Calhoun County, Alabama was named for John C. Calhoun, whose many faces are depicted above on January 29, 1858.  Calhoun was originally created on December 18th, 1832 from ceded Indian Territory, and then named Benton County in honor of Thomas Hart Benton, and the county seat established in Jacksonville in 1833.  The name of the county was changed in 1858 and the county seat moved to Anniston, Alabama in 1899. 

Calhoun County is located in the northeastern section of the state, in the Appalachian Mountain chain. It encompasses 611 square miles. The Coosa River flows along the western boundary of the county. Notable towns include Anniston, Jacksonville, Piedmont, and Oxford.

Anniston (depicted above), is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, near Sand Mountain, and the name derives from Annie's Town, named for Annie Scott Tyler, wife of railroad president Alfred L. Tyler. It was also often called "Woodstock". It was developed as a company town an iron-making center for the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Owen, Thomas McAdory. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921.

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