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Cortelyou, also known as Richardson or Richardson Station, is an unincorporated community in Washington County, Alabama, United States.

Cortelyou, Alabama
Cortelyou, Alabama is located in Alabama
Cortelyou, Alabama
Cortelyou, Alabama
Location of Cortelyou in Alabama
Coordinates: 31°25′25″N 88°00′30″W / 31.42361°N 88.00833°W / 31.42361; -88.00833
CountryUnited States
59 ft (18 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID157925[1]


Cortelyou was originally known as Richardson Station, but the Alabama Railroad Commission was petitioned by Richardson's citizens and the Southern Railway to move the location one quarter mile south and change the name to Cortelyou. This change took effect on March 4, 1907.[2] The community was called Richardson in honor of John Richardson, Jr., an early settler of the area. It was then called Cortelyou in honor of George B. Cortelyou, who was then the United States Postmaster General.[3] A post office operated under the name Richardson from 1898 to 1902, then under the name Cortelyou from 1906 to 1957.[4]


  1. ^ "Cortelyou". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Alabama Public Service Commission (1908). Annual Report of the Railroad Commission of Alabama. s.n. pp. 37–.
  3. ^ Foscue, Virginia (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 40. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X.
  4. ^ "Washington County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 25 December 2014.