Alabama Leg Of 2010 Tour


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iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #27

WALKED ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for nearly 2 hours on the campus of the University of South Alabama and the remainder of my 5 hours walking was done in the general Mobile, Alabama area.

Highlights of the Alabama leg of the tour:

It’s hard to think of highlights on the day of your brother’s funeral, but there were a few.

  • First, the University of South Alabama campus has grown immensely since the last time I saw it.  Hats off to them for growing so much.  I wish them well.
  • Second.  Fox 10 News in Mobile, Alabama interviewed me regarding my activities and my brother.  (I DO NOT HAVE VIDEO OF THIS INTERVIEW YET)
  • Last (and most important).  The outpouring of love that was present at my brother Michael Bronstein’s funeral was absolutely amazing.  Between family, friends and members of the community, there were probably 200 to 250 people in attendance.  Absolutely amazing.  It was a testimony to his life !!!

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.  I did not take as many pictures as I usually do as to be quite frank, I wasn’t exactly in the mood to do so.

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Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Alabama:

  • Alabama ranks 30th in total land area and ranks second in the size of its inland waterways. The state ranks 23rd in population with almost 4.6 million residents in 2006.
  • From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama, like many Southern states, suffered economic hardship, in part because of continued dependence on agriculture. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature until the 1960s, while urban interests and African Americans were under-represented.
  • Following World War II, Alabama experienced growth as the economy of the state transitioned from agriculture to diversified interests in heavy manufacturing, mineral extraction, education, and technology. In addition, the establishment or expansion of multiple military installations, primarily those of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, added to state jobs.
  • Alabama is unofficially nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the “Heart of Dixie”. The state tree is the Longleaf Pine, the state flower is the Camellia. The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham. The largest city by total land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists.
  • Indigenous peoples of varying cultures lived in the area for thousands of years before European colonization. Trade with the Northeast via the Ohio River began during the Burial Mound Period (1000 BC–AD 700) and continued until European contact. The agrarian Mississippian culture covered most of the state from 1000 to 1600 AD, with one of its major centers being at the Moundville Archaeological Site in Moundville, Alabama. Analysis of artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations at Moundville were the basis of scholars’ formulating the characteristics of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (SECC). Contrary to popular belief, the SECC appears to have no direct links to Mesoamerican culture, but developed independently. The Ceremonial Complex represents a major component of the religion of the Mississippian peoples; it is one of the primary means by which their religion is understood.

Next stop, Tallahassee, Florida – Florida State University.