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 outstanding photographs with insightful textual content to supply a special examine the county's historical past. specifically glaring in Lebourg's photos is a fondness for bikes, supplying an outstanding 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 web site of the Etowah County Courthouse, the house of Alabama strength 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 activities, and the attractive Nocallula Falls. even if one is an established resident acquainted with all of the zone has to provide, or a newcomer desirous to research extra of the county's history, Etowah County is an excellent examine days passed by.

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A later addition used to be outfitted to front of this gorgeous constitution, and a brand new library used to be equipped on collage highway. at the present time the valuables is the house of more advantageous financial institution. The Bellenger condo was once one other of the grand houses situated on Forrest road in downtown Gadsden. those houses have been the flats of a few of Gadsden’s fashionable voters of the past due nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Bellenger domestic later turned Woodliff Funeral domestic. The constitution burned within the Nineteen Forties. Later the valuables was once domestic to Pierson Chevrolet, and it's now the Baker Tire corporation, owned by means of James Dodd. Gadsden’s attractive U. S. submit workplace was once in-built 1910. This construction was once developed initially as a one-story constitution, with a moment and 3rd ground being further later. a brand new U. S. put up workplace was once outfitted on Walnut highway to exchange this constitution throughout the early Sixties. at the present time this development, situated on the nook of 6th and large Streets, homes numerous govt workplaces and businesses. The nook of 5th and large Streets was once domestic to First nationwide financial institution. This financial institution was once well known in downtown Gadsden through the past due nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This picture exhibits large road throughout the days earlier than the streets have been paved. The brick pavers that have been initially used to pave the streets are proven on the entrance and aspect of the financial institution. This estate was once later the positioning of the Ike Saks outfitter and is this present day the house of Gadsden Christian booklet shop. at the present time Black Creek Falls, or Noccalula Falls, is the biggest waterfall situated within the urban limits of any urban within the usa. The waterfall is the positioning of a Cherokee legend approximately Princess Noccalula, who jumped to her loss of life as a result of an prepared marriage that used to be very unpopular with the maiden. This legend offers the waterfall its identify of Noccalula Falls. this day this can be Gadsden and Etowah County’s biggest vacationer appeal. this can be the unique lined bridge that was once positioned throughout Black Creek close to Black Creek Falls. The picturesque atmosphere was once very hot with many photographers throughout the past due 1800s and early 1900s. in the course of the sizzling summer time months, Black Creek Falls, or Noccalula Falls, “disappears” whilst the creek dries up. in the course of the early spring rains, the creek turns into a speeding torrent. a result of springtime flooding, the wood constitution used to be changed with a concrete constitution. Wood’s reduce expense was once a favored enterprise institution on wide highway in downtown Gadsden. W. B. “Pop” wooden used to be an enterprising businessman through the early days of the 20 th century. mother and dad wooden additionally owned the Belle Theatre on vast highway for a few years, having bought the valuables from Roy Hunt. The wooden kin really provided a reside baby as a door prize on the Belle Theatre. This used to be within the days whilst adoption legislation weren't as strict as at the present time. The prize used to be offered to the fortunate price ticket holder. this day 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 was once positioned close to the current website of the Alabama strength corporation workplaces, an organization that Lay helped chanced on.

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