At the beginning of the 1800s, there were two small villages in the Southeast Alabama area, known as “New Philadelphia” and “East Alabama.” The point as which these two villages met was called the city of Montgomery (c. 1819) – named for Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery. The city’s two main streets connected at court square – and are still cobblestone to this day. In this area an artesian well was dug, a courthouse was built, and much of the city’s history would play out during the following centuries. As such, the fountain was erected over the artesian basin in 1885 and is crowned by the Greek goddess Hebe – the cupbearer.
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Grey Columns (AKA the Varner-Alexander House) is located on Montgomery Street in Tuskegee, Alabama. It's about half a mile past the university. It was built in 1840 by William Varner, one of Alabama's original "pioneers" and also one the largest plantation owners in Macon County. As such, his home was one of the most impressive in the region.
If you’re in North Alabama during the spring, you’ll find fields of gold scattered around – specifically along Old Highway 20 in Huntsville or on the south side of I-565 near the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. These blooms are Canola, AKA rapeseed, which is primarily grown for its oil and meal. Canola grows from 3-5 feet tall and produces pods that contain seeds. These seeds are harvested and crushed to create canola oil and meal.
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