoosa River above R. L. Harris Reservoir and the Little Tallapoosa River have nearly equal watersheds they merge at R. L. Harris Reservoir, also called Lake Wedowee, and continue as the Tallapoosa River.

R. L. Harris Lake or Lake Wedowee
Alabama Power Company’s newest reservoir was built in the early 1980s. R. L. Harris Lake contains an abundance of Alabama spotted bass and largemouth bass. Anglers are encouraged to keep smaller bass, but largemouth bass between 13 inches and 16 inches in total length must be returned to the lake unharmed. R. L. Harris Lake covers 24 miles of the Tallapoosa River with 10,660 acres of water.

The Middle Tallapoosa River
Controlled by hydroelectric releases, the Tallapoosa River again has a riverine section below Harris Reservoir. This section includes Horseshoe Bend National Park, where “in the spring of 1814, General Andrew Jackson and an army of 3,300 men attacked 1,000 Upper Creek warriors on the Tallapoosa River. Over 800 Upper Creeks died defending their homeland. Never before or since in the history of our country have so many American Indians lost their lives in a single battle. This 2,040-acre park preserves the site of the battle,” according to the National Park Service Web site. This section of the Tallapoosa River contains more and larger catfish than the section above Harris Lake. Fishing below Irwin Shoals can be excellent in March and early April for white bass and striped bass.

Lake Martin
The largest town on the banks of Lake Martin is Alexander City but people from Atlanta, Auburn, Birmingham and Montgomery areas converge on the lake during the summer to enjoy its clear waters. Anglers fish the 700 miles of shoreline on the 39,180-acre impoundment all year. Lake Martin is known for producing great Alabama spotted bass fishing during the winter, with most tournaments using Wind Creek State Park boat ramps. Wind Creek State Park also has boat rental, camping, cabins, a marina, picnicking, playground, swimming, and trails. Striped bass are popular with anglers year-round. Black bass and striped bass receive the media attention, but an Alabama record white crappie was caught in early May from Lake Martin. Catfish and bream are also abundant.

Yates Lake and Thurlow Lake
Lake Martin spills immediately into two smaller lakes, Yates and Thurlow. Fisheries at the two lakes are dictated by the flow from Lake Martin. Rising or steady water levels can produce good fishing for striped bass, Alabama spotted bass, white bass and various sunfish species. The 1,980-acre Yates Lake, or “the Middle Pond,” has one major tributary, Sougahatchee Creek. Yates Dam spills directly into the 585-acre Thurlow. Thurlow Dam is also known as Lake Tallassee, since it divides the City of Tallassee into two parts.

The Lower Tallapoosa River
As the Tallapoosa River passes from Martin through Yates and Thurlow, the river flows over the Fall Line. Below Thurlow, the Tallapoosa River finishes its Fall Line descent. During times of peak hydroelectric generation, the river contains Class V rapids until it reaches the Coastal Plain. Below the Fall Line, Uphapee Creek joins the Tallapoosa River and it makes a relatively quiet trip for the remainder of its journey. The Tallapoosa River joins the Coosa River at Fort Toulouse, between Wetumpka and Montgomery, to form the Alabama River.

The Tallapoosa River drainage is 15% in Georgia and 85% in Alabama. It has a total length of 235 miles. The upper river contains redeye bass. Spotted bass and largemouth bass are abundant throughout the basin, and Lake Martin consistently ranks high in the percent of successful bass anglers. From just above Lake Martin down to the Coastal Plain, striped bass fishing can be excellent and the location of the striped bass is dependent upon the season. The Tallapoosa River system often contains clear water, which makes fishing for all species fun.

Hatchet Creek, Coosa County

Hatchet Creek flows from the northwest corner of Coosa County down to the point where it connects with the Coosa River on Mitchell Lake. Spring&mdashfrom March to May&mdashis the best time to float Hatchet as water levels drop during midsummer. Any time of year the creek features a beautiful shoreline and many craggy rock features and drops that make it a wild and scenic experience and somewhat of a challenge in swift conditions. It is one of the very few places in Alabama outside of the Cahaba River where plentiful stands of the shoals lily (commonly called the Cahaba lily) spread before the paddler on an early May journey down the creek. Wet suits are recommended for winter floats.

Flow rates on Hatchet are available at http://flowpage.alabamawhitewater.com. Hatchet Creek is best floated at a rate off 700 to 800 CFS, with 300 CFS being the minimum. Visual flow estimates can be made by observing two rocks (one large and one small) mid-creek on the east side of the Highway 231 Bridge (map D-8). The large rock is always visible except under high-water conditions, and the small rock becomes visible when the rate is too low to float without excessive dragging.

The Highway 280 (map C-14) to Highway 231 (map D-8) section is long and normally takes 9 to 10 hours to complete at low flow rates. Paddlers often get caught out on the creek after dark by trying to do the section in a single day. Divide this section into a two-day run by camping at Dunnam&rsquos Halfway Campsite (map C-11).

The four public campsites on Hatchet Creek are all on private property. All private land adjoining the creek is posted by Alabama Law. Camping is permitted ONLY at the designated campsites shown. If you choose to camp in these designated areas, you are agreeing to the landowners&rsquo liability protection under the Code of Alabama 1975 Article 1 Section 35-15-1. These sites are made available to paddlers on the Alabama Scenic River Trail by the respective landowners, so please respect the privilege you are offered by observing and obeying these guidelines:

  • Leave each site cleaner than you found it.
  • Collect any firewood from the ground, not from a standing tree.
  • Extinguish fires with water before leaving.
  • Use the restroom away from campsite areas.
  • Do not damage trees in any way, including the use of nails.
  • Send a thank-you note to the landowner via the Coosa County Extension office upon your return from your adventure on Hatchet Creek (take a photo of this information on the left). Please reference the campsite.

Camping on the Hatchet&rsquos numerous sandbars is permitted, but beware of the rocky creek&rsquos rapid response to rain. Water can rise and fall quickly in the creek so know the weather before you make plans to camp in the bottoms. There are many shoals on the Hatchet but only one true drop (Class I-II, before Socapatoy Creek [map D-9] enters it via a dramatic rock garden). The rapids can be portaged to the left.

The Goodwater Dam can be portaged on the right.

A dam just past the 231 access point is breached and is not considered a danger to run for a skilled kayaker.

Socapatoy Creek may look like a trivial stream on this map, but it is a steep, difficult Class IV and should only be attempted by advanced paddlers carrying safety retrieval equipment.

Section 1 of Hatchet Creek, the run from Highway 511 Bridge (map B-16) to County Road 66 (map C-15), is 3.5 miles.

Section 2, from County Road 66 Bridge to the Highway 280 Bridge (map B-14), is 3 miles. The popular run from Highway 280 Bridge to the Highway 231 Bridge is 13 miles (note that the takeout is past the 231 Bridge on the right). The run between the Highway 231 Bridge and County Road 18 (map C-5) is 6.5 miles.

The run between County Road 18 to County Road 29 (map C-2) is 9 miles.

This makes a total 35 mile run on Hatchet Creek.

A short float can be made from County Road 66 Bridge (map C-15) to Highway 280 (map B-14), which can be done in about 2 to 2.5 hours. Before you take any unpaved road to the creek, BE CERTAIN that you can get back out.

The Double Bridges campsite (map C-1) is also the head of the Coosa Trail that leads north and travels over 11 miles before its terminus at a parking and camping area at Wildlife Management Area Road 153 near Weogufka Creek. A paddler getting off of Hatchet Creek (camping at double bridges) could hike the Coosa Trail, 11.7 miles, over to Weogufka Creek. In the future the Coosa Trail will connect with the Pinhoti Trail on Flagg Mountain.

A printable map of the Coosa Trail is available at http://hikealabama.org/joomla/images/maps/coosa/COOSA%20TRAIL.pdf

Associated Waypoints
Goodwater Highway 511 Launch N33.081528 W-86.083306
Goodwater Dam N33.070028 W-86.094472
County Road 66 Launch N33.058 W-86.111972
Highway 280 Launch N33.036722 W-86.123333
Grist Mill Campsite N33.026222 W-86.130194
Dunnam&rsquos Flat Rock N33.010278 W-86.141444
Dunnam&rsquos Halfway Campsite N32.990083 W-86.148833
Mermaid Rock N32.988528 W-86.149
Big Bend N32.983056 W-86.159028
Sycamore Rest N32.973528 W-86.183083
Big Drop (Class II) N32.964528 W-86.184611
Cahaba lilies N32.967444 W-86.183833
Highway 231 Launch N32.94375 W-86.203417
Old 231 Powerplant Dam N32.947194 W-86.208694
Privet Cove Campsite N32.939028 W-86.219944
Boulder Island N32.941083 W-86.223861
More Cahaba lilies N32.944306 W-86.237778
Kings Bridge (CR 18) Launch N32.917389 W-86.269278
Class 2 Rapids N32.913111 W-86.28075
Humpback Rock N32.91075 W-86.283361
Sandbar Island N32.907944 W-86.284472
River Birch Beach N32.902389 W-86.318694
Rock Garden N32.890583 W-86.310167
Lawson&rsquos Left Hook N32.884083 W-86.316028
Lawson Mill Bridge N32.884778 W-86.318694
Last Drop N32.869472 W-86.321111
Last Cahaba lilies N32.865917 W-86.3245
Double Bridges access and campsite N32.861333 W-86.338861

Area contacts for paddlers

Coosa County Extension Office
PO Box 247 100 Main St, Rockford, AL 35136
(256) 377-4713

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wildlife Division
Contact for Double Bridges camping information&mdash3 primitive sites with fire ring. See last paragraph of narrative about the Coosa Hiking Trail that connects to this site.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System Andrew J. Baril, RF, CF, Regional Extension Agent II &ndash Forestry, Wildlife, & NR
Walker County Extension Office 1501 North Airport Road Jasper, AL 35504
(205) 221-3392 office (205) 388-6893 cell