Wilson Park in Florence, Alabama

This week's Sunday Sign tells us a bit about the history of Woodrow Wilson Park in downtown Florence, Alabama. Wilson Park is about as pretty as small parks come.... If you haven't been to Florence, Alabama you really must visit...... Humans, dogs, cats, birds....all are welcome.... The Sunday Sign is a weekly feature of The Ben Franklin Follies.   … [Read more...]

Sunday Sign: Telluride Gondola

It's ski season, so this week's Sunday Sign brings us a few fun facts about the Telluride Gondola, which is actually a free public transportation system, not a "ski lift." It's also 100% wind-powered. The Gondola connects the the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village.   More information on the Telluride Gondola The Sunday Sign is a weekly feature of The Ben Franklin … [Read more...]

The Shirley Place

The Shirley Place in Northport, Alabama is featured as this week's Sunday Sign.       Related Posts The Sunday Sign is a weekly feature of The Ben Franklin Follies. … [Read more...]

The King Lives On

This week's Sunday Sign pays homage to Elvis:   I bought this Speedway one-sheet on ebay back in 2000 and had it archive-mounted and framed. It cost me an arm-and-a-leg and it's been a burden to move around the country, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. One of the first Sunday Sign posts, the historical marker at Elvis Presley's Tupelo birthplace, commemorated the … [Read more...]

Buy Local, Eat Local

Why not support your locally-owned businesses and merchants this holiday season? Buy American, whenever possible, and from locally-owned businesses if you have a choice. Whether you're buying Christmas gifts for family and friends or food items for a holiday party, there's almost always a local option. Support your community.   "Cheap" comes with a price. The seemingly insatiable desire … [Read more...]

Basilica of St. Louis

On this Second Sunday of Advent I thought I'd feature the Basilica of St. Louis and the story of watchful waiting by a western Indian tribe in the first half of the 19th century. A delegation of four Indians from a tribe west of the Rocky Mountains came to St. Louis in the Fall of 1831 seeking a "Black Robe" to come and teach them the Catholic faith. Two of the four died in St. Louis due to … [Read more...]

Montrose, Colorado: Sunday Sign

This week's Sunday Sign gives a shout-out to lovely Montrose, Colorado.  I've had the pleasure of visiting Montrose a couple of times since my brother and his family moved there in 2008.   Montrose is located in the southwestern quadrant of Colorado, in the Uncompahgre Valley, in lands originally populated by the Ute Indians. White settlers arrived in the Valley in the 1870s but could … [Read more...]

Jackson’s Military Road

This week's Sunday Sign highlights Jackson's Military Road in Northwest Alabama. The road plays a central role in the history of Northwest Alabama, from pioneer settlements to rock-and-roll iconography. The road itself was built by American soldiers under the leadership of General Andrew Jackson, following the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. The military road was completed in 1820 and shortened … [Read more...]

Henry County, Missouri: Sunday Sign

This Henry County, Missouri historical marker is this week's Sunday Sign:   Henry County, Missouri is in west central Missouri. I spent a couple of hours in Clinton, the county seat, in August 2010, where I enjoyed a nice sandwich and cake at The Ben Franklin Coffee House on the town square. Benjamin Franklin would be proud to know that the Henry County Public Library has an excellent … [Read more...]

W-A-T-E-R: Helen Keller Can Communicate

I get chills just imagining what Helen Keller must  have felt that day in 1877 when she felt the water flowing from a pump in Tuscumbia, Alabama as Anne Sullivan spelled the letters W-A-T-E-R into her hands. I was fortunate to grow up within 15 miles of Helen Keller's childhood home.  The story of how Helen Keller moved from  darkness and silence to language, communication and the … [Read more...]