The Hudgins' Fountain was a large, multi-tiered cast-iron fountain which was given as a gift to the city of Birmingham from T. L. Hudgins. Hudgins, one of the city's earliest residents, founded the T. L. Hudgins & Co. private bank, then became president of the City Bank of Birmingham, which merged with the First National Bank of Birmingham.
Within a few years, and following Hudgins' death, the cast-iron fountain was widely considered an "eyesore" responsible for muddying that intersection. In December 1891 it was removed to Capitol Park (or "20th Street Park") by city crews. When a bandstand was erected in the park in 1895, crews relocated the park's two electric lights closer to the fountain. In 1899 the Parks Committee of the Birmingham Board of Aldermen had the fountain, "changed into a flower bed," at a very small cost to the city.
Long-time resident John Rosestihl recalled the fountain in 1947 as having, "cranes at thebase and a disc above them from which water trickled." The fountain was later dismantled and sold as scrap by the city.
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- Garret, Harry (June 25, 1947) "Woodrow Wilson Park, Purchased For $30, Scene Of Many Events Through The Years" Birmingham Post - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections