Gardendale, AL

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Located in Jefferson County, just north of Birmingham, Alabama, the city of Gardendale started out as a settlement known as “Jugtown.” Today, Gardendale covers an area of almost 18 square miles and has approximately 13,000 residents. Its many parks and athletic facilities, its excellent schools, its natural beauty and its physical location make Gardendale attractive to visitors, business owners and homebuyers alike.

Historical Facts

Gardendale’s history includes many interesting facts. Here are a few examples.1824 – 1834 The first homesteaders to settle in the area included John Belcher, Otis Dyer and Zachariah Stagg.1870s Coal mines opened nearby, causing the area’s population to double. The settlement, called “Jugtown,” received its name during this decade because of a factory located there that made jugs and churns. James Kimmons, owner of Jugtown’s general store, deeded land for the community’s first church.1892 John T. Milner, an industrialist who developed the New Castle coal mines, donated lumber for Milner School. This grammar school, located on Mount Olive Road, was near Gardendale’s present elementary school.1906 Due to the efforts of Hettie Thomason Cargo, a local schoolteacher who disliked the settlement’s original name, Jugville was renamed “Gardendale.”1935 Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” efforts began in Jefferson County to rebuild and strengthen the county’s economy. Local workers hired by the Works Progress Administration, or “WPA,” built housing units, paved streets, constructed bridges and culverts, and upgraded sewer systems. WPA construction projects in Jefferson County continued for eight years and employed more than 9,000 people.One goal of the WPA was to establish Gardendale as a resettlement community. The Gardendale resettlement project included an experimental endeavor to build seven homes of rammed earth. These seven homes are the only rammed earth structures ever built by the United States government that remain standing and functional today.1955 Gardendale became an incorporated city.1987 The Gardendale Chamber of Commerce held its first meeting.

Demographics

Unemployment rates and the cost of living in Gardendale are lower than the national averages. The median age for residents in 2013 was 44.1 years, and household income averaged $58,211.

Schools

Several schools serve students in Gardendale. Public schools include three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Students wishing to attend private schools can choose from the Gardendale Christian Academy or the Tabernacle Christian School.

Gardendale Attractions, Events and Happenings

There are so many enjoyable things to do in Gardendale that it is hard to choose. Here are a few ideas.
  • Play golf on the 18-hole course known as “Quail Ridge.”
  • Take the family on an outing, play sports or go for a quiet walk at one of the city parks.
  • Check out the many offerings of the Gardendale Public Library. This library hosts a variety of events for children of all ages. Knitting classes, online help with homework, and an Alabama driver education program are available at no cost.
  • Attend the Gardendale Magnolia Festival.
  • Browse the pages of the City of Gardendale Event Calendar to find other events and activities that suit your interests.

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