Cardiff in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Town of Cardiff
The town of Cardiff, Alabama has a long, rich history. Situated along the winding picturesque banks of Five Mile Creek, the area of present-day Cardiff was originally settled in the 1830s by the Crocker family. According to historian Martha Mulkin, who recorded Cardiff's history in the book “Cardiff Family Circles," Isaac Price from Wales and James Williamson from Scotland began the development of the area as a coal mining endeavor in the 1880s as the Crocker family sold their interests in the area. As iron and steel industry became king in Birmingham's Industrial District, Cardiff's coal mines blossomed and became increasingly instrumental in supplying the hungry blast furnaces in Birmingham. Price and Williamson wrote to friends and family in Wales offering them jobs. The town was renamed Cardiff in honor of Cardiff, Wales. In a few short years, Cardiff boasted several hundred families from across Europe. From Scotland came the Stewarts, Woodfords from Wales, Negrons from France, and the Tombrellos from Sicily.
Erected 2010 by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Cardiff.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Sports • War, World II.
Location. 33° 38.766′ N, 86° 56.025′ W. Marker is in Cardiff, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Street, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 Main Street, Graysville AL 35073, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Downtown Graysville (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gardendale, Alabama (approx. 7.1 miles away); Virgil Allen Howard (approx. 7.1 miles away); Historic Lakeview Cemetery (approx. 7.8 miles away); Black Creek Park, Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership and the Fultondale Coke Oven Park (approx. 7.9 miles away); North Birmingham (approx. 9.3 miles away); Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park (approx. 9˝ miles away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Cardiff, Alabama. Some residents are seeking to have this tiny town of 55 residents dissolved due to concerns over safety and elections. (Submitted on July 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.