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Morris Avenue is a narrow cobble stone avenue that was named for Josiah Morris. Morris, was one of the initial shareholders in the Elyton Land Company who proposed the name “Birmingham” for the new city. By the late 1800’s Morris Avenue was lined with three and four-story brick warehouses. One of these building has been home to one of the city’s most famous icons, Peanut Depot. The building was built in 1885. Then around the 1930 or 40’s Peanut Depot, which the Cassimuss family had started in 1907 at a different location on Morris Avenue, move in to their new space and resumed its operation.
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Murder at the Saint Paul Cathedral

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James Edwin Coyle (March 23, 1873 – August 11, 1921) was born in Ireland. In 1896 he was ordained as a priest and moved to Mobile Alabama where he served under Bishop Edward Patrick Allen. In 1904 Coyle was appointed to the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham.

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Sloss Furnaces – Acrylic Gel Project

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Earlier this year, I visited Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. Sloss began making Pig Iron in 1882 and continued until 1971. Today the unique park is the only one of its type in existence.

 

I decide to take the above shot and give it a painterly appearance by using Snap Art 3 software by Alien Skin. Snap Art allows you to experiment with multiple artistic styles. Afterwards, I cropped the photograph and had it printed at Bay Photo on an 8×20 canvas textured paper, and then mounted onto a 2mm black styrene backing.

 

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John Looney House

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Captain John Looney and his company of Volunteers from Maury County Tennessee, fought under General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, where they defeated the Creek Indians during the war of 1812. When the conflict ended in 1814 the resulting treaty made it possible for Alabama to become a state in 1818.

 

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Assateague Light

 

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Constructed in 1867 the 142-foot-tall lighthouse replaced the shorter 45-foot-tall lighthouse which had been built in 1833. It is conical in shape and is painted in alternating bands of red and white.

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