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Pell City in St. Clair County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Historic Downtown Pell City

Historic Downtown Pell City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, November 16, 2011
1. Historic Downtown Pell City Marker
Inscription.  Founded by railroad investors and incorporated on May 6, 1891. Pell City was named for one of the financial backers, George Hamilton Pell of New York. Nearly disappearing after the panic of 1893, the town was redeveloped after 1901 by Sumter Cogswell and his wife, Lydia DeGaris Cogswell, along with other local investors and businessmen. Mr. Cogswell influenced the location here in 1902 of the Pell City Manufacturing Company, subsequently, Avondale Mills. The town’s prosperity was secured after that time. The Historic District encompasses two long blocks along Cogswell Avenue from Nineteenth Street to Twenty-first Street and several buildings on Nineteenth and Twenty-first Streets North and Twentieth Street South. The only building to survive the earlier period was the Maxwell Building constructed in 1890. The majority of the historic structures were built in the years between 1902 and 1903. The Downtown District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Cotober 29, 2001.
Erected 2003 by Alabama Historical Association. (Marker Number None.)
Topics and series. This historical marker
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is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1914.
Location. 33° 35.18′ N, 86° 17.162′ W. Marker is in Pell City, Alabama, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Cogswell Avenue (U.S. 78) and 19th Street, on the right when traveling west on Cogswell Avenue. Located on the lawn of the St. Clair County Courthouse, Pell City branch. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pell City AL 35125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A County Older Than The State (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pell City, Alabama (about 400 feet away); Pell City’s Historical Residential District (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mill Village (approx. half a mile away); Coosa River (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cropwell Historical Park (approx. 2.4 miles away); Company F 10th Alabama Infantry C.S.A. 1861-1865 (approx. 2.4 miles away); Andrew Jackson (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pell City.
Historic Downtown Pell City Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, November 16, 2011
2. Historic Downtown Pell City Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2011, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 870 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2011, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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