1887 Old Powell School in Birmingham, Al
On Saturday, March 8th, Tony and I was walking around downtown Birmingham checking out all of the old gorgeous buildings. We ran across this magnificent example of Victorian Architecture and the oldest school still standing in Birmingham.
Found this article about it:
The timing probably couldn't be better for the "for sale" to go up on historic Powell School.
Powell, Birmingham's oldest school, at 124 years old, was heavily damaged in a fire in January 2011. At first, thoughts were that the building would have to be razed, a significant loss to the city's history.
But the city of Birmingham wisely struck a deal with the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation to control the building and see whether it can be saved.
So far, the news has been good. The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation has cleaned up most of the fire damage and is continuing with plans to put a roof back on Powell to protect the structure from the elements and to stabilize the building's outer walls.
A February 5, 1970 article in the Birmingham Public Library Archives tells us that the Powell Elementary School is Birmingham’s oldest school, dating back to 1874, having been founded immediately after the cholera epidemic swept the town, practically depopulating it. Woodlawn, Henley and Powell were known as the oldest white public schools in Birmingham, the others having been built after 1900.Actually, the school that occupied the site of the old Powell School that burned yesterday, was called The Free White School, and a picture of it appears in another article featured in the Birmingham City Archives’ digital collection.
HISTORICAL MARKER READS:
Birmingham's first public school was named for Colonel James R. Powell, the city's first elected Mayor. This energetic promoter also served as the first President of the Elyton Land Company (now Birmingham Realty). which founded the city in 1871. Two years later, Colonel John T. Terry led the fund raising to establish a "free school for white children." The school was "free" only of ties to a religious institution for fees were charged according to grade level. Mayor Powell donated his salary, police court fines and other city fees to support the school.
The present red brick Victorian Gothic style structure, designed by S. J. Hall of Cleveland, Ohio in 1888, is the third Powell School. Until 1918, the school accommodated grades one through twelve and for a time served as a training school for prospective teachers
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Raceway Convenience Store
Sunday, March 9th, Tony and I stopped in Birmingham Al to fill up before heading back to Nashville via the back roads and I found DRAFT BEER to go!!! in 1/2 gallon jugs or whole gallon jugs..IN ALL MY TRAVELS and 50 Yrs I have never seen this..had to share it...might be normal to most, but not this West Virginia - Nashville transplant...
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
tannehill historic state park
located about 20 miles southwest of downtown birmingham is tannehill historic state park. this interesting state park is home to the roupes valley iron works which produced iron for the confederacy during the civil war. tannehill state park is also home to the alabama iron and steel museum. tannehill state park has on display 45 historic homes and buildings from the 19 th and early 20 the century. tannehill state park offers camping, rental cabins, swiming, fishing, hiking trails, and a children's miniture railway. for those interested in alabama history and nature tannehill historic state park is well worth a visit.
from birmingham take I-65 south to I-459. on I-459 go west in the direction of tuscaloosa and exit at macalla alabama (exit 1). at mccalla take eastern valley road about five miles south to the park entrance.
- National/State Park
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NHC convention Alabama 2005 - meeting Honda associates all over the world
Our team, Paperrazzia was in the finals and awarded for excellency
NHC stands for :
A small group of associates is brainstorming about big or even small problems in the company, analysing the problem and taking countermeasures. Our theme was : less paper consumption and indeed, in 2005 our team realised a less consumption of 32%.
New or next Honda Circle is initiated in Japan in 1973 and has grown to become one of Honda's truly global activities with participating Associates in five blocs, Japan, Asia, South America, North America and Eur-Africa East
On our second day in BAM we had a training lesson, a so called TEAM building training.
Synergy by Samba - we had to learn about rythm, coordination, and damned, within 4 hours of time , we learned everything about synergy - more than 300 people became a perfect orchestra, playing simple instruments, directed by the maestro himself. A wonderfull experience
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Fresh Fruit and Veggies at Pepper Place Market
Despite the rain, we had fun browsing among the farmers' tables spread with homemade salsa, local honey, beautiful hydrangeas, and all the fresh fruits and veggies you'd ever want. Only about 25 or 30 farmers there, but turnout might have been lowered by the rain. Takes place every Saturday, 7am-noon.
- Family Travel
- Women's Travel
If you're willing to brave the ghetto, Birmingham has some really good modern ruins. Of course, there is sloss furnace, which is now a museam, but there are several other buildings scattered around Birmingham proper that were once nice places and now have all the windows broken out.
Visit the Birmingham-Southern College
The College is referred to as "The Hilltop."
On our way into Birmingham and the Botanical Gardens we drove through the beautiful college campus of Birmingham-Southern.
I couldn't help but take a few pictures of some of the lovely structures. When one of the first ones that I really liked caught my eye, I jumped out to get a shot of what I thought was an interesting building. It turned out to be the Mathematics Center! You wouldn't think that was so amazing, but .... I work in the Mathematics Department at M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
And I'm not even a Mathematician!
The campus is located just three miles from Birmingham's downtown business district.
ROCK CLIMBING!!!!! I'm an...
ROCK CLIMBING!!!!! I'm an outdoor nut, not one that wants to live as a hermit in the woods, but I get outside as much as I can. Rock climbing is a hidden secret for the Birmingham area but those who go are quickly accepted into the rock climbing family. The most popular place around Birmingham is in Hoover. It's called the Boulder Fields. I also go to a few places off of Shades Crest road in Hoover. With in a few hours drive, the main spots are Sand Rock and Little River Canyon. Here is my buddy Nick slapping some rock at the Boulder Fields.
The Japanese Gardens are on the edge of town
and well worth seeing.
After all ... they're FREE!
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