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Mystery of the Moonshine Murders still chills Alabama community

Below is an excerpt on the Moonshine Murders from my 2010 book, "Forgotten Tales of Alabama." Click here to order a signed copy. For more than half a century, law officers in Jefferson County, Ala., have had one enduring mystery: The disappearance of three men one rainy night from an isolated part of the county.… Continue reading Mystery of the Moonshine Murders still chills Alabama community

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A quick visit to the Heaviest Corner on Earth, a gathering of Alabama skyscrapers

Yesterday, while in Birmingham for a meeting, I was walking to lunch and came upon a place I know well: The Heaviest Corner on Earth. I love the way the corner is marked, which was added since I wrote about the site in my book "Forgotten Tales of Alabama." Below is an excerpt from the… Continue reading A quick visit to the Heaviest Corner on Earth, a gathering of Alabama skyscrapers

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Alabama’s speakeasy caves were the rage during Prohibition

Below is an excerpt from my book "Forgotten Tales of Alabama." During America's Prohibition era from 1920-1933, people were continually looking for places to drink illicit liquor. In Alabama, some of the best places to hide from the law were caves. Three caves were reputed to have been used as nightclubs, and one became a… Continue reading Alabama’s speakeasy caves were the rage during Prohibition

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This gorgeous hand-carved carousel in Mississippi was built in 1895

Sweetums and I were traveling through Meridian, Miss., in a driving rainstorm when I reme mbered it was the home of a Highland Park Dentzel Carousel.Dentzel Carousel Co. of Pennsylvania was one of the foremost makers of carousels at the turn of the 20th century. Only two survive in the U.S., and this is the… Continue reading This gorgeous hand-carved carousel in Mississippi was built in 1895

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The Old Mill from ‘Gone With the Wind’ was like a painting

From Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26, Sweetums and I drove 2,150 miles from Huntsville, Alabama, to Fort Worth, Texas, and back again. I am posting the stops in order of the trip. Most sites will be included in my upcoming Guide to Southern Oddities. Last stop!!! This is the last recap from our… Continue reading The Old Mill from ‘Gone With the Wind’ was like a painting