Coldwater Covered Bridge
More than 160 years old, the 63' bridge in Oxford was built
by a former slave and is the oldest covered bridge in
AT 8 years of age, Alabama was my 5th state to visit following NC,SC,TN,GA. Now for a new entry:
We have camped in Alabama at least 4 times, for a week or two at a time. The Alabama folk I have met are ‘salt of the earth’ folk. My wife mentioned Opp, Alabama early in our marriage she knew someone who relocated there. Then after meeting Jean, here in bloggersville, we just had to meet her and also see Opp. We had dinner with Jean and Grover. She is just as sweet as I knew she would be. I regret we did not spend more time with them. That girl is a working machine and she is older than Sherry and I.
A real woman who tackles tasks like replacing a ‘hard drive’ on her computer to cutting down trees to save her cat. She devoted her life to Grover who passed recently. I know she misses Grover. We miss her here at bloggersville.
Anyway she is the kind of person that makes Alabama real. Of course here on the Blog many of you know Rick and Jilda (Life 101). Rick has an easy take on life with great photography. Now friend Myra is headed for the Gulf state.
Me? I remember ‘Iron Man Mike’. That is what daddy called him. I understand he is the Vulcan. He stands 52 feet high outside Birmingham proper. Daddy drove me there to see him, probably 1947 That is there to honor working men and women son! I was allowed to wander around Birmingham alone. I was probably 8 years old. It was the largest town I had ever seen.
In 1946 his spear hand was fitted with a neon "safety torch" that turned from green to red whenever there was a traffic fatality in metro Birmingham. In 1964 lights in the shape of a Christmas tree were strung up the side of Vulcan's tower; they glowed red whenever someone in Birmingham contracted TB.
I have to be honest, looking back on my childhood visit, I thought the Vulcan was a statue of an Iron worker. After all, daddy referred to him as Iron Man Mike, the largest cast iron statue in the world, from the time just after daddy was born in 1903.
Of course I like Alabama and one of my first solid friends in the USN was Jim Amberson (Gadsden), was from there. We lived in the same trailer park in Norfolk. He was on a Refer ship and I was on the Independence.
Rick. own one newer than this 1940 Chevy!