Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Avondale Park, dedicated in 1886, is one of Birmingham's earliest parks. The park site was chosen because of its natural spring, which was a popular attraction with the local people, as well as a favorite stopping point for weary travelers along the old Huntsville stagecoach road.
With its natural beauty, rolling topography, and natural spring, the park quickly became a gem for residents all over Birmingham and the region. The original spring, known as "King's Spring", emerged from a cave at the base of the hill, flowed through the park, and down the center of Spring Street, now 41st Street.
Over the years, the Spring has "seen" much; from children exploring along its banks, to baptisms, to Civil War battles. Union soldiers stopped to water their horses at the Spring, but were promptly chased away by Confederates who fired upon them. For a number of years, a small wading pool was located at the base of the hill, and children could be found wading and splashing as parents looked on.
During the 1970's, the entrance to the cave was closed and the spring was encased in pipe and hidden beneath a baseball field.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 33° 31.247′ N, 86° 46.228′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 5th Avenue South and 41st Street South. Marker located in Avondale Park near the baseball fields. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35222, 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. "Lest We Forget" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forest Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the First Alabama - Auburn Football Game (approx. 0.9 miles away); United States Pipe and Foundry Company (approx. one mile away); Independent Presbyterian Church (approx. one mile away); Frisco No. 4018 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Foundations of Beehive Coke Ovens (approx. 1.1 miles away); A.B. Loveman House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Also see . . . Avondale Park by Bhamwiki. This website contains images of the park as well as a imaged of the mentioned wading pool by the cave. (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2012, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,024 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 3, 2012, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.