HAL5 March Free Program: Lesser Known History of Huntsville's Technological Evolution
The Huntsville AL L5 Society (HAL5), a local chapter of the National Space Society, will be hosting its March free public event on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Main Auditorium of the Huntsville-Madison County Main Public Library in Downtown Huntsville. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Raymond C. Watson, jr of R. C. Watson & Associates, and he will be talking to us about "Lesser Known History of Huntsville's Technological Evolution."
In less than a century, Huntsville and the surrounding area of Madison County has changed from a totally agriculture-based community to one of America¹s centers of high technology. This brief talk will cover some of the highlights of this technological evolution. It is based on a forthcoming book on this subject, and both will attempt to convey some of the lesser known, but influential, happenings. Here are a few of the items:
- Most residents know that this area earlier led in growing and milling cotton, but what about being the "Watercress Capital of the World" and raising a World-champion cow?
- Did you know that the Army¹s WWII stock of toxic gas (unused, thank God) and incendiary bombs were Huntsville products?
- Was there ever any prospect for manufacturing automobiles in Huntsville and its becoming the "Detroit of the South," and what happened?
- Everyone has heard of Walt Disney¹s entertainment parks in California and Florida, but what about Space City USA, a competing theme park attempted in Huntsville?
- Huntsville now has many high-technology companies, large and small, How did the first one get started?