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    • President Harwell Goodwin Davis

    • Harwell G. Davis was born in Marengo County, Alabama on November 23, 1882. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1903 with a law degree. He had law practices in Tallassee, Monroeville, Thomasville, and Gadsden. In 1916 he became the first...
    • 21st Street (1890)

    • 1890
    • "21st Street - 1890, Camera facing north. Lower to right center is an old court house at 3rd Avenue and 21st Street. This photo shows the Jefferson County bank building at the time it was a three story building. It is just to the left of the white...
    • Bluff Park Hotel

    • "Bluff Park Hotel - Atop Shades Mountain. It was built before 1900 and was convenient summer resort for Birmingham people. It was located on the Crest of Shades, facing and overlooking Shades Valley, several miles west of where the present (1957)...
    • Birmingham Hotel

    • "The Birmingham Hotel, at N.W. corner of 2nd Ave. and 18th Street. Later it appropriated the name Florence Hotel and while operating under this name it burned. Several people lost their lives in the fire." - William H. Brantley
    • American Trust Bank Building

    • "The American Trust Bank Bldg., - later through merger The American - Trader Bank Building and through a still later merger, The First National Bank Building. It is located at the South East Corner of First Ave. North and Twentieth Street. Today...
    • 3rd Avenue and 21st Street Facing North

    • 1873
    • This photograph was made by Colonel Oxford in 1873. Birmingham's first photographer. He came to Birmingham from Marion Alabama and was famous as a confederate Veteran. He attended all reunions with his camera, his uniform and his daughter. This...
    • First House Built in Birmingham, Alabama

    • "First House Built in Birmingham, Al. 1869. Located on First Ave. North, just east of the Southeast Corner (site of the Steiner Building). It was first used as a tool supply house - then for a blacksmith shop. This photo shows the building enclosed...
    • Scythe in the Oak Tree

    • "The Scythe, The scythe in the oak at the old Green House in Elyton. A legend is that a boy going to the Confederate Army placed it there to remain until he returned. He never came back. The tree was cut down to make place for the Elyton Housing...
    • Fountain in Capitol Park

    • "The Fountain was formerly located in the center of 19th Street and 2nd Avenue. It was moved on account of traffic and when this photograph was made, stood in Capitol Park. It was sold by the city fathers for junk. The man in the picture is Emmet...
    • McClurkin Letter, 1887-10-08

    • 2004-09-30
    • [Translation, p.1] Howard College, Ala. Oct. 8. 1887 Mrs. M.E. Miller Dear Cousin, It is with great pleasure that I take in writing you a few lines. I have so much to tel you. I hardly know how to begin. Well first I would say that I had a most...
    • Mabson Hotel

    • "The Mabson Hotel on the Northeast Corner of Third Ave. North and 22nd St. The "white" stone of the ground floor is painted. It is really "Red Ore." To the left and across 22nd Street - not shown in the Photograph is St. Paul's Catholic Church." -...
    • Metropolitan Hotel

    • "The Metropolitan Hotel, 20th Street, West Side between Morris Avenue and First Avenue. This photograph was made within the last few years (it is now 1957). This building was torn down this year." - William H. Brantley
    • Red Mountain Park

    • "Red Mountain Park, At the top of Red Mountain. The Park Company also operated the Dummy Line. The building is to the left of the present (1957) Montgomery Highway as it passes through the gap going South, and the dummy is in the gap." - William H....
    • Traffic Publicity

    • "Traffic Publicity, Pretended arrest of Atty. J.Q. Smith, later Circiut Judge, for Jay Walking. The First National Bank Bldg. in the Background. Today it is The Frank Nelson Building." - William H. Brantley
    • Birmingham's No. 1 Fire Station

    • 1927
    • "Birmingham's No. 1 Fire Station located in old City Hall on 4th Ave. N. at S.E. corner of its intersection with 19th street. This photograph was made in 1927 and shows the last horse drawn equipment at this station. The Chief in the automobile at...
    • Relic of Elyton

    • "Relic of Elyton, This building stood on the north side of Tuskaloosa Road (Ave.) across the street from the present (1957) Masonic Hall. It was built for a Tavern about 1890 Mr. Salter operated a store in the building. The front of the building is...
    • Good Road Tour

    • 1910
    • "Good Road Tour, promoted by The Birmingham Ledger. This photograph, about 1910, with a motor caravan headed South for Montgomery. It is atop Red Mountain almost in the gap below Vulcan now. (1957). The man in front of the automobile is Dr. Dedman...


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