Dale County bears the name of one of Alabama’s celebrated frontiersmen, Samuel Dale, who helped create the state from Mississippi Territory. The county is home to Fort Rucker, the largest military installation in the state and headquarters for U.S. Army Aviation. The aviation museum on the fort displays more than 160 aircrafts. Ed Lisenby Lake in Ozark, the county seat, offers hiking and fishing opportunities. A feature of the park at the lake is a memorial to Samuel Dale and his role in the Creek War of 1812.