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A visit to the ruins of Alabama’s first penitentiary

A 1940s postcard of the Alabama State Penitentiary in Wetumpka, Ala. (Troy University Libraries) Not long ago, when Sweetums was doing a presentation at the Elmore County Museum in Wetumpka, Ala., we decided to see what remained of Alabama’s first prison, opened in 1842. Known as Wetumpka State Penitentiary or Alabama State Penitentiary, it operated for 100… Continue reading A visit to the ruins of Alabama’s first penitentiary

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Win a signed copy of ‘Guide to South’s Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

NOTE: This contest is closed to entries and winners will be announced by Oct. 7, 2022. If you would still like a signed copy of the book, please email kellykazek@kellykazek.com. Let me know in the email if you'd like to pay through PayPal, Venmo or credit card and send your address. You will not be… Continue reading Win a signed copy of ‘Guide to South’s Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

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You need to see Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories

Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories, Birmingham, Ala. (Kelly Kazek) I’ve written before about what I would grab from my house in the event of a fire, besides any humans, pets and important documents, of course. The main thing would be my signed copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was a birthday gift… Continue reading You need to see Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories

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See Miss Electra, one of Alabama’s giants, up close

In July, I took a quick road trip. I was randomly driving around downtown Birmingham and came across one of my favorite Alabama giants: Miss Electra.  She is perched atop the historic Alabama Power Building, which is a work of art in its own right. I pulled over to take a photo of Electra, although… Continue reading See Miss Electra, one of Alabama’s giants, up close

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We paid respects at the grave of the famed educated horse, Beautiful Jim Key

Sweetums and I took a Mother's Day drive Saturday to go to a festival in Tennessee (I'll have a post on the festival soon). On the way, I realized we were passing through Shelbyville, Tenn., which is an area I've written about but never visited. One of the quirky points of interest there is the… Continue reading We paid respects at the grave of the famed educated horse, Beautiful Jim Key