Alabama Grist Mill

Alabama Grist Mill

The Alabama Grist Mill by Alabama Pioneers is a podcast to highlight historical Alabama with stories and history from the Alabama Pioneers website.... Show More

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January 26, 2020

Moving to our state in the early early days of Alabama, described by the pioneers of the day.

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December 24, 2019

Travelers who passed through the Creek Nation between 1820 and 1830 left some descriptions of the Taverns and Inns. Peter Brannon used notes and statistical data to write a story about them.The Kendall Lewis tavern was on the Federal Road from 1815 to 1828. It as located about 400 yards West and on the left side of the road from Fort Brainbridge.

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Today's story is about some people who were here before 1819 ---Alabama's first people, the Native Americans. Written history on Alabama's Native Americans is limited because they only had mostly oral history --- handed down for generations.

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The unique thing about Blue Springs Park is that old-timers will tell you that the spring first appeared north of the highway approximately 300 yards from the present site. They said that the spring suddenly dried up and reappeared just south of the highway at the west end of Choctawhatchee river bridge. The question is why?

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A short (approximately 30 minute) drive on Highway 10 in southeast, Alabama from Clio in Barbour County to Abbeville in neighboring Henry County, takes, you through three historic sites; the birthplace of Gov. George Wallace, a famous spring that has moved twice and a childhood home of Rosa Parks. If you travel a little further within Barbour County, you can also visit the birthplace of eight Alabama governors.

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October 30, 2019 17 min

Entrepreneurship among women must have been strong in early 1900s in Alabama. We had a previous podcast on the Birmingham, Alabama woman who invented the windshield wiper now one who invented the Alabama indestructible doll. ......During its peak, a doll factory in Roanoke, Alabama, operated by a woman, produced ten thousand of her dolls each year. The dolls were known by several names: Alabama Baby, Alabama Indestructible Doll, Ro...

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October 11, 2019 19 min

The town of Elberta in Baldwin County, Alabama was settled in 1904 by German pioneers. Today, the small town is also known for DINOSAURS IN THE WOODS, a collection of dinosaurs created by Mark Cline. an artist who also created Bamahenge and other sculptures in the area. In 1938 a WPA writer wrote about the unique history of this historic town.

Elberta Sausage Festival

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October 1, 2019 14 min

There is a small, remote, community of Gees Bend where hundreds of quilt masterpieces date from the early twentieth century. The quilts of Gee's Bend have been created by the African American women and their ancestors in the community of Gee's Bend along the Alabama River in Wilcox County.

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Early on the morning on March 15, 1926, the town of Hartselle in Morgan County, Alabama was held hostage for almost four hours while “thieves stripped the bank of all its cash and gold and some silver coins.” The robbers were never caught.

Hartselle Depot Days Festival

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The war had liberated nearly four million slaves and destroyed the region's cities, towns, and plantation-based economy. It left former slaves and many whites dislocated from their homes, facing starvation, and owning only the clothes they wore. The challenge of establishing a new social order, founded on freedom and racial equality, was enormous.

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August 16, 2019 18 min

Alabama is home to one of the densest concentrations of ancient Native American monumental architecture in all of North America. And there are hundreds of Native American mound sites across Alabama, most of which lie hidden away in forests and fields.

Choccolocco Valley, Alabama – some historic sites destroyed

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August 8, 2019 21 min

In the early days of Alabama, it was like the wild west, and one thing that was often explosive was political fever. Many people were vying for positions of governing the State. It was especially controversial between the old Whig and Democratic parties. Political fever was so high that a man would not vote for a personal friend or brother if they had a different political view.

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August 1, 2019 13 min

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families as part of the New Deal. Originally for young men ages 18–23, it was eventually expanded to young men ages 17–28.

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Sheffield, city of Senators and home to history has a historic village laid out in the form of a liberty bell, we discuss the history and how it all came about in this episode.

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July 12, 2019 21 min

Old St. Stephens was the capital of the Alabama Territory. The ruins of the former capital now lie across the river above Jackson, yet the city was probably the largest in the state in early days. There are actually two St. Stephens, the Territory's capital called Old St. Stephens and new St. Stephen which are only a few miles apart.

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Fountain Heights is one of Birmingham's historic neighborhoods and was home to some of Birmingham's most prominent business leaders, the city's first permanent weather station, and the start of WBRC and St. Vincent's Hospital.

 

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July 5, 2019 29 min

The struggle for women's voting rights and being allowed to serve on juries was long lasting for the women of Alabama. The struggle lasted longer than people think.

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July 3, 2019 14 min

Did you know that Geronimo was held a prisoner in Mt. Vernon, Alabama?

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In the 1830s many Native-Americans were divided in their opinions about moving west. Some voluntarily moved with the first treaties, and others delayed in their old homes until forced to remove by the encroachment of white settlers, and the power of the federal government.

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Arley in Winston County, Alabama, is almost completely surrounded by Lewis Smith Lake. Many people have weekend homes in the area, and 357 call it home. This is the story of Arley.

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