East Lake Community

East Lake Community (HMHPR)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35206 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 33.708', W 86° 43.716'

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The Creek Indian Cession of 1814 opened this section of Alabama to settlement. At the time of statehood in 1819 many pioneer families had located here in what later became known as Jones Valley. By 1820 the area was called Ruhama Valley as a result of the religious fervor of Hosea Holcomb who preached mercy or "Ruhamah." As early as 1839 a post office named Rockville was established for the local community.

Major growth came in 1886 as a result of the promotion of the East Lake Land Company by Robert Jemison Sr. to provide housing sites for the miners drawn to the booming iron ore industry in Birmingham. Lots 50 feet wide and 180 feet long were laid out on 2,000 acres between what is now 69th Street to 85th Street and 5th Avenue North and 5th Avenue South. Development was dependent on the East Lake Railroad which began operating on October 8, 1887. On this site a car barn was built to house the equipment of the 21 steam locomotives operating between downtown Birmingham and the East Lake terminus at 83rd Street.

The town of East Lake was incorporated December 13, 1900. As a result of the street car the business district developed rapidly. On January 1, 1910 East Lake was incorporated into the City of Birmingham but it has remained a distinctive community.
Year Placed1992
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission / City of Birmingham and the South East Lake Neighborhood Association
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8:12am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 525191 N 3713603
Decimal Degrees33.56180000, -86.72860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 33.708', W 86° 43.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 33' 42.48" N, 86° 43' 42.96" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7719 AL-7, Birmingham AL 35206, US
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