Welcome to Pell City, Alabama. Starting July 25, 2006, I will not be posting, or even trying to post on a daily basis. PC is a great place, and I don't want to quit altogether. Instead, I'll just try to improve the quality of the site and I'll try to post when I have a good picture or story to tell. Thank you so very much for the encouragement and kind remarks you have given me.
Friday, March 31, 2006
On the way to work I passed a greenhouse. The water vapor was crawling over the top and evaporating in the morning sun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.