Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Dallas Mills and Village / Rison School
Chartered in 1890 by T. B. Dallas, Dallas Mills began operation in 1892 as Alabama's largest cotton mill, manufacturing sheeting. The mill village extended from Oakwood Ave. South to O'Shaughnessy Ave., and from Coleman St. West to Dallas St. Employees were provided homes, medical care, churches, library, lodge building, Y. M. C. A., concerts, a kindergarten, and schools. The mill closed in 1949 and the village was incorporated into Huntsville in 1955.
1921 - 1964
The school, named for mill general manager Archie L. Rison, was the hub of village social life. Cecil Fain, Rison High School principal for 32 years, taught "Discipline Comes From Within." The school, which served educational and social needs of Dallas village for four generations, was located on this site.
Erected 1994 by Alabama Historical Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1892.
Location. 34° 44.956′ N, 86° 34.68′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Oakwood Avenue Northeast and Lee High Drive Northeast, on the right when traveling west on Oakwood Avenue Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35811, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dallas (Optimist) Park / (Dallas) Optimist Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln School and Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lowry House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Goldsmith-Schiffman Field (approx. 0.7 miles away); Five Points Historic District (approx. ¾ mile away); Oak Place (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Green Academy (approx. one mile away); Twickenham Historic District (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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