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Old Posted Oct 28, 2012, 7:38 PM
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Anniston, AL

Anniston is a city of 23,000 in east-central Alabama, on I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta. It is in the southernmost reaches of the Appalachian Mountains. Population peaked at 33,000 in 1960

(Alabama is my 43rd state visited. Woo!)

About 30 minutes north of Anniston is the larger city of Gadsden. The downtown wasn't as built-up and did not yield many photos, though:


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Old Posted Oct 28, 2012, 8:18 PM
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thanks for the pics. sadly i've never been to Anniston proper. i remember Gadsden having plenty of other photo opportunities when i was last there

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I don't know why, but whenever I heard the name of this city mentioned in passing, I always pictured a much larger, thriving place. Was I wrong! I must have confused it with another town, to say the least. (although I did a search and it sounds like a fairly artsy town and very much committed to preservation)
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Old Posted Oct 28, 2012, 8:49 PM
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I had to go down to Anniston in July for work. Can't say it was a place I found particularly appealing. Some of the structures in downtown certainly have some nice old bones, but local residents as a whole have seemingly little interest in improving the condition of the downtown area. They're too busy driving off to the ample parking lots at Walmart... Regardless, I enjoyed your photos!
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Nice work as always, Thundertubs!! Lots of grit in both of these southern cities, but not a bad building stock.

Interesting story about this older highrise on the left. The building was constructed in 1920. But in 1975, the building added an 11th floor, and also was cladded in a very hideous facade. You can see the old pictures on the Emporis website. here's the link.. http://www.emporis.com/building/regi...nniston-al-usa In 2003, a fire struck the building and burned the top two floors, leaving it in disrepair for many years although the first two floors were reopened. It's good to see that the building has not only been repaired, but restored to its original look!!

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No photos of Talladega???

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Old Posted Oct 30, 2012, 7:22 AM
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Looks like a ghost town/deserted.
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Looks pretty shitty. Thanks for the pics.

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Nice pictures. I've always wondered what some of these smaller Alabama cities, like Anniston and Gadsden, looked like.
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It's really interesting to see Anniston after being stationed on the now-closed Ft. McClellan Army Base. The base was home to the Chemical School and MP training. It had a drop-dead gorgeous golf course that wound around the ridges. There was a pretty good hospital that I had the honor of staying in for two long months in late 1987. I wonder if the base has made a succesful transition to civilian life?
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Interesting post.
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well... at least the Republicans haven't abandoned Downtown Anniston...
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Anniston is yet another one of those Southern towns with tons of potential but somehow struggles to succeed. For those who are unfamiliar, the city has been losing much of its population and commerce to its suburb of Oxford; one of those situations where the central city has completely lost its battle with the suburbs. Within a few years, Oxford is likely to be larger (in population) to Anniston.

It really is a beautiful town, though. Set on the edge of Alabama's truly mountainous Appalachians. Practically the tallest mountains you'll be able to see from a city within Alabama. Definitely with a visit, but really not worth a stay.
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