Old Shelby County Courthouse
Columbiana City Hall
|Location||Main St., Columbiana, Alabama|
|Architect||McCan & Williamson|
|NRHP reference #||74000437|
|Added to NRHP||October 29, 1974|
|Designated ARLH||January 25, 2011|
The Old Shelby County Courthouse, also known as Columbiana City Hall, is a defunct courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama. It was built in 1854. It served as the courthouse for Shelby County until 1906 when a larger court facility was built. It also served as Columbiana's city hall. Since 1982, it has housed the Shelby County Museum and Archives and its operator, the Shelby County Historical Society.
In 1826, Columbiana, Alabama won an election against Montevallo, Alabama to house the courthouse. The people of Columbiana threw a huge celebration which involved the destruction of a tree sitting in the very spot they planned to move and build the courthouse. To destroy the tree, gunpowder was packed into holes that had been drilled into the tree. Once ignited, the blast was said to have been heard for miles. The wood building which was built following this celebration no longer stands and was replaced with the Old Shelby County Courthouse in 1854.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "History". Shelby County Tourism. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "The Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". preserveala.org. Alabama Historical Commission. September 17, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 28, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- The Heritage of Shelby County, Alabama. Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc. 1999. p. 9. ISBN 1891647210.
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