|Decatur is a city in Morgan County
in the U.S. state of Alabama. The city, used to be known as "The River City", was recently named to "Charming City on a Grand Scale" is located in Northern Alabama on the banks of Wheeler Lake, along the Tennessee River. It is the largest city and county seat of Morgan County. The estimated population in 2006 was 55,778.Initially the area was known as "Rhodes Ferry Landing", named for Dr. Henry W. Rhodes,
an early landowner who operated a ferry that crossed the Tennessee River in the 1810s at the present-day location of Rhodes Ferry Park. The city was incorporated as Decatur in the year 1821. It was named in honor of Stephen Decatur; after he was killed in a duel in 1820, President Monroe directed that the Alabama town
be named for him. Decatur was a very important point in North Alabama during its earliest days. Decatur was the eastern terminus of the Tuscumbia.