On this day, December 30th, in 1868, the county of Baker was created from portions of Autauga, Shelby, Bibb, and Perry, by a legislative act.
There were no towns in the county of Baker in 1872 and it had no history, so in 1872 it was not entitled to representation in Alabama.
The county was named for Mr. Alfred Baker (1828-1896) a resident of the portion taken from Autauga. He was credited with founding the town of Clanton, in Chilton County, Alabama. He donated as much as half of the original building lots. Baker was the first mayor and built a storehouse east of the railroad. He later built a more modern depot west of the railroad along with a two-story hotel.
John Baker, brother of Alfred Baker (1825-1915)
Served in the Confederacy
Mr. Baker was a 2nd Lieutenant and member of the Autauga Rangers Home Guard. He enlisted at the age of 34 in Autauga County, Alabama. He served as the Justice of Peace of Autauga County, Alabama and served as on the Governor’s Correspondence from 1863-64. After the war, he was a member of the State Legislature and Post Master at Grantville, the county seat of Baker.
Alfred Baker tombstone
Baker County was in the center of the State
He was married to Rebecca Ann Mims (1830-1912) Baker County was in the center of the State, west of Coosa, north of Autauga, south of Shelby, and east of Bibb and Perry. It had an area of about 700 square miles. There were forty-four and a half miles of railroad in the county; thirty-two miles of the road from Montgomery to Decatur, and twelve and a half miles of the Selma to Rome Railroad. The Coosa river was the eastern boundary line, but was not made navigable.
Baker county seat at Grantville
The original county seat was at Grantville but when the courthouse burned in 1870, It was moved to Goosepond, a stop on the Louisville and Nashville railroad. Goosepond was renamed Clanton in honor of James Holt Clanton, an American soldier, lawyer, and legislator. Clanton enlisted in the United States Army for service during the Mexican–American War, and later was a Confederate Army general during the American Civil War. Following the war he returned to practicing law and later was murdered in a private feud in Tennessee.
Goosepond Park, Clanton, Alabama
James Holt Clanton
Viewed him as a Carpet Bagger
As Baker’s political and business affiliations grew, the people of Clanton began to view him as too cooperative with the Northern Carpet Baggers and led a successful campaign to rename the county, changing it to Chilton County in honor of William Parrish Chilton, the Alabama Delegate to the Confederate Congress. The town had about 200 inhabitants around 1872.
The only town in Baker County in 1872 was Baker, which later became Chilton County, Alabama and Baker had no history, and was not entitled to separate representation in the general assembly.
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