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Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lane Park

 
 
Lane Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, April 26, 2008
1. Lane Park Marker
Inscription.  In 1822 William Pullen, Revolutionary War veteran, acquired this land from the Federal Government for farming. In 1889 his heirs sold the land to the City of Birmingham for use as the New Southside Cemetery which operated from 1889 to 1909 with 4,767 burials. The name changed to Red Mountain Cemetery, then to Red Mountain Park and finally to Lane Park in honor of Birmingham Mayor A.O. Lane. The land was also used for the Allen Gray Fish Hatchery ( fed by Pullen Springs), a stone quarry , a complete baseball diamond, and a golf driving range. Several of the stone structures were erected by the WPA. Two hundred acres are now the home of the Birmingham Zoo (est. 1954) and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (est. 1962).
 
Erected 2000 by Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society / Birmingham Zoo / Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Descendants of William Pullen.
 
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Natural ResourcesSettlements & SettlersSportsWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
 
Location. 33° 29.394′ N, 86° 46.632′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Cahaba Road and Park Lane, on the right when traveling north on Cahaba Road. Marker is located across the road from the Birmingham Zoo entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham AL 35223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Tuberculosis Sanatorium (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Early Mountain Brook Village Area (approx. half a mile away); Union Hill Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, Union Hill School (approx. half a mile away); Shades Valley High School (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Union Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles
Lane Park Marker Across From The Birmingham Zoo Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, April 26, 2008
2. Lane Park Marker Across From The Birmingham Zoo Entrance
away); Redmont Park Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hollywood / Hollywood Town Hall / Hollywood Country Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); America's First Office Park (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Birmingham Zoo Website. (Submitted on February 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
The Zoo Train passing one of the former hatchery ponds built by the WPA. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, July 18, 2009
3. The Zoo Train passing one of the former hatchery ponds built by the WPA.
The Greenhouse Conservatory of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, August 20, 2007
4. The Greenhouse Conservatory of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,742 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 1, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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