I Remember Old Tuscaloosa


I Remember Old Tuscaloosa


Fred Maxwell wrote "I Remember Old Tuscaloosa" for a weekly newspaper in Tuscaloosa called The Graphic from December, 1970 through December 1971. The Graphic was founded, owned and published by Maxwell's daughter Camille Elebash and her husband Karl Elebash beginning in 1957. It was sold to The Tuscaloosa News in 1976 and ceased publication sometime later.


Fred Maxwell

Items in the I Remember Old Tuscaloosa Collection

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, December 10, 1970

IF YOU walked around town and asked five or six elder citizens where the old “tan-yard” was located, chances are that more than one would ask, “what’s a tan-yard?”

The dictionary defines tanning as “to convert (a skin) into leather;…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, December 17, 1970

AT THE foot of “River Hill” (24th Ave.) an interesting complex of manufacturing plants were located. Included in this group were:
A cotton mill.
A plow manufacturing company.
A foundry.
A “shot tower”.

What is a “shot tower”? …

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, December 24, 1970

Late in the Nineteenth Century Tuscaloosa obtained its “tap” water from a private company later purchased and operated by the city (circa 1910).

The “Pump House” was just west of Riverview and the water was drawn from the bottom of the…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, December 31, 1970

IF YOU like excitement together with a spice of danger you should have made a trip at night through the old Northport Covered Bridge under the following conditions:

This covered bridge, about 60 feet long, was located between the Warrior River…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, January 7, 1971

DO YOU remember Tuscaloosa’s cigar factory and its “Bushy Tail” cigar? It was located on University Blvd. just west of Johnny’s Restaurant on 24th Ave.

It was a “one man” factory, and Gonzales, who was both proprietor and staff,…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, January 14, 1971

The first motion picture to be exhibited in Tuscaloosa was one of the feature attractions of a transient street fair or carnival (circa 1905) which set up its tents in the street in the heart of town before these streets were paved. The moving…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, January 21, 1971

Many of you will remember our “River Hill” (the extension of 24th Ave. northward from corner of 5th St. and 24th Ave.) prior to the widening and improvements made in 1951. You will recall the row of shanties and poorly constructed sidewalk…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, January 29-30, 1971

A casual ride anywhere around Tuscaloosa will reveal many good public eating places and many small hot dog and barbecue stands. Many are brilliantly lighted and sparkle with new and efficient equipment and sanitary features, and they all seem to be…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, February 4, 1971


When I agreed to write a few articles for Graphic I stated that they would be “off the cuff” type from memory and were not to include any research. One item I thought to be of interest and not be too difficult to verify – I well…

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, February 12-13, 1971

The era 1905-12 saw a big change in family transportation. This was the period that transition from horse and buggy travel to the automobile was being experience by local families and commercial travelers.

Most families had used horse and buggy…