Who knows What it Looked Like?
Posted by Heliocentrism on July 28, 2010
July 14, 2010
Let’s Reconstruct it
To tell the truth, the history of Fort Toulouse in Wetumpka, Alabama is not as interesting as the history of the reconstruction of the Fort. The Fort itself was built some time in 1717 and used by the French to ward off the British. It’s the same old good verses bad story. Here French equals good and British equals bad, I think. It’s hard to tell…
The Fort was abandoned by the French when the British showed them what’s what. The French ran off to New Orleans where they started a tradition of bead collecting and public intoxication. The British had no real interest in this Alabaman fort once the French were gone and left it to rot.
In the 1800’s the fort was used by Andrew Jackson; you know, Mr. 20-dollar bill. Well… he didn’t so much use the fort, as built a bigger one over it called Fort Jackson. Mr. Jackson needed more space than the French. He planned to win his war.
In 1976 someone had the great idea of reconstructing Fort Toulouse. They looked at the outline of the fort that was there and built upon that. Unfortunately, no one bothered to check with any reputable historians on the matter, because what they had actually made was a replica of Andrew Jackson’s fort.
They did eventually tear down the replica of Jackson’s fort and build, as best they could, a replica of Fort Toulouse. They hope one day to build another replica of Jackson’s Fort somewhere in the area.
So Much to do in Bowling Green, but not after Six
The next stop on our tour through the southern states was in a nice town called Bowling Green in the state of Kentucky. According to the TomTom there were lots of great stuff to see and do in this town, from a Corvette Museum to a distillery.
But alas, it was all for naught! For you see, our arrival was in the late hours before dust at 17:30 in the afternoon. By then everything was either closed or closing. We did manage a drive about town in which we saw the aviational spectacle you see above.
It was flown by a Brigadier General Daniel Cherry, of whom Wikipedia, as of this writing, knows nothing about. But I know he exist because I saw his plane and because he wrote a book; My Enemy My Friend.
We Don’t Need No Sinkin’ Tents!
Malcolm, Vonia, and the kids didn’t feel like unpacking the trailer to get to the tents and set them up. Nor did they feel like taking tents down and repacking them the next day. They checked the weather report. Since there was no chance of rain, they put up only their camping gazebo to sleep under.
Mark’s and my tent, is a small tent that takes about 5 minutes to put up. As I slept in my tent, I felt jealous of everyone else who was sleeping a little closer to nature. Mark on the other hand was glad he was where the bugs couldn’t bite him.
How to get there:
You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.
I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.
- Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
- Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)
- Crash Course:
- CGP Grey:
- Mental Floss:
- American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
- Area 51
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Dandelion Wine
- Girl in Translation
- The Hemingses of Monticello
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
- The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
- Notes from a Big Country
- One Summer: America, 1927
- Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes
- Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
- That’s Not In My American History Book
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
- The Water Is Wide
- Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
- It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.
How to get there:
- 32°30’24.0″N 86°15’06.0″W
- Exit on Northern Blvd. (Hwy 152, exit 173 off I-65 in Montgomery)
- Follow Northern Blvd east to U.S. Highway 231 north towards Wetumpka.
- Go approximately 8 miles;
- look for the Key West Inn on the left.
- Turn left at next red light onto Fort Toulouse Road.
- After approximately 2.5 miles the road goes directly into Fort Toulouse.
Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park
2521 W. Fort Toulouse Road
Wetumpka, AL 36093
- (334) 567-3002
- Jim Parker (Park Director) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- $2.00 Adults
- $1.00 for students and children 6 and over
- Free for children under 5 and under.
- Open sunrise to sunset
How to get there:
- 36°55’02.0″N 86°26’10.1″W
- From I-65 Exit 22, north on US 231,
- left onto KY 884 at light #12.
- 1.8 miles on left.
1960 Three Springs Rd
Bowling Green KY 42104
- (270) 843-1919
- This site comes with free wi-fi.