“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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By Tim Carr, January 23, 2010
Heritage Park Marker
1 Alabama, Autauga County, Prattville — Heritage Park
Located within Daniel Pratt Historic District, this park overlooks Autauga Creek and the manufacturing complex around which this New England style village developed. Daniel Pratt founded Prattville in 1839, and patterned the town after those of his . . . Map (db m27958) HM
2 Alabama, Baldwin County, Daphne — Fuller Memorial Park
George and Patrice Fuller from Illinois fell in love with the Southland. In spite of the 1930 economic depression, they acquired sufficient property to plan Spanish Fort Estates. Their foresight also preserves evidence of the last stand of the . . . Map (db m170735) HM
3 Alabama, Baldwin County, Fairhope — Land, Capital, Labor
Land “The Source of all wealth” Henry George 1839-1897 Taxes applied to the source are an inducement to use the land wisely These parks donated by Fairhope Single Tax Corporation September 29, 1931 Capital “The . . . Map (db m128893) HM
4 Alabama, Baldwin County, Gulf Shores — Here ends the Alabama Scenic River Trail
Historic 650 miles Water Route along the Coosa, Alabama and Mobile Rivers _________ Beginning on the Coosa River at the Alabama-Georgia State Line Established 2007Map (db m122443) HM
5 Alabama, Baldwin County, Orange Beach — Romar Beach
Romar Beach began as a large homestead property with three miles of beachfront spanning from Gulf State Park to Hwy 161 in Orange Beach. The original property now covers only 480 feet. It was a true homestead and the owners were required to ‘till . . . Map (db m122463) HM
6 Alabama, Barbour County, Eufaula — Governors Park1966
Constructed During Administration of Governor George Corley Wallace Dedicated to the six Distinguished Barbour Countians who served Alabama as Governor John Gill Shorter 1861-63 William Dorsey Jelks 1901-07 Braxton . . . Map (db m190110)
7 Alabama, Bibb County, Brierfield — Hayes-Morton House
Wilson Hayes constructed this typical farm house for his wife and six children just south of Six Mile around 1900. After he moved to Oklahoma c. 1915, his daughter Ollie and her husband Levert Rotenberry lived in the home until 1928. Between 1928 . . . Map (db m37136) HM
8 Alabama, Bibb County, Brierfield — Sunshine & Dorothy Morton HouseBrierfield Iron Works Historical State Park
Originally located off Patton Chapel Road in what is today Hoover, Alabama, the Sunshine and Dorothy Morton house was moved to the Brierfield Park in March 2005 by the Morton family and restored over the next two years by restoration specialist . . . Map (db m37177) HM
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9 Alabama, Butler County, Greenville — Greenville City Hall-Site of Public School / Confederate Park
Greenville City Hall-Site of Public School A two-story brick Greenville Public School was built in 1897 on this site. In 1921, the upper story was partially destroyed by fire and the school was remodeled into a grammar school. In 1927, the . . . Map (db m70749) HM
10 Alabama, Butler County, Greenville — Sherling LakeButler County
Commissioned and opened to the public in 1950, Sherling Lake is part of the Alabama Department of Conservation's efforts to construct public fishing lakes throughout Alabama in the 1940s. Greenville Chamber of Commerce President A.G. Johnson . . . Map (db m228690) HM
11 Alabama, Calhoun County, Anniston — Civic PurposeExploring the History of Block No. 148 - The Site of Anniston's Federal Courthouse
In the early 1940s, all of the buildings on Block 148 were demolished to make way for two new buildings, the USO Recreation Center and a public health building. Paul W. Hofferbert designed the USO building for the Army. Hofferbert was a local . . . Map (db m217677) HM
12 Alabama, Calhoun County, Oxford — Better Understandings, New Friendships — Choccolocco Park Interpretive Trail —
In 2007, the City of Oxford began planning what is today known as Choccolocco Park. Discoveries at the site identified the presence of the humans inhabiting this land as early as 10,000 years ago. Oxford undertook an archaeological investigation . . . Map (db m144980) HM
13 Alabama, Calhoun County, Oxford — Caver-Christian-Davis FarmAD 1832 to AD 1865 — Choccolocco Park Interpretive Trail —
Choccolocco Park is located on land that was farmed by the Caver, Christian and Davis families from 1840 until the late twentieth century. During the Great Depression, the farm was documented by the Historic American Building Survey. The subjects . . . Map (db m145025) HM
14 Alabama, Calhoun County, Oxford — Welcome to the Choccolocco ParkInterpretive Trail
The interpretive trail winds through what was once the 19th century Muscogee (Creek) Nation town of Choccolocco. Archaeologists have found evidence that Native Americans began coming to this place about 8,000 BC and the establishment of long-term . . . Map (db m145097) HM
15 Alabama, Cherokee County, Cedar Bluff — Cornwall Furnace Memorial Park
The furnace was constructed 1862-1863 by the Nobles Brothers Foundry from Rome, GA using financing from the Confederate States of America. Slave labor was used to dig a half mile canal upstream to the Chattooga River, which powered the airblast. A . . . Map (db m156261) HM
16 Alabama, Cherokee County, Centre — Orville Estes Field
Dedicated on November 19, 1948 has been listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission June 27, 2019Map (db m181355) HM
17 Alabama, Clay County, Delta — CCC Bunker Observation Tower
I propose to create a Civilian Conservation Corps to be used in simple work...More important however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work. –Franklin D. Roosevelt Cheaha State Park was built by the . . . Map (db m175327) HM
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18 Alabama, Clay County, Delta — Civilian Conservation Corps
On Oct. 29, 1929 the world changed as we know it. On that ominous day, the stock market crashed and facilitated the U.S. Great Depression. Many Americans were unemployed and numerous families lost their homes to foreclosure. In 1933 President . . . Map (db m175325) HM
19 Alabama, Clay County, Delta — Managing Public Land
In 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps began construction of Cheaha State Park as parks across the nation were built, President Franklin D. Roosevelt provided jobs and stability as well as parks for future generations. The 2,799 acre Cheaha . . . Map (db m175560) HM
20 Alabama, Dallas County, Cahaba — Missing Pieces
"We by-and-by discovered...a pair of those splendid birds, the Ivory-billed Woodpeckers (Picus principalis). They were engaged in rapping some tall dead pines, in a dense part of the forest, which rang with their loud notes." . . . Map (db m112801) HM
21 Alabama, Dallas County, Selma — Civil Rights Memorial ParkNever Forget, Never Again
The bloodshed on this bridge named to honor Klan Leader, Edmund Pettus, must fuel our resolve to secure the right to vote in perpetuity. This park was designed and donated by Hank and Rose Sanders to honor their parents, Rev. D.A. and Ora . . . Map (db m224571) HM
22 Alabama, Fayette County, Berry — Town of Berry-Established 1883 / Berry Heritage Park
Town of Berry Established 1883 Thompson Berry settled in this area in the 1840s. Berry devoted most of his time to raising cattle and farming. As time passed, he became the owner of a gin and gristmill and several thousand acres of land . . . Map (db m163759) HM
23 Alabama, Hale County, Moundville — Moundville Archaeological ParkAlabama Indigenous Mound Trail
I do not think in the Southern States there is a group of Mounds to compare to Moundville, in the arrangement and state of preservation of the mounds. - Clarence B. Moore, amateur archaeologist, 1910 Spanning more than . . . Map (db m144745) HM
24 Alabama, Henry County, Abbeville — Liberty OakRane Memorial Park
Southern Live Oak - Quercus Virginiana The tree before you sprouted from an acorn circa 1750 and is the lone survivor of a forest that once covered this land. If this elderly oak could talk, it would have quite a story to tell. It is . . . Map (db m232912) HM
25 Alabama, Jackson County, Dutton — Town of Dutton
The Town of Dutton was incorporated in 1963. The town was named after Marion M. Dutton. The prime reason for incorporating the area was to have an entity in place in order to form the Waterworks Board of Dutton and to be able to borrow government . . . Map (db m197512) HM
26 Alabama, Jackson County, Estillfork — Walls of Jericho
Nature preserve, recreation area, and wildlife management area. This tract was protected and made available for public recreation through the efforts of the Alabama forever wild land trust. The Alabama state lands division of the department of . . . Map (db m145464)
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27 Alabama, Jackson County, Scottsboro — Friendship Park / The Decision That Saved the Sons of Scottsboro
Friendship Park Long known as The Friendly City, Scottsboro extends an open, warm and welcoming greeting to its citizens and its visitors. One of the most notable friendships in Scottsboro's long history was born in boyhood, tempered in . . . Map (db m167007) WM
28 Alabama, Jackson County, Stevenson — Bennett's Cove Cabin
This cabin was originally constructed over 100 years ago approximately 10 miles west of this site in Bennett's Cove. It was given to the Stevenson community park by Mary and Walker Leland Jordan. The cabin was moved to this site and restored . . . Map (db m197507) HM
29 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — Building The ParkVisiting the Park — Restoring Vulcan Park —
Side 1 - Building the Park In the mid-1930’s, civic leaders worked to move Vulcan to a place of honor on Red Mountain. The park was built through the combined efforts of several groups: the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the Birmingham Parks . . . Map (db m83807) HM
30 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — C20 — Eddie Kendricks Memorial ParkDestination — Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail —
Built 1999, SW corner of 4th Ave. N. & 18th St. N. Urban Impact worked with artist Ronald McDowell who wanted to create a public park along Fourth Avenue to honor Eddie Kendricks, Birmingham native and a lead singer of the legendary Motown . . . Map (db m188036) HM
31 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — Forest Park
A residential district extending from the crest of Red Mountain to the floor of Jones Valley with roads built along natural land contours. Birmingham real estate promoter and civic leader, Robert Jemison, Jr., began development as Mountain Terrace . . . Map (db m26983) HM
32 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — C2 — Kelly Ingram ParkDestination — Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail —
Built 1871 (renovated from 1979 to mid-1990s), 1601 & 1630 6th Ave. N. Kelly Ingram Park was the main battleground in the 1963 Birmingham Campaign, dubbed “Project C" (with “C” meaning "Confrontation"). The campaign was the . . . Map (db m187845) HM
33 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — Kiwanis and Vulcan
The origins of this park date to 1923, when the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham spearheaded the drive to successfully create a comprehensive park system for the Magic City. In 1925, the Olmsted Brothers landscape firm revealed A Park System for . . . Map (db m189282) HM
34 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — The Cascade
One popular element of the park’s original design was a water feature known as the cascade. Cascading fountains were important features in formal European gardens. Their terraced pools and waterfalls animated the landscape with the sounds and . . . Map (db m83857) HM
35 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — A13 — The Stand for FreedomMarch Route to Government — Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail —
"Bull” Connor's police force still tried in vain to stop the marches to City-Hall. The number of well-organized protestors overwhelmed the police. Some marchers actually made it to Woodrow Wilson Park (now Linn Park) that connects City Hall and . . . Map (db m187706) HM
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36 Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham — The Works Progress Administration Reported unreadable
The WPA (Works Progress Administration) funded the design and construction of Vulcan Park in the late 1930s. This was done in conjunction with the Alabama Highway Department’s improvement of U.S. Highway 31, the major north/south route that runs . . . Map (db m69022) HM
37 Alabama, Jefferson County, Hoover — The Park Avenue Historical District
51 Structures, 70% residential, built early 20th century to post World War II period. The 1885 sale of Gardner Hale’s land began the housing development. The 33 acre 1924 Independent Presbyterian Church Children’s Fresh Air Farm, 1923 Bluff . . . Map (db m28518) HM
38 Alabama, Lauderdale County, Florence — Deibert Park-dedicated May 25, 2000-
This park was donated to the people of Florence by Dr. Kirk R. and Lillian Cook Deibert who initially acquired this property in 1952. The acreage was once a part of a large ante-bellum plantation owned by Judge Sidney Cherry Posey. In 1875 his heirs . . . Map (db m33086) HM
39 Alabama, Lauderdale County, Florence — McFarland Park and Recreation Area
This bottom land serves as a reservoir for TVA's flood control program. Florence leases it for recreational purposes when not being used by TVA. Major Robert McFarland, a native of Ireland, his wife, Kate Armstead McFarland, and their seven . . . Map (db m28453) HM
40 Alabama, Lauderdale County, Florence — Woodrow Wilson Park1818
This park, first designated as a Public Walk, was laid out as part of the original plans of Florence in 1818. On February 20, 1924, the Board of City Commissioners officially changed its name from City Park to Woodrow Wilson Park in honor of the . . . Map (db m35665) HM
41 Alabama, Lawrence County, Oakville — Jesse OwensAll Time Track Great — 1913 - 1980 —
He inspired a world enslaved in tyranny and brought hope to his fellow man... from the cottonfields of Oakville to the acclaim of the entire world. He made us all proud to be called Lawrence Countians. Dedicated October, 1983 . . . Map (db m180484) HM
42 Alabama, Lawrence County, Town Creek — A Brief HistoryWheeler Lock & Dam
In January 1933, just before TVA was formed, the US Army corps of Engineers began working on Wheeler Lock and Dam to improve navigation on the treacherous upper Muscle Shoals and Elk river Shoals. When TVA was created that May, it took over . . . Map (db m229351) HM
43 Alabama, Lee County, Opelika — Municipal "Monkey" Park
Opelika's Board of Parks and Recreation hired W.J. "Bill" Calhoun as its first director in 1951. His top priority was to develop a wooded area behind Northside School. Two adjacent parcels of land were donated by I.J. Scott, Sr. and Winston Smith . . . Map (db m210764) HM
44 Alabama, Lowndes County, White Hall — Holy Ground Battlefield
One of the significant battles of the Creek War of 1813-14 occurred near here on December 23, 1813. The 3rd Regiment, U.S. Infantry forces under the command of General F. L. Claiborne attacked a band of Creek Indians. Called "Holy Ground" by Creeks . . . Map (db m116890) HM
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45 Alabama, Madison County, Huntsville — C.B. "Bill" Miller Bridge
C.B. "Bill" Miller, of Miller and Miller, Inc., had a positive impact in all areas of the transportation industry across the State of Alabama. He has erected bridges, railroads, parks, pedestrian walks, airports, drainage, wastewater facilities, . . . Map (db m54247) HM
46 Alabama, Madison County, Huntsville — Dallas (Optimist) Park / (Dallas) Optimist Park
Dallas (Optimist) Park 1928-1949 Built in 1928, Dallas Park served as the baseball field for the Dallas Mill teams coached by H.E. "Hub” Myhand, who came to Huntsville in 1927 as physical director for Dallas Manufacturing Co. Until the . . . Map (db m154279) HM
47 Alabama, Madison County, Huntsville — Goldsmith-Schiffman Field
On January 25, 1934, Oscar Goldsmith, Lawrence B. Goldsmith, Annie Schiffman Goldsmith, Robert L. Schiffman, and Strauss Schiffman gave this property to the City of Huntsville for an athletic field. The gift was in memory of Betty Bernstein . . . Map (db m130148) HM
48 Alabama, Madison County, Huntsville — The Big Spring
This inexhaustible source of pure water was a marvel to Indian and frontiersman alike prior to the 19th century. John Hunt, an early settler, built a cabin near this site by 1805. The spring became a major attraction at the land sales of 1809, when . . . Map (db m167102) HM
49 Alabama, Madison County, Huntsville — 4 — The Big Spring of TodayHuntsville Water Trail
By 1957, the Big Spring that was once so essential to Huntsville's origin and growth, was no longer the city's primary water supply. However, Big Spring Park lives on as a source of pride for the city and a monument to its founding. Even with all . . . Map (db m167104) HM
50 Alabama, Marshall County, Guntersville — Errol Allan ParkEstablished 2013
This park is the result of the support of Errol C. Allan (1930-2013), longtime resident and enthusiastic supporter of Guntersville. The park is located at the site of two historic buildings (one destroyed by fire, the other by water damage). The . . . Map (db m235552) HM
51 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — Crown & Scepter of Isabel
The first and only replica of the Crown & Scepter of Queen Isabella and casks of earth from her place of birth, Madrical, Old Castile, and her place of interment, the Basilica at Granada, reside here, gifts from her beloved Granada. The originals . . . Map (db m154246) HM
52 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — Hernando de SotoC 1500-1542
Adventurer Soldier Dreamer. The first to bring the influence of Spain, its laws, its culture to Alabama. This is an original concept in stone of DeSoto. Vicinte Rodilla Zanón of Valencia • Sculptor 1967 •Map (db m154241) HM
53 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — Isabel La Catolica1451-1504
“Columbus, I lent you my jewels so you could buy your ships: the only ornaments I have are the violets from the hills.” This statue, a gift from the Spanish Cultural Institute, stood in the Spanish Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. . . . Map (db m154242) HM
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54 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — Memorial Park
Side 1 Dedicated on March 21, 1926, near what was then the western city limits of Mobile, the park made possible by the Mothers' Army and Navy League, a volunteer women's group organized in the city during the Great War. Fundraising for Memorial . . . Map (db m149322) HM
55 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — Mobile's Spanish Fountain(Fuente de España)
The design of this fountain was inspired by famous fountains of Spain designed by one of the great fountain designers of the world, Buigas of Barcelona. Friendship Arches (Arcos de la Amistad)These Arches of Friendship and the ten colorful . . . Map (db m154240) HM
56 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — St. John's Episcopal Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church, established and built in 1855, stood at the northwest corner of this block, its rectory adjacent. Between 1860 and 1870, the Church Home, an orphanage and school consisting of three buildings, was constructed. This was . . . Map (db m123443) HM
57 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — The Little ColtLittle Colt of Córdoba — (Potro de Córdoba) —
(2010 marker inscription) Damaged in 1979 during Hurricane Frederic, The Little Colt was basically lost to the city until 2001 when it was retrieved from a private warehouse. The Wayne D. McRae Philanthropic Fund provided funding to Main . . . Map (db m154239) HM
58 Alabama, Montgomery County, Montgomery — Alabama Bicentennial Park / Ancient Sea
Alabama Bicentennial Park Alabama Bicentennial Park commemorates Alabama's 200th anniversary of statehood. The park's bronze relief sculptures present sixteen moments from Alabama history, complemented by narratives that provide historical . . . Map (db m182565) HM
59 Alabama, Montgomery County, Montgomery — Historic Sites Near Fairview Environmental Park
Role of MIA The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was founded on December 5, 1955, to implement the 382-day Montgomery Bus Boycott that jumpstarted the 20th-century Civil Rights Movement. The MIA, as its name suggests, remains dedicated . . . Map (db m129484) HM
60 Alabama, Montgomery County, Montgomery — Lower Dexter Park
History Happened Here The City of Montgomery built this public park on one of the lots occupied by the Montgomery Fair Department Store. Rosa Parks was an assistant to the tailor for Montgomery Fair. On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Parks . . . Map (db m121435) HM
61 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Beauty and HopeRestoring the Vision...Preserving The Legacy
"This section lying between Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue will provide the central beautification theme as it will evolve into a beautiful elevated rose garden with 2,000 selected roses planted at vantage points... the color ensemble, when . . . Map (db m86480) HM
62 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Carolyn Cortner SmithFemale Architect Pioneer / Designed Delano Park Structures
Born in 1894 in Normandy, Tennessee, Carolyn Cortner was raised in the Courtland area of Lawrence County, Alabama. She attended Ward-Belmont College in Tennessee. She married Wilburn Smith in 1912. She did not attend formal architecture school . . . Map (db m27814) HM
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63 Alabama, Morgan County, Decatur — Our HistoryU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge —
1838 Trail of Tears: The discovery of gold in Georgia and thirst for land expansion prompted the U.S. Government and white communities to force the Cherokee nation from their ancestral lands. During the summer and winter of 1838, the first . . . Map (db m113290) HM
64 Alabama, Morgan County, Priceville — Town of PricevilleCrossroads of North Alabama
Known as the "Crossroads of North Alabama,” the Town of Priceville incorporated in April 1975, though its earliest settlers migrated to the foot of Priceville Mountain just after the War of 1812. The community was rich farmland once owned by the . . . Map (db m191691) HM
65 Alabama, Pike County, Troy — Janice Hawkins Park"An excellent wife is the crown of her husband."Proverbs 12:4 —
Janice Hawkins Park was named in honor of the First Lady of Troy University, a devoted wife and loving mother, whose work benefited Troy in the fine arts, service to students, internationalization of the University, and support of military veterans. . . . Map (db m111581) HM
66 Alabama, St. Clair County, Ashville — Dalco Obed Langston
This park was dedicated on May 15, 1990 to D. O. Langston for his service to the town of Ashville, his support for senior citizens, and his enduring impact on our community. A native of Oakvale, Mississippi, Mr. Langston was born in 1904 and died . . . Map (db m156372) HM
67 Alabama, St. Clair County, Pell City — Cropwell Historical ParkSt. Clair County Alabama
Post office established as Diana, 1834 name changed to Cropwell, 1837Map (db m217686) HM
68 Alabama, Tuscaloosa County, McCalla — The Stamps Cabin1890
This rustic cabin was built for Mr. and Mrs. Troy Stamps of Bessemer, Ala., the first resident care takers of Tannehill Historical State Park, shortly after area was declared a state historic district by the state legislature in 1969. Parts of . . . Map (db m215690) HM
69 Alabama, Tuscaloosa County, Tuscaloosa — 1 — Capitol ParkTuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail
As you look at the ruins of the former Alabama State Capitol, it may be difficult to realize that the building stood at the center of debates over freedom and liberty. Until the end of the Civil War, Alabama and Tuscaloosa were centers of . . . Map (db m144856) HM
70 Alabama, Tuscaloosa County, Tuscaloosa — Medeiros PointIn Honor of Captain Mike — June 5th, 1946 — December 9th, 2005 —
Mike Medeiros was affectionately known by the community as Captain Mike. Captain Mike always greeted his passengers on the Bama Belle Riverboat with energy, optimism and a desire to make their experience a wonderful memory. He was a role model for . . . Map (db m156404) HM
71 Alabama, Tuscaloosa County, Tuscaloosa — Queen City Park
In 1926, the City of Tuscaloosa purchased a 31-acre tract of land that would become Queen City Park. Amenities were added utilizing funds from President Roosevelt's Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Works Project Administration (WPA). Some of the . . . Map (db m203568) HM
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72 Alabama, Wilcox County, Camden — Bessie W. Munden Recreational ParkFounded 1955
This 22-acre park is named for its founder, Bessie W. Munden, a noted African American educator and civic leader in Wilcox County. Dedicated on October 25, 1959, Bessie W. Munden Recreational Park is significant as one of Alabama's oldest . . . Map (db m203708) HM
73 Alaska, Denali Borough, Denali National Park — Stephen Tyng MatherJuly 4, 1867 - Jan. 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done.Map (db m195774) HM
74 Alaska, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Ketchikan — Spirit & SparksKetchikan on the Fourth
E pluribus funum Independence Day was a bang-up community affair in early-day Ketchikan. In the midst of busy summertime, the Stars and Stripes provided a common denominator for diverse frontier folk. July Fourth inspired considerable . . . Map (db m181996) HM
75 Alaska, Sitka Borough, Sitka — American Sitka
As Alaska evolved from department to district to territory, and finally, to state, this hill went through a series of changes, eventually becoming Baranof Castle State Historic Site. Who's the Boss? A short lull followed the excitement of . . . Map (db m181369) HM
76 Arizona, Apache County, Petrified Forest National Park — Highway of Dreams
Petrified Forest is the only National Park in the country with a portion of Historic Route 66 within its boundaries. You are currently standing where the Mother Road used to be, with the line of telephone poles paralleling its alignment through the . . . Map (db m163277) HM
77 Arizona, Cochise County, Douglas — Douglas R.R. YMCA
Built in 1905 by El Paso and Southwest Railroad and the Calumet and Arizona Copper Co., and citizens of Douglas. Expanded in 1916 to include a gym, a swimming pool and other recreational facilities with additional support provided by the . . . Map (db m195862) HM
78 Arizona, Coconino County, Flagstaff — Arizonal Trail - A Tribute to Dale Shewalter
The idea of a non-motorized trail traversing Arizona from Mexico to Utah was conceived by Dale Shewalter, a Flagstaff public school teacher, after numerous long-distance hikes throughout the state. In 1985 Dale walked from Nogales to . . . Map (db m121444) HM
79 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon National Park — A Trail, a Camp, and a "Hermit"
Directly behind you, looking down into Hermit Canyon, you can see part of Hermit Trail and the remains of Hermit Camp. In 1911-12 the Santa Fe Railroad built both trail and camp to serve a blossoming tourist trade. Why did Santa Fe build here at . . . Map (db m156999) HM
80 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon National Park — Down Memory LaneGrand Canyon — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
You are standing on a section of the original Hermit Road, constructed in 1911-1913. It was a road ahead of its time, offering sweeping vistas and gentle grades, at a cost of $250,000 — an unheard of sum for such a short road. It was built for . . . Map (db m157147) HM
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81 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon National Park — Hermit CampGrand Canyon — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
On the inner plateau, Hermit Camp has been built.... A skilled Chef is in charge of the dining room, where excellent meals are provided. It is camping out ‘deluxe.’ —1916 Hermit Camp postcard Deep in the canyon are faint signs of . . . Map (db m156994) HM
82 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon National Park — Hermit RoadGrand Canyon — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Today, most visitors will travel the Hermit Road by shuttle, but in 1912 when the road first opened, you would have traveled by horse or buggy. The Santa Fe Railway and U.S. Forest Service built the buggy road so early visitors had a choice in . . . Map (db m157166) HM
83 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon National Park — Horace M. AlbrightHorace M. Albright Trading Center — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Albright's contributions to the National Park Service can hardly be overstated. While working with the agency's first director, Stephen Mather, in the early years of the National Park Service, Horace Albright played a decisive role in guiding the . . . Map (db m39600) HM
84 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon Village — Ancient IllusionGrand Canyon
Mary Colter's Desert View Watchtower creates an illusion of age. Concealed within the tower is an entirely different reality. Workers built a concrete and steel reinforced superstructure and then applied a veneer of native stone. The weathered . . . Map (db m169439) HM
85 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon Village — Spanish Discovery
Near here in late summer of 1540, soldiers from the Spanish expedition of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado became the first Europeans to see Grand Canyon. After journeying for six months, Coronado's army arrived at the Hopi mesas, east of Grand . . . Map (db m125895) HM
86 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon Village — Stephen Tyng Mather — July 4, 1867 — Jan. 22, 1930 —
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done.Map (db m169438) HM
87 Arizona, Coconino County, Grand Canyon Village — Tragedy RememberedGrand Canyon
Catastrophe can happen even in spectacular beauty. When technological achievements and human actions fail, disasters may happen. On June 30, 1956, a United Airlines DC-7 and a TWA Super Constellation maneuvered around towering cumulus clouds on . . . Map (db m124533) HM
88 Arizona, Coconino County, North Rim — From Canvas to CastlesWylie Way Camp, 1917-1927 — Grand Canyon National Park —
Early in the twentieth century, wealthy ladies and gentlemen yearning for a peek at the fabled Grand Canyon found few urban comforts along its northern rim. While visitors on the South Rim relaxed in the luxurious accommodations of the cliff-hugging . . . Map (db m163551) HM
89 Arizona, Coconino County, North Rim — Grand Canyon LodgeGrand Canyon National Park
When Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919, the North Rim was scarcely developed. While the South Rim had grand hotels and many visitor programs and services, the hard-to-reach North Rim had only rustic tent cabins for 40 guests. The National . . . Map (db m163289) HM
90 Arizona, Coconino County, North Rim — Grand Canyon Lodge, 1928-1932Grand Canyon National Park
Under the supervision of the Utah Parks Company and architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, work crews labored to build a lodge that harmonized with its surroundings. Advertisements for this "Hotel in the Wilderness" boasted that it "seems to have . . . Map (db m163552) HM
91 Arizona, Coconino County, North Rim — Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy RebuiltGrand Canyon National Park
A fire consumed the main lodge building at the height of the Great Depression. The September 1, 1932, fire claimed no lives but left only stones. For four years the ruins of the Grand Canyon Lodge stood undisturbed, silhouetted eerily against a . . . Map (db m163553) HM
92 Arizona, Coconino County, North Rim — Summer HomeGrand Canyon National Park
Built more than 900 years before the Grand Canyon Lodge, the foundations of this small, two-room dwelling provide a glimpse of the kinds of lodging used by ancestral Puebloan farmers of the North Rim. These native farmers built field houses like . . . Map (db m163577) HM
93 Arizona, Coconino County, Tusayan — The Tusayan Lookout TreeEarly Fire Detection on the Kaibab National Forest
The Tusayan Lookout Tree is an example of one of the earliest fire detection systems in American history. Early rangers were tasked with keeping the forest safe, especially from wild fire. With little funding and no staff, rangers would simply . . . Map (db m141327) HM
94 Arizona, Coconino County, Williams — Welcome to WilliamsGateway to the Grand Canyon
Welcome to Williams, Arizona, located in the heart of the Kaibab National Forest at an elevation of 6,770 feet. Founded in 1881, Williams was named for the famous trapper, scout and mountain man, "Old Bill Williams." A statue of "Old Bill" . . . Map (db m193233) HM
95 Arizona, Maricopa County, Chandler, Downtown — Historic A. J. Chandler Park / The Chandler District Honor Roll
Side A: Historic A.J. Chandler Park The centerpiece of Dr. A.J. Chandler’s town design in 1912 was a large, rectangular central park. In the early years, this park was covered in Bermuda grass, trees, and included footbridges over . . . Map (db m70980) HM WM
96 Arizona, Maricopa County, Glendale — Murphy ParkEstablished 1909
Originally known as "The Park" or "City Park," Murphy Park has always been the center of downtown Glendale. The park's namesake, W. J. Murphy, established Glendale in 1892 and donated the park to the town in 1909. Residents protected the park as a . . . Map (db m30432) HM
97 Arizona, Maricopa County, Glendale — William J. MurphyFounder of Glendale
Born August 23, 1839 – New Harford, New York Died April 17, 1923 – Phoenix, Arizona Buried Greenwood Cemetery Murphy came to Arizona from Illinois in 1880, to build a section of the Atlantic and Pacific (Santa Fe) Railroad. In . . . Map (db m30433) HM
98 Arizona, Maricopa County, Phoenix, Eastlake Park — Eastlake Park
Peace Eastlake Park has served the inhabitants of Phoenix since the late 1880's. Originally known as Patton's Park, it was developed by the Phoenix Railway Company to serve as a recreational area for patrons of the city's trolley system. The . . . Map (db m55058) HM
99 Arizona, Maricopa County, Queen Creek — 1912 Parker Carousel
This carousel was purchased from Wally Scott, Elk River, Minnesota. He had it set up in the loft of his old barn. It was disassembled and moved to Schnepf Farms in 1999. It took three months to refurbish. This carousel is listed on the National . . . Map (db m94477) HM
100 Arizona, Maricopa County, Scottsdale, The Promenade — Frank Lloyd Wright and Arizona
Wright visited Arizona in 1927 when he was asked to consult on the designs for the Arizona Biltmore. In the years following that visit, Wright and draughtsmen spent time at temporary sites in Arizona including a desert camp they constructed near . . . Map (db m40613) HM

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