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Bluff Park Wedding

Courtesy of Susan Hale Copeland Kelley

Bluff Park and the area known as Shades Mountain are some of the oldest communities in Hoover and predate the city itself. more

Apr 17, 2017 4:10 PM 50th Anniversary 5 Comments

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Photo by Erica Techo.

In the summer of 1969, Alabama Department of Public Safety agents drove north on Interstate 65 to a dark and secluded lane leading off Old Montgomery Highway to a building near the Cahaba River. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:42 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Ron Burkett.

While Hoover’s official 50th birthday is in May, the city wants to keep the party going throughout 2017. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:42 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo courtesy of the Hoover Historical Society.

When the city of Hoover first tried to incorporate in 1964, the effort failed by a vote of 119 to 87. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary 2 Comments

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Photos courtesy of the Hoover Historical Society.

The city of Hoover has had 10 mayors in its 50-year existence, and half of them have been associated with the Hoover Fire Department. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

The Preserve was built by USS Real Estate, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel Corporation, which at its height held an immense amount of land in and around Birmingham. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Like many communities today, Russet Woods started out small. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary 1 Comments

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

In the late 1980s, Daniel Corporation CEO Charlie Tickle sought out what other neighborhoods were doing and found the idea for Greystone, a retail developer community. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Trace Crossings – developed by U.S. Steel, or USS Real Estate – is a mixed-use area, with residential, commercial and light-industrial uses. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Today, the community of Green Valley stretches over a larger area than in its early years. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

The Hoover community of Riverchase began as the mining area called Acton. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary 1 Comments

That’s how many resort towns across the United States, such as Colorado Springs and Asheville, North Carolina, started, and that’s how Ross Bridge was designed. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Tucked just off U.S. 31 and Wisteria Drive, the Monte D’Oro community is older than Hoover itself. The roughly 160-home subdivision was established in 1964, and some of the original residents still live in the neighborhood. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo courtesy of the Hoover Historical Society.

The city of Hoover celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. But what’s in a name? And how did this growing city come to be? more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Staff photo

The beginning of Hoover’s longest-running art association lies, like so many other parts of Hoover, in the needs of the community. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary 1 Comments

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Photo courtesy of the Hoover Historical Society.

The Fire Department formed in 1962 after several new homes in Green Valley were threatened by brush fires, according to a history of the department written by Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, who spent 42 years with the department. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

There is no disputing that Hoover has grown by leaps and bounds over its first 50 years, surging to become the sixth-largest city in the state. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:41 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo courtesy of Hoover City Schools.

The Hoover school system, though 20 years younger than the city of Hoover, was born in controversy just like the city. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:40 PM 50th Anniversary

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

He didn’t know it then, of course, but Clark Underbakke heard the call of the Hoover City Schools system at a very young age — a call that would become his vocation. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:40 PM 50th Anniversary

Hoover Football State Championship 2016

Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Whether it’s been Berry, Hoover or Spain Park, the high school sports state championships have come in droves to the city of Hoover, Alabama, over the last 50 years. more

Apr 17, 2017 3:40 PM 50th Anniversary 1 Comments

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