Gadsden is the county seat of Etowah County, Alabama. Situated 62 miles northeast of Birmingham, Gadsden had a population of just under 37,000 as of the 2010 census. Gadsden and Rome are the two biggest cities in the triangular area comprised of Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga.
Gadsden has a rich, industrial history. Originally known for manufacturing riverboats, Gadsden’s economy spent most of the 1980s being led by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Republic Steel Corporation. Officially incorporated in 1867, Gadsden’s first white settlement was established 42 years earlier, in 1825. Called “Double Springs,” it was home to John Riley, whose house still stands as the town’s oldest building.
Educationally, Gadsden is home to Gadsden City High School, Emma Sansom Middle School, Gadsden Middle School, Litchfield Middle School, Oscar Adams Elementary, Donehoo Elementary, Eura Brown Elementary, George W. Floyd Elementary, R.A. Mitchell Elementary, Striplin Elementary, Ray Thompson Elementary, Walnut Park Elementary and Secondary Alternative School. Gadsden is also home to Gadsden State Community College.
Popular locations within the city limits of Gadsden include Noccalula Falls Park, Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge, Coosa River, James D. Martin Wildlife Park, Lookout Mountain, Gadsden Mall, Gadsden Museum of Art and the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts. Notable residents include Beth Grant, Dre Kirkpatrick, Mathew Knowles, Evelyn Lawler Lewis, Annie Lee, Sunny Mabrey and Jake Adam York.
The Gadsden Municipal Courthouse is located at 90 Broad Street in Gadsden, Alabama, 35901.