Fairhope, AL

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Backroads, AL: Shelby County I

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Columbiana, AL

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Columbiana, AL: Small town, Alabama

Columbiana is a small city located just outside of Birmingham, AL. As with many small towns, the center of town houses the main attractions and businesses then spreads out to historic homes, then to newer developments and/or large acres of farms and land. Visit the city’s official web site for more information.

Columbiana courthouse

Columbiana courthouse

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Vulcan: Birmingham, AL

Vulcan, god of the forge, the world’s largest cast iron statue. This guy overlooks Birmingham, and can be seen on 65 (heading south) just as one passes over the 65/59 “spaghetti” junction. A museum, restaurant, hiking trails, ride up into the base of Vulcan, park with wireless internet access, and beautiful scenic views of Birmingham can be found here. Visit Vulcan’s main web site for more information, directions, and virtual tours.

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16th Street Baptist Church, a dark chapter in AL history…

The 16th Street Baptist Church is the site of a 1963 bombing by the Ku Klux Klan. The bomb killed 4 young African American girls. NPR covered the story and events again in 2003, watch and listen HERE. Across the street, one will find a memorial park with a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King.
*If you decide to visit the area, be aware that you will be approached for money by the homeless… Kudzublue has visited the site many times, and each time has been approached. 🙂

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Alabama Theater, Birmingham, AL

The Alabama Theater is an architectural site you have to see if you visit Birmingham, AL. Built in 1927 by Paramont Studios, the theater has been well taken care of throughout the years. The events held there each year range from movie nights to performing artists to plays. Inside, the rococo architecture is a gaudy feast for the eyes. Visit the Alabama Theater site for a 360 degree virtual tour and to view upcoming events.

Alabama Theater Sign

Alabama Theater Sign

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