Historic Markers Across Alabama

Sidney Word Lee

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on AL Hwy 25, Vandiver, AL
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 33° 28.706    W 086° 32.631
  33.47843333    -86.54385
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMF995


Sidney Word Lee

Founder of Buffalo Rock Company (1901) and creator of Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale, a medicinal tonic first used in the Civil War. Lee's vision and influential support inspired the construction of this road across Double Oak Mountain connecting Coosa Valley to more developed land in the Cahaba Valley.

Work began on Highway 25 in 1914 and was completed in 1921. At the time no other road existed on the mountain and early settlers called the path the Winding Stair Trail. Highway 25 provided access to Lee's 3000-acre camp in Calcis - an area Lee claimed to be the most beautiful in the world. He often brought friends and family to vacation here and local denizens reported his many visits included gifts of fruit and candy for the children of the region.

Alabama Historical Association 2011

End of Sidney Word Lee