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

The Early Mountain Brook Village Area

 
 
The Early Mountain Brook Village Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, December 28, 2011
1. The Early Mountain Brook Village Area Marker
Inscription. Once an Indian hunting ground, this land was opened for settlement after the War of 1812. The first settlers, who fought in that war under Andrew Jackson, came here in the early 1820s after the U.S. acquired the land in the Creek Cession of 1814. Among the pioneer families were the Beardens, Frankes, Hickmans, Holcombes, Pullen, Rowans, and Watkins. An early merchant was Stephen Sanguinetti.

In the mid-1920s real estate visionaries Robert Jemison, Jr. and Will Franke selected this area as the site for “Mountain Brook Estates.” Jemison Realty bought about 400 acres of farm and woodlands and divided them into estate lots for a country home community. Included in the development were the Mountain Brook Village shopping center, The Old Mill tea room, a riding academy and 25 miles of riding trails. The plan preserved the sites natural beauty, with its meandering streams, rolling hills and virgin timber.

The area was originally referred to as “Watkins Branch”, for early landowner Daniel Watkins, Jr. Around the turn of the century the name became “Waddell”. Finally “Mountain Brook” was the name selected by the developments in the 1920s.
 
Erected 2005 by Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society. (Marker Number None.)
 
Location.
The Early Mountain Brook Village Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, December 28, 2011
2. The Early Mountain Brook Village Area Marker
33° 29.011′ N, 86° 46.403′ W. Marker is in Mountain Brook, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Cahaba Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35213, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Hill Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, Union Hill School (approx. 0.3 miles away); America's First Office Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Union Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lane Park (approx. half a mile away); Shades Valley High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hollywood / Hollywood Town Hall / Hollywood Country Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); Robert Jemison, Jr. (1878-1974) / The Old Mill (1927) (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Tuberculosis Sanatorium (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mountain Brook.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 621 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Quertaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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