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Retrospect: First Harvest

A farmer, a banker and the power of the peanut changed Coffee County forever, as memorialized in this bronze panel at Alabama Bicentennial Park.

Retrospect: Alabama’s Loom Towns

Avondale Mills was founded in Birmingham in 1897 but at its height employed 7,000 workers throughout the state.

The Yuille Family & the Mobile Steam Bakery

Started by Gavin Yuille, and maintained by two subsequent generations, Yuille’s Mobile Steam Bakery survived for nearly a century. 

Retrospect: Construction of the Alabama Midland Railroad

In the 1880s, the Alabama Midland Railroad took shape. It stretched from Montgomery to Bainbridge, Georgia, cutting through the Wiregrass.

Retrospect: Alabama’s Daniel Pratt and his early cotton gins

Prattville namesake Daniel Pratt made his name in cotton gins

Retrospect: Selling Alabama stone

The Moretti-Harrah Marble Company's championing of Sylacauga marble. Pictured is the interior of the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Retrospect: The founding of Anniston

Samuel Noble's Woodstock Iron Company of Alabama ushered in a model of the "New South."

Retrospect: A look at the history of the Alabama Penny Savings Bank

Founded in Birmingham in 1890, the Alabama Penny Savings Bank was the first financial institution in the state-owned and operated by African Americans

The Alabama origin of Lehman Bros.

In New York harbor on a mid-September day in 1844, a long voyage to America came to an end for a 21-year-old Bavarian man...

Retrospect: L.C. Priester — The Pecan King

The story of Huntsville's Keller Motors Corp.

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