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Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company (Successor, Birmingham Realty Co.)

 
 
Side A:  Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 21, 2009
1. Side A: Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company Marker
Inscription. Created 1972 by the Jefferson County Historical Commission, the district is based on this avenue. Morris Avenue was named for one of the founders of Birmingham, Josiah Morris, who paid $100,000 for 4,157 acres of the original site of the city in 1870. At the suggestion of Mr. Morris the city was named for England's industrial district. This avenue was the principal wholesale trade district of the city and enjoyed it's greatest popularity from 1880 to 1900. Some of the city's most prominent families owned business firms here.

This Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

(Reverse):
Birmingham was founded in 1871 by the Elyton Land Company whose offices were located on Morris Avenue and Twentieth Street.

The company was composed principally of Montgomery citizens, James R. Powell was the first president and Captain William P. Barker was chief engineer and surveyor. Due to his foresight Birmingham was designed with broad streets and avenues. Dr. Henry M. Caldwell was the second president of the company and Willis J. Milner was Secretary.

Elyton Land Company office also housed the water works and Highland Avenue Belt Railroad offices.
 
Erected 1974 by Jefferson County Historical Commission.
 
Location.
Side B: Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 21, 2009
2. Side B: Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company Marker
33° 30.834′ N, 86° 48.312′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Morris Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Morris Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20th Street North, Birmingham AL 35203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Heaviest Corner On Earth (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rainbow Viaduct (about 500 feet away); The Berry Project (about 600 feet away); Dewberry Drugs and Phenix Insurance Company Buildings (about 700 feet away); S. H. Kress Five-And-Ten Cent Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Title Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Concord Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County Courthouse Site (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 21, 2009
3. Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company Marker
Morris Avenue Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 4, 2008
4. Morris Avenue Looking East
Morris Avenue Looking West image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 4, 2008
5. Morris Avenue Looking West
The Peanut Depot on Morris Avenue, Established 1907 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 4, 2008
6. The Peanut Depot on Morris Avenue, Established 1907
Morris Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 4, 2008
7. Morris Avenue
 
 
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