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Pell City

Pell City Hall is located at 1905 1st Avenue, Pell City, AL 35125; phone: 205-338-2244.

Pell City is one of 2 county seats in St Clair County; the other is Ashville.

Beginnings [1]

Pell City was founded in 1890 and incorporated in 1891; it was originally developed by the Pell City Iron and Land Company and named for New Yorker George H. Pell, president of the East and West Alabama Railroad who later served time in prison for bank fraud in New York. The town nearly failed as a result of the economic panics of 1893-1894, and the Pell City Iron and Land Company went bankrupt. Sumter Cogswell, who had arranged the original sale of land to the Pell City Iron and Land Company, purchased the principal acreage on which the town stands in 1901 for $3,000. He and his family moved into the town, which was incorporated in 1902.

  1. Auburn University, Encyclopedia of Alabama,, accessed June, 2012.

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