Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
East Lake Park
In a short time East Lake Park became a major recreational center of the Birmingham area and in 1887 a street car line was run out to the park. Among the amusements offered at the park through the years were a ferris wheel, a shooting gallery, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, golf, baseball, a steamboat, a zoo, and band concerts and other entertainment in the pavilion.
The City of Birmingham purchased the park in 1917 and today, East Lake Park is one of the largest municipal recreational facilities in Alabama.
Erected 1991 by Alabama Historical Commission / City of Birmingham.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 34.224′ N, 86° 43.488′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from 1st Avenue North (U.S. 11) south of 83rd Street North. The marker is located on the east bank of the lake by the flag pole near the 1st Avenue North entrance to the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35206, 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. Ruhama Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); East Lake Community (approx. 0.6 miles away); Howard College (approx. 0.7 miles away); CDR "Snuffy" Smith (approx. 0.9 miles away); Roebuck Spring (approx. 1.2 miles away); Roebuck Springs Historic District (approx. 1.3 miles away); Zion Memorial Gardens (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wilson Chapel And Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Also see . . .
1. Photo of one of the small steam boats used at East Lake Park. Image from the Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections. (Submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. East Lake, A Residence Suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. (Submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
3. The Hawes Murders, 1888. 2006 article by Pam Jones in Alabama Heritage.
“After the inquest [into the death of 7 year old May Hawes] adjourned, a telegram delivered to the Age-Herald [newspaper] announced the marriage of Richard Hawes, ‘one of the most popular employees of the Georgia-Pacific railway,’ to Mayes Story in Columbus that afternoon. It further noted that the couple was traveling by train to Augusta, Georgia, before embarking on their wedding trip through the East. When the train stopped at Birmingham’s station, several Birmingham police officers and an Age-Herald reporter boarded the train and arrested Hawes for the murder of his daughter. According to the reporter, Hawes was still in his wedding clothes when the officers approached him: ‘He asked no questions as to which of his children he was accused of having murdered, nor did he express any desire to see the remains. About all that he said on the way to the jail was that he was innocent’.” (Submitted on November 5, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,525 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 3. submitted on November 2, 2011, by Asher Maystein of East Lake, Birmingham, Alabama. 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.