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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building

 
 
The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
1. The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building Marker
Inscription.
The Lightning Route
In 1886, Montgomery became the first city in the Western Hemisphere to convert an entire street railway system to electricity. The Capital City Street Railway Co. initiated electric trolley service on one mile of the street car line the year before. Civil engineer J. A. Gaboury supervised installation of the system developed by Charles Van de Poele. The car line, fondly known as the "Lightning Route" operated until 1936. Investors in the mass transit system also were involved in the development of the early suburbs of Highland Park and Cloverdale, as well as the first public recreation area at Oak Park.

Side B
Central Bank Building
Designed by Philadelphia architect Stephen Decatur Button for William Knox, president of Central Bank of Alabama, this Renaissance Revival building emulated the Venetian palaces of the 16th century. Completed in 1856, it was praised by state newspapers as the first ironfront in Alabama. Central Bank, which generously supported the Confederacy, was bankrupt at the end of the Civil War. Other banks occupied the building until jewelers Klein and Son acquired and occupied it from 1923-1983. The building was restored for the Arts Council of Alabama in 1985.
 
Erected 1993 by Alabama Historical
The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building Marker Side B image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
2. The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building Marker Side B
Association.
 
Location. 32° 22.655′ N, 86° 18.541′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Square and Dexter Avenue, on the right on Court Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Here Stood Mrs. Rosa Parks (a few steps from this marker); An Intersection of History: Court Square (a few steps from this marker); Rosa Louise McCauley Parks / The Bus Stop (a few steps from this marker); Decorative Lions Heads (a few steps from this marker); City of Montgomery / Court Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Square Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Naming the City of Montgomery / Brigadier General Richard Montgomery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Capital City Street Railway from From Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 5, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Central Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
3. Central Bank Building
Court Square image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
4. Court Square
The Lighnting Route in 1886 image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr
5. The Lighnting Route in 1886
Montgomery's Original Electric Street Car. Circa 1897 image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
6. Montgomery's Original Electric Street Car. Circa 1897
Front View of the Central Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
7. Front View of the Central Bank Building
Court Square Fountian looking North up Commerce Street image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
8. Court Square Fountian looking North up Commerce Street
The tolley line made a right turn from Dexter Avenue here at Court Square and headed up Commerce Street.
From Court Square looking up Dexter Avenue toward the State Capitol image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, August 1, 2009
9. From Court Square looking up Dexter Avenue toward the State Capitol
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,376 times since then and 89 times this year. Last updated on July 29, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 5, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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