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Welcome to the Shelby County’s “Newly Revitalized” City of Columbiana, home of the County Seat. Columbiana is full of beauty and is a magnificently, charming community in which to live, work, and raise a family.

Incorporated in 1837, with corporate limits one and 1/2 miles in each direction from the public square, Columbiana was first called Columbia. An act of the Legislature changed the name to Columbiana on January 13, 1832. Prior to the Civil War, an iron foundry was located in Columbiana. During the war, CB Churchill operated a foundry for the Confederate government. It was burned in 1865.

Columbiana, as county seat, is home to many County Government offices and Organizations such as the Shelby County Board of Education, The Shelby County Sheriffs’ Department and the Adult Jail and the Harrison Regional Library, the main office of the Shelby County Libraries. Commerce is also abundant featuring American Axel Manufacturing -AAM (the world’s largest ferrous foam producer), Central Alabama Fabricators, upscale retail and antique shops, fine dining and lots more. Having easy access to Interstate I-65, Highway 280 and Lay Lake is a real plus in this charming bedroom community.

Downtown Columbiana is known for the historic character of its main street and safe, hometown atmosphere.
It is the centerpiece of the community and serves as a hub for south shelby county residents to shop, eat, and be entertained. Local and lay lake residents, as well as those in surrounding communities, support our growing business district. We welcome you to visit Columbiana.

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