Strange Alabama

Guess What One Book Survived The University Burning?
In the spring of 1865, acting under orders from General J. H. Wilson, detached Brigadier-General John T. Croxton and his brigade of fifteen-hundred rapidly marched toward Tuscaloosa to destroy the bridge, factories, mills, university (military school), and whatever else might be of benefit to the re…
Why Alabama Is Known As ‘The Yellowhammer State
The common flicker is the State Bird of Alabama and the state has been known as the "Yellowhammer State" since the Civil War.
When a company of Alabama Confederate soldiers from Huntsville arrived at Hopkinsville, KY, where Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's troops were stationed their brand new…
Strange Alabama- Jimmie Lee Sudduth
Jimmie Lee Sudduth is a folk artist from Fayette, Alabama who gained international attention due to his interesting techniques.
Sudduth began experimenting with art when he just three years old. While taking a stroll through the woods one day, the youngster decided to draw a face on a tree stump usin…
Strange Alabama- Burritt on the Mountain
Burritt on the Mountain not only refers to the majestic Burritt Mansion but also the surrounding 167-acre park and mountain surrounding it.
Built in 1937 in Huntsville, the Burritt Museum was originally the home to Dr. William Henry Burritt, a homeopathic physician and inventor...
Strange Alabama- The Wolf Woman of Mobile
In April of 1971, paranoia struck Mobile, Alabama when reports of a strange "Wolf Woman" came pouring in.
Citizens of Port City and Plateau claimed to encounter a creature that had the body of a wolf but the head of a beautiful woman. Although no one was ever harmed, inhabitants fro…
Strange Alabama- The Confederate White House
Located in Montgomery, Alabama, the First White House of the Confederacy is known for housing Jefferson Davis and his family during the first year of the Civil War.
The home was built between 1832 and 1835 by an ancestor of Zelda Fitzgerald named William Sayre...
Strange Alabama- Bob Gallagher
If you've ever had to call 911 for help, you can thank Alabama native Bob Gallagher.
As early as 1937, the British were able to dial 999 in order to receive fast and easy emergency assistance. This sparked a heavy debate about whether to establish a similar emergency system in the United St…
Strange Alabama- Toadvine
Toadvine is a small community in Jefferson County but don't be fooled by its strange title. Amphibians were not involved in the naming of this territory.
During the Civil War, a man named Cape Smith left Jefferson County to join the fight but was eventually caught and imprisoned by federal soldi…
Strange Alabama: Dudley Wayne Kyzer
The longest prison sentence in the history of the United States was given to Dudley Wayne Kyzer by a Tuscaloosa court.
In 1981, this criminal was given 10,000 years in prison for the murder of his wife.  He also received an additional two life sentences for the murder of his mother-in-law and a …

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