A city in Walker County, Alabama, Jasper had a population of just over 14,000 as of the 2010 census. One of globe’s leading coal producers, Jasper is the county seat of Walker County. Fun fact: the television program “Town of the Living Dead” is filmed in Jasper.
Named after Sgt. William Jasper, Jasper was settled in 1815 and officially incorporated in 1886. That same year, the Kansas City-Memphis & Birmingham and the Sheffield & Birmingham Railroads were constructed in Jasper. This led to significant economic growth, and the population expanded from 200 people in 1886 to 3,000 in 1890.
Educationally, Jasper is home to Memorial Park School, T.R. Simmons Elementary School, West Jasper Elementary School, Maddox Middle School, Walker High School and North Highlands School. Sites included on the National Register of Historic Places include the John Hollis Bankhead House, First United Methodist Church, Jasper Downtown Historic District and Walker County Hospital.
Notable Jasper residents include Jason Aaron, John H. Bankhead II, Tallulah Bankhead, Tom Bevill, Ronnie Coleman, Raymond D. Fowler, Polly Holliday, George Lindsey, Terry Owens, Sam Posey, Jim Pyburn, Michael Rooker and Leigh Sherer.
Jasper Municipal Courthouse is located at 400 19th Street West in Jasper, Alabama, 35501.