As I've mentioned in the past, I often come across random articles or tidbits from Alabama history that I find fascinating but that don't really deserve a full story of their own.
From archaeological treasures to Civil War gold, here are 10 strange Alabama discoveries: Civil War gold, Demopolis, 1926 In May of 1926, Gayus Whitfield was using a map left behind by his father, Boaz Whitfield, when he came upon gold worth as much as $200,000, which would be more than $2.6 million today.
According to an Associated Press article, Boaz Whitfield, the son of Gen. King and his wife, Janet Abbott-King, were searching for fossils on a recent road cut in southeastern Montgomery County.
Nathan Bryan Whitfield who built Gaineswood plantation, "was one of the richest of Alabama's pre-war citizens." The story said the money was found 18 miles from Demopolis "in an old powder can which crumbled at touch." Nine heirs were expected to divide the fortune. They found fossils, all right - one of the most unusual discovered in Alabama.
Read the full article in The Evening Independent here. The dinosaur would eventually be classified as a sub-species of Tyrannosaurus Rex, called and means "Appalachian Lizard." It is commonly called the Alabama tyrannosaur.
The Allen treasure, Clarke County, 1937 On Wednesday, Jan.
13, 1937, Jim Allen and relatives were digging in the backyard of their Clarke County home looking for buried treasure, a family pastime.
But this time the search would pay off for the Allens when they located a cache of pre-Civil-War -gold pieces beneath an old smokehouse.
The animal grew to be 22 feet long and was a carnivore from the late Cretaceous Period. Mystery Gulf Coast shipwreck The wreck of an unidentified wooden ship that was initially uncovered by Hurricane Camille in 1969 can be found about 6 miles from Fort Morgan along Alabama's Gulf Coast.
After its initial appearance, the wreck has been submerged and reappeared following subsequent hurricanes, most recently 2008's Hurricane Ike.
The wreckage shows the ship was about 150 feet long and 30 feet wide. However, Fort Morgan historian Mike Bailey discovered the ship was the , a schooner built at the De Angelo Shipyard in Moss Point, Miss., to carry lumber.
Many researchers believed the wreck to be the , which ran aground and partially burned in 1862 while trying to get past the U. She ran aground at Fort Morgan in 1923, carrying a small amount of cargo and a crew of about eight men.