The 2018 tour season has begun and we have had sold out tours without even hosting a big kick off event! This is going to be a banner year! We are adding in the new 1963 Civil Rights Experience this year (begins next month), ANOTHER Ghost walk is being discussed, Supernatural Birmingham, a lecture series, and a couple of books. It is going to be busy, but GLORIOUS!
This coming weekend is the final weekend of the final tour. The week after is the begining of the full tours for the 2018 season.
I was planning on writing a short article on the Elyton Land Company, but as I started digging through the stacks, I realized that this is better suited to a series of articles – with some being more extensive than others. So here is the first bit about the founding of the corporation that built Birmingham, Alabama. The Elyton Land Company is the company that was formed to found and promote the new city of Birmingham, Alabama. It was organized on January 26, 1871, which could be considered the city’s birthday. The Founding Fathers of the city were a diverse group and will be covered in later posts, but they were all in some way connected to the railroad that was being proposed through the Jones Valley (where Birmingham is now). In 1870 several of them gathered in Mr Josiah Morris’s bank in Montgomery and proposed to purchase land in the area, and through various deals managed to buy 4,150 acres of land – small portions of which have never been developed and are now owned by The Real Estate Company of the South (the successor of the Elyton Land Company). All of this land was transferred to the control of Josiah Morris. December 20, 1870 the following notice was recorded The State of Alabama, Jefferson County — To the Probate Judge of said County: The undersigned respectfully represent unto your honor that they have formed an association for buying lands and selling lots with a view […]
I’m terribly sorry for not getting the Birmingham history post up yesterday as scheduled. There was a bit of personal trauma, because the dog my best friend and I raised from a pup passed away yesterday…. There is an explanation of the cause on my personal Facebook page if anyone is intrested. I should get the delayed post up this afternoon… Rest In Peace, Cutie. You were a good dog.
The Ghost Walk Winter Tour is a shorter (one hour) version that acts as a preview of the upcoming 2018 season, and includes a discount code that can be used off the full length tours. It is a bit less than a mile and includes bits and elements of all three of the upcoming Ghost Walks, a bit of the Taverns and Brothels tour, and a bit of the Civil Rights Experience. Wolfgang