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 Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
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.

Arkadelphia is located on Alabama Highway 91.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 195
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.