“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

East Lake Community

East Lake Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 2, 2010
1. East Lake Community Marker
Inscription. The Creek Indian Cession of 1814 opened this section of Alabama to settlement. At the time of statehood in 1819 many pioneer families had located here in what later became known as Jones Valley. By 1820 the area was called Ruhama Valley as a result of the religious fervor of Hosea Holcomb who preached mercy or "Ruhamah." As early as 1839 a post office named Rockville was established for the local community.

Major growth came in 1886 as a result of the promotion of the East Lake Land Company by Robert Jemison Sr. to provide housing sites for the miners drawn to the booming iron ore industry in Birmingham. Lots 50 feet wide and 180 feet long were laid out on 2,000 acres between what is now 69th Street to 85th Street and 5th Avenue North and 5th Avenue South. Development was dependent on the East Lake Railroad which began operating on October 8, 1887. On this site a car barn was built to house the equipment of the 21 steam locomotives operating between downtown Birmingham and the East Lake terminus at 83rd Street.

The town of East Lake was incorporated December 13, 1900. As a result of the street car the business district developed rapidly. On January 1, 1910 East Lake was incorporated into the City of Birmingham but it has remained a distinctive community.
Erected 1992
East Lake Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr
2. East Lake Community Marker
by Alabama Historical Commission / City of Birmingham and the South East Lake Neighborhood Association.
Location. 33° 33.708′ N, 86° 43.716′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 1st Avenue North (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7701 1st Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35206, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Howard College (approx. mile away); Ruhama Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); CDR "Snuffy" Smith (approx. half a mile away); East Lake Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1963 Church Bombing Victims (approx. 1.5 miles away); Forrest Camp No. 1435 (approx. 1.5 miles away); United Confederate Veterans (approx. 1.5 miles away); History of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
Also see . . .  East Lake, A Residence Suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. A brochure about the East Lake Community from the Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections (Submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.) 
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