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Russell County was created by an act of the
Alabama General Assembly
on Dec. 18, 1832 from former Creek Indian Territory.
It is located in the south-central eastern section of Alabama.
The boundary on the east is the Chattahoochee River and the State of Georgia.
The county is named for Col. Gilbert C. Russell
of Mobile, Ala., a U.S. military officer who fought in the Creek Wars.
The first county seat was established at Girard.
The county seat was moved to Seale in 1868 and then to
Phenix City in the 1930s.
Several communities fall within Russell County’s
640 square miles:
Fort Benning, Fort Mitchell, Uchee,
Pittsview, Seale, Cottonton, Crawford and Ladonia.
Russell County has two incorporated cities,
Hurtsboro, in the southwest corner of the county,
and Phenix City in the Northern most section.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau…
Phenix City has a population of 36,000.
566 people live in Hurtsboro.
Russell County’s population is 52,262.
Fort Mitchell, which is the site of a national cemetery,
is often referred to as the “Arlington of the South.”