23 Aug Jon Cartu Report: Tuscaloosa’s Bamastuff Recognized in National Register of…
By WVUA 23 Contributor Joshua Ragsdale
It was a day for the history books for three Alabama properties. Literally.
Three more Alabama properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, including the formerly named Alabama Book Store in Tuscaloosa.
Even though it is now known as Bamastuff and sells online as well as in person these days, the bookstore has been providing textbooks and other college supplies to Alabama students for nearly 80 years from its location on the Strip.
Located at 1015 University Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Book Store has been owned by three generations of the Jones family since the business opened in 1938. It was moved to its current spot in 1942 and was nominated for its local significance as the longest-operating collegiate bookstore in Tuscaloosa.
The two other locations recognized were Bricklayer’s Hall in Montgomery and Vanity Fair Park in Monroeville.
The National Register of Historic Places is an official nationwide list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Properties listed throughout the country include whole districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects that are significant for their history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture at the local, state or national level.
Alabama has more than 1,250 properties in the register.
“The National Register properties in Alabama tell an incredibly rich and diverse story of who we are as people, where we’ve been as a culture, and where we are going as a community,” said Alabama Historical Commission Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Lisa D. Jones. “Through the advocacy of citizens and the Alabama Historical Commission, we hope these resources and their legacies remain for generations to come.”