Sunday, June 23, 2024

Next year will be the 60th Anniversary.


Photo by Tim Lennox

An article in today's Washington Post details the attempt to save some of the physical structures that remain along the trail.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Searcy Hospital Photos in honor of Mental Health Month


In 1900, the Alabama Legislature established a mental health facility on the former site of the Mount Vernon Arsenal to relieve overcrowding at Bryce Hospital. 

The property received its first patients from Bryce Hospital in 1902. It was renamed Searcy Hospital in 1919, in honor of Dr. J. T. Searcy, the first superintendent. Searcy was a segregated hospital and was restricted to African American patients only until 1969, when it was integrated by court order.

The hospital served the southern third of Alabama until it closed in 2012. The campus is now closed to visitors due to safety concerns.

(I took these photo during an escorted tour of the property)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Alabama soldiers who fought FOR The Union.


Silent Cavalry': Not all Southerners ... Silent Cavalry: How Union ...

Alabamians FOR The Union

General Grenville M. Dodge, (seated, left) of the First Alabama and his staff are pictured in an 1862 photo from Corinth, Mississippi. The photo is part of the Grenville M. Dodge Collection. Photo: Howard & Hall


‘Silent Cavalry’: Not all Southerners wanted the Confederacy to win

Howell Raines’ book tells of Alabama cavalry that fought for the Union.

Howell Raines calls it the most amazingly counterintuitive fact in all of Civil War history: “White volunteers from the Alabama hills helped Sherman burn Atlanta.”

A mounted regiment of nearly 3,000 subsistence farmers from the state’s hard-scrabble hill country not only joined the Union side in the battle of Atlanta, they were “the point of the spear” in Sherman’s relentless march through Georgia to the sea.

Source: The Atlanta Journal:

Way Back When

 Here I am "interviewing" Dwayne, the parking lot attendant who kept our cars from being ticketed, among other helpful actions.😏

The photo was taken in front of WERC Radio's location on 2nd Avenue North. That building was torn down to make way for.....a parking shown in these photos.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

 The old greyhound bus station in Montgomery, reflected in the windshield of a bus parked out front. The station is now an historic site.

Union Guards Confederates

 An old "Union Street" street sign "stands guard" over confederate graves in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery. It was used to mark the edge of the cemetery roads after modern street signs were installed.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

The Moon Tree & I.

 I moved from Manhattan in NYC to Birmingham in 1976.

That's the same year the "Moon Tree" was planted at the Alabama Capital building.


It's a loblolly pine that is a good 80' tall now.

I'm more or less the same height 😎. 

Read More about it HERE.

Wet Deck. Indoor Day.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Montgomery's Moon Tree


Immediately left of statue.

Today is a VERY cold day---not the best day to visit....but when you have a chance, take the kids and introduce them to the Moon-Tree on the Alabama Capitol grounds.


HERE is a list of where the moon trees were planted, including five in Alabama.

 Note that another Loblolly Pine Moon Tree, like Alabama's, was planted  on the White House grounds in 1977.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Delaying Winter/Extending Fall


Winter is short, here in the South, but I still don't like 




So here's a temporary 



Fall extension.


Monday, November 6, 2023

Capitol/Davis Inauguration

 No, I did NOT tale this photo of the Jefferson Davis Inauguration... (I'm up there in years, but I was it was taken in 1861, a century before my birth!)..however, I did some AI work to make it more viewable. You can zoom in more on the AI version.

Original 1861 photo

AI improved and cropped a bit.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

F-35 Training

 Alabama Air National Guard pilots may have some intense training come up in a few months when the F35's arrive:

"After some training, pilots come out looking like they are 100 years old," another test pilot said.

Source: HERE.

Star Marks Spot Where confederate president Jefferson Davis Was Sworn-in.

 Did The Daughters of The Confederacy Choose The Wrong star?

I think they intended to use the seven pointed star, no?

One way or the other, the star marker sits between the center columns at the front of the Alabama Capitol building, though there are reports Davis actually stood on a wooden platform built for that purpose over the stairs.

Alabama's Coat of Arms

 So where is the reference to the Native American Tribes that were here LONG before the other countries that are given some Coat of Arms real estate?

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Ghost Boys

 Some boys peer through the glass doors of the Alabama Archives building as those doors reflect the 1852 capitol dome across the street.

Sunday, June 11, 2023

 The pedestrian tunnel that lets people access the Alabama riverfront
in Montgomery by going under the railroad tracks. The lights in the tunnel change colors based on seasons and holidays.


Light Door

Sunlight from a nearby window illuminates and interior door in the Alabama Capitol building.

Monday, June 5, 2023

A Selma Photo Day

 I spent a while in Selma today, and here are some of the photos I made:


This bears the name of a New Orleans metal casting company. It is attached to a building on Broad street in Selma. You can see the building HERE. (Thanks to George McDonald for pointing out to me that the Broad Street building is ONLY a facade. There's just an empty lot behind it! I HOPE someone will save these "Bennett & Lurges" markers when, and if, that facade is dismantled!)

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Jefferson Davis Statue

The statue of confederate president Jefferson Davis outside the Alabama Capitol Building in which the confederacy was founded. Davis was sworn in on the front steps of the building in 1861. The confederate capital was moved to Richmond three months later.

The names of the states that seceded from the United States are engraved in the base of the statue.

(The South Secedes
The secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of six more states—Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas–and the threat of secession by four more—Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.)

About Me

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I was born in The Bronx, but have lived in Alabama since 1976. I semi-retired on April 30th 2019, the 50th Anniversary of my first (radio) broadcast. I have since started a Part-Time job as a docent in The Alabama Capitol Building.