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Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano

 
 
Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano Marker Side A image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
1. Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano Marker Side A
Inscription.  (Front):
Historic Viduta
"Viduta"-derived from Spanish "vida" meaning "life"
In a time when yellow fever, malaria, and cholera threatened, Dr. Thomas Fearn and his brothers Robert and George were drawn by the cool air and medicinal springs to establish a small colony on the northern section of Monte Sano Mountain in 1827. In 1833 the town of Viduta was officially established. This area contains a variety of architectural styles dating from the late 1800's.

(Back):
Hotel Monte Sano
"Monte Sano"-Spanish for "Mountain of Health"
In 1887 the North Alabama Improvement Company, with the assistance of Michael and James O'Shaughnessy, built a 233-room hotel on Monte Sano Mountain. The hotel served as a health resort and haven for industrial giants including the Vanderbilts and Astors. Guests arrived via the Monte Sano Railway which ran up the mountain. The hotel ceased operations in 1900 and was later purchased by the Garth family for their summer residence. It was demolished for salvage in 1944. All that remains of the hotel is the brick chimney on Old Chimney Road.
 
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
 
Location. 34° 44.616′ N, 86° 31.909′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Monte Sano Boulevard Southeast and Old Chimney Road Southeast, on the left when traveling north on Monte Sano Boulevard Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hotel Monte Sano (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monte Sano Female Seminary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lowell M. Anderson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Monte Sano Elementary School (approx. half a mile away); Camp Monte Sano (approx. 0.7 miles away); Monte Sano Railway (approx. 0.8 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.9 miles away); Schrimsher Farm (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano Marker Side B image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, May 24, 2008
2. Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano Marker Side B
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,356 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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