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Hoover is one of the three primary cities in theBirmingham-Hoover-Cullman metro area. Portions of the city also spread across parts of Shelby County.The community was named for William H. He moved the firm, then called Employers Insurance of Alabama, south of Birmingham to Highway 31, and purchased land for the construction of employee dwellings.The federal government received the land representing present-day Jefferson County in the Creek cession of 1814. Creeks, Cherokees,Choctaws and Chickasaws had hunted and camped along the water sites there for thousands of years before white people settled.The moment when the Indian tribes were forced westward, settlers from southeastern coastal states moved onto the land. Those families and their numerous descendants started sawmills and erected houses, churches and schools.The land in Hoover lies above the Cahaba Coal Fields. The Confederate government's increased need for coal during the Civil War accelerated the development of mines in Jefferson County and the Action Mines, south of Riverchase. In 1869, the construction of the L & N Railroad at Brocks Gap in the western section of present-day Hoover extended the market for coal.As population increased in the area, houses for worship and schooling were needed. In 1866, Robert Patton donated land for a Methodist church and a school with adjoining cemetery in the Patton Chapel area. Nine years later, in 1898, a one-room building was erected on a site donated by Nathan Jordan Dison, where joint worship and schooling of both faiths continued until separate churches were built.In 1964, the first attempt to incorporate the residential developments of Hoover and Green Valley as the town of Hoover failed. That time the petitioning area was smaller, consisting mostly of the Hoover community, and it was accepted.On April 28, 1967, Hoover was officially incorporated with 406 residing inhabitants. Soon afterward, an election for a one-year term was held for officials.By 1989, the boundaries of the city had extended west. Three years later in 1992, the boundaries had extended eastto include the commercial and residential areas of Inverness and Greystone.Aldridge Gardens is a beautiful 30-acre site that showcases hydrangeas and other picturesque gardens. The Stinson Ole Place, built in the 1840s, is the centerpiece of Hoover's Folklore Center, operated by the Hoover Historical Society. Moss Rock Preserve is a 250-acre nature preserve with trees, plants, rock outcroppings, streams, waterfalls, wildlife and other natural features.The nearest hospitals to Hoover are in Birmingham.


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Humanitarian Work

At the start of World War I (1914-18), Hoover dedicated his talents to humanitarian work. He helped 120,000 stranded American tourists return home from Europe when the hostilities broke out, and coordinated the delivery of food and supplies to citizens of Belgium after that country was overrun by Germany.

When the U.S. entered the war in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) appointed Hoover head of the Food Administration. Hoover encouraged Americans to reduce their consumption of meat and other commodities in order to ensure a steady supply of food and clothing for the Allied troops. Once the war ended, Hoover, as head of the American Relief Administration, arranged shipments of food and aid to war-ravaged Europe. He earned worldwide acclaim for his humanitarian efforts, as well as thousands of appreciative letters from people across Europe who benefited from the free meals known as “Hoover lunches.”

Hoover’s success earned him an appointment as secretary of commerce under President Warren Harding (1865-1923), and he continued in this position under President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). During the fast-paced modernization of the 1920s, Hoover played an active role in organizing the fledgling radio broadcasting and civilian aviation industries, and also laid the groundwork for the construction of a huge dam on the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. (Named for Hoover, the dam opened in 1936.)


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History Of Hoover Part 2

Ross Bridge is in the historical community of Hoover, just outside of Birmingham in the heart of Alabama. For many years, they have offered home buyers a community like no other. Previously, we have talked about Hoover’s humble beginnings as a small farming community. Now we can talk about how Hoover grew to what it is today.

Present-day Hoover grew over the years as a result of economic expansion after World War 2 and the growth of the auto industry. In 1952, the Alabama Highway Department started the development of a four-lane highway that ran through a six-mile stretch of Alabama, going from the crest of Shades Mountain south to the Cahaba river. The construction would run right through what would become present-day Hoover.

This new highway led to William H. Hoover, owner of Employers Mutual Insurance of Alabama, Inc., purchasing land in order to fulfill his dream of building a city. Hoover soon relocated his company from Birmingham and sold land to his employees to build houses. He was confident that the growth of Birmingham would move south. Soon, residential area started to pop up in the area, leading to the development of civil services and local businesses such as Green Valley Drugs, which still serves as a local landmark.

The local fire department, The Hoover Volunteer Fire Department, was formed in 1962 and Hoover was ready to be a city. It was finally incorporated on April 22, 1967 with a population of just over 400 residents and the city hall was constructed just two years later. The city continued to grow over the years and was recognized as “a place to enjoy a high quality of life and good opportunity for business development with excellent fire and police protection”.

Since it was incorporated, it has grown from being a part of Birmingham to being its own city with its own school district and city council. According to the 2013 U.S. Census, Hoover has a population of over 84,000, making it the 376th biggest city on the United States.

The city of Hoover has a rich history for a relatively new city and Ross Bridge is proud to be a part of it. With many world-class amenities, luxury homes and an ideal location, Ross Bridge is the hottest selling new home community in the Birmingham area and it’s easy to see why! To find out more about Ross Bridge, please visit our website!

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R.A. “Bob” Hoover was an artist whose medium was airplanes and whose canvas was the sky. That is why General Jimmy Doolittle called him “The greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived.”

He was a singular gift to aviation and the country he loved. Bob was inspired and driven by what he called, “The Unknown.”

As a fighter pilot, as a military test pilot, and as a civilian test pilot and executive with North American Rockwell, he always sought the assignments that took him beyond previous limits. Why? To learn. To find safer and better ways to fly, to expand our understanding of aerodynamics, airplanes and ourselves as aviators.

By age 18, Bob Hoover already knew how to fly and had taught himself aerobatics. As a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard, he was found to be so accomplished, he gave check rides to all of the flight instructors.

He was offered a set of wings and a flight officer’s commission without formal flight training. However, the wings he would receive would not qualify him for combat. He refused the commission and volunteered for combat training. When he was shot down over the Mediterranean & taken prisoner by the Germans, Bob Hoover repeatedly tried to escape over the sixteen months of his captivity. Each time he was caught, beaten and placed in solitary confinement.

He never quit. He ultimately escaped, stole an enemy airplane and flew himself to freedom.

As a test pilot, the stories of Bob’s determination to get malfunctioning airplanes back on the ground against all odds are legion. Though instructed to bail out of several flights, Bob believed that saving the airplane meant getting answers – answers that would save other pilots’ lives and, in some cases, thousands of production jobs.

At heart, Bob was a teacher. He knew the things he had learned over the course of his singular career – often at great personal risk – would save lives.

Bob’s need to know his own limits was ignited by his first flight. When he left the ground, he was horrified to learn that being airborne made him deathly ill.

Give up? Never. He began flying aerobatics on his own. He worked tirelessly to discover attitudes and maneuvers he could tolerate. He developed an unwavering standard: to fly more precisely and safely than he had the time before.

It was an ethos he passed on to everyone he flew with for the rest of his career. Bob Hoover never seemed to be in a hurry.

When you talked with Bob, he made you feel you were the only other person in the room. Nor did it matter to Bob who you were. Senator or janitor, CEO or cab driver, if the subject was flying, you were simply another fully franchised citizen of Bob Hoover’s Sky Society. With Bob, kindred spirits became kin in short order.

Bob had a special message for young people: “Quit is the foulest of all the four-letter words.” Perhaps that is because Bob Hoover’s own life was an anthem of determination. From the age of 12 years old on, he did whatever he could to get the money to be able to fly.

Bob’s message to children and teenagers never varied: “If I was able to do it, anyone can. You can realize your dream if you are willing to work for it.”

He often said, ”I don’t think I was a better pilot than anyone else. I just tried very hard, every time, to do it to the very best of my ability.”

Robert A. "Bob" Hoover talks about his WWII experiences at EAA AirVenture in 2011.

Bob's wide range of friends From left, Airshow performer Steve Oliver, Attorney F. Lee Bailey, Bob, Aviation Hall of Fame Member Sean D. Tucker, World Aerobatic Champion Leo Loudenslager and Dave Weiman.

Former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater (left) and Gen. James Doolittle present Bob Hoover with an Air Force Association award.

Bob Hoover's P-51 Mustang named "Ole Yeller" has taken up residence in front of the iconic gates of Paramount ahead of the sold out "Tribute to Bob Hoover" that took place February 21, 2015.

L to R: Bob Hoover, longtime friend and air show announcer Jim Driskell and actor Cliff Robertson, who said Hoover performed aerobatic maneuvers like "a mad musician at the organ."


Colorado River Water Sharing Agreements

Before work could begin on the Hoover Dam, a water sharing agreement was needed between the states along the Colorado River basin. The demand for this essential water source in the dry, arid American Southwest was extremely high, and each state wanted to secure its fair share.

At the time prior rulings from the United States government and judicial authority stated that the Colorado River water should be distributed to the areas that needed it most for development. Essentially, this meant the states that were most populated and developed for agriculture would get priority for water rights.

Southern California was by far the most populous and developed among the seven states and was growing quickly. Thus, even though it contributed the least water runoff to the river, it could demand the most water at the expense of slower-growing states.

With this backdrop, the seven states met in 1922 to come to a formal agreement over water rights and allocations. Then-Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover presided over the negotiations.

On November 24, 1922, six of the seven states signed what is now known as the Colorado River Compact (Arizona did not sign until 1944). The compact divided the Colorado River basin into two distinct areas: the Upper and Lower Basins.

Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico formed the Upper Basin while California, Arizona, and Nevada formed the Lower Basin. Each basin was apportioned 7.5 MAF (million acre feet) of water each year.

This total does not include the water rights of Native Americans that were guaranteed by the treaty. In addition, in 1944 the US and Mexico agreed to Mexico’s rights of 1.5 MAF annually.


Hoover, Alabama

Hoover, Alabama, in Jefferson county, is 141 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is included in the Birmingham metropolitan area.

Hoover History

Hoover was incorporated as a city in 1967. It was named in honor of William H. Hoover, owner of a local insurance company. Until the early 1980s, Hoover was mostly a residential community. The Riverchase Galleria shopping hotel-office complex was opened in 1986 and increased the tax revenue of the city significantly. The Hoover Public Library and Theatre opened in 1992.

Hoover and nearby Attractions

  • Birmingham Zoo
  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama
  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
  • Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington
  • Robert R. Meyer Planetarium

Things To Do In Hoover

Hoover offers many recreational facilities. You can plan a trip to Tannehill Historical State Park, Southern Museum of Flight, and Birmingham Museum of Art. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is also nearby. One can enjoy shopping at the Palladian Place Shopping Center, Riverchase Square Shopping Center, Lorna Village Shopping Center, Loehmann Village Shopping Center, and Riverchase Promenade Shopping Center.


History of the Hoover Company & Vacuum Cleaner

In 1907 that James Murray Spangler, a building maintenance man faced with cleaning endless hallways, found a way to improve on the invention by developing a motor that attached to the sweeping machine. In 1908, Spangler teamed up with William H. Hoover, and the Hoover Suction Sweeper Company was formed.

Since then, Hoover has led the cleaning appliance industry by developing and marketing some of the most efficient, easy to use appliances in the U.S. and abroad. It’s interesting to note that most Hoover vacuum cleaners still use the agitation/suction system that Spangler originally invented.

Recently, Hoover has introduced the New WindTunnel Canister. Hoover, the floor-care innovator, has moved to revolutionize the canister cleaner category with its famous WindTunnel technology. Meet the WindTunnel canister. It picks up more dirt than any other canister cleaner on the market, including all bagless models. The WindTunnel canister contains the exclusive WindTunnel technology.

This technology, patented by Hoover, is a breakthrough in the design of the agitator cavity: Dirt is prevented from coming in contact with the agitator and being scattered back onto the carpet by a dual-duct arrangement in the WindTunnel nozzle. This technology improves cleaning effectiveness, which is the most-sought-after benefit consumers want in a cleaner, according to independent research. WindTunnel technology is not a new concept to consumers.

Since the advancement was introduced in 1997, Hoover has invested millions of dollars in advertising to promote the technology in its WindTunnel uprights. As for the WindTunnel canister, Hoover will push the unit with a true multi-media campaign, starting with a short-form direct-response spot, commercials on network and cable television, and national radio — with more to come. The WindTunnel canister is loaded with convenience features, including:

  • A wide, 15-inch power nozzle.
  • An agitator on-off switch for effective cleaning on either carpet or bare floors.
  • The Hoover allergen-filtration system, which minimizes the escape of fine particles back into the air. The most important element of the system is the two-ply, disposable filter bag, which captures 100 percent of dust mites and 99.9 percent of ragweed and common grass pollens.
  • A transparent agitator cavity so that the user can see the WindTunnel technology in action.
  • A full array of on-board, covered tools: Six-foot swivel hose, two chrome wands, crevice tool, dusting brush, furniture nozzle and hard-floor tool.
  • A 25-foot cord with automatic rewind.
  • Automatic bag-check indicator.
  • Edge groomers — a series of flexible bristles aligned vertically along the far edges of the agitator cavity. The bristles brush the dirt particles along baseboards, and the particles are then drawn by the suction of the cleaner toward the air ducts.

Hoover anticipates that the introduction of the WindTunnel canister will amount to additional sales for a category that in 1998 experienced the greatest percentage growth of all floor-care categories. The growth has been fueled in part by a proliferation of hard-floor surfaces in homes, especially in warm-weather climates. Hoover also believes that further growth will be seen as one-time canister users come back to the category. They left six to 10 years ago when uprights with attached tools attracted many canister users. Now that their uprights are aging, they’ll be back in the market and will give the WindTunnel canister a long look.

The WindTunnel canisters (models S3630 and S3655) come in forest green/black and carry an expected retail range of $299 to $470.

Hoover, the leader in the floor-care industry, offers a full line of products, including full-size uprights and canisters, stick cleaners, hand-held cleaners, extractors, utility vacuums, central vacuum systems and commercial products. Hoover is based in North Canton, Ohio, where it was established in 1908.


Library Services

Since opening in 1983, the Library has moved from the card catalog to the automated catalog system, from checking in items by hand, to returning items through an automated sorter. The Library has always been on the cutting edge of technology.

The Hoover Library was one of the first libraries in the county to offer self-checkout services, the first to implement a wireless HotSpot, RFID Technology for the circulation of materials and to implement thin client technology for patron computing. Most recently, the Hoover Public Library became the first library in Central Alabama to offer for checkout Mobile HotSpots, allowing patrons to have Internet access from anywhere outside the library. The Technology Department also provides one-on-one assistance with technical issues and monthly classes on everything from basic Internet to advanced Microsoft Office products. The Hoover Public Library recognizes that as the world relies more and more on technology, the Library needs to provide ways to access that technology easily and affordably in order to close the digital divide.

The Library has also led the way in providing patrons access to eResources. The Library’s web site is a fount of information from which patrons can learn about programs and services in and outside of the library. From online databases to the catalog, patrons can search for information for their work, school or other educational needs. Patrons can also download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and more through the library’s subscriptions to Zinio, Overdrive and Hoopla. The Library also provides digital devices, such as Playaways, Nooks and tables, for patrons to checkout. Patrons can also access everything that is available on the web site via the library’s mobile app, available for their tablet or smart phone.

For more information about the many services provided by the Hoover Public Library, please visit this link.


Hoover Powerplant

The Hoover Powerplant was established together with the arch-gravity dam and it is located at the base of the facility. The first 3 generators began operating in late 1936 and more followed the following years.

The Hoover Dam was the largest hydroelectric facility in the United States for 10 years (1939-1949), and it is still one of the most powerful stations. Currently, it produces around 4 billion kWh annually with a maximum capacity of 2,080 MW. Its performance had been decaying during the past decade due to a constant drought period that affected the water levels of Lake Mead which experienced its lowest level in 2016. However, the situation has reversed in recent years.

The last generating units in the dam were installed in 1961. Currently, it has 17 main turbines which replaced the original ones in the 1980s and 1990s. The powerplant is still operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Take a tour at the Hoover Dam Powerplant by watching the video below.

Hoover Dam as a Landmark and Tourist Attraction

Hoover Dam is currently a popular tourist destination, receiving about 1 million tourists annually. In 2005, as the number of visitors and the travelers between the states of Arizona and Nevada increased, traffic issues emerged and officials began the construction of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, an arch bridge that connects the states of Arizona and Nevada. The bridge is established above the Colorado River and near the dam. The old road is now utilized only by the visitors of the dam.


Watch the video: Secrets of J Edgar Hoover (October 2022).

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