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Once known as Pine Ankle and sparsely populated with farms, Anniston, Alabama, has seen a multitude of changes over the course of its history. Founded on land that was originally home to Native Americans, the town was created by Samuel Noble and General Daniel Tyler as a qmodel cityq for their Woodstock Iron Company in 1872, and not opened to the public until 1883. Rapid growth in the late nineteenth century brought not only new industries to the area but also Anniston's designation as seat of Calhoun County and an expansion of the entire downtown area. The vintage photographs within these pages reveal what life was like in Anniston in days gone by, highlighting key figures in the town's development as well as the everyday people who have lived and worked in the community for generations. Readers will discover the new industries that sprang up after the Oxford Iron Furnace was burned by Union forces in 1865, and the effects of the population boom of the late nineteenth century. Anniston's homes, schools, and churches are featured in this pictorial retrospective, as well as the town's role as an important military site, with Camp Shipp, Fort McClellan, Pelham Range, and the Anniston Ordinance Depot all located within the town's vicinity over the past century.Reconsttuction brought Northern investors to the South in an effort to esrablish major industties to make use of the natural resources. The fitst ... Orher meral working industties that located in Anniston in this petiod produced producrs used by the railtoads, such as car wheel works and railcars. In 1889 ... In 1899, the Anniston Carpet Mill Company produced the fitst yard of carpet in the srate ofaquot; Alabama.

Author:Kimberly O'Dell
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2000


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