Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Wintery water way (www, get it?)

I enjoyed visiting the art gallery and seeing the work from local artists. Here are a few names that I picked up during my visit:
Nick Phillips
Janice Entler
Carol Little (The link is broken but you can get some cached results from Google.)
Tom Goodwin
David Foote

Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Whatever floats your boat.

Well if you have not guessed by now, here is the answer. These works of art from local artists are on display in the gallery at the First American Bank in Pell City. It was a nice surprize to find this gallery when I was entering the bank to discuss financial business.

The art works were placed there by the non-profit 'Council of the Arts' which promotes local arts through exhibits, educational programs, fund raising and public events.

I selected this photo, not so much for the chair, but for the sailboats on the water and for the top of the chair with a painting of a lighthouse on an island.

Monday, August 29, 2005


What is hidden under these gourds?

Have you guessed, yet, where all this art can be found? If not, here is the key: look back over the posts for the last five days. In each post, one word is written in all capital letters. Take all the capitalized words and read them in order.

I believe the pieces shown here were made during Art Camp.

Sunday, August 28, 2005


Lift a cup for art

These pieces are catching mostly, I think, because of their rusty colors. This will be my last pottery picture for awhile; you can BANK on that. However, there are plenty more pieces to see where these came from. I hope you have been able to discover where this art is displayed, especially if you are local to Pell City. Tomorrow I'll tell you how to find the clues.

Saturday, August 27, 2005


Mug on a Jug

One of the great things about pottery art is that you can really use this stuff. This fellow's contenance was one of my favorites on display. What AMERICAN cannot relate to that stogey biting, wide eyed, mustachio'd, pearly white grin?

Friday, August 26, 2005


Fall in the Water

The FIRST thing you notice in Autumn is the bright and contrasting colors of the leaves. The artist has here captured one of the season's more beautiful scenes.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Sleeping dogs lay, they don't lie.

That cat just thinks it has the best seat. If you want the truth, this is where it's AT.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Whimsical Chairs

You know how your legs get tired when you walk around a large GALLERY looking at the art. Well, there's no relief for you here. The cat has already taken this seat.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Study of Boy in a Hat with a Fish on the Line

My guess is, not many people in Pell City know where to go to find artwork like this on display. I stumbled on it myself just a few days ago. For a few more days, I will bring you pictures from this collection, along with a few hints about its location. If you think you know the spot, why not leave your guess in the comments?

Monday, August 22, 2005


Once Upon A Time

It's not a far away castle, but a playground built for young visitors to Pell City's Lakeside Park. As long as the kids can stay inside its walls, they can have a fairy tale adventure.

Sunday, August 21, 2005



Every day the Amtrak Crescent No. 19 travels from New York's Penn Station to New Orleans' Union Passenger Terminal. The return route is also run daily by the Crescent No. 20. The two pass each other in the vicinity of Concord, NC. And while the passengers may completely unaware of the fact, for a little under six and a half minutes, they are touring Pell City, Alabama.

Many of the residents here may be equally unaware. Passenger trains are not well travelled in America, the trains don't stop here, and there are many more freight trains which ride the same rails through town.

I have ridden this train three times, twice passing through Pell City. It is a great ride and I recommend it to all.

Saturday, August 20, 2005


The Pink Store

What Can I say? This is a real experience in local color. It is difficult to walk in looking for one item, without finding many more things you need. But you had better arrive before five. At quitting time it is locked up as tight as a jailhouse.

Friday, August 19, 2005


Can you see the flying saucer?

Driving past the walking track a few weeks ago we saw a large group of young folks playing ultimate frisbee, at night. This was the best shot of the lot, although it does not show the whole group. They were very nice and looked to be having a good time. Several were also curious about me and came by to speak. I was even invited to join in. Oh, for those days again...

Thursday, August 18, 2005


One from the Road

Here is one more look at the mill in Pell City. This is the view most people get when they are driving North on Hwy 231.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Not the Stairway to Heaven

Here is a closeup shot of the mill from yesterday. For some reason the stairs caught my attention. There is no obvoius way to get up to that stairway, and once you get closer to the building, there is no way to even see it. Nevertheless, it waits all alone for the rare roofer or mill worker who is compelled to the less used areas for inspection or repair or whatever.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Avondale Mill

Here is Avondale Mill. It is centrally located in Pell City at the intersection of Hwy 231 and Hwy 78. The old brick chimney is one of the taller, free standing structures in down town. One strange thing about this mill is that it does not have rail access, even though the trains pass within one block of the property.

My father and grandmother worked in textile mills, far from here and long ago. Still there is a connection. My sister also once worked in a closer mill, but since it is a competitor, I won't mention its name here.

Monday, August 15, 2005


Who is this Lady?

I don't know who she is, but this lovely lady marks the southern tip of Mill Village. It is not apparent from this photo that she is standing in the middle of fountain. I have never seen any water in the fountain. If it ever starts flowing again, I promise you another picture.

There are not many statues on public display in Pell City, so this must suggest that the mill was at one time very important to the people here.

Sunday, August 14, 2005


Textiles in America

While the textile industry in America has seen some hard times, there are still some mills left. Avondale Mills has one mill in Pell City that survives to this day, even though it was built just before the Boll Weevil arrived in Alabama and began decimating the cotton farms.

Tomorrow, a closer view of the lady in the background.

Saturday, August 13, 2005


Strength in Numbers

This was supposed to be my garden, but someone else has been helping themselves to the harvest.

Friday, August 12, 2005


High School Sports

The Field House at the high school is part of the sports complex. Behind and to the left one end of the football field can be seen. On about seven Friday evenings each Fall, this place rocks.

Go Panthers!

Thursday, August 11, 2005


Pell City High School

This is the main part of the Pell City High School campus. On a normal day, the parking lot is full and the decibels are up. Don't be fooled by the van in the foreground. When school is in session, the high speed activity will be in and around the school.

There are colleges nearby, but none inside Pell City. So this is the town's final, full time contact with the youth at large. My deepest admiration to the teachers and school staff who give their best for the benefit of our children.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005



This is the new Pell City High School gymnasium. It is hard to be patient when a new building is going up, especially when it is part of the high school. This structure is too big to to house just the gym, so hopefully, the students and community will get plenty of use there.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Academic New Year

For many school districts, the Summer break is ending and the new year is about to begin. It is time for a few pictures of the Pell City High School.

Behind the sign is a practice field for the football team, cheer leaders and other activities. Beyond, there are construction vehicles and materials for the new gymnasium.

Monday, August 08, 2005


Historic Town

Gee, I never heard of the Panic of 1893. It may be time to revisit the library! I am very familiar with the panic of 7:53. That is the time in the morning after which I will be late for work.
The National Register of Historic Places does, indeed, list Pell City Downtown and two other districts in Pell City. That is three historic places out of a collection of nearly 79,000.

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Industrial Revolutions

What is the greatest invention of all time? Some say it is the wheel, and a few fine examples can be seen here. Some say it is the valve, and again, that is evidenced in this picture. However, it is the steam engine which, in its simplicity:
combines these other great inventions,
drove us through the American Industrial Revolution,
outlives engines with more modern designs,
and still, after over a century, makes a great picture.
This specimen lives on the front lawn at the (you guessed it) St. Clair County Courthouse.

Saturday, August 06, 2005


Historic County

The ubiquitous Historical Marker - These metal plaques are one minute reminders of the many significant events which have occured in our own neighborhoods. This marker, in front of the county courthouse, reduces the history of St. Clair to a mere snapshot, albeit, a long exposure snap.

You will get at least two more of these markers in the coming days.

Friday, August 05, 2005


Not In Vain

In front of the St. Clair County Courthouse, this memorial honors American soldiers from St. Clair county who lost their lives in four wars. The inscription reads: "Not In Vain."

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Most of us know someone in the military. With the many friends and family members stationed around the world, there is, at home, a widespread agreement that we should "Support Our Troops." This view is held both by those who agree with the war in Iraq, and by those who oppose it.

As the ribbon says, in Pell City, we support our troops.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Afraid of Heights?

This is a part of the Pell City Fire Academy, "Training Alabama's Finest."

You have to be brave to run up into this building, even moreso, a burning building you are less familiar with. There are not many tall buildings in Pell City, so now you know the Fire Department can handle any size building. The hospital may be the tallest (ah, future picture idea).

There is more to the Fire Academy, but this is the part that first grabs your attention. It reminds me of the time I tried to put an addition on our house. Word of advice: call a professional.

Ok, that is the last Fire Department picture for awhile.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


The Trophy

Here is the trophy awarded to the best rescue squad in the the state. The inscription says:

Alabama Advanced Life Support Competition
1st Place
June 8, 2001

Unfortunately, the competition is no longer held, so Pell City has not had the opportunity to defend its title. I'm sure we would be victorious.

Monday, August 01, 2005


Station No. 1

The name Pell City Fire & Rescue may be a little misleading. So far this year, the department has responded to twice as many medical emergencies as fire emergencies, and last year the ratio was four to one. Maybe they should be called Pell City Rescue & Fire! Whatever and whenever you call them, they will not let you down.

This is Station No. 1. Off to the left of this photo is the Fire Academy. You will one picture of the training tower, but tomorrow ... more about the award winning.

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