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

Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village / Joseph J. Bradley School

1900-1992 / 1919-1967

 
 
Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 7, 2010
1. Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village Marker
Inscription.
Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village
In 1899, construction started on Merrimack Mill and village. The mill began operation in 1900. A second mill building, added in 1903, made it one of the largest in the South. Under Joseph J. Bradley, Sr., managing agent (1905-1922), the village grew to 279 houses, a hospital, school, company store, and other small businesses. In 1920, the steam-operated mills converted to electricity. Lowenstein Fabrics bought the mill (1946), changed its name to Huntsville Mfg. Co., and the village became Huntsville Park. The mill continued to operate until 1989 and, in 1992, Huntsville's last operating textile mill was torn down.
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Joseph J. Bradley School
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The School, named for Joseph J. Bradley, Sr., was built in 1919 on the site of the first mill-sponsored school. Under the leadership of Edward Foyl DuBose, Principal (1921-1967), and with the mill's financial support, the school grew from 6 grades to 12 and served as a social and recreational center for the entire community. In 1951, the mill owners made a gift of the school to the county school system and, in 1956, it became part of the city school system. The elementary school continued operating until it was closed in 1967.
 
Erected
Joseph J. Bradley School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 7, 2010
2. Joseph J. Bradley School Marker
1995 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 42.186′ N, 86° 36.557′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on Triana Boulevard SW 0.3 miles north of Drake Avenue SW, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3411 Triana Boulevard SW, Huntsville AL 35808, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Baptist Church Huntsville, Alabama (approx. 1.7 miles away); William Hooper Councill High School Site (approx. 1.7 miles away); C.B. "Bill" Miller Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hermes Guided Missile (approx. 1.8 miles away); Thrasher Memorial Fountain (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fifth Avenue School (approx. 2 miles away); Norwegian Light Beacon And Fog Bell (approx. 2.1 miles away); Original Site of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Huntsville, Alabama GIS Division. webpage of the GIS Division historical markers index. (Submitted on December 8, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.) 

2. A History of Bradley, Rison and Lee High Schools. (Submitted on December 8, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
 
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Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 7, 2010
3. Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village Marker
Looking North along Triana Blvd.
Joseph J. Bradley School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 7, 2010
4. Joseph J. Bradley School Marker
Looking South along Triana Blvd.
Merrimack Center image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 7, 2010
5. Merrimack Center
Building is used for local events and arts performances; it used to be a store, I believe.
 
 
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