Tag Archives: Huntsville AL

Underneath the Huntsville courthouse, yawning caverns

“From the year 1830 to 1840, though embracing a period of great financial distress, yet was included a period of great improvement in [Huntsville, AL] and vicinity. “The old brick court-house on the public square had become dilapidated and insecure, and after discussing ways and means for several years the commissioners finally let out the […]

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Frank James, of the James Gang, acquited in Huntsville

On a cold day in March 1881, three masked men on horseback, brandishing revolvers, held up an army paymaster on the banks of the Tennessee River near Muscle Shoals, AL. The paymaster was on his way with the payroll to pay the construction workers digging a canal near Muscle Shoals. The masked men kidnapped the […]

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A day’s trip in former years may now be made in 2 hours

Men of advanced age are apt to think of the Good Old Days only in retrospect, but as a matter of fact, there is no comparison between the conveniences of life now, and those we enjoyed in 1860. [Back then] the Tennessee River afforded the only means of ingress and egress for a large section […]

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