Forest Avenue's Medical Facilities / Oak Park Montgomery's First Public Park

Forest Avenue's Medical Facilities / Oak Park Montgomery's First Public Park (HM1CNX)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36106 Montgomery County
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N 32° 22.126', W 86° 17.193'

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Side A
Forest Avenue's Medical Facilities

With the growth of the Highland Park suburb in the 1890s, a medical community developed along Forest Avenue. In 1895, Dr. Isaac Watkins opened Highland Park Sanatorium in three frame houses in the 500 block. In early 1920s, Watkins sold to Dr. T. Brannon Hubbard who practiced in one and conducted a nursing school in another. Later, he built Hubbard Hospital adjacent to them. Dr. Hubbard closed his hospital in 1956, but continued to practice until 1968. In the 1930s, a Children's Hospital provided services by pediatrician Dr. C. Hilton Rice. Following World War II, in 1946, Dr. Frank Jackson and twelve other doctors founded Jackson Hospital that expanded into one of the largest in the area. In addition to the hospitals, hundreds of individual doctors have devoted themselves to the community, carrying out the medical traditions established here in the late 19th century.

Side B
Oak Park
Montgomery's First Public Park

Streetcar and land developers opened Highland Park in 1886 at same time adjacent suburb with that name was developing. In mid-1890s, City purchased park and renamed it. Oak Park became popular with zoo, pools, pavilion and picnic areas. A segregated facility, the City closed it in 1957, but re-opened it in 1965 as integrated park and gardens. In 1968-69, City built W.A. Gayle Planetarium, operated by Troy University. For years, the well-loved Myers Pop Corn served thousands of happy customers who proved his slogan "By My Corn I Shall Be Known." Marcus B. Myers's stand was just outside the Oak Park gates on Forest Avenue; he was known throughout the neighborhood for his generosity and kindness to the children who were patients in nearby hospitals.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 567118 N 3581535
Decimal Degrees32.36876667, -86.28655000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.126', W 86° 17.193'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 7.56" N, 86° 17' 11.58" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1008-1098 Forest Ave, Montgomery AL 36106, US
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