First Ladies of Gadsden, Part 1

The Vagabond recently went through materials in the Etowah Historical Society archive and found some important history papers never before published. Mary Harrison Lister, who founded the historical society in 1954, wrote before her death about some of the first ladies of Gadsden, noting that all the “firsts” were men. Mary herself was a “first” in many ways and

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Early settlers along the bends of the Coosa River - Part Two

The Vagabond has been asked several times about writing about the bends of the Coosa River and whom they were named for. This is what has been found so far:

The Coosa River comes into Etowah County from the west and forms part of the boundary line between Etowah and Cherokee counties.  The Coosa forms a total of eleven…

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Early settlers along the bends of the Coosa River, Part I

  The Vagabond has been asked several times about writing about the bends of the Coosa River and who they were named for. This information may be helpful for a lot of genealogists who what information of the early settlers in this area. This is what has been found so far:

The Coosa River comes into Etowah County on the…

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The Vagabond once worked at old ice plant

In the early 1930s, six ice plants were operating in Gadsden. But with progress in refrigeration, all have gone by the wayside. When he was young, The Vagabond worked several summers at one of America’s early industries.

Ice is one of the oldest methods of refrigeration. The Chinese cut and stored it as long ago as 1000 BC. In…

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Mystery Civil War signs appearing all over Etowah County

This week the Vagabond wants to share a mystery to the readers. There are Civil War signs appearing all over Etowah County by a group that calls themselves the “Gadsden Civil War Roundtable. Rumors are that it is someone living in Southside that is pushing it. Of course, this has to have been done due to the 150th Anniversary…

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Back to Cherokee Rock Village

The Vagabond was recently up Cherokee Rock Village checking out all the improvements being done. There have been many campouts at this site by the Vagabond with the stars and meteors producing a big show each time.

Cherokee Rock Village is a 200-acre public park located in northeastern Alabama in Cherokee County near the town of Leesburg. Also known…

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Early history of the Noccalula Falls

Noccalula Falls and its 40 acres of surrounding property was first owned by Thomas McClung in 1845. It was called Black Creek Falls then and for many years after. About 1870 G.O. Baker of Dallas County came into possession of the falls and added acreage to the holdings.

In 1867 a writer for a local newspaper wrote: “Reaching underneath…

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Old book talks about early Gadsden - final part

  This article was taken out of an old book called Northern Alabama, 1888. In it is much information about Gadsden and Etowah County. Let’s finish up our story for the week. “The society of Gadsden is refined and cultivated. “The healthfulness of the place, and the beauty of its surroundings, have conspired to draw
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Old book about early Gadsden, Part 2

 By Danny Crownover This article was taken out of an old book called Northern Alabama, 1888. In it is much about Gadsden and Etowah County. Let’s continue our story for the week. “Gadsden is situated on a large plateau, 700 feet above the level of the sea, about fifty feet above the highest water, with
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A Brief History of Etowah County

By Danny Crownover This was taken out of an old book called Northern Alabama, 1888. In it is much about Gadsden and Etowah County. Let’s begin our story for the week. The county of Etowah is situated in the northeastern part of the State, just above the thirty-fourth parallel of north latitude, and is nearly
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