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  • loc_mshc_0000034_web.pdf

    The view shows Athens Pike (now Holmes Avenue) in Huntsville, Alabama, with Monte Sano Mountain in the background.
  • loc_mshc_0000033_web.pdf

    This photo shows a scene at Lily Lake on the grounds of Col. James O'Shaughnessy's home on Monte Sano. According to the Historic Huntsville Quarterly, the structure in the foreground of the photo is a "four-tiered vertical framework covered with ivy, and reaching an impressive height of twelve feet or so."
  • loc_mshc_0000032_web.pdf

    The hotel opened on June 1, 1887 as a luxury health resort. It was built by the North Alabama Improvement Company with funding from Michael and James O'Shaughnessy. The hotel closed in 1900 and was demolished in 1944.
  • loc_mshc_0000031_web.pdf
  • loc_mshc_0000030_web.pdf
  • loc_mshc_0000029_web.pdf

    The well is a large limestone cave shaft located near the site of the Hotel Monte Sano.
  • loc_mshc_0000028_web.pdf

    The O'Shaughnessy Place, nicknamed "Castle Delight," was built in 1885 by Col. James and Lucy O'Shaughnessy. It was a two-story Queen Anne-style house with four chimneys, gas lights, water lines, and indoor plumbing. Col. O'Shaughnessy was a cotton and real estate broker, seaport and railroad developer, and co-owner of the Huntsville Hotel, Huntsville Opera House, Hotel Monte Sano, and the Monte Sano Railway and Turnpike. The house burned in March 1890 and was demolished in the 1920s.
  • loc_mshc_0000027_web.pdf

    A handwritten inscription on the back of the photo notes, "The day 'our soldiers' came home, in front of capital. Sept. '99."
  • loc_mshc_0000026_web.pdf

    The photo depicts a man sitting on the rocks amidst the trees. The back of the photo reads, " 'The Eddies' or Eddy Rocks of Monte Sano."
  • loc_mshc_0000025_web.pdf

    The photo shows the owner, Henry Fuller, with his family outside the cave entrance. Fuller purchased the cave in 1888 and developed it into an underground dance hall and bar. The cave is near current-day Pulaski Pike in Huntsville.
  • loc_mshc_0000024_web.pdf

    The photo shows the north side of courthouse square looking east in downtown Huntsville. The Madison County Courthouse can be seen at the right of the photo.
  • loc_mshc_0000023_web.pdf
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