Anniston is a city in Calhoun County and is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The population is ~23,106. Anniston is the county seat of Calhoun County. The city was named after Annie Scott Tyler, the daughter-in-law of General Daniel Tyler, one of Anniston’s founders.
Anniston Alabama History
Founded in 1872 and incorporated as a city in 1879, Anniston was a company town, built by the Woodstock Iron Company. The town was not opened for general settlement until 1883. Anniston was the first city in Alabama to be lighted with electricity in 1882 and enjoyed the convenience of telephones as early as 1884.
The city has many examples of Victorian-style homes, some of which have been restored or preserved. Several of the city’s churches are architecturally significant or historic, including the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Grace Episcopal Church, Parker Memorial Baptist Church, and the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American church in what is known as the Zion Hill community. Temple Beth EL, dedicated in 1893, is the oldest building in the state continuously used for Jewish worship.
The Library Of Congress has an 1888 drawing, “Bird’s Eye View Of Anniston, ALA,” you Anniston folks might be interested in downloading and framing. You can download it here.