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Gadsden in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gadsden, Alabama

 
 
Gadsden, Alabama Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
1. Gadsden, Alabama Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A:
In the early 1840’s, John S. Moragne, along with Gabriel and Joseph Hughes, began surveying for a city on the banks of the Coosa River near the settlement of Double Springs. The new city would be located on 120 acres of land at the present site of the downtown business district. The fledgling town received a boost on July 4, 1845, when the piercing sound of a steamboat’s whistle along the banks of the Coosa River announced the beginning of a new era in Northeast Alabama. The landing of Captain James Lafferty’s steamboat. The Coosa, marked the genesis of a new town. The name chosen for the town was “Gadsden” in honor of Colonel James Gadsden, who passed through the area with Andrew Jackson. Many believed that the Colonel, a proponent of the trans-continental railroad, would bring a major railroad to the vicinity. Although no major railroad was ever constructed, the name was retained in honor of Colonel Gadsden. The little town survived the Civil War, continued to grow, and was incorporated in 1871.

Side B:
The start of the 20th century brought changes that would forever shape the future of the City of Gadsden. In 1902, Captain W. P. Lay began negotiations with the Southern Steel Company of Ensley to relocate to Gadsden. An ample supply of coal and iron made Gadsden the logical
Gadsden, Alabama Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
2. Gadsden, Alabama Marker (Side B)
choice for construction of a steel mill. In 1904, with $38,000 in aid from the local government, the new plant began production. For nearly a century, the steel mill, along with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, was the economic engine that powered Gadsden’s development. As the city matured, a small business district, once lined with wooden storefronts, was replaced by a booming commercial center dominated by beautiful brick buildings. With a renewed interest in the riverfront and a return to its downtown, Gadsden’s past and future are forever intertwined. The Downtown Gadsden Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Location. 34° 0.65′ N, 85° 59.997′ W. Marker is in Gadsden, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is at the intersection of South 1st Street and Broad Street (U.S. 411), on the right when traveling north on South 1st Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gadsden AL 35901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emma Sansom Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Harvey Loyalty Day (within shouting distance of this marker); John H. Wisdom (within shouting distance of this marker); Gadsden Amphitheater
Gadsden, Alabama Marker near the Intersection of 1st Street and Broad Street image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
3. Gadsden, Alabama Marker near the Intersection of 1st Street and Broad Street
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Gadsden Municipal Amphitheatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gadsden Times-News Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sisters Missionary Servants Of The Most Blessed Trinity (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gadsden.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Gadsden. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
 
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Gadsden, Alabama Marker Stands Near Gadsden City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
4. Gadsden, Alabama Marker Stands Near Gadsden City Hall
Looking West Along Broad Street, Gadsden, Alabama image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
5. Looking West Along Broad Street, Gadsden, Alabama
Downstream View of The Coosa River. Gadsden, Alabama image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
6. Downstream View of The Coosa River. Gadsden, Alabama
 
 
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