Vulcan’s Torch

Vulcan’s Torch

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 10 This is our third and final story featuring Red Mountain in Birmingham. The statue of Vulcan has been standing on a pedestal above lone pine gap on Red Mountain since 1939. Not long after that, he would be seen holding a green or red popsicle...
William Rufus King – Alabama’s Vice President

William Rufus King – Alabama’s Vice President

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 9 Originally from North Carolina, William Rufus King would move to Alabama and become instrumental in the establishment of Alabama as a state, writing the first constitution and creating Alabama. He would also serve the country at the national...
Clark Byers sees Rock City

Clark Byers sees Rock City

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 8 In season 1, we learned about a man from Germany who moved to Alabama to paint portraits. We also learned about a woman who painted on spider webs. In this episode of the Alabama Short Stories podcast, we learn about a man who painted on an...
Andrew Jackson Beard – Inventor

Andrew Jackson Beard – Inventor

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 7 Andrew Jackson Beard was born a slave on a plantation near Pinson, Alabama. After gaining his freedom, he went on to become a farmer, millwright, and prolific inventor. Even though he could not read or write, Beard went on to own patents for...
The Cut in Red Mountain

The Cut in Red Mountain

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 6 This is our second story about Red Mountain this season and it is about the actual mountain. For decades there had been talk about tunneling through the mountain to help travelers coming from Homewood, Mountain Brook, and towns to the south....
The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall – Tom’s Wall

The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall – Tom’s Wall

SEASON 2  | EPISODE 5 Tuscumbia native Tom Hendrix had learned about his relatives through the stories his grandmother would tell him. A trip to Oklahoma and a meeting with a woman named Minnie Long would change the course of his life. 8.5 million pounds of stone...