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Photographer: Sandra Hughes
Taken: October 13, 2009
Caption: Delano Park "The Chicago of the South"
Additional Description: Under the direction of Capt. Barrett, the well-known landscape engineer, the residence portion of the city has been laid out with a view to beauty, comfort and recreation.
The streets, avenues, and drives are broad and are dotted at intervals with beautiful parks.
in 1886 a group of visionary men quietly set out to bring about the rebirth of the little village of Decatur. The Civil war devastated the lawn leaving only four structures standing in 1865.
The financial panic that followed the war and the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 reduced the population to 400 in 1880. Nevertheless, Decatur's favorable location in the Tennessee Valley attracted the attention of Major EC Gardon, CC Harris, and WW Littlejohn. They envisioned New Decatur as "The Chicago of the South", because of its superior location on the river and the crossing of two great railroads. The Decatur land improvement and Furnace Company was formed on Jan 11, 1887. The land company chose Landscape Architect Nathan Franklin Barrett (1845-1918) renowned for his landscapes design of Pullman, Illinois, is lay out the Chicago of the south with broad boulevards, and a large organically shaped park as the focal point of the development Nationally acclaimed sanitary engineer, George Edwin Waring Jr. 1833-1888 designed the drainage and sanitary systems for the "Gateway city". This group of gifted men envisioned new Decatur as both industrial and transportation center and healthful and beautiful place in which to live.
Stone structure made possible in part by generous gifts fro the State of Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel and Decatur Daily
Submitted: March 19, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.
Database Locator Identification Number: p197009
File Size: 2.380 Megabytes
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