is a detailed map of Marvel, Alabama. As you can see it is a
composite of old USGS maps, taken from the University of Alabama map
archives, linked on this web site. The left side (west) of the map
is dated 1934, while the east side is dated 1910. As you might
expect, things don't line up precisely.
One might expect that the town changed in 25
years, and it has certainly changed since. Today, aerial photos
indicate that there is not much remaining of Marvel. The rail line
that served the town is long since abandoned. There is little
evidence of the many buildings indicated by the small black rectangles
indicated on the map.
There is more
information on the internet all the time. The UA Map Archive has
added aerial photos of many areas including Marvel.
link is to a large aerial image of Marvel in 1939, combined with 1950 as
well as the 1980 quad sheets of the area. On each of these
pages, you will see an image that is large than your computer
screen. Use the slide bars to navigate. At an point, you may
click on the image you see and it will be replaced with a comparison
image. Click again and return.
When you are ready to return
to this page, go to the lower left hand corner and the will be a return
link to this page. Enjoy!
1939 Aerial and 1950 Aerial
1939 Aerial and 1980 Quad Sheet
1950 Aerial and 1980 Quad Sheet