Still in Alabama

Ugh! No internet the last few days! I hate when that happens. Anyway, here’s to catch up the last few days:  This must be peach country. Loved this big peach water tower at Clanton Alabama.

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Clanton AL

Monday we checked in at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. It’s a big beautiful park with 300 sites, with but the campground was packed tightly and nearly to capacity. Hundreds of kids riding their bikes and playing. They must be out on Easter/Spring Break this week here.

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Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park


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Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, #377

This area was once a major supplier of iron for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. This is just what remained of three charcoal blast furnaces after they were attacked and burnt by Union Soldiers in 1865.

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Tannehill Ironworks 

This park is located about 20 miles southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. And right at the entrance of the campground is this sign stating the Geographic Terminus of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Geographic Terminus

On Tuesday we went to Birmingham to see what we could see. This tall statue sits atop a hill overlooking the city. This is Vulcan, the largest cast iron statue in the world and the Birmingham unofficial city symbol. He is designed after the mythical Roman god of the forge. It was created as Birmingham’s exhibit in the 1904 World’s Fair in St Louis and won the exposition’s grand prize.

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Vulcan Park and Museum

We went up to the observation balcony. Here’s Vulcan’s backside. 😉

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Vulcan

And the view of Birmingham from the observation balcony.

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Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham was a big player in the iron and steel industry in the first part of the 20th century. The remains of the Sloss Furnaces are now a National Historic Landmark. They are now preserved available for public tour. After watching a 15 minute video about its history we tried to follow the self-guided tour to explore it. That proved to be rather challenging so we gave up on the paper instructions and wandered around on our own. It was safe; barriers kept you away from where they didn’t want you to go. Here are some of the pictures we took while there. Click a picture if you want to see the larger version of it.

As if that wasn’t enough walking for us we drove out to the Birmingham Botanical Garden. There were some things in bloom, but not a lot. This is a large place, with several miles of walking paths. We couldn’t walk that much, so we stayed until we were pooped out and left. We’ll have to come back again our next time through this way. It was just too beautiful of a day to pass it up.

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Birmingham Botanical Garden


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Bananas!


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Birmingham Botanical Gardens


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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

So that brings me up to date. We only stayed two nights at the Tannehill State Park and have now driven up Interstate 59 to the northeast corner of Alabama. It’s going to rain tonight and most of the day tomorrow.

  • Lodging:         $45.50  (total for 2 nights)
  • Gasoline:       $75 @ $1.83
  • Admission to Vulcan Park and Museum:  $11
  • Admission to Sloss Furnaces:  FREE
  • Admission to Botanical Garden:  FREE
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2 Responses to Still in Alabama

  1. Neat! Loved the history and pics! 🙂 We leave tomorrow for the weekend in South Carolina. When we recently went to Hilton Head and used their public Wi-Fi someone tried to hack into my Google and Facebook accounts. I had heard the dangers of using public Wi-Fi. So today we went to Verizon and bought what they call a ‘Jet Pac’. That way it’s safer to use my personal laptop. Sorry to hear about your internet woes. Maybe you could look into what we got. It’s $10 a month though.

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    • marsbern says:

      I do have Verizon hotspot on my iPhone, much the same as the jet pack. But sometimes there is just no connection to the Verizon towers if we are in a blind spot such as was the case at our campsite. I gave up on public wi-fi, it’s usually unreliable anyway and risky like you just experienced. Sorry you had that happen. Verizon is the best and dead spots are really rare now which makes it ever more frustrating when it happens. I’m so spoiled! Enjoy your weekend in SC. We are headed to Minnesota to tend to some family matter before we go to New Hampshire in May to see our kids. Lots of driving not much exploring or blogging for a while. Happy trails.

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