Etowah County (AL) (Images of America)

By Bob Scarboro, Mike Goodson

Drawing from, between different resources, the gathering of famed photographer Adolph Lebourg, a French immigrant who traveled to Alabama with a circus, Scarboro and Goodson mix amazing photos with insightful textual content to supply a special examine the county's historical past. specifically obvious in Lebourg's pictures is a fondness for bikes, offering a very good focal point for plenty of of the book's photos. 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 lifestyles. additionally integrated are glimpses of such neighborhood occasions as parades, physical games, and the attractive Nocallula Falls. no matter if one is an established resident conversant in all of the sector has to supply, or a newcomer wanting to examine extra of the county's historical past, Etowah County is an excellent examine days passed by.

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It opened in September 1952 and used to be really the 3rd drive-in theater to open within the Gadsden zone. those open-air theaters have been extremely popular simply because a relatives may well watch a film from the relaxation in their personal motor vehicle. the recognition of the drive-in pale within the Nineteen Eighties, and the valuables this day is the positioning of numerous enterprise matters. St. James Catholic Church is found on the intersection of South 7th highway and Chestnut road. this pretty constitution used to be devoted in 1927, and with later additions, it truly is one of many many attractive Gadsden church buildings. the 1st sanctuary used to be accomplished on July nine, 1881, on a domain donated by way of Col. R. B. Kyle at 6th and Chestnut Streets. remarkable founders of this church have been Maj. G. D. Rand, John Plunkett, James Fitzgerald, and Pat Walsh. this can be Gadsden’s large road having a look east through the early Fifties. Many neighborhood shops are proven the following within the four hundred block, together with Ike Saks and Hicks Shoe shop at the south facet of the road and Harris Men’s store and Hoffman’s Jewelers at the north facet. All of those companies have light into Gadsden’s earlier apart from Hicks Shoe shop, that's nonetheless in operation. The Noccalula Nik-Nak used to be at one time the one consuming institution situated at Gadsden’s appealing Noccalula Falls. This in the neighborhood owned and operated enterprise was once well known in the course of the Sixties for its nice hamburgers, sizzling canines, and sandwiches. Ice cream used to be additionally a distinctiveness, from malts and shakes to cones, just like the “brown derby,” a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate. this present day a Jack’s Hamburgers occupies this spot. one in all Gadsden’s many well known radio stations through the years has been WGAD. This AM station has been positioned at either 1350 and 930 at the radio dial. This station has made the entire circle from rock and roll to speak radio and is now taking part in the oldies. as soon as positioned within the 800 block of Forrest road throughout from the Etowah County Courthouse, this present day it really is on Walnut highway. the unique web site of WGAD is now the deal with for the Etowah County Judicial construction. considered one of Gadsden’s preferred drive-ins could doubtless were the Pic-a-Burger, situated on North 12th highway. The Pic-a-Burger used to be recognized for its Paul Bunyan Burger, an area favourite. The Paul Bunyan Burger used to be a wide burger with mystery sauce whose constituents have been by no means printed. in addition to French fries and an onion ring, this burger used to be well-known all through Etowah County. this present day the Bingo middle is found at this website. The Chow Time, positioned on the intersection of Gardner highway and 7th highway, used to be one other of Etowah County’s renowned drive-ins. The Chow Time used to be renowned throughout the past due Sixties, supplying a Tiny Chow Burger for under 15¢ and a Chow Burger, which was once an enormous burger with minced onions. at the present time the development that housed the Chow Time is a part of Grissom Honda. Jack’s Kwikee Hamburgers was once one other in the community owned drive-in that was once very hot throughout the overdue Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies. Jack’s Kwikee provided a small hamburger for 15¢ in addition to renowned ice cream treats. Soft-serve vanilla and chocolate cones and hand-dipped ice cream in a big number of flavors have been provided.

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