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

Gardendale, Alabama

Gardendale, Alabama Marker - Side A image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, November 17, 2010
1. Gardendale, Alabama Marker - Side A
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When Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Nation at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814, the subsequent Treaty of Fort Jackson and other treaties that followed ceded Indian land that made up most of what is now Alabama. Abraham Stout was commissioned to build a public road in 1822-1823 from Gandy’s Cove in Cataco/Morgan County to Elyton. He closely followed the old Indian trails for the Route, which came directly through what is now Gardendale. Pioneers had already arrived in the area and after the completion of Stout’s Road, some had settled and purchased land here, the first recorded in 1824 by John Belcher. Others quickly followed, including Otis Dyer in 1828 and Zachariah Stagg in 1834. James K. Jacks operated a tollgate on Stout’s Road, as it passed near his plantation. Coal mines opened nearby in the 1870s, several operated by John T. Millner, one of the founders of Birmingham and surveyor of the South & North Railroad. Millner donated lumber to build the first school in Gardendale in 1892, which was named Millner School.

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Some early businesses included James I. Kimmon’s store, sawmill, and cotton

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Photographed By David J Gaines, November 17, 2010
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gin; James and Elijah H. Moncrief’s cotton gin and sawmill; and William Harrison Parker’s grist mill. Dairies and farms dotted the area. Some of the early churches established in Gardendale were Shugart’s Chapel Methodist, now Gardendale-Mt. Vernon Methodist; Ebenezer Methodist; Friendship Methodist; Cluster Spring Baptist; and Chalybeate Springs Baptist, now Gardendale First Baptist. Early on, Gardendale was known as Jugtown, named for a jug factory located in the area in the 1870s. It was operated by James Y. Miller near the current location of the Village Green Shopping Center. Through efforts of Hettie Thompson Cargo, the name was changed to Gardendale in 1906. Dr. James Parker became Gardendale’s first fulltime doctor in the spring of 1923. Although a steadily growing community, the town was not chartered until 1955. The first mayor was J. I. Pesnell. Today, after half a century, Gardendale is the largest city in North Jefferson County
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Gardendale Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Location. 33° 38.862′ N, 86° 48.678′ W. Marker is in Gardendale, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street
Gardendale, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, November 17, 2010
3. Gardendale, Alabama Marker
and Bell Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gardendale AL 35071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Virgil Allen Howard (a few steps from this marker); Black Creek Park, Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership and the Fultondale Coke Oven Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tarrant City Hall (approx. 4.9 miles away); Graham Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); History of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (approx. 5.9 miles away); Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Zion Memorial Gardens (approx. 6.4 miles away); North Birmingham (approx. 6½ miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located in the northwest corner of Gardendale's Millennium Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2010, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,480 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 18, 2010, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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