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UPDATED WITH PODCAST PATRON + Did you know that Huntsville, Alabama has the distinction of having the oldest public water system in the United States west of the Appalachians?

On February 15, 1823, Hunter Peel, a civil engineer from England, executed an agreement with the Board of Trustees to furnish water to the…

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Anne Newport Royall – the tornado of 1822, cure snake bite, politics & the day all the citizens of Huntsville fled town

Anne Royall (June 11, 1769 – October 1, 1854) was by some accounts the first professional woman journalist in the United States. When her…

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Anne Newport Royall – relates how Huntsville celebrated President Washington’s birthday in 1821

[Anne Newport Royall was alive to witness the Revolutionary War and recorded her sentiments about the experience in this letter written on President Washington's…

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Oldest cemetery in Madison County is disappearing in the woods and needs your help to preserve it

Madison County, Alabama is considered the birthplace of Alabama, established on December 13, 1808. One of the earliest known cemeteries is Cumberland Presbyterian Campground,…

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PATRON – December 14, 1901 – Tuscaloosa elephant piano Montevallo murder, Bank runner missing, and Lawrence Co. murder, and more

(Transcribed extracts from The Silent Eye, Avondale, Jefferson County, Alabama December 14, 1901) MONTEVALLO MURDER Walter S. Cary, attorney, was shot and killed Friday…

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Simpson manuscript – March 2nd, 1819, Congress passed an act admitting Alabama Territory into the Union of States.

Excerpt from ALABAMA STATE CAPITOL AN HISTORICAL SKETCH, Brochure by JAMES B. SIMPSON, Late Recording Secretary to the Governor JANUARY 1898 Roemer Printing Co.,…

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UPDATED WITH PODCAST -A simple missile stands on a corner in Huntsville, a symbol of the space race with Russia in October 1957 & January 1958

In October 1957, Sputnik was launched by the Russians, but the US scientist in the then small town of Huntsville, Alabama were not far…

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UPDATED WITH PODCAST Huntsville pioneers settled around “The Big Spring” revealed to them by the Cherokee and Chickasaw

  Big Spring Park in Huntsville, Alabama is named after a large, underground karst spring, referred to by the indigenous Cherokee and Chickasaw as "the…