Etowah County (AL) (Images of America)

Etowah County (AL) (Images of America)

Bob Scarboro, Mike Goodson

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738516244

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Drawing from, among other sources, the collection of famed photographer Adolph Lebourg, a French immigrant who traveled to Alabama with a circus, Scarboro and Goodson combine wonderful images with insightful text to provide a unique look at the county's heritage. Especially evident in Lebourg's photographs is a passion for motorcycles, providing a great point of interest for many of the book's images. Etowah County includes such points of interest as the Kyle Home, which once stood on the present site of the Etowah County Courthouse, the home of Alabama Power Company founder W.P. Lay, and

several of the county's early movie theaters. Many local businesses and industries are highlighted in the early years of their existence. Also included are glimpses of such local events as parades, sporting events, and the beautiful Nocallula Falls. Whether one is a longtime resident familiar with all the area has to offer, or a newcomer eager to learn more of the county's heritage, Etowah County is a wonderful look at days gone by.

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the home of the Etowah County Department of Human Resources. Gadsden’s beautiful amphitheater was built on South First Street during the days when America was feeling the grip of the Depression. This amazing structure was built of native pink sandstone that was quarried on Lookout Mountain near Gadsden. It was constructed using labor from government programs designed to put Americans back to work. Situated on Legion Hill overlooking the Coosa River, the Mort Glosser Amphitheatre is still in

laws were not as strict as today. The prize was awarded to the lucky ticket holder. Today Compass Bank occupies this corner of Sixth and Broad Streets. The home of William Patrick Lay was another of the stately homes located on Forrest Avenue. This home was located near the present site of the Alabama Power Company offices, a company that Lay helped found. W. P. Lay moved to Gadsden in 1874 where he engaged in the lumber business. He developed hydroelectricity and later built his first

John Thomas Ford and Lawrence Pontiac-Cadillac. Today, following renovations, this property serves as the home for the Physician’s Home Health Superstore, which sells medical equipment and sickroom supplies. The rear of the property, which was at one time the service department, later housed Café Moriah. Gadsden’s Greyhound bus terminal was located in the 700 block of Forrest Avenue. Bus travel was both popular and important during the first half of the 20th century. This terminal served

intersection in the Alabama City area. This was both the entrance to the Dwight Manufacturing Company and the main business district known as Wall Street. Wall Street, or Seventh Street, contained many of the stores and offices of the mill village. This was also the home of Alabama City’s Ritz Theatre. Today this is the intersection of Wall Street and Meighan Boulevard. Fourth Street in Alabama City was the home of the McGraw Brothers Bottlers. This building has housed several businesses

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