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Dale County

 

Dale County is named for Samuel Dale, who was an early settler and Indian fighter.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Pike County and Barbour County

E – Henry County and Houston County

S – Houston County and Geneva County

W – Coffee County

 

Created:  December 22, 1824                                                    Map of Alabama highlighting Dale County

County Seat:

Dale’s Court House  1824 – 1841

Newton                     1841 – 1870

Ozark                        1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ozark

 

Location:  114 South Union Avenue / West Broad Street

Built:  1967 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Waid & Holmes

Contractor:  Madison Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. On each side of the building are high white colored arches with recessed narrow vertical windows. On the east and west sides there is a horizontal band running above the first story. The north and south sides of the building are narrower than the main building. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the courtrooms are located on the third story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 33rd Judicial Circuit and the County District Court and County Probate Court.

 

See:  The 33rd Judicial Circuit includes Geneva County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1824 and the first county seat was Dale’s Court House ( Daleville ). The first courthouse was built after 1824. In 1841, the county seat was moved to Newton. The second courthouse was built and burned in 1869. The county seat was moved to Ozark in 1870 and the third courthouse was built. The courthouse burned in 1884 and the fourth courthouse was built in 1885. The fifth courthouse was designed Andrew J Bryan and the contractor was M T Lewman in 1901. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1967 to 1968.

 

 

County Courthouse – Ozark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornerstone 1901 County Courthouse

 

 

Bell from 1901 County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2020