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Randy Sandford

A Tiger in T-Town, Part 1

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While the title of this thread will make since to my fellow Alabamians, I guess an explanation may be in order for the rest of you. Obviously from my avatar, I'm an Auburn fan. T-Town is a nickname for Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama (Auburn's biggest rival). Most of you might be surprised to know that I lived in Tuscaloosa briefly between the ages of 3 and 4 (my old house is visible from I-59 between McFarland Blvd. and Cottondale), but this is where we were living when my parents divorced (which might explain how I, the son of a Bama fan, went on to attend Auburn University and now bleed orange and blue...LOL). My dad continued living in Tuscaloosa throughout most of the 1970's, so I spent many weekends and holidays visiting him in T-Town.

Anyway, my wife wanted to visit a few shops in Tuscaloosa that her mom had recommended, so we (my wife, son, and I) headed to Tuscaloosa today to do some shopping before football season kicks off next weekend. And being the shutterbug that I am, I decided to finally take some photos in and around Tuscaloosa while we were there.

First, here are views of Downtown Northport (Tuscaloosa's largest suburb located across the Black Warrior River):




Downtown Tuscaloosa:



We then stopped at the University of Alabama for a brief walking tour. Here is Graves Hall:



Doster Hall and Bryant-Denny Stadium:


The President's Mansion--completed in 1841 and one of the few structures that wasn't burned down by Union Troops during the Civil War in 1865:




Denny Chimes, a campus landmark located across University Blvd. from the President's Mansion at the south end of The Quad, a large, grassy park at the heart of the campus:


View of buildings lining the eastern edge of The Quad:


Moore Hall and Little Hall:


Looking towards the northwest across The Quad from near Denny Chimes:


The base of Denny Chimes with the President's Mansion across the street:


Gorgas Library, the central library located at the north end of The Quad (as you can see, Austin couldn't wait to climb all of those steps...LOL):




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Thanks, Randy !

I was in Birmingham yesterday, but didn't take any photos.

Since the "Iron Bowl" moved to a home-and-home series, I think a pretty good number of Alabama and Auburn fans have gained appreciation for the "rival" campus. The City of Tuscaloosa is currently considering a housing ordinance in its historic districts patterned directly after the zoning laws in Auburn.

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nice pics, great to see where so many of my new classmates went to school...in the middle of a park.


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