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Restoring History

Cropwell marker, others tell county’s storied past Story and Photos by Jerry C. Smith As Alabama celebrates its Bicentennial over the next three years, it seemed an ideal time to refurbish and rededicate a decades-old monument in Cropwell that had fallen victim to age. It is a fitting example of devotion to history known as […]

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Alabama Bicentennial

Alabama Humanities launches Bicentennial exhibit in Moody Story by Jackie Romine Walburn Photos by Michael Callahan Forward thinking and a prompt application helped St. Clair County become the first stop for the 18-month tour of Making Alabama. A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit, an impressive blend of state history, culture and humanities. After its debut in Montgomery […]

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Springville Museum

Quest to Preserve Past a Labor of Love Story by Jackie Romine Walburn Photos by Michael Callahan Designed and curated by history-loving volunteers, the Springville Museum takes visitors on a tour of people, events and artifacts of the St. Clair County town named for its natural springs, known for its historic downtown and a famous […]

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Marcus H. Pearson

Tales of a Springville inventor, entrepreneur Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Submitted photos courtesy Carol Waid Marcus H. Pearson was a small, quiet, humble man, with big ideas that made an impact on farmers, herdsmen and churchgoers. Those big ideas netted two patents (one when he was just 26), made putting […]

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Locks of the Coosa

Steamboat A-Comin’ Captain Lay raises the bar Story by Jerry C. Smith Photos by Jerry C. Smith Submitted photos In the two years surrounding the end of the Civil War, Capt. Cummins Lay set a Coosa River record that remains unbroken today; he’s the only river pilot to navigate a steamboat over the Coosa’s entire […]

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Mulligan Stew

A distinctly Skeeter Park tradition Story by Jerry C. Smith Submitted photos from Hazelwood Family What’s Mulligan Stew? Well, it’s a big potful of boiling water, loaded with whatever meats and vegetables one has on hand, and cooked until safely edible. However, for St. Clair’s Skeeter Park folks, it’s always been a fine excuse to […]

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