Rock Run Comissary

When I saw this building today I was moving across Cherokee County, Alabama at a pretty good clip. I turned around to go back and get a photograph. I pulled up in the church parking lot across the road and took my photographs. A silver haired gentleman and his wife were the only folks in the parking lot…as a matter of fact they were the only folks at church.  Mr. Strickland told me that the building was a commissary for a iron smelting operation.  He pointed out where other building had been replaced with privet hedges and trees.  Cherokee Historical Society signage states that the Rock Run Furnace operated from 1874 until 1923. Mr. Strickland said it was quite the community.

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Rock Run Commissary Cherokee COunty, Alabama
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Howard Hill’s Grave

 

Howard Hill’s grave is located in the New Ashville Cemetery in St.Clair County, Alabama. If you look closely you will see bows and arrows carved into the headstone and arrows stuck into the grave! This is a tribute to one of the greatest archers of modern times. Hill was born in 1899 in Wilsonville, Alabama. He was a star athlete in high school and he played several sports at Auburn. His skills with the longbow landed him trick/stunt shooting gigs in the movies of the time. He played in several Errol Flynn movies and was said to be a good friend of Flynn.  He was equally famous for his hunting feats. He died in 1975.  Check out the link below:

Howard Hill Archery

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For those Geocachers out there GC10P84 Real Life Robin Hood is located behind the trees in the background.