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Dallas County


Dallas County is named for Alexander James Dallas, who was the United States Secretary of the Treasury.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Perry County and Chilton County

E – Autuaga County and Lowndes County

S – Wilcox County

W – Wilcox CountyMarengo County and Perry County


Created:  February 9, 1818                                                        Map of Alabama highlighting Dallas County

County Seat:

Cahaba  1818 – 1866

Selma     1866 – present


County Courthouse – Selma


Location:  105 Lauderdale Street / Alabama Avenue

Built:  1900 – 1901

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Walter Chamberlin of Knoxville, Tennessee

Contractor:  J W Hood


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story white and brown colored stone structure. The building is located in the center of Selma. The northeast corner has a high rectangular section with the main entrance on the first story. There are square sections on the southeast and southwest corners. The windows are narrow and vertical. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 4th Judicial Circuit and the County District Court and County Probate Court. The building was remodeled from 1958 to 1960 changing the exterior appearance. The architect was Warren, Knight & Davis and the contractor was Cooper Brothers Construction Company, Inc.


County Courthouse Annex – Selma



Location:  105 Lauderdale Street / Alabama Avenue

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wiatt Watson & Cole Inc.

Contractor:  Andrew & Dawson


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the west side of the courthouse in the center of Selma. The west front has a projecting center section with recessed porch and entrance on the first story. The building has a mansard roof with dormers.


Old County Courthouse – Selma



Location:  109 Union Street / Alabama Avenue

Built:  1847 – 1848

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Selma Fraternal Lodge No. 27 of the Free and Accepted Masons.

Contractor:  Selma Fraternal Lodge No. 27 of the Free and Accepted Masons.


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Selma. The east front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The first story entrance is recessed and balconies are on the second and third stories. The building is named as The Joseph T. Smitherman Historic Building .


Note:  The cost of construction was $15,000. The building served as the courthouse from 1866 to 1902.


See:  The 4th Judicial Circuit includes Bibb CountyHale CountyPerry County and Wilcox County.


History:  The county was created in 1818 and Cahaba was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected in Cahaba in 1818 and the town became the capital of Alabama until 1825. The county seat was moved to Selma in 1866. The second courthouse was the building on Union Street which is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1900 to 1901.



County Courthouse – Selma













County Courthouse Annex – Selma





Old County Courthouse – Selma









Photos taken 2010 and 2015