Leon Lipscomb Grocery was one of the original grocery stores along Gasoline Alley in east Morgan County and maybe the last one still standing. Closed long ago, it would be wonderful if someone reopened it!
Gasoline Alley thrived back in the mid-to-late 20th century. This was due to lower taxes just across the Tennessee River from south Huntsville and so gas was cheaper. It declined when the taxes in Morgan County became nearer to Madison County taxes, so not much reason to cross the river anymore.
I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown.
I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles.
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Those local stories are so fascinating. It would be nice if the old store could be refurbished and reopened, maybe as a store/local museum?
That is a great idea – a museum! I know of another place locally that did just that: Harrison Brothers Hardware in town, and they are doing well with it as a museum. 🙂
I would love to find out about opening it as a museum. Who owns it now?
That would be a great idea! Someone out of state owns it. You can see who by looking up the Morgan County Tax Assessors office. Have a great day!