MONDAY MUSINGS: Did you know this about Alabama?

Did you know…..?

Old State Bank in Decatur, now preserved as a museum, was opened in 1833 as one of three branches of the Alabama State Bank.”

Old State Bank of Decatur, Alabama ca. 1921
Old State Bank of Decatur, Alabama ca. 1921

“The state’s worst day for tornadoes was March 21, 1932, when a series of twisters touched down across the state…with estimates of a death toll at more than 300.”

Cotton bales left without roof when warehouse is blown away in Northport March 1932
Cotton bales left without roof when warehouse is blown away in Northport March 1932

“The state’s first railroad, the Tuscumbia Railway Co., was incorporated in 1830 and ran about two miles between Tuscumbia Landing at the Tennessee River to Tuscumbia.”

Tuscumbia railway
Tuscumbia railway


Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

Some stores include:

  • Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  • Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  • Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  • Hillabee Massacre
  • Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  • Red Eagle After The War

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Linda Smith

    I love your stories of this state I was born in. So many things I did not know. You guys are doing a wonderful job and I, for one, very much appreciate your research and writing. High five.

  2. Mary Newton

    Love, love, love your articles. I always enjoy finding new information on our state. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Naomi Weatherford

    I always enjoy your posts on Alabama’s history too. My Dad drove the street car that passed along in front the old bank building on Bank Street in Decatur. That would have been around 1920.

  4. Naomi Weatherford

    Ps. The tracks are still in the street.

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