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Dr. R.A. Martin

A legacy remembered Story by Jerry Smith Submitted photos January 8, 1953, was a cold, rainy day. Pell City’s town physician knew he had little choice but to attend a special meeting at the county courthouse. The good doctor had discouraged this meeting, even threatened to not attend, but the city fathers prevailed. As he […]

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Spring in Springville

  The lake that is no more Story by Jerry C. Smith Submitted photos Water is an absolute necessity for any permanent settlement, be it an Indian village or a major city. An area in northern St. Clair County is blessed with five springs, arranged in a circle around a sixth major spring that provided […]

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In the beginning … Ashville

A look back at how St. Clair County got started Story by Jerry Smith Photos submitted Photos by Jerry Martin A wagon train set out from Georgia in late autumn of 1816, headed westward-ho toward Shelby County, Alabama, to settle with other recent migrants from North Carolina. Among these latest emigrants were John Ash, his […]

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Historic Pell City

When St. Clair’s largest city was just getting started Story by Jerry Smith Submitted photos What magic molded a sleepy little whistle stop of 40 souls into St. Clair County’s largest city? Actually, the town owes its success to a missed train and a fortuitous marriage. Pell City was blessed with both a father and […]

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Coal City History

When mining helped turn a crossroads into a thriving community Story by Jerry Smith Photos by Jerry Martin Submitted photos In 1910, Coal City was home to some 1,200 souls, far outstripping Ragland’s 600 and Pell City’s 400 combined. In fact, Coal City was once considered for a second county seat, but Pell City was […]

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A Railroad Runs Through It

Tracks from a bygone era cross St. Clair Story by Jerry Smith Photos by Jerry Smith and Jerry Martin Submitted timetables from the Stanley Burnett Collection Folks in Odenville, Alabama, often use the train trestle which crosses US 411 as a landmark for giving directions, but few except the very old are aware of the […]

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