Legends and lore of Birmingham and central Alabama

Author / Creator
Crider, Beverly
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Beverly Crider
  • Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2014
Physical Details
  • 189 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
1626193967, 9781626193963

  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-189)

  • Part I: Legendary Residents. Mummy Dearest -- Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman -- The Pioneer "Madam" Who Helped Save Birmingham -- Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet -- The First Human Injured by a Meteorite -- The Goat Man -- Anniston's James Bond -- Where No Man (or Woman) Has Gone Before -- Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out! -- Holy Smokes, Birmingham... It's Batman! -- The Heaviest Member of Congress -- Rube Burrow: Robin Hood or King of the Outlaws? -- The Legend of Rena Teel -- The Alabamians Who Proved Hitler Wrong -- John Henry, the Steel Drivin' Man -- Sun Ra, Alabama's Visitor from Saturn -- Virginia Hill, Mistress of Bugsy Siegel -- Fred, the Town Dog -- Part II: Legendary Creations. Windshield Wipers: Why Didn't I Think of That? -- John Pratt: Inventor of the Typewriter? -- The Alabama Indestructible Doll -- The Van De Graaff Generator -- The World's First Airport -- Folk Art of the Godwin Brothers -- The Storyteller: Pagan Sculpture or Playful Statue? -- Popeye, Alabama's Sailor Man -- Fa-so-la Singing -- Part III: Believe It or Not. Lightning Strikes More Than Twice -- The Wright Brothers Make Flight History in Alabama -- America's First Graffiti -- Memorial to an Assassin -- The Chiles/ Whitted UFO Sighting: "The Truth Is Out There!" -- Hueytown Hum -- Talladega Jinx -- Church Windows Buried in Germany During World War I -- Swastikas on the Jefferson County Courthouse -- Part IV: Mythical Creatures. Hoop Snakes and River Monsters -- Skunk Ape and Alabama Booger -- Choccolocco Monster -- Wampus Cat -- Alabama "White Thang" -- Bigfoot and Black Panthers -- Part V: Legendary Places. Bamboo Forest -- Hauntings at the St. James Hotel -- Ghosts of the Gaines Ridge Dinner Club -- The Golly Hole -- Bear Creek Swamp -- House of Crosses -- Cragford's Hanging Tree -- Kring Coffin Shop -- Star Wound in Wetumpka -- Gold Mining in Alabama -- Birmingham's Underground River -- Quirky Town Names -- World War II German POWs Held in Rural Alabama -- Coon Dog Cemetery -- The Octagon House -- Hitler's Typewriter in the Bessemer Hall of History -- Bridging the Bigbee with Cocks -- Tombstones with a Story to Tell
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