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In South Huntsville lies an area known as Lily Flagg. This area was originally known for its cotton production. Every field offered views of white cotton as far as the eye could see. Some of those cotton fields still exist today. In fact, the Lily Flagg Gin still stands but now operates as a carpet and rug company. Lily Flagg later became well known for its subdivisions and great schools. In the 50's and 60's things began to change rapidly. The area was about to experience a great building boom. The city of Huntsville annexed the area and began building houses. There were many Rocket Scientists moving to town as Huntsville changed its image from sleepy cotton town to Rocket City, USA. Wernher von Braun and his team of German rocket scientists relocated to Huntsville and put us on the map as Americas headquarters for Rocket Design, Manufacturing, Testing and Space Exploration. As the missions grew so the did number of scientists and engineers relocating here.In order to accommodate these families the infrastructure had to change. Schools and homes had to be built. One of the early subdivisions built for these scientists was named Lily Flagg Acres. Most of these homes were built in the late 50's and mid 60's and still a very desirable area to live in today. There is a lot of rocket history in South Huntsville and I am sure there were many discussions about conquering space around the dinner tables back then. Most children growing up in this area had fathers that were involved in the Space Program in one form or another. They developed and tested the Saturn V Booster which took our Astronauts to the moon. They were also involved in the development and testing of Sky Lab, the Space Station and the Space Shuttle. Today development of new technologies that will be implemented in Space are being tested here in Huntsville. NASA and Redstone Arsenal have continued to attract leading minds from all over the world. This town once known for its cotton production has been transformed into the leader in Science and Space Exploration. It is home to many PHDs, Rocket Scientists and Engineers second to only Silicon Valley in California.Now about the name Lily Flagg.... Where did it come from and who was it named after...possibly a wife or daughter of one of those scientists.......well not exactly. Lily Flagg was named after a cow. A Jersey Cow to be exact. Lily Flagg was the top butter producer in the world in 1892. She was famous in her own right. She was owned by W.E. Matthews and General Samuel H. Moore of Huntsville. Lily Flagg weighed in at 950 pounds and produced 1047 pounds of butter. Lily Flagg was raised on Monte Sano Dairy and became known by her owners as a cash cow for her production capabilities. Today when driving through Lily Flagg its easy to think about Lily out producing all others in the late 1800s with her butter production or putting man on the moon in the late 1900's. Either way the area known as Lily Flagg has something to be very proud of and has left its mark on history.
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