Why do we seek out Alabama folklore? Why do we interview the people we meet? The answer is really simple–we like to be educated and entertained by other peoples’ stories. Also, the more unique the storyteller or the story, the greater the likelihood that we, or anyone else for that matter, has not heard the story.
Those that are fortunate enough to understand the true value of transfer of knowledge from one person to the next are much like explorers and treasure seekers. They have a deep desire for adventure and discovery. They feel it in their bones: the adventure is in seeking out the story–the story is the treasure.
For as long as humans have communicated, older persons have been recognized as a critical resource as teachers and advisors. But, that started changing about 100 years ago and today there is a great falling away of seeking out the wisdom of those that have experienced what we may not have. We are becoming a generation of “first time learners” because of our foolish avoidance of talking with others, especially the past generations still among us. We at Digital Alabama want to do our part to improve interpersonal communications and the passing on of the traditions and legends of Alabama.
Built during War of 1812. At of the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States claimed Mobile and the bay as part of Louisiana Purchase. In 1813, on order of President Madison, the area around Fort Bowyer was seized from Spain by U.S. Regulars under Gen. James Wilkinson and militia under Col. John Bowyer. This act extended Mississippi Territory to the Mobile Bay area.
Five Points is a town in Chambers county with a population of roughly 141.
The town’s first post office was built in a nearby community named Lystra. It was relocated to the current site of Five Points, and both the site and the post office were named Five Points for their location at the convergence of five major routes at the center of town.
De Soto in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi
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The first discovery of Alabama was by Hernando De Soto, a native of Spain, and the son of a squire of Xerez of Badajos. When a youth he went to Peru, enlisted under Pizarro, and, with no property but his sword, won distinguished military reputation. Returning to his native country, and making an imposing appearance at Court, he was made Governor of Cuba, and Adelantado of Florida. In the unknown regions of the latter, he resolved to embark his vast wealth in a splendid expedition, designed to conquer a people whom he believed to possess more gold than he had yet beheld in South America. Young men of the best blood in Spain and Portugal, sold their houses and their vineyards and flocked to his standard.
January 15, 1891
Transcribed From Vernon Courier, Lamar County Alabama
Randolph, Jan. 11 – Some three months ago Mr. B.B. Head of Bibb county was murdered by one Jim Tate, and Tate was arrested a few days ago in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, but its sheriff, R. H. Jones, the sheriff, arrived in Randolph at 10 o’clock last night on this way to Centeville jail, and between the train hotel Mr. Jones was shot from ambush by unknown parties, evidently for the purpose of releasing Tate, the murderer of Mr. Head, and when Mr. Jones was shot down the prisoner escaped and is at large today.
Coosada Village, also known as Coosada Creek, Cosauda and Coosauda. Coosada Creek comes from an 1850’s map and it is thought “Creek” was indicative of the inhabitants, Creek Indians, and not used as a name. Additional maps label the area as Rileys Creek or Jones Creek and for a while the name was Coosawda. Present day Coosada is located in Elmore County in the central eastern part of Alabama.
Digital Alabama is for those with an adventurous spirit. We have no ties to travel companies or destinations. Whether you enjoy your adventures from the comfort of your easy-chair, spacious RV or a bone rattling four-wheeler our research and cross reference fomat reveals the unknown and untold. Are We Really Different? We’re not so much into champagne and five star motels.
Open: In season, 7 days a week, Self serve 6 am to 10 pm from May 15 to July 15. Directions: Hwy 98 West to Wilmer, AL. Turn left on Wilmer Road, to 1st paved road on right (4mi) to Howell’s Ferry, turn right , go 1 mile & take 1st left onto Driskell Loop Road. Farm is on corner- Driveway is from Driskell Loop. Prices: in 2011 were $1.50 per lb. There is a $5.00 minimum charge for customers over 6 years of age.