The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building

The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building (HMNLP)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 22.655', W 86° 18.541'

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The Lightning Route
In 1886, Montgomery became the first city in the Western Hemisphere to convert an entire street railway system to electricity. The Capital City Street Railway Co. initiated electric trolley service on one mile of the street car line the year before. Civil engineer J. A. Gaboury supervised installation of the system developed by Charles Van de Poele. The car line, fondly known as the "Lightning Route" operated until 1936. Investors in the mass transit system also were involved in the development of the early suburbs of Highland Park and Cloverdale, as well as the first public recreation area at Oak Park.

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Central Bank Building
Designed by Philadelphia architect Stephen Decatur Button for William Knox, president of Central Bank of Alabama, this Renaissance Revival building emulated the Venetian palaces of the 16th century. Completed in 1856, it was praised by state newspapers as the first ironfront in Alabama. Central Bank, which generously supported the Confederacy, was bankrupt at the end of the Civil War. Other banks occupied the building until jewelers Klein and Son acquired and occupied it from 1923-1983. The building was restored for the Arts Council of Alabama in 1985.
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HM NumberHMNLP
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Year Placed1993
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 2:55pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 564998 N 3582499
Decimal Degrees32.37758333, -86.30901667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.655', W 86° 18.541'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 39.30" N, 86° 18' 32.46" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Dexter Ave, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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