Sidney Word Lee

Sidney Word Lee (HMZLE)

Location: Vandiver, AL 35176 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 28.703', W 86° 32.641'

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Founder of Buffalo Rock Company (1901) in Birmingham and creator of Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale, a medicinal tonic first used in the Civil War. Lee's vision and influential support inspired the construction of this road across Double Oak Mountain connecting Coosa Valley to more developed land in the Cahaba Valley.

Work began on Highway 25 in 1914 and was completed in 1921. At the time no other roads existed on the mountain and early settlers called the path the Winding Stair Trail. Highway 25 provided access to Lee's 3000-acre camp in Calcis-an area Lee claimed to be the most beautiful in the world. He often brought friends and family to vacation here and local denizens reported his many visits included gifts of fruit and candy for the children of the region.
Year Placed2011
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 8:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 542364 N 3704415
Decimal Degrees33.47838333, -86.54401667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 28.703', W 86° 32.641'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 28' 42.18" N, 86° 32' 38.46" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11 Lake View Cir, Vandiver AL 35176, US
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