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Ira A. Watson Company

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Ira A. Watson Company in 1899. The building was located on the northwest corner of Third Street and Broadway. This is the present location of City Hall. It was often referred to as “Watson’s Corner.”

Fes Simpkins

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Road’s End “We had all tried so hard, worked, prayed and worked again. There are ten of us. Time and time again we had played, this group of ten, composing an orchestra. We played in our home town, and in other towns always getting a good word and a fairly good […]

Women’s Prayer Group

Presented by Bettye Lessley: Women’s Prayer Group July 11, 1933 Can you identify anyone in this picture? If so, please Contact Us.

Gantts Quarry Post Office

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The Gantts Quarry Post Office has been moved to downtown Sylacauga. It is now located on the southeast corner of Norton Avenue and Eighth Street. This is behind the museum. The Sylacauga Historical Preservation and Conservation Society plan to restore the post office.

Sylacauga in 1887

Presented by Bettye Lessley: In the early spring of 1887, the 316 hardy Americans who made up the little community nestled in the peaceful valley surrounding The Coosa, decided their “Town” had reached the point where it should be incorporated and accordingly did so on February 15, of that year, under the name of Sylacauga. […]

Albert Branscomb

Presented by Bettye Lessley: He was reared at Union Springs and educated at Birmingham Southern and Emory University. His first work after leaving college was Director of Wesley Foundation at the University of Alabama. During his twelve years as a minister, he has been pastor of the churches at Gorgus, Sycamore, Aliceville, North Highlands Birmingham, […]

Sylacauga’s First Newspaper

Presented by Bettye Lessley: The first newspaper published in Sylacauga was The Sylacauga Argus. On or about Saturday, July 9, 1887, Volume I of the paper was printed. The location of that first edition and the one which was printed the following week is unknown. The editor of this newspaper was H. G. McCall. Argus […]

St. Thomas United Methodist Church

Presented by Bettye Lessley: “The Listener” “I, J. M. Ridgeway, have some words of encouragement to say to the city of Sylacauga. I would like to urge all of you to think how far we have come in the past 40 years. “When I came to minister at St. Thomas United Methodist Church in December […]

Houses in Sylacauga Numbered

Presented by Bettye Lessley: It was 1942. The City of Sylacauga was growing, and the houses were to be renumbered. The Junior Chamber of Commerce, who were called the Jaycees, had agreed to tackle the job and were already working on it. They had conferred with several city planning experts and looked over the plans […]

Road’s End

Presented by Bettye Lessley: “We had all tried so hard, worked, prayed and worked again. There are ten of us. Time and time again we had played, this group of ten, composing an orchestra. We played in our home town, and in other towns always getting a good word and a fairly good name. But […]


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