Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 190.
LIMESTONE COUNTY, situated on the north boundary of Alabama, with Tennessee river on the south. Area, 575 square miles. Face of the country undulating; soil generally productive. Seat of justice, Athens. Pop. in 1820, 9,871; in 1830, 14,843; in 1840, 14,374; in 1850, 16.483.