Covington County, Alabama
Covington County is a county located in the state of Alabama. It borders the state of Florida to the south and is adjacent to Butler, Coffee, Crenshaw, Conecuh, Escambia, and Geneva Counties in Alabama. Covington County was named in honor of Brigadier General Leonard Covington of Maryland, who was a soldier in the War of 1812. Based on the census of 2010, the population was 37,765. Covington County’s seat was originally established in Montezuma, which was later named Covington. Later, the county seat was moved to and remains in Andalusia
On December 17, 1821, Covington County was formed by the Alabama Legislature and was originally settled by settlers from Georgia and the Carolinas. Since that time, Covington County’s borders have been redrawn at least three different times and its name has changed at least three times. Covington County was also the birthplace of Luther Leonidas Terry. Although most Americans do not recognize the name, most recognize his place in history. Luther Leonidas Terry was the United States Surgeon General during the 1960s and it was through his efforts that he began educating Americans on the risks and hazards of smoking. Because of him, millions of Americans quit smoking.
Because of its location, Covington County remained relatively isolated until the Louisville & Nashville Railroad brought the railroad through it. Many new cities were established due to the establishment of the rail road, including Opp, Red Level, and Florala. Covington County is also home to the Conecuh National Forest and because of the acreage of forests that existed in the county; there was a huge boom to the timber and turpentine industries around the early 1900s. With the clearing of the forest lands, Covington County’s economy began to shift from a timber based economy to a more agriculturally based economy, with crops such as cotton and corn. Many textile mills were also formed throughout Covington County. Today, manufacturing remains the primary source of employment for Covington County citizens.
Today, Covington County has many entertaining events and places worth visiting. Some of these events include Oppfest, which is an arts and antiques festival, which is in the city of Opp. Another annual event that is a must-see is the Rattlesnake Rodeo, which features arts, crafts, concerts, and various presentations with live rattlesnakes. The Rattlesnake Rodeo is also held in the City of Opp. The various state parks are also places worth visiting. W.F. Jackson State Park has over 2,000 acres of forests and a lake that includes over 1,000 acres that is fully stocked. Florala State Park, which is sprawled across both Covington County and parts of Florida, offers swimming, fishing, paddle boating, and picnicking. The Conecuh National Forest features a 20-mile hiking trail with camping, fishing, and swimming.
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