Talladega Travel Guide

  • Talladega
    by butterflykizzez04
  • Talladega
    by butterflykizzez04
  • Talladega
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Talladega Things to Do

  • The Joe Cowan Home

    The Joe Cowan house at 201 Coffee Street East is the second residence of Mr. Cowan in Talladega. Joe Cowan’s first wife died and he remarried Miss Millie Higgins, who owned this home behind the Leon G. Jones mansion on South Street. She was a aunt of George, Turner, and Leon Jones, Jr. This lovely home is part of the Silk Stocking District, listed...

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  • Jemison- Rew House

    This Jemison-Rew Home at 317 Coffee Street East was built by Robert S. West, who lived next door in a one-story home. This house was commissioned by Mrs. Lou M. Jemison and was built for Mrs. Rew, who was a Jemison. In the 1880’s, Battle Street East was a leading residential section of Talladega. In 1885, two railroads built their tracks along...

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  • Dr. Samuel Welch House Circa 1907

    Miss Willie’s House, also known as the Dr. Samuel Welch House, is a historic brick Queen Anne-style house in Talladega, Alabama, USA. It was built by Dr. Samuel W. Welch and his wife Ethel in 1907. Upon the deaths of Dr. Welch and his wife, the house passed to their daughter, Miss Willie Wallace Welch, who lived in the house until her death in...

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  • Silk Stocking District

    The Silk Stocking District is a historic district in the city of Talladega, Alabama, USA. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 13, 1979. Architectural styles include Queen Anne, Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, and other late Victorian types. The district covers 113 acres (46 ha) and contained 120 contributing...

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  • Historic Ritz Theatre

    Sunday, March 9th, Tony and I was driving around and doing our URBAN Hiking in Talladega, Alabama. Everyone arrives in this old historical city for the big Nascar Races, but NOT ME...I wanted to see the buildings and the Victorian and Antibellum Homes. I didn't realize there were so many. I need to come back to this town and really spend a entire...

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  • Talladega College est 1876

    Sunday, March 9th, Tony and I was driving back to Nashville from Birmingham and I chose a road route via Talladega so I could check out their historical buildings.I didn't know that there was this historical college here so I was very pleased and in awe of some of the gorgeous buildings that made up the campus of this old college.Even though there...

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  • Orchid Show and Sale

    For those that want to do something before or after the race that is only 30 minutes awayThe Northeast Alabama Orchid Society is pleased to announce its 2008 Orchid Show and Sale. This event is located in the lobby/auditorium of the Anniston Museum of Natural History. April 26- Sat- 10am-5pm, April 27-Sun- 1pm-5pm. Come see hundreds of orchids...

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  • Drive Nascars at the Talladega...

    Drive authentic Nextel Cup Nascar race cars at the Talladega Superspeedway. Reach speeds of 165 MPH+ while experiencing this once in a life time adventure. Packages range from 3 Lap Ride Alongs to 60+ Lap adrenaline pumping driving experiences.

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  • Soveiner trailers are very...

    Soveiner trailers are very good at Talladega bit can be a walk to certain grandtand areas. Must attend the Talladega Walk of Fame in city of Talladega south of track which they do every year. Greats like Earnhardt, Allison, and Petty are just some of inductees and it is a fun time family event and is free. Also, the International Motorsports Hall...

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Talladega Restaurants

  • Where is Waldo?

    I decided to try and eat lunch at the Old Mill Restaurant outside of Talladega. It was in a very small settlement called Waldo, without even a post office.We saw one of those portable signs with an arrow but no text on it, and thought that might be the Old Mill Restaurant, but drove by without going in, and now found ourselves in the Talladaga...

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  • Across from the Courthouse

    We ate at one of the two Mexican restaurants in Talledaga. They had menus available in Braille - there is a school for the blind near here. They advertise authentic Mexican food, a lunch buffet, and daily dinner specials.Currently websites say the name is Buenavista Bob had an enchilada dinner with rice and beans, and I had Fajita Quesadilla...

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  • Chicken and Burgers

    When we were looking for a place to have dinner on Christmas Eve, there wasn't any place open except the fast food places. Jack's in Talledega was the first one we came to. Later we saw Wendy's and Burger KingApparently Jack's was Alabama's first chain restauarnt back in the early 60s. It has mostly burgers and chicken, but they advertise bologna...

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  • GREAT Home Cookin

    Down home feeling. Has great food, everything catfish shrimp, hamburger steak, salads, chili, all made fresh when you order. Breakfast and lunch 6 am til 2 pm. Hamburger Steak and Onion rings fresh really hamburger meat and home made onion rings.salad that is not from a bag. and texas toast

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  • Great Steaks!

    The place is small but has incredible steaks & the fattest beer battered onion rings! For the healthier side they have a great grilled chicken salad & unique stuffed potato. For those wanting a taste of authentic Southern cooking they make traditional "Fried Green Tomatoes" (when in season) they even have fried pickles! They also bottle their own...

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  • There aren't many restaurnats...

    There aren't many restaurnats besides fast food in Talladega, it's a little town, and none between Talladega and Birmingham, minimal between Talladega and Atlanta. Best bet for food if you're staying there is Birmingham and Atlanta.

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Talladega Transportation

  • by wildnet22 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Basically interstate wise you will come from I-20 from either Birmingham or Atlanta and traffic isn't terrible but inside 30 miles traffic will be stop and go at times, especially after the race. If you come from Birmingham skip exit 168 which is first exit and go to exit 173. If coming from Atlanta, skip exit 173 which is first exit in that direction and go to exit 168. This is because most if not all from Atlanta exit at 173 and Birmingham most if not all exit 168, coming from the opposite way you'll get right off with no backup. The best way in and out is to avoid the interstate completely if you can(interstate isn't bad but hardly anyone uses side roads). If you come from Atlanta or Birmingham, take state road 78 to state road 77 or 005 which is what I do. From Gadsden take state road 77 south to the track, and from Montgomery and south alabma take state road 77 through the town of Talladega to the track. Another major factor to consider again is that Talladega is BIG, depending on where your seats are might determine which route you go, state route 77 or 005.
    Traffic on race day is typical gridlock, so if you stay outside 30 miles away from the track you need to leave no later than 7 a.m., otherwise you'll get stuck in bad traffic. THios is where camping comes in handy which is what a lot of people do. You need to know where your grandstand is and what route you wanna take BEFORE arriving at the track cause it's hard to merge and certain lanes will take you to certain parking lots which could be close or far from your seats which equals a LONG walk.

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Talladega What to Pack

  • by wildnet22 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Because Talladega is so big either park near where you will be siitng which could be hard or don't bring much cause you'll be walking or if you do bring a lot trake frequent breaks.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear comfortable clothing and especially comfortable shoes. Talladega is so big that you will be walking A LOT! Because of all the camping and smoke here on race day it is usually warm so t-shirts are usually your best bet in April or October. Never been to a race at Talladega when it is cold. As for rain, bring a poncho cause Talladega does not allow umbrellas inside the track and the gift shops don't offer weather gear. Also remember that if there is a rain delay you'll be in a rain delay for awhile since it takes so long for the track to dry and the parking at Talladega is dirt pretty much so if it rains you'll be walking in a lot of mud and bring boots cause you might have to push you car out, it gets that deep.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping at Talladega is the best on the NASCAR circuit and can even get wild at times and I would suggest if you go to Talladega to do it at least once. If you camp prepare to get to the track a couple days as it is on forst come first serve basis outside the infield and don't expect to get much sleep cause everyone parties the night before and some even get in beer drinking contests, LOL! Overall, a tent that is enclosed because of the bugs are preferred but any tent, lots of coolers, a grill, and chairs are the necessity.

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Talladega Off The Beaten Path

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 10, 2014

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    Saturday, March 8th, Tony and I was out driving around the back roads outside of Talladega on our way (the long way) back to Nashville. We found this covered bridge on the map, but HELL it was NOT easy to find...We drove around for about an hour and believe me WALDO ALABAMA is so darn small...you would laugh at us..but we found it. We had to park and get out and beat some brush and climb over a fence, and walk through some acreage that was a PRIVATE location..but we found it...we found the oldest still standing on its original property in Alabama..and if you want to see beauty..real beauty..156 yr old bridge..GO FIND THIS AWESOME BRIDGE....
    The Waldo Covered Bridge, also known as the Riddle Mill Covered Bridge, is a privately owned wood & metal combination style covered bridge that spans Talladega Creek in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. It is located off State Route 77 just south of the town of Waldo, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) southeast of Talladega.
    Built in 1858, the 115-foot (35 m) bridge is a combination of Howe truss and Queen-post truss construction over a single span. Its WGCB number is 01-61-02. The Waldo Covered Bridge is currently eligible for addition to the National Register of Historic Places. It is the second oldest surviving covered bridge in the state, although it is also the only one not being maintained.
    The Waldo Covered Bridge was built on an old Socopatoy Indian trail behind Riddle's Mill, a grist mill which was later converted into the Waldo Town Hall and then a restaurant. Nearby is the Riddle's Hole gold mine, which operated from 1840 through World War II. The bridge was used as an access route in April 1865 by Wilson's Raiders during the American Civil War, a cavalry group led by Union Army General James H. Wilson. The bridge was open to traffic in later years, possibly for mine access during its operation, but condemned by the state in the 1960s and the approaches removed as overall maintenance remained minimal. Even though there was extensive restoration work done to the Waldo Covered Bridge in recent years as part of establishing a recreational park, the project was soon scrapped. As a result, the structure was left to sit on its two stone piers "as is." The Waldo Covered Bridge is currently inaccessible to the public but people can walk the grounds with permission from the Old Mill Restaurant. There were plans by the owners to once again restore the bridge, but time and money have been major issues.
    Built in 1858, the 115-foot bridge is a combination of Howe truss and Queen-post truss construction over a single span. The Waldo Covered Bridge is one of five existing covered bridges in Alabama built before 1950 not listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the only one left un-maintained. It is the second oldest surviving covered bridge in the state

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