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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 fabulous photos with insightful textual content to supply a special examine the county's historical past. in particular glaring in Lebourg's images is a keenness for bikes, delivering an excellent focal point for plenty of of the book's pictures. Etowah County comprises 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, sports, and the gorgeous Nocallula Falls. no matter if one is an established resident accustomed to the entire zone has to provide, or a newcomer desirous to research extra of the county's historical past, Etowah County is a superb examine days passed by.

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This library was once in-built 1907 with a $10,000 supply from the Andrew Carnegie beginning, which developed libraries in the course of the usa. A later addition was once outfitted to front of this pretty constitution, and a brand new library used to be outfitted on collage road. at the present time the valuables is the house of more suitable financial institution. The Bellenger condominium was once one other of the grand houses situated on Forrest street in downtown Gadsden. those houses have been the apartments of a few of Gadsden’s admired voters of the past due nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Bellenger domestic later grew to become Woodliff Funeral domestic. The constitution burned within the Forties. Later the valuables used to be domestic to Pierson Chevrolet, and it's now the Baker Tire corporation, owned via James Dodd. Gadsden’s appealing U. S. submit workplace was once inbuilt 1910. This construction was once developed initially as a one-story constitution, with a moment and 3rd flooring being additional later. a brand new U. S. publish place of work used to be outfitted on Walnut highway to exchange this constitution throughout the early Sixties. this day this construction, positioned on the nook of 6th and huge Streets, homes a number of govt workplaces and businesses. The nook of 5th and vast Streets used to be domestic to First nationwide financial institution. This financial institution was once well known in downtown Gadsden in the course of the overdue nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This photo exhibits wide highway in the course of the days sooner than the streets have been paved. The brick pavers that have been initially used to pave the streets are proven on the entrance and part of the financial institution. This estate was once later the location of the Ike Saks clothes shop and is this present day the house of Gadsden Christian booklet shop. this present day Black Creek Falls, or Noccalula Falls, is the most important waterfall positioned 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 dying as a result of an prepared marriage that was once very unpopular with the maiden. This legend supplies the waterfall its identify of Noccalula Falls. this present day this can be Gadsden and Etowah County’s biggest vacationer allure. 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 through the past due 1800s and early 1900s. throughout the scorching summer season months, Black Creek Falls, or Noccalula Falls, “disappears” whilst the creek dries up. throughout the early spring rains, the creek turns into a dashing torrent. a result of springtime flooding, the wood constitution used to be changed with a concrete constitution. Wood’s minimize cost was once a favored company institution on huge highway in downtown Gadsden. W. B. “Pop” wooden was once an enterprising businessman throughout the early days of the 20 th century. mother and pa wooden additionally owned the Belle Theatre on vast road for a few years, having bought the valuables from Roy Hunt. The wooden kin truly provided a dwell baby as a door prize on the Belle Theatre. This was once within the days while adoption legislation weren't as strict as at the present time. The prize was once presented to the fortunate price tag holder. this day Compass financial institution occupies this nook of 6th and huge Streets.

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