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Etowah County (AL) (Images of America)

By Bob Scarboro, Mike Goodson

Drawing from, between different assets, the gathering of famed photographer Adolph Lebourg, a French immigrant who traveled to Alabama with a circus, Scarboro and Goodson mix terrific photos with insightful textual content to supply a special examine the county's historical past. specially obvious in Lebourg's pictures is a fondness for bikes, supplying a good focal point for lots of of the book's pictures. Etowah County comprises such attractions because the Kyle domestic, which as soon as stood at the current website of the Etowah County Courthouse, the house of Alabama energy corporation founder W.P. Lay, and

several of the county's early motion picture theaters. Many neighborhood companies and industries are highlighted within the early years in their life. additionally incorporated are glimpses of such neighborhood occasions as parades, exercises, and the attractive Nocallula Falls. no matter if one is an established resident accustomed to all of the quarter has to supply, or a newcomer desirous to examine extra of the county's background, Etowah County is a superb examine days passed by.

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The wooden kinfolk really provided a dwell baby as a door prize on the Belle Theatre. This used to be within the days whilst adoption legislation weren't as strict as this present day. The prize used to be presented to the fortunate price tag holder. at the present time Compass financial institution occupies this nook of 6th and wide Streets. the house of William Patrick Lay used to be one other of the stately houses situated on Forrest road. This domestic used to be situated close to the current web site of the Alabama energy corporation places of work, an organization that Lay helped chanced on. W. P. Lay moved to Gadsden in 1874 the place he engaged within the lumber company. He built hydroelectricity and later outfitted his first hydroelectric dam in Attalla, which finally ended in the founding of the Alabama energy corporation. the five hundred block of wide highway used to be domestic to a couple of Gadsden’s downtown cafés. The Mexican Chili Parlor was once a downtown icon for a few years. the yankee Café and Lebourg wearing items have been situated subsequent to the Chili Parlor. this present day the alternative eating place is found the place the Mexican Chili Parlor as soon as stood, and Jefferson’s is within the estate that after housed Lebourg wearing items. extensive highway at the moment used to be paved with brick. The White Palace Café has been a downtown Gadsden icon because the early days of the twentieth century. Vance Drug corporation is usually proven at the southwest nook of 5th and huge Streets. even if Vance Drug corporation has been long gone for a few years, the White Palace Café, with an paintings deco facade, were the house of a number of eating places through the years. This was once the unique domestic of Gadsden’s moment Baptist Church. This wood-frame constitution was once situated on South 12th highway and later turned often called 12th road Baptist Church, situated in West Gadsden. this day the church is a contemporary, brick constitution. 12th road Baptist Church has, through the years, had a really winning athletic application, with either men’s softball and the Royal Ambassador basketball groups. The four hundred block of huge highway is proven on a hectic Saturday morning in 1916. The Moragne development is in the midst of the block and at the moment housed the C. B. Kenny corporation and the Elton Theatre. The Elton Theatre, owned by way of document Elton, was once one in all Gadsden’s earliest silent motion picture theaters. The Moragne construction additionally housed the Thursday Afternoon examine membership, a forerunner to the Gadsden Public Library. at the present time this construction homes the winery Church. Gadsden highschool used to be equipped to interchange the smaller Disque highschool. the hot, glossy institution opened in January 1924 and used to be state-of-the-art in each manner. In November 1972, Gadsden highschool suffered a big hearth and bought an important face-lift. This complicated endured to serve the Gadsden Board of schooling till the Gadsden urban highschool opened in 2006. The outdated Gadsden highschool on south 12th road is this day the positioning of the father or mother instructor source middle. Striplin Grammar college, initially situated on collage road, was once the second one grammar university development developed by means of the Gadsden Board of schooling. inbuilt 1910 at a value of $34,000, it will probably accommodate 640 scholars.

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