Montgomery’s first neighborhoods were nestled near downtown for convenient working and shopping. In 1887, the electrical trolley system made living beyond the city limits attainable. The first streetcar suburb, Highland Park, was developed the exact same year. Although Centennial Hill, Cottage Hill, the Garden District, and the Old Line Street neighborhoods existed until the trolley, it spurred their growth. Capitol Heights and Cloverdale incorporated as separate cities by 1908. Cloverdale Idlewild developed around the 1930s–by which time the automobile and bus line had replaced the trolley. Images of America: Montgomery’s Historic Neighborhoods records the changes from inner city to suburban residences and from mass transportation to the automobile. The images show the evolution of photography from formal, professional portraits of fun, family snapshots capturing birthday parties, pageants, pets, and everyday life. These compelling photos also show how residents lived, worked, studied, worshipped, and played for over a century in Montgomery’s historic areas.
- Montgomery s Historic Neighborhoods