Friday, March 31, 2006

 

Smokin'


On the way to work I passed a greenhouse. The water vapor was crawling over the top and evaporating in the morning sun.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

 

Can't see the floors for the trees

I have been saving this photo for a while because I am really looking forward to the completion of this building and I was hoping to get a better picture to show you. This will be the new Pell City campus of Jefferson State Community College. There are a number of colleges and universities within commuting distance, but this is our first local campus for post secondary education.

This is the view from I-20 looking North about 1/4 mile (400 m) West of HWY 231. For now, it is a construction site, but the new school should be open for business in time for the Fall semester. Maybe then you can get a better look.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

 

Fish Habitat

Some people put old Christmas trees or other bushy plants under the water to attact fish. The small fish try to hide there, and the larger fish come looking for meals.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

 

Location, location, location

The old Rexall Drug Store building is currently unoccupied. So if you need a good place to start your new restaurant, look no further. May I suggest whole foods with some Cajun items on the menu. Hey, cayenne is a whole food.

Monday, March 27, 2006

 

Dragonfly

This fellow seems to be waiting in the shade for the Sun to go down before he takes off.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

 

Kingdom Hall


Sorry I missed yesterday's post. Here, for Sunday is Kingdom Hall, on the South side of town.

Friday, March 24, 2006

 

Head of Equine

A nice drive entrance with statuesque reference to days gone by.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

 

Redbud Tree

The flowers of the Redbud grow along the branches, not on individual stems.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

 

Can you dig it?

So, someone was digging here, and they found this big clump of dirt under the ground. No one knows for sure how it got there or how deep it goes. A small observation post has been set up nearby to allow further study.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

 

Set a spell

Wouldn't you look good wearing your dark sunglasses and sitting by the pool in one of these laid-back easy chairs.

Monday, March 20, 2006

 

Bradford Pear Tree

I'm not a big fan of Bradford Pear trees, but there are a lot of them in Alabama. So here is a representative from Pell City.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

 

Sunday, 19 March 2006

This church is centrally located on Martin Street and just North of 78. They have some nice stained glass, but that is harder to photograph.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

 

Gossett Hardware

This is the front counter at Gossett Hardware on Cogswell Avenue. Mr. Gossett tells me that the cameras in this case are just the overflow of a larger collection. There are some cool pieces in there. (I wonder if he wants a burned out HP945 digital? Maybe I could trade for a Brownie.)

Gossett's is a family business that, I believe, has sold hardware in PC for about three decades. Now, however, they are closing the hardware store and pursuing other businesses.

So long Gossett Hardware, and good luck in the future.

Friday, March 17, 2006

 

Tanks for the Memories

I was lucky to see these tanks making their way through Pell City last week. This is not an every day sight here. We don't use very many of this style tank in PC. Besides, judging from their irregular shape, don't think they would hold much liquid even if filled to the top.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

 

Hey, field

There is nothing exciting in this picture. It is just a 50 acre hay farm on Hardwick that I pass quite often. This field is up for sale, and from the asking price, it is obvious that the future owners will be planting houses not hay. I cannot complain, I have done nothing to preserve or contribute to the rural beauty of the area. But I can miss it when it passes.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

 

Off the Tracks


This little gift shop in Eden, the West end of Pell City, is made from a converted railroad car.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

 

Comm Tower

This communications tower rises behind the St Clair County Operations Center in Pell City which houses the Sherriff's Office, Central Communications and the Emergency Management Agency. As tall as it is, I suspect repeaters are also necessary due to a ridge of several hundred feet which separates Pell City from much of the northern part of the county.

Monday, March 13, 2006

 

Weekend Driver

This fellow was enjoying the sun in his own way.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

 

Victory

The largest, or one of the largest churches in Pell City is Victory Christian. It is adjacent to, and clearly visible from, the interstate and includes a school.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

 

Still Going Postal

I wonder what kind of fish this fishing lure mailbox would hook.

Friday, March 10, 2006

 

Written in Stone


These are the signs next to the doors on the old Cropwell Post Office. Just a little closer view of the picture I posted way back on Wednesday.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

 

PO Box

While we're on the topic, I have a box in the (newer) Pell City Post Office. Just in case someone wants to send me some Belgian chocolates or something.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

 

US Post Office

I've had this picture for a few weeks, but I wanted to get some info to go with it. This is the old Cropwell Post Office. Cropwell is the unincorporated community on the South side of Pell City. The Post Office was first established here in 1833. According to the St Clair Historic Development Commission, the building pictured here was built in 1929 by Postmaster Dr James Turner. His Post Office was on the right, and his pharamacy was on the left.

Kind of makes you wonder, if you were late on your pharmacy bill payments, could you tell the doctor, the check is in the mail?
Thanks to AS for the tip.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

 

Historical

I went to the Pell City library to do some research on area history. Let me tell you, not everything can be found on the world wide web. Tomorrow, I will show you something I found.

Monday, March 06, 2006

 

Three in One

From this angle it is hard to tell that there are three large trees in the picture. I want to show you two more pictures later: the trees with leaves, and the antiques the owners have between the trunks.

I tried to catch up on the links and added about 25 daily city photoblogs. That's just over one new city every week since Eric started this madness last March.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

 

On 19th Street

Church is a very big part of Pell City life, so I thought I'd bring you some churches on Sundays.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

 

Blank

The circumstances, of how this book came to be, were, to me, as interesting as the book itself. Some of the community's ladys were meeting one day, as ladies sometimes do. The teenage daughter of one accompanied her mother. Perhaps she was a little bored with the group, but instead of complaining and fidgeting, she picked up some available pieces and constructed this book. The materials are construction paper, lined note paper, bamboo skewers and gold thread.

When it made its way to my house... well, I guess you can already tell that I am impressed. I tried to get a photo that shows all the detail, but to do that would require separate photos of the spine and the inside pages.

Friday, March 03, 2006

 

House on Bagwell

I found this interesting house on Bagwell Road, so I guess it is just outside the city limits of Pell City. I think it is for sale, and if you buy it, you will never worry about snow building up on the roof.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

 

The DQ

People who have lived in Pell City for more than a few years will tell you about the Dairy Queen ice cream and hamburger restaurant that used to be in town. DQ is a large franchise, so maybe you have eaten at one. I certainly have, that's why I recognized this building right away. Now it is a used car lot.

My favorite was always the plain vanilla cone.

Ah, those were the days.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

 

Holding up the sky

When this is completed, the new Fox Hollow subdivision will have a very nice swimming pool.

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