Last month, I was in Scottsboro for a little project — more about that next week, because I’m actually going to be asking for help on it, and it’s something very worthwhile, and I would love your help, and I need your help.
But for now, here are a few pics from other things around Scottsboro:
I had lunch with a friend at — of all places, the Unclaimed Baggage Store (which has a little sandwich shop inside it) where we looked at all kinds of things. Now, as strange as this sounds, the Unclaimed Baggage Store is kind-of…famous. Famous because…well, all that lost luggage from airlines goes somewhere and a lot of it goes here, and a thousand years ago you could find things for very little money but nowadays they have people pricing things that know what they’re looking at. They have everything from off-brand Keds to haute couture. Seriously.
On the way out of town, I walked the Courthouse square. Top left is Payne’s Soda Shop — an old soda fountain that’s been in business since 1869! Well, I had to stop for a drink, then I remembered that they have something called a ‘red slaw dog’. I average about two hotdogs a year, so I thought I’d have a bite or two and that be it. I think what puts the ‘red’ in a red slaw dog is a lot of ketchup in the slaw, so one bite was really enough for me. Some people love it though.
Now, I knew that I had to bring something back for Av and the boys, so on the other side of the Square I found Variety Bake Shop. I got four doughnuts and a dozen cheese straws. Oh wow! The doughnuts were fantastic — Av and the boys devoured them!! And the cheese straws (my thing) were really great too! I’ll admit…I left the doughnuts alone, but the cheese straws were half-gone by the time I got home…
One of the other places I visited in town was the Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center, which is an 1880 home, somewhat sparsely furnished. The interesting thing was upstairs — this case of what I was told were original documents:
This says across the top “War Department, Washington, April ? (maybe 22 or 23) 1865” then “$100,000 Reward! The Murderer of our late beloved President Abraham Lincoln is still at large!”. There’s a picture of a similar one at this CNN site.
Back on the Payne’s side of the Square is this monument to Andrew Jackson — it’s after him that this county, Jackson, is named. This was dedicated in 1976: