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"Hunts'ville, a city, the capital of Madison co., Ala., on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, 212 miles E. by S. of Memphis, 98 miles W.S.W. of Chattanooga, Tenn., and about 200 miles N. of Montgomery. It contains 13 churches, 3 banks, public schools, a male academy, the Huntsville Female College, a court-house, a foundry, a saw-mill, cotton mills, and 2 manufactories of sash and blinds. Four weekly newspapers are published here. This is the most populous and important town of Northern Alabama. Pop. in 1890, 7795."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Church of St. Mary of the Visitation
222 N Jefferson St., Huntsville, ALABAMA 35801
Established 1861
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Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Washington St., Hunstville, Ala.

Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Dallas Mills, Huntsville, Ala.

"Dallas Mill was a manufacturer of cotton sheeting in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. The first of four major textile mills in Huntsville, the mill operated from 1891 until 1949, before it was converted for use... Read MORE...

Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Washington Street Looking North, Huntsville, Ala.

Huntsville, Alabama, USA
First Methodist Church
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  • 1805 - Huntsville, Alabama founded
  • 1812 - Huntsville Academy founded in Huntsville
  • 1834 - April 26 - Killer frosts were reported in the Deep South. The frost was quite severe around Huntsville AL, and highlighted a backward spring in the South that year.
  • 1887 - April 26 - Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
  • 1896 - Stone on Trial for Murder. Negro Kills His Friend with a Fence Rail in Alabama.
    Huntsville, Ala., December 4. - (Special.) Circuit court has on trial the case of Oscar Stone, colored, for the murder of his friend, Governor Jolly. ... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - END OF A QUEER FEUD - Ashford Killed as He Rode Past Brown's Home. IT BEGAN WITH A WOMAN.
    Two Men Live on Opposite Sides of a Street and Have Been Watching Each Other for Months.

    Huntsville, Ala., January 1. - (Special.) - The killing of... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - Huntsville's Cotton Oil Mill
    Hunstville, Ala., May 20. (Special.) - T. W. Pratt, of Huntsville and W. A. Rigsby and others, of Augusta, Ga., have formed a company with a capital o... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Huntsville, a banking post-town, the capital of Madison co., Ala., on the Southern and the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Rs., 98 miles WSW. of ... Read MORE...

  • News  1950 - May 14 – The Huntsville Times runs the headline, "Dr. von Braun Says Rocket Flights Possible to Moon."
    May 14, 1950
  • 1954 - July 04 - WMSL TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • 1956 - The Army Ballistic Missile Agency was established at Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal.

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