The History of Jefferson County Before 1850




—by Will F. Franke, edited by Thomas M. West, Jr.


Written by Will F. Franke to coincide with the dedication of the new Jefferson County courthouse in Birmingham in 1950, this is a rare view of early local history which has been locked away for years. Franke, son of a pioneer Jefferson County family, possessed vast knowledge, energy and boundless curiosity. His work was placed in the new courthouse’s time capsule and was only recently revealed through location of a copy through efforts of the Jefferson County Historical Society.