Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village / Joseph J. Bradley School

Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village / Joseph J. Bradley School (HMPZ8)

Location: Huntsville, AL 35805 Madison County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 42.186', W 86° 36.557'

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1900-1992 / 1919-1967

Merrimack Mfg. Co. & Village
In 1899, construction started on Merrimack Mill and village. The mill began operation in 1900. A second mill building, added in 1903, made it one of the largest in the South. Under Joseph J. Bradley, Sr., managing agent (1905-1922), the village grew to 279 houses, a hospital, school, company store, and other small businesses. In 1920, the steam-operated mills converted to electricity. Lowenstein Fabrics bought the mill (1946), changed its name to Huntsville Mfg. Co., and the village became Huntsville Park. The mill continued to operate until 1989 and, in 1992, Huntsville's last operating textile mill was torn down.
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Joseph J. Bradley School
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The School, named for Joseph J. Bradley, Sr., was built in 1919 on the site of the first mill-sponsored school. Under the leadership of Edward Foyl DuBose, Principal (1921-1967), and with the mill's financial support, the school grew from 6 grades to 12 and served as a social and recreational center for the entire community. In 1951, the mill owners made a gift of the school to the county school system and, in 1956, it became part of the city school system. The elementary school continued operating until it was closed in 1967.
HM NumberHMPZ8
Year Placed1995
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 535781 N 3840188
Decimal Degrees34.70310000, -86.60928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 42.186', W 86° 36.557'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 42' 11.16" N, 86° 36' 33.42" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3401-3403 Triana Blvd SW, Huntsville AL 35805, US
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