Mountain Brook in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Early Mountain Brook Village Area
In the mid-1920’s real estate visionaries Robert Jemison, Jr. and Will Franke selected this area as the site for “Mountain Brook Estates.” Jemison Realty bought about 400 acres of farm and woodlands and divided them into estate lots for a country home community. Included in the development were the Mountain Brook Village shopping center, The Old Mill tea room, a riding academy and 25 miles of riding trails. The plan preserved the site’s natural beauty, with its meandering streams, rolling hills and virgin timber.
The area was originally referred to as “Watkins Branch”, for early landowner Daniel Watkins, Jr. Around the turn of the century the name became “Waddell”. Finally “Mountain Brook” was the name selected by the developments in the 1920’s.
Erected 2005 by Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society. (Marker Number None.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35213, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Hill Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, Union Hill School (approx. 0.3 miles away); America's First Office Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Union Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lane Park (approx. half a mile away); Shades Valley High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hollywood / Hollywood Town Hall / Hollywood Country Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); Robert Jemison, Jr. (1878-1974) / The Old Mill (1927) (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Tuberculosis Sanatorium (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mountain Brook.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2011, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on May 31, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2011, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.