Barbour County was created on 18 Dec. 1832, from former Creek Indian territory and a portion of Pike County. Its boundaries were altered in 1866 and 1868. The county was named for Virginia Governor James Barbour.

Barbour County is located in the southeastern section of the state, bounded on the east by the Chattahoochee River and the State of Georgia. The county seat was established in Louisville in 1833, and moved to Clayton in 1834. Today Barbour County contains two courthouses - one in Clayton and one in Eufaula. Source: Owen, Thomas McAdory. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921.


Creek Indians likely met under its cool summer branches. When Eufaula was known as Irwinton, it was an outpost of sorts and early settlers passed by it as they traveled north and over the wooden bridge that crossed Chewalla Creek.
Later, it stood sentinel before the home of Confederate Capt. John A. Walker and little girls made play houses under its canopy while little boys played marbles. When Capt. Walker's house burned, the tree survived. During the cyclone of 1919, the roots held firm.
(...) An iron fence was donated by Dr. J. L. Houston, along with a bronze plaque that bore the inscription: "The Tree That Owns Itself, deeded by the city of Eufaula to the Post Oak Tree, April 8, 1936, christened the Walker Oak May 1, 1936, 'Only God Can Make a Tree'." The fence itself was historic and according to The Tribune, it had "adorned flower gardens of long ago."
In 1961, the tree was still standing guard at the intersection of Highland Avenue, Cotton Avenue and Eufaula Avenue. Tourists often stopped to take its picture and read its inscription.
But on April 9, 1961, the long-standing tree met its match when a tornado-like wind swept through Eufaula.   NOTE:  WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PICTURE OF THIS TREE FOR OUR WEBSITE, IF ANYONE HAS ONE, COULD YOU DONATE A SCAN TO US, WE'LL PROVIDE CREDIT TO YOU FOR THE SUBMITTAL.  Thanks.

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