Shelby, Alabama

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Shelby, Alabama
Census-designated place
Shelby, Alabama is located in Alabama
Shelby, Alabama
Shelby, Alabama
Coordinates: 33°06′37″N 86°35′03″W / 33.11028°N 86.58417°W / 33.11028; -86.58417Coordinates: 33°06′37″N 86°35′03″W / 33.11028°N 86.58417°W / 33.11028; -86.58417
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
 • Total 18.988 sq mi (49.18 km2)
 • Land 18.759 sq mi (48.59 km2)
 • Water 0.229 sq mi (0.59 km2)
Elevation 495 ft (151 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,044
 • Density 55/sq mi (21/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 205
GNIS feature ID 126669[3]

Shelby is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. Its population was 1,044 as of the 2010 census. The area is near Lay Lake and Waxahatchee Creek. Shelby Iron Park is located at the heart of the area.[2] Two sites in Shelby, The Brick House and the Old Shelby Hotel, are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.[4]


Shelby was home to the Shelby Iron Company. During the American Civil War, iron plating from the iron works was used on the CSS Tennessee, CSS Huntsville, and CSS Tuscaloosa. At this time, Shelby was connected to Columbiana by the Shelby Iron Company Railroad, which allowed the iron works to be connected to the Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad. A detachment of General Emory Upton's division of Wilson's Raiders destroyed the ironworks on March 31, 1865.[5]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Shelby". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ "Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shelby Iron Company". Retrieved 2014-06-05.