The Spring Street Recreational Center was a busy place during WWII. It was the home of the USO Club in Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama.
Talladega, Alabama, rich in history and tradition, home to the Talladega Superspeedway, and at the foot of Cheaha State Park was also the place where soldiers went for recreation at the USO during WWII.
In hundreds of communities, USO initiated new programs of recreational activities. The programs were for general military use and for providing services of various kinds to industrial workers. The small towns were not neglected by USO. The small town of Talladega, Alabama also received a USO development.
A flier from 1942 read:
U. S. O.
502 S. Spring St., Talladega, Ala.
This U. S. O. CLUB Is For You
It is a place where you can plan and do the things you’d like ….. Parties, Sports, Meetings, Classes, or whatever program you’d like to plan.
Our Club -is equipped with reading rooms, writing, sewing, dark room and cooking facilities, shower baths, table games of all sorts-piano, radios, phonographs, and offer many personal services. Come in today.
We are expecting to see you this week at the U. S.
Talladega, Alabama at the time of the USO comprised 3.82 square miles. It is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known as the “Bride of the Mountains” because of the beauty of its setting.
Talladega National Forest
It is in the heart of the great Coosa River watershed, in the northeastern section of the state of Alabama.
The industries of Talladega in 1945 included several types. The city had three large textile mills including the Bemis Brothers Bag Company housed in one of the most modern sill villages in the South. One oil mill, three foundries, two ice plants, two grist and feed mills, one steam laundry, two sheet metal plants, one creamery, two electric plants, one bakery, one bottling company, and one cotton gin comprise the industries.
War impact was felt in Talladega in 1942. By 1943 the population had in creased from 9,298 to 15,760. Three war production plants were in operation: the Brecon Loading Company, powder bag-loading plant at Talladega, Alabama; Ordnance Works at Childersburg, 20 miles from Talladega; Anniston Warehouse Corporation at Bynura, 15 miles away.
- A STUDY OF THE SERVICES AID ACTIVITIES OF THE TALLADEGA USO CLUB AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR PROGRAM PLANNING 1946
- Alabama State Archives
- Life during WWII was very different from today – [vintage film & pictures]
- This Alabama town set an example for the nation in this 1943 film and glimpse of the past
- Here is the actual Feb. 1942 [film, photograph & speech] of the USS Alabama battleship being launched which is now a museum ship in Mobile, Alabama
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS: Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories is a collection of lost and forgotten stories of the first surveyors, traders, and early settlements of what would become the future state of Alabama.
- A Russian princess settling in early Alabama
- How the early setters traveled to Alabama and the risks they took
- A ruse that saved immigrants lives while traveling through Native American Territory
- Alliances formed with the Native Americans
- How an independent republic, separate from the United States was almost formed in Alabama