Walker County was formed in 1824 from parts of Marion and Tuscaloosa counties. It was named after John Walker, who represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1819 until 1822. Jasper is the county seat and was named after Sgt. William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero.
The county’s population is 71,866 with 7 percent black and 92 percent white. Fifty-six percent of adults have completed high school. The county has 18 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, seven high schools, two technical schools and one two-year college.
Attractions include Lewis Smith Lake, Old York USA, the Old Harbin Hotel, and the Alabama Mining Museum, which traces the history of mining in the state from 1890 until 1940. Principal agricultural products in Walker County include poultry, forestry products, livestock and forage crops. Major employers include retail and service companies, Walker Baptist Medical Center and the Walker County Board of Education.
The local Extension staff consists of two full-time and three part-time employees. In addition to locally housed staff, Walker County Extension programs are also supported by 11 subject matter Regional Agents. Active programs include Master Gardener, Master Cattle Producers, Nutrition Education Program (NEP), Today’s Mom, and youth judging teams in wildlife, horses and livestock. The 4-H program includes 1,200 young people. Our newest 4-H club is a community-based club for ATV safety.