The Clotilda is believed to be the last slave ship reach the U.S. and after unloading its illegal cargo of slaves -The importation of slaves had been illegal since 1808)- it was burned and sunk. The captured African went on to found Africatown, near Mobile.
This one is a keeper. For those of us who like to explore Alabama, it's often tough to know where to eat in unfamiliar territory. I've used the Alabama Tourism Office's 100 Dishes publication and website, which is helpful, as is their 100 Dishes app.
But now, here's something else to add to your arsenal.
This past weekend, I ventured with my son James and Boy Scout Troop 97 to Little River Canyon National Preserve and saw a great show.
Thanks to heavy rains the previous week, Little River was running at full force, and the conditions drew kayakers from Alabama and surrounding states. The most intrepid of them plunged over the Falls, a 45-foot drop. My Flickr album includes video of this amazing sight.
If you go, you must stop at the Canyon welcome center on Alabama 35 atop Lookout Mountain, just east of Fort Payne. The center, built by Jacksonville State University, serves as headquarters for the National Park Service staff and offers information and interpretation of the Canyon, which is one of the deepest gorges East of the Mississippi River and is nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the East.