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Big Blue Spring

BIG BLUE SPRING Record regarding the West half of the Northeast quarter of Section 29, Township 21, Range 4 East within the city limits of Sylacauga, Alabama.   The location of what is known as the Big Blue Spring.  Tract Book Reference: Talladega County Deed Book 88, page 367.  Certificate No. 321. Deed, The United States […]

Early Days of Sylacauga

Presented by Bettye Lessley EARLY DAYS OF SYLACAUGA Some Historic Reminiscences of General Interest to the People of Talladega County. Away back in the early thirties, yes, in 1833, when my father came to TalladegaCounty and bought the old man Hayes place, at what was then called upper Syllacogga (as spelled then), there were some […]

First National Bank

“Beautiful New Building Of The First National Bank Demonstrates Growth Of Sylacauga In Past 30 Years.” Structure Is One Of Finest In The South.” “Alabama Marble Is Used Throughout Building.”   When the doors of Sylacauga’s first banking institution were thrown open to the public thirty years ago the foundation for the First National Bank […]

Sylacauga Cotton Oil Company

SOUTHERN COTTON OIL COMPANY One of Sylacauga’s Oldest Industries Concern is of Material Aid to Farmers, Operate Modern Gin, Purchase Cotton Seed and Distribute Scoco Fertilizers over Trade Area. One of the oldest industries in the city of Sylacauga is the Southern Cotton Oil Company, which concern operates 50 plants over the State of Alabama […]

Sylacauga History – As printed under a column entitled “Here and There”

SYLACAUGH HISTORY AS PRINTED UNDER A COLUMN ENTITLED “HERE AND THERE” Sunday I drove over every side street in Sylacauga said Mr. F. W. Scott of the Sylacauga Dry Goods Company.  The first time I have visited many of them in years, and it was interesting to run my mind back through the years as […]

The Wisconsin Alabama Lumber Company in Walco

The Wisconsin Alabama Lumber Company “Last summer our little city was electrified when the press dispatch came from Chicago announcing the location of a million dollar lumber company in our midst.  The news seemed too good to be true, but soon the telegrams began to chase each other between Chicago and Sylacauga confirming the reports.  […]


Presented by Bettye Lessley: BROADWAY By Mr. W. T. Coker I was the first man to move a stock of merchandise to the present business section of Sylacauga, said Mr. W. T. Coker. It was back in ’91 and it was the Smith Brothers stock which marked the opening of their new store on the […]

Big Locomotive Goes Into a Ditch in Sylacauga

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Big Locomotive Goes Into a Ditch in Sylacauga Fifteen Cars Wrecked, Traffic Delayed, No One Seriously Injured Friday afternoon a rear end collision occurred between two freight trains near the Sylacauga Brick Company yard, on the Central of Georgia tracks in which one locomotive was rolled down an embankment after completely […]

The Herd Brothers

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Five Herd brothers came to America from Scotland. Their names were: George, the oldest; David, Alexander, John and Thomas, who said that they were “Lowlanders.” All of the Herds had served their apprenticeships in the marble business in Scotland. Thomas Herd returned to Scotland. Alexander, called “Sandy,” married and lived in […]

Rising Star Baptist Church

Presented by Bettye Lessley: On January 21, 1879, in consideration of $25.00, H. G. Darby sold to “the Rising Star Colored Baptist Church” three (3) acres of land, lying in the extreme north east corner of the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter, Section #32, Township 21, Range 4 East in the Coosa Land District […]

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