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November 23, 2014

Alabama 21

Alabama 21: Highway links towns and a way of life

If you start at the bottom of the map, in Atmore at the Florida state line, and finally reach this place, Alabama 21’s northern terminus in Piedmont, you’ve done something supreme: You’ve seen Alabama, the state we love for its beauty, its natural resources and its people.

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Friday 08/01/2014
Hometown traffic
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Friday, Aug. 1, 5:39 p.m. — Except for its difficult transition through Montgomery, Alabama 21 alternates between two-lane and four-lane versions. If you drive the whole thing, Florida to Piedmont, it certainly seems as if you spend more time on two-lane roads with minimal traffic and lots of country scenery.

Posted in Blog on Friday, August 1, 2014 5:46 pm. Updated: 5:51 pm.

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Not forgotten
Posted: August 01, 2014

Friday, Aug. 1, 9:55 a.m. — TALLADEGA — Alabama 21’s 279 miles have a few commonalities. One of them is the abundance of war memorials scattered around the towns on this highway.

Posted in Blog on Friday, August 1, 2014 5:29 pm.

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Rock-solid reputation
Posted: August 01, 2014

Friday, Aug. 1, 8:34 a.m. — SYLACAUGA — The global reputation of this Talladega County city is based on rock — marble, to be exact. It’s long been called the Marble City because of the overwhelming amount of pristine, white marble on which it sits. (It’s part of the Murphy Marble Belt, 32 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.)

Posted in Blog on Friday, August 1, 2014 9:04 am.

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Friday 08/01/2014
Alabama 21: Highway links towns and a way of life
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 8:20 pm

If you start at the bottom of the map, in Atmore at the Florida state line, and finally reach this place, Alabama 21’s northern terminus in Piedmont, you’ve done something supreme: You’ve seen Alabama, the state we love for its beauty, its natural resources and its people.

Thursday 07/31/2014
Alabama 21: Long trip, deep impact
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 6:29 am

Alabama 21 runs across the western ridges of an 85-million-year-old meteor crater in Wetumpka.

Alabama 21: Hayneville to Wetumpka
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 6:38 am

Phillip Tutor's views along Alabama 21 on Day 4 of his journey north from the Florida state line to Piedmont.

Alabama 21: Welcome to Montgomery
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 6:52 am

Phillip Tutor reaches Montgomery on his trek along Alabama 21 from the Florida state line, and in doing so, leaves behind the two-lane country road he's traveled up to now.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
Alabama 21: Peterman to Oak Hill
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Scenes along Alabama 21 from Peterman to Oak Hill.

Alabama 21: Welcome to Oak Hill, population 35
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Oak Hill, in Wilcox County, has 35 residents. Most are related one way or another, said Mayor David Fuller, whose town may be the smallest city in this state of small towns.

Alabama 21: Frisco City
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 12:16 pm

The Star's Phillip Tutor stops in Frisco City on his way up Alabama 21 from the Florida state line to Piedmont.

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Alabama 21: Uriah
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 12:15 pm

The Anniston Star's Phillip Tutor stops in Uriah on his way up Alabama 21 from the Florida state line to Piedmont.

Alabama 21: Mockingbird merch, but much more
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Towns aren’t people, but they hurt and feel. They also harbor grudges and rivalries. Think Anniston and Oxford, eternal neighbors bound by geography. They’re connected by Alabama 21 and decades of civic competition, sometimes friendly, other times not. If Monroeville is Anniston, it has two Oxfords.

Monday 07/28/2014
Alabama 21 in Atmore
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 6:23 pm
Alabama 21: Civic spirit amid peacocks, dogs
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 12:19 pm

ATMORE — If Foster Kizer isn’t Atmore’s First Citizen, he’s at least this place’s biggest cheerleader, honest critic and eternally hopeful civic romantic. He moves about his homestead with a graceful ease, slow and peaceful, his three dogs (and one cat) following him from room to room.

Alabama 21: Holman prison blues
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 1:00 pm

One his way north on Alabama 21 from the Florida state line, Phillip Tutor makes a brief side trip to the W.C. Holman Correctional Facility just north of Atmore. Fortunately, he doesn't have to stay.

Alabama 21: Wind Creek Casino
Posted: July 28, 2014

The Anniston Star's Phillip Tutor stops at Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, on his way north along Alabama 21 from the Florida state line to Piedmont.

Sunday 07/27/2014
Alabama 21: South of the line
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 12:20 pm

MOLINO, Fla. — If you get in your car in Piedmont and meander south as far as you can go on Alabama 21, you will end up here. At the intersection of Florida 97 and U.S. 29.

Alabama 21: South of the Line
Posted: July 27, 2014

The Anniston Star's Phillip Tutor is traveling all of Alabama Highway 21 north, from Atmore to Piedmont. His journey began south of the Florida line, on Florida 97.

Alabama 21: South of the line
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 6:23 pm

South of the state line, Alabama 21 is Florida 97. The highways cuts through farmland and specks on the map before arriving at Atmore, the start of Alabama 21's long journey north.

Alabama 21: From panhandle to Piedmont, it's a route of history
Updated: July 27, 2014 - 9:31 pm

 Atmore Mayor Jim Staff mostly just thinks about the parts of Alabama 21 that matter to him — in his town, it’s called Main Street. Before a phone call Thursday, he said he’d never considered that there was a town something like his at the other end of the line.

StoryMap: The path of Alabama 21

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