Gadsden, Alabama, the seat of Etowah County. It is on the Coosa River 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Birmingham. The area's iron, coal, manganese, and limestone resources are used to make manganese steel, Gadsden's chief product. Also manufactured here are rubber products, concrete products, and light machinery.
Gadsden was founded about 1845 and named for the United States diplomat James Gadsden. The scene of Civil War fighting, Gadsden has a monument to Emma Sansom, 15-year-old Confederate army guide. The city was incorporated in 1871 and grew as the region's minerals were exploited.