Best breakfast on Birmingham’s Southside. Also one of the better pieces of neon in town, even though it is relatively new.
My friend Andre Natta has more on my favorite neon in Birmingham.
Another dormant store front in Birmingham’s Five Points South entertainment district. FiRE & iCE, in addition to its ridiculous spelling, was the sixth store in a Massachusetts-based chain.
You picked your food and carried it to the chef and watched him or her cook it. Amaztacular!
It opened in March 2008. It closed in October 2009. The location has now been empty more that double that amount of time.
That’s one way to try to sell a place, I guess. “Will plywood to suit!”
This is in the suddenly quiet entertainment district of Birmingham, Ala.’s Five Points South.
This was once a wing of the famous Surin West thai restaurant. Surin is still there, just not here. Upstairs remains the wonderful Charlemagne Records.
A sign in middle Tennessee — that’s what they call it — that has always fascinated. Maybe it is the sub-sign: American Hositality. None of that foreigny stuff.
James K. Polk was a son of North Carolina. His family moved to Tennessee when he was eight. He’d become a lawyer, serve in the state legislature, Congress as Speaker of the House and later as governor of Tennessee. Despite all of that he was launched to the White House in a bit of obscurity.
People don’t remember Polk as well as they should. Consistently ranking in the top 15 of presidents, if you go in for that sort of thing, he expanded executive power, got the US involved in the unfortunate Mexico-American War and added all of the American west to the map - increasing territory by about a third. He was the first transcontinental president, the one with the oldest surviving, still-in-office presidential portraits. He also perhaps sped up the long inevitable fight over slavery, based on his stance on the peculiar institution in territories. That lead to the Compromise of 1850 and that led to the war.
He defeated Henry Clay to gain the presidency, largely on the strength of his stance if admitting Texas to the union.
Henry Clay has a motel, an inn and an old apartment building named after him.
The Polk Motel was recently in the news because of a meth lab explosion in one of their rooms. Three men, who all look like tweakers, were charged.
J.C. Woodford bought the manufacturing rights for the IOWA® Yard Hydrant in 1929 and The Woodford Manufacturing Company was born. Woodford Manufacturing Company celebrates 83 years in 2012. In 1929, J.C. Woodford bought a company and the manufacturing rights for the IOWA® Yard Hydrant to open a sole proprietorship that marked the beginning of the Woodford Hydrant Company. The company adopted its current name, Woodford Manufacturing Company, in 1946. They branched out into commercial wall hydrants in 1955 and their first residential faucet in 1963.
Some models of the hydrant are designed to flow even in sub-zero temperatures. All parts are interchangeable and you can make all repairs from the top of the unit without having to remove the hydrant from the ground. Handy on the farm. Built to last, Woodford even stocks replacement parts for obsolete models.
Found near the Kentucky-Tennesee line.
Check your machismo by testing your grip! It only costs a quarter! You’re man enough to spend a quarter, right? Come on! Prove you are “hot stuff.”
So some things never change …