Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano

Historic Viduta / Hotel Monte Sano (HMIHL)

Location: Huntsville, AL 35801 Madison County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 44.616', W 86° 31.909'

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Historic Viduta
"Viduta"-derived from Spanish "vida" meaning "life"
In a time when yellow fever, malaria, and cholera threatened, Dr. Thomas Fearn and his brothers Robert and George were drawn by the cool air and medicinal springs to establish a small colony on the northern section of Monte Sano Mountain in 1827. In 1833 the town of Viduta was officially established. This area contains a variety of architectural styles dating from the late 1800's.

Hotel Monte Sano
"Monte Sano"-Spanish for "Mountain of Health"
In 1887 the North Alabama Improvement Company, with the assistance of Michael and James O'Shaughnessy, built a 233-room hotel on Monte Sano Mountain. The hotel served as a health resort and haven for industrial giants including the Vanderbilts and Astors. Guests arrived via the Monte Sano Railway which ran up the mountain. The hotel ceased operations in 1900 and was later purchased by the Garth family for their summer residence. It was demolished for salvage in 1944. All that remains of the hotel is the brick chimney on Old Chimney Road.
Year Placed1997
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 6:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 542855 N 3844709
Decimal Degrees34.74360000, -86.53181667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 44.616', W 86° 31.909'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 44' 36.96" N, 86° 31' 54.54" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 412 Monte Sano Blvd SE, Huntsville AL 35801, US
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