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By Bob Scarboro, Mike Goodson

Drawing from, between different resources, the gathering of famed photographer Adolph Lebourg, a French immigrant who traveled to Alabama with a circus, Scarboro and Goodson mix magnificent photos with insightful textual content to supply a special examine the county's history. specially obvious in Lebourg's pictures is a keenness for bikes, delivering a very good focal point for lots of of the book's pictures. Etowah County comprises such sights because the Kyle domestic, which as soon as stood at the current web site of the Etowah County Courthouse, the house of Alabama energy corporation founder W.P. Lay, and

several of the county's early motion picture theaters. Many neighborhood companies and industries are highlighted within the early years in their life. additionally incorporated are glimpses of such neighborhood occasions as parades, sporting activities, and the attractive Nocallula Falls. even if one is an established resident accustomed to all of the zone has to provide, or a newcomer wanting to research extra of the county's historical past, Etowah County is a superb examine days passed by.

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Advent The county during which we are living this day had a colourful and fiery starting through the past due 1860s. initially referred to as Baine County, it used to be shaped within the days following the conflict among the States, or the Civil conflict. In November 1866, Alabama’s first postwar legislature convened in Montgomery. Cherokee County senator Augustin L. Woodliff introduced a petition on December 7 signed through citizens of Cherokee, Calhoun, St. Clair, Blount, Dekalb, and Marshall Counties. This petition referred to as for the formation of a brand new county, the guts of which might be at or close to Gadsden in Cherokee County. This invoice simply handed the Senate, 27 to three, and the home, sixty nine to thirteen. The Speaker of the home, Thomas B. Cooper, instructed the identify of the hot county be Baine County in honor of David W. Baine, a accomplice hero and a former resident of Centre in neighboring Cherokee County. Baine County initially lined a space of 620 sq. miles, with a inhabitants of over 6,500 humans. the alternative for the county seat used to be among Gadsden and the Junction, later often called Attalla. The Junction provided to alter its identify to Bainesville so that it will trap the guts of the county executive there. although, Gadsden used to be selected because the county seat in a different election. during this election, hung on March four, 1867, L. E. Hamlin used to be elected the county’s probate pass judgement on, and Thomas J. Burgess used to be elected because the first sheriff. the autumn of 1868 may see issues take a sad flip for the younger Baine County. an army executive used to be imposed on Alabama, and with the poverty linked to the Reconstruction, occasions turned challenging for individuals dwelling within the new county. Sheriff Burgess used to be faraway from place of work whilst he refused to signal the amnesty oath, even though he might later function sheriff in 1875. Samuel Dillard was once selected to exchange Burgess as sheriff. Baine County purely survived one brief yr. via a vote of forty-one to 34, the carpetbagger-controlled Constitutional conference voted to abolish the county. Baine County used to be a delicate spot, because it carried the identify of a accomplice hero whom the delegates considered as a Northern traitor. Baine County’s consultant to the conference, Dr. W. T. Ewing, fought gallantly to save lots of the younger county. On December 1, 1868, the nation legislature repealed the ordinance abolishing Baine County and restored the former boundary traces. County court docket was once to be held on the Baptist church in Gadsden till an enduring web site can be decided in an election scheduled for the next March. earlier than this used to be performed, notwithstanding, the identify Baine used to be dropped and was once changed with Etowah, a spinoff from the Cherokee Indian notice “Itawa,” this means that powerful tree. Authority used to be given to the governor to nominate all county officials. James M. Moragne used to be appointed probate pass judgement on. the ultimate vote to decide on the county seat may once more locate the town of Gadsden chosen by means of a majority of over 800 votes. Col. R. B. Kyle and William P. Lay provided to pay the price of development a brand new courthouse for the county. the positioning for the courthouse needed to be within the unique survey of Gadsden, and the land selected for the location was once on the nook of Fourth road and large road.

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