Apafalya bank

Ken Steinhoff says he wants to take photos of old bank buildings next time he’s back in Cape Girardeau, especially the old ones that look like bank buildings.    Here’s a building that’s not a bank, but looks like one.   The photo was taken in Notasulga, Alabama in April 2006. I have a hunch it used […]

Global Creeks

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, cattle came to displace whitetail deer in the economy of the Creek Indians of what is now east central Alabama.   You could even say that this change was one of the factors that led to the Creek Wars that were exploited by Andrew Jackson during the War […]

Tuckabatchee (March-April 2006)

This was intended to be a ride from Vincennes IN to Tuckabatchee in Alabama.   There were two subjects to this ride.   The first was Tecumseh and the War of 1812.   Tecumseh had gone to Tuckabatchee in 1811 as part of a campaign to built a pan-Indian confederation to resist the Americans.   But that location was […]


In the last post about the Front Porch Republic I mentioned how Nikita Khrushchev didn’t care to have his mother sitting outside their apartment building, zavalinka-style, because in Stalin’s Russia these heart-to-heart discussions could get you killed. Ken of Palm Beach Bike Tours commented on the front porches of his childhood, saying they were good […]


The introduction to “Creeks and Southerners” by Andrew K. Frank (2005) tells of Andrew Brissert, who in 1783 got in trouble with the Spanish authorities in Pensacola. He and his wife had come to buy some food supplies and sell two African American slaves. He was arrested for being “dressed and painted as an Indian” […]

Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier

The latest issue of American Historical Review has a review of “Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier” by Andrew K. Frank (2005). I wish I had known about this book in April 2006 when I rode to the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park and other sites of Creek Indian history in Alabama. […]

The Negro Fort and Black Hawk

I’ve circled the site of the Negro Fort in red. It’s about 27 miles by road from East Point, which is across the bay from Apalachicola. If you go by crow, it’s about 15 miles straight north of Apalachicola.