Muscle Shoals in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Howell & Graves School
Muscle Shoals City was incorporated on April 24, 1923. Among the leading developers were New York realtors A.L. Howell and C.T. Graves. Their interest in Muscle Shoals was inspired by the vision of Henry Ford to use power from Wilson Dam and the Nitrate Plants to "employ one million workers and build a city 75 miles wide." Although Ford's vision remained unfulfilled, Howell & Graves helped develop the town by building the first City Hall, bungalows, a service station, and Howell & Graves School. Cast iron street lights, fire hydrants, and drinking fountains were placed along Wilson Dam road near the school. The streets, constructed through farmland, were edged with concrete curbing and sidewalks. Other real estate speculators also came into the area buying land, parceling it in 25-foot lots and selling them, sight unseen, to people across the United States and from foreign countries.
The Howell & Graves Junior High School was designed by architect Harry J. Frahn and built in 1927 in the neoclassical style and the Neo-Tudor Gothic tradition, symbolically associated with the Ivy League Schools. Decorative brick work, which originally crowned the building, gave it a castle- like appearance. It was known as one of the finest buildings in the region and was often the scene of
Erected 2006 by the City of Muscle Shoals and Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 44.015′ N, 87° 38.11′ W. Marker is in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is on S. Wilson Dam Highway one mile from Kimberley Drive. Touch for map. Building is now used by the Muscle Shoals Board of Education. Marker is in front of building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 S. Wilson Dam Highway, Muscle Shoals AL 35661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Muscle Shoals, Alabama (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Singing River Sculpture (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Leigh (approx. 2.7 miles away); Tuscumbia's Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Forest Elders Trenholm High School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Sheffield Colored School/Sterling High School (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Alabama (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muscle Shoals.
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