I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, December 17, 1970

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Title

I Remember Old Tuscaloosa, December 17, 1970

Subject

History--Tuscaloosa (AL)
Maxwell, Fred (Frederick Richard Jr.), 1889-1988

Description

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.

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Creator

Fred Maxwell

Source

Camille Elebash

Publisher

The Graphic

Date

December 17, 1970

Contributor

Brenda Harris (Description)
Tuscaloosa Public Library

Type

Document

Identifier

1480

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Text

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”? Well it is a tall tower resembling a smokestack. The one mentioned above was made of brick masonry. At the top molten lead was poured through a wire screen. The size of the mesh determined the size of the shot.

As these lead pellets or droplets fell the height of the shot tower they solidified into round shot suitable for use in a shotgun. The final catch basin was filled with either water or oil depending on whether the final shot would be “soft” or “chilled”.

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