Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
East Lake Park
In a short time East Lake Park became a major recreational center of the Birmingham area and in 1887 a street car line was run out to the park. Among the amusements offered at the park through the years were a ferris wheel, a shooting gallery, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, golf, baseball, a steamboat, a zoo, and band concerts and other entertainment in the pavilion.
The City of Birmingham purchased the park in 1917 and today, East Lake Park is one of the largest municipal recreational facilities in Alabama.
Erected 1991 by Alabama Historical Commission / City of Birmingham.
Location. 33° 34.224′ N, 86° 43.488′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from 1st Avenue North (U.S. 11) south of 83rd Street North. Click for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ruhama Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); East Lake Community (approx. 0.6 miles away); Howard College (approx. 0.7 miles away); CDR "Snuffy" Smith (approx. 0.9 miles away); Roebuck Spring (approx. 1.2 miles away); Roebuck Springs Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away); Zion Memorial Gardens (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wilson Chapel And Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
Also see . . .
1. Photo of one of the small steam boats used at East Lake Park. Image from the Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections. (Submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. 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.)
3. The Hawes Murders, 1888. 2006 article by Pam Jones in Alabama Heritage.
“After the inquest [into the death of 7 year old May Hawes] adjourned, a telegram delivered to the Age-Herald [newspaper] announced the marriage of Richard Hawes, ‘one of the most popular employees (Submitted on November 5, 2011.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,216 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 3. submitted on , by Asher Maystein of East Lake, Birmingham, Alabama. 4, 5. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.