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 superb photographs with insightful textual content to supply a different examine the county's background. in particular obvious in Lebourg's pictures is a keenness for bikes, supplying an outstanding focal point for plenty of of the book's pictures. Etowah County contains such sights 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 integrated are glimpses of such neighborhood occasions as parades, exercises, and the gorgeous Nocallula Falls. even if one is an established resident acquainted with the entire zone has to provide, or a newcomer desirous to study extra of the county's history, Etowah County is a superb examine days passed by.

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The Pitman, positioned within the six hundred block of wide highway, is the final of the downtown motion picture homes and is within the means of being renovated. Weatherly automobiles used to be certainly one of Gadsden’s new automobile dealerships. This estate, positioned at 205 extensive road, has been domestic to numerous vehicle dealerships through the years, together with John Thomas Ford and Lawrence Pontiac-Cadillac. this present day, following renovations, this estate serves because the domestic for the Physician’s domestic health and wellbeing Superstore, which sells clinical gear and sickroom provides. The rear of the valuables, which was once at one time the carrier division, later housed Café Moriah. Gadsden’s Greyhound bus terminal was once positioned within the seven-hundred block of Forrest street. Bus commute used to be either well known and significant in the course of the first half the 20 th century. This terminal served countless numbers of passengers in the course of the top of this mode of transportation’s heyday. at the present time a Jack’s eating place is found in this estate. This photo additionally exhibits of the large houses that have been situated on Forrest road. Crossfields was once one in every of Gadsden’s well known icehouses and ice cream parlors. This enterprise was once situated within the 1200 block of Forrest street and added ice and ice cream all through Etowah County. This neighborhood product used to be highly regarded in the course of the Fifties and into the Nineteen Sixties. With the arriving of the massive grocery shops, in the neighborhood made ice cream quickly light into background. this present day the valuables is the location of C&J carrier. Wrenn’s Ice Cream Parlor used to be one other well known Gadsden ice cream parlor. Wrenn’s used to be positioned at 1108 Forrest street and provided the best in in the community made ice cream. Wrenn’s used to be very hot within the Nineteen Fifties with teenagers and more youthful adults. for a few years following the ultimate of Wrenn’s Ice Cream Parlor, Stan Dailey operated Stan Dailey company Machines from this place. this day this is often the positioning of money sign in structures. This used to be the Charles S. Ward domestic, outfitted on Turrentine road throughout the early days of the twentieth century. positioned at 525 Turrentine street, this pretty mansion used to be one in all houses outfitted by means of Ward. This domestic, like a number of the different houses within the Turrentine old District, has been superbly restored. a few of the early developers of Gadsden lived during this quarter. those houses are deepest flats. The Baptist Memorial health facility relocated to East Gadsden within the early Nineteen Sixties. For years, this clinic have been experiencing turning out to be pains till a freelance for the hot constitution was once offered on might 30, 1961. the recent sanatorium opened on September 29, 1963. This used to be initially deliberate as a six-story, 200-bed health center. this present day this health facility, often called Gadsden local sanatorium, is without doubt one of the newest within the kingdom of Alabama. The Rainbow Drive-In Theatre was once positioned for a few years on Gadsden’s Rainbow force. It opened in September 1952 and used to be really the 3rd drive-in theater to open within the Gadsden quarter. those open-air theaters have been highly regarded simply because a relations may well watch a film from the relaxation in their personal automobile. the recognition of the drive-in pale within the Nineteen Eighties, and the valuables this present day is the positioning of a number of enterprise matters.

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