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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Hotel Monte Sano

“Monte Sano” – Spanish for “Mountain of Health”

Hotel Monte Sano Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
1. Hotel Monte Sano Marker
Inscription. Site of Hotel Monte Sano, built in 1887 by the North Alabama Improvement Company with the assistance of Michael and James O’Shaughnessy. The 233-room hotel opened on June 1, 1887 and served as a health resort and haven for famous visitors including Helen Keller, the Vanderbilts, and the Astors. Guests arrived via the “Tally Ho” stagecoach or the Monte Sano Railway, which served the mountain community. The hotel closed in 1900, and the W.W. Garth family later purchased it for their summer retreat. It was demolished for salvage in 1944. All that remains of the hotel is the brick chimney.
Erected 2007 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 44.589′ N, 86° 32.008′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Old Chimney Road Southeast, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.9 miles away); Monte Sano Railway (approx. 0.9 miles away);
Side B: Image of the Hotel Monte Sano by Albert Lane Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
2. Side B: Image of the Hotel Monte Sano by Albert Lane
Trough Springs (approx. 1.5 miles away); Burritt Museum (approx. 1.6 miles away); Harris Hill Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Five Points Historic District (approx. 2.4 miles away); Maple Hill Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . .  Jessup Whitehead's grave site. (Submitted on September 28, 2010.)
Additional comments.
1. Jessup Whitehead
My son just took a trip through Maple Hill cemetery in Huntsville, AL on labor day and found the grave of Jessup Whitehead (Aug 1, 1833 - May 2, 1889), born from London, England. Grave marker said he was the "Chef de Cuisine" at the Hotel Monte Sano. Curiosity compelled me to see if I could find out more. All I learned was that he died two years after hotel opened.

Editor's Note: It appears he published several cookbooks and had his own publishing company specializing in hotel cookbooks, including those he authored:
The American Pastry Cook (1882)
Hotel Meat Cooking (1883)
Whitehead’s Family Cook Book and Book
Hotel Monte Sano Chimney & Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
3. Hotel Monte Sano Chimney & Marker
of Breads and Cakes
Cooking For Profit, A New American Cookbook (1882)
The Stewards Handbook and Guide to Party Catering (1889)
    — Submitted September 13, 2010, by Kathleen M Kirkland of Hazel Green, Alabama.

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Hotel Monte Sano Chimney & Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
4. Hotel Monte Sano Chimney & Marker
Tombstone of Jessup Whitehead Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, October 17, 2010
5. Tombstone of Jessup Whitehead
Jessup Whitehead
Chef de Cuisine of Hotel Monte Sano and author of Cook Cooks.
Born in London Eng. Aug 1, 1833
Died May 12, 1889
Erected by T.J. Harrison
(picture taken during Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll 2010)
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,569 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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