Baker was created from portions of Autauga, Shelbv, Bibb, and Perry, by an act approved December 30, 1868. It 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, donating as much as half of the original building lots. He 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.
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.
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.
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. The town was renamed had about 200 inhabitants around 1872. It was renamed Clanton to honor the Gen. James Holt Clanton of Montgomery.
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.
There are were no towns in Baker in 1872 but Baker, (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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