Arkadelphia, Alabama

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Arkadelphia, Alabama
Unincorporated community
Arkadelphia, Alabama is located in Alabama
Arkadelphia, Alabama
Arkadelphia, Alabama
Location in Alabama.
Coordinates: 33°54′18″N 86°57′45″W / 33.90500°N 86.96250°W / 33.90500; -86.96250
Country United States
State Alabama
County Cullman
Elevation 367 ft (112 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 35077, 35033
Area code(s) 256
GNIS feature ID 113207[1]

Arkadelphia is an unincorporated community located in far southern Cullman County, Alabama, United States. It is situated just a few miles southwest of the town of Colony.

History[edit]

Arkadelphia was settled in the 19th century, with a post office opening in 1854. The town's etymology is disputed. Some believe Arkadelphia was the name of the wife of the first postmaster John A. Donaldson. Some believe it is a combination of "Ark-", the name of an early settlement in nearby Winston County, and "-adelphia", a pseudo-Greek combination meaning "brother-place," likely taken from Philadelphia.[2] There is no known connection to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, an incorporated city founded in 1809 and renamed Arkadelphia in 1839.

Railroad engineer J.E. Willoughby was born in Arkadelphia in 1871.

Arkadelphia is located on Alabama Highway 91.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880195
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

1880 was the only year a population was officially reported for the unincorporated community: 195 persons. At the time, it was located in Blount County. It was the second largest community behind the then-county seat of Blountsville. Following a border adjustment between the two counties, it was shifted into Cullman County around 1900.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arkadelphia". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Foscue, Virginia. Place Names in Alabama. University: U of Alabama Press, 1989.
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013.