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Montevallo: a mountain in a valley. This bucolic, natural phrase aptly describes the beauty of this central Alabama town. Early settlers were drawn to the area by its abundant agricultural and mineral resources, and in 1826, the tiny village of Montevallo was born. The nature of the town changed significantly in 1896 with the founding of the Alabama Girls' Industrial School, now the University of Montevallo. The Olmsted Brothers firm of Brookline, Massachusetts, laid out the central campus, and its master plan still inspires current development. Since 1896, the focus of the town has shifted from agriculture and mining to education. The university's mission is to be Alabama's "Public Liberal Arts College." Prominent figures include writer and veteran E. B. Sledge, actresses Polly Holliday and Rebecca Luker, and Major League Baseball player Rusty Greer.
ISBN: 9780738587431
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Alabama
Series: Images of America
Images: 216
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Clark Hultquist, Ph.D., is professor of history and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and assistant professor Carey Heatherly, MLIS, is reference librarian and archivist at the University of Montevallo. The authors have assembled these photographs from the university's Carmichael Library and other local history collections to illustrate the rich heritage of this university town.
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