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Gadsden in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Alabama City, Alabama

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 12, 2020
1. Alabama City, Alabama Marker (Front)
Inscription.  During the year of 1890, Capt. James M. Elliott, Jr., the famed riverboat captain and industrialist, began to draw up plans for a new town about two miles west of Gadsden. Elliott's dream was to develop the town as an industrial center and eventually merge it with Gadsden and Attalla into one major city, named Alabama City.

The town became a reality in 1890 when Elliott, Col. R. B. Kyle and T. S. Kyle met to found the town of Alabama City. Elliott applied for a post office for the new village in 1891. It was granted, and Elliott directed the mail from the car works through the Alabama City Post Office in order to pay the first postmaster, J. K. Fleming. The large volume of mail gave the new post office a substantial amount of business during its early days.

The first elections were held for Alabama City in March 1891, with William Gardner being elected its first mayor.

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Kyle worked tirelessly to bring a major industry to the Alabama City area. Kyle opened the first industry here known as The Alabama City Furniture Company which made hand carved tables. Kyle's efforts were rewarded when the Dwight
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Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Mass., announced that a giant cotton mill would be located in Alabama City. The company sent officials to the 3,000-acre town to begin plans to bring the industry to Etowah County. Kyle offered to donate the land to build the textile plant. The mill opened in 1896.

With the effects of the “Great Depression” lingering and Alabama City unable to meet its payroll, the only solution appeared to be a merger with Gadsden. The vote came about July 12, 1932. Mayor R. D. Morgan thought the merger with Gadsden would help relieve the financial crunch. The citizens of Alabama City voted 520-153 in favor of merging with Gadsden. Alabama City officially became part of the city of Gadsden on July 13, 1932.
 
Erected 2012 by Alabama City Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 34° 1.35′ N, 86° 2.748′ W. Marker is in Gadsden, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is on West Meighan Boulevard (U.S. 278) west of North 27th Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located near a branch library that previously was Alabama City's city hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 West Meighan Boulevard, Gadsden AL 35904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 12, 2020
3. Alabama City, Alabama Marker
are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alabama City World War II Veterans Monument (here, next to this marker); Dwight Mill Village (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Howard Gardner Nichols 1871-1896 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emma Sansom (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Emma Sansom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Etowah County War Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Eleventh Street School (approx. 1.7 miles away); William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gadsden.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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