Historic Huntsville

A City of New Beginnings


Author: Elise Hopkins Stephens

Publisher: Amer Historical Press

ISBN: 9781892724311

Category: History

Page: 243

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Huntsville is a city rich in contrasts, an intriguing blend of the historic Old South and the dynamic New South of today. Historic Huntsville: A City of New Beginnings explores this fascinating region and its rise from a frontier settlement to a center for space-age achievement. Writing with style, wit, and affection, author Elise Hopkins Stephens depicts Huntsville's history through scholarly research as well as through the memories of those who lived it. The author distills a wealth of information into a lively narrative sparked with colorful anecdotes and an obvious love of the area. Settled by rugged frontiersmen like John Hunt, and aristocratic families like the Popes who came "lock, stock, and sterling silverware" from Georgia, Huntsville had its roots in contrast, thriving on the traditions of red-blooded squatters and blue-blooded squires. Here the author traces the growth years of antebellum Huntsville and the dizzying fluctuations of the cotton economy; the pathos of the war years and the personal conflicts of those who sought simply to do what was right; the rise of the textile industry and the struggles of black and white, rich and poor, to forge a new social order. World War II and the defense industry brought dramatic changes to the area, and foretold of an exciting future as scientists of the stature of Wernher von Braun, like a new aristocracy of intellect, settled in this city of the Old South. Hundreds of illustrations bring Huntsville's past to life, while a portfolio of brilliant color photographs focuses on contemporary views of the city. Biographies of many of Huntsville's businesses and organizations are highlighted in a special chapter entitled "Chronicles of Leadership," detailing their contributions to Huntsville. An illustrated timeline of significant events further enhances the text and puts it all in perspective. For both longtime residents, newcomers and friends of Huntsville everywhere, this is a volume to be treasured. It presents a uniquely comprehensive and insightful view of Huntsville, a city rich in heritage and bright with promise. Historic Huntsville: A City of New Beginnings is a book not only to inform but to delight readers for generations to come. Book jacket.

Historic Architecture in Alabama

A Guide to Styles and Types, 1810-1930


Author: Robert S. Gamble

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817311346

Category: Architecture

Page: 218

View: 5413

Richly illustrated and concisely organized, this architectural guide provides an invaluable resource for those interested in the study, appreciation, and preservation of the state's architecture. Robert Gamble outlines in detail the primary architectural currents and styles that have surfaced in Alabama over the years and defined the state's built landscape. The structures and styles, all well-illustrated, range from folk houses and early settlement buildings to railway terminals, churches, libraries, municipal and university buildings, palatial private mansions, and modest homes. Structures from every period and every major stylistic era--Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Romanesque and Mission Revival, and the Richardsonian--are documented meticulously, along with examples of early--Modern buildings, including Alabama's only Frank Lloyd Wright structure and skyscrapers from the Chicago school. More than 200 photographs, supplemented by sketches, plans, and etchings, provide the general reader and the design professional with images of Alabama architecture in all its variety and range. Many illustrations offer rare views of buildings long since demolished. A substantial glossary of architectural terms and a thorough bibliography enhance this standard sure to be welcomed anew by any lover of old buildings, whether weekend rambler or serious student. Robert S. Gamble is State Architectural Historian for the Alabama Historical Commission and the author, with Chip Cooper and Harry Knopke, of Silent in the Land. In 1989 Gamble was awarded the prestigious Antoinette Forrester Downing Award by the Society of Architectural Historians for excellence in a published survey of historic buildings.

Huntsville Textile Mills & Villages

Linthead Legacy


Author: Terri L. French

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439661030

Category: Photography

Page: 144

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In the early 1900s, Huntsville, Alabama, had more spindles than any other city in the South. Cotton fields and mills made the city a major competitor in the textile industry. Entire mill villages sprang up around the factories to house workers and their families. Many of these village buildings are now iconic community landmarks, such as the revitalized Lowe Mill arts facility and the Merrimack Mill Village Historic District. The lintheads, a demeaning moniker villagers wore as a badge of honor, were hard workers. Their lives were fraught with hardships, from slavery and child labor to factory fires and shutdowns. They endured job-related injuries and illnesses, strikes and the Great Depression. Author Terri L. French details the lives, history and legacy of the workers.



Author: John F. Kvach,Charity Ethridge,Michelle Hopkins,Susanna Leberman

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738598917

Category: History

Page: 127

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Huntsville has served as the unofficial capital of north Alabama since the early 19th century. Settled by John Hunt and developed by ambitious cotton planters, enterprising merchants and professionals, and thousands of families looking for new opportunities in the rich farmland, Huntsville has continued to grow and prosper as 21st-century corporations and government agencies develop new technologies that make the city the center of space and defense-related industries in the South. The city has endured military occupation, storms, financial panics, and the constant threat of economic and social stagnation that occurred in so many communities across the South. Yet Huntsville continued to redefine itself and remain relevant in regional, national, and international affairs. This positive spirit makes Huntsville a special place for residents and visitors alike. Images of America: Huntsville hopes to capture the uniqueness of the city while simultaneously acknowledging some mistakes that have been made in the past.

Huntsville Historical Review



Author: Huntsville-madison County Historical Society

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781979538626


Page: 274

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For 46 years, the Huntsville Historical Review has chronicled the origins and history of Huntsville and Madison County. Now, as Alabama celebrates its bicentennial, the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society has assembled a collection of articles from past issues of the Review, spanning Huntsville's history during Alabama's 200 years. This first volume covers the first years of those two centuries as Alabama transitions from territory to Statehood, with Huntsville serving as home to the drafting of the state constitution and as Alabama's first capital.

Seeds of Freedom

The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama


Author: Hester Bass

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 0763669199

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Describes how the people of the city of Huntsville, Alabama worked together to integrate the city's school system, celebrating how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity.

Hidden History of North Alabama


Author: Jacquelyn Procter Reeves

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1614232210

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 5089

The tranquil waters of the Tennessee River hide a horrible tragedy that took place one steamy July day when co-workers took an excursion aboard the SCItanic. Lawrence County resident Jenny Brooks used the skull of one of her victims to wash her hands, but her forty-year quest for revenge cost more than she bargained for. Granville Garth jumped to his watery grave with a pocketful of secrets--did anyone collect the $10,000 reward for the return of the papers he took with him? Historian Jacquelyn Procter Reeves transports readers deep into the shadows of the past to learn about the secret of George Steele's will, the truth behind the night the "Stars Fell on Alabama" and the story of the Lawrence County boys who died in the Goliad Massacre. Learn these secrets--and many more--in Hidden History of North Alabama.

Incidents of the war

the Civil War journal of Mary Jane Chadick


Author: Mary Jane Cook Chadick,Nancy M. Rohr

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 379

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Transcribed, edited, and anotated Civil War journal written by Mary Jane Chaduck during the years of Federal invasion, 1862-1865.

Trammel's Trace

The First Road to Texas from the North


Author: Gary L. Pinkerton

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623494699

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 524

Trammel’s Trace tells the story of a borderlands smuggler and an important passageway into early Texas. Trammel’s Trace, named for Nicholas Trammell, was the first route from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. From the Great Bend of the Red River it intersected with El Camino Real de los Tejas in Nacogdoches. By the early nineteenth century, Trammel’s Trace was largely a smuggler’s trail that delivered horses and contraband into the region. It was a microcosm of the migration, lawlessness, and conflict that defined the period. By the 1820s, as Mexico gained independence from Spain, smuggling declined as Anglo immigration became the primary use of the trail. Familiar names such as Sam Houston, David Crockett, and James Bowie joined throngs of immigrants making passage along Trammel’s Trace. Indeed, Nicholas Trammell opened trading posts on the Red River and near Nacogdoches, hoping to claim a piece of Austin’s new colony. Austin denied Trammell’s entry, however, fearing his poor reputation would usher in a new wave of smuggling and lawlessness. By 1826, Trammell was pushed out of Texas altogether and retreated back to Arkansas Even so, as author Gary L. Pinkerton concludes, Trammell was “more opportunist than outlaw and made the most of disorder.”

The Doughnut Tree


Author: Catherine L. Knowles

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781503135758


Page: 334

View: 3396

Percy Taylor has been many things over the years...honest man, judge, farmer, and bootlegger. He's lost a wife and mother under mysterious circumstances, fought in the Spanish American War and raised a beautiful daughter. Now it's 1920, and he's getting married again, this time to a known madam where there will be blacks, a dog as 'best friend,' a homosexual male bridesmaid, and alcohol...all during prohibition! Percy's lived most of his life in the small northern Alabama town of Taylorsville near Huntsville, taking people as he finds them. A friend to all, he looked past the color of a person's skin making him at odds with the KKK. During the reception he takes time to look back on his life, including fond memories of Miss Lily's crispy fried doughnuts, eaten under the branches of the old oak where a corpse once swung to save an innocent life. Fictionalized from many actual events and characters drawn from the history and records of Huntsville, Alabama and the area of the Tennessee River where a town, Taylorsville, once existed, The Doughnut Tree recreates a most colorful era in the cotton mill town's history, when lawlessness and corruption were the norm, not the exception.

Historic Photos of Huntsville


Author: Jacquelyn Procter Reeves

Publisher: Historic Photos

ISBN: 9781620453964

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 9813

From being the first incorporated city and the first capitol of Alabama, to becoming one of the nation's largest space program facilities, Historic Photos of Huntsville is a photographic history collected from the areas top archives. With around 200 photographs, many of which have never been published, this beautiful coffee table book shows the historical growth from the mid 1800's to the late 1900's of the ?Rocket City? in stunning black and white photography. The book follows life, government, events and people important to Huntsville history and the building of this unique city. Spanning over two centuries and two hundred photographs, this is a must have for any long-time resident or history lover of Huntsville!

New Serial Titles


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Periodicals

Page: N.A

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A union list of serials commencing publication after Dec. 31, 1949.

The Alabama catalog

Historic American Buildings Survey : a guide to the early architecture of the state


Author: Robert S. Gamble,Historic American Buildings Survey

Publisher: University Alabama Press


Category: Architecture

Page: 445

View: 7353

Rocket City Rock & Soul

Huntsville Musicians Remember the 1960s


Author: Jane DeNeefe

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625841353

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 8595

In a state widely considered ground zero for civil rights struggles, Huntsville became an unlikely venue for racial reconciliation. Huntsville's recently formed NASA station drew new residents from throughout the country, and across the world, to the Rocket City. This influx of fresh perspectives informed the city's youth. Soon, dozens of vibrant rock bands and soul groups, characteristic of the era but unique in Alabama, were formed. Set against the bitter backdrop of segregation, Huntsville musicians--black and white--found common ground in rock and soul music. Whether playing to desegregated audiences, in desegregated bands or both, Huntsville musicians were boldly moving forward, ushering in a new era. Through interviews with these musicians, local author Jane DeNeefe recounts this unique and important chapter in Huntsville's history.