The Tensaw River: Alabama's Hidden Heritage Corridor (Alabama: The Forge of History) (Paperback)

The Tensaw River: Alabama's Hidden Heritage Corridor (Alabama:  The Forge of History) By Mike Bunn Cover Image

The Tensaw River: Alabama's Hidden Heritage Corridor (Alabama: The Forge of History) (Paperback)

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A keepsake introduction to the natural and historical riches of the Tensaw River area of Alabama’s Gulf Coast

The Tensaw River introduces one of the American South’s richest and most fertile natural features. Author Mike Bunn is director of Historic Blakeley State Park, which is nestled in a prominent bend of the majestic Tensaw River. Reading Bunn is like sailing with a knowledgeable captain along the river’s natural and cultural byways as he offers a treasury of stories and facts that illuminate the river’s astonishing flora and fauna and the sweep of human history along the river’s ageless, meandering waterways.

Forming the eastern boundary of the expansive Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the Tensaw has had little industrial development. Left largely undisturbed, the river still flows free and bountiful into the grand estuary of Mobile Bay in ways and along vistas that would be recognizable to Native Americans centuries ago and to pioneers who arrived before Alabama became a state.

Bunn’s unforgettable stories in The Tensaw River trace the construction and occupation of the Bottle Creek site, an important mound complex built by Southeastern Native Americans a millennia ago. Nearby Blakeley is a spectral antebellum ghost town whose lost memories also tease the imagination. During the Civil War, the boom of artillery fire in the battle that sealed the fate of the city of Mobile echoed along the bends in the Tensaw.

Located near popular Gulf Coast travel destinations, the Tensaw’s forty-one-mile-long “Forgotten Cultural Heritage Corridor” is a gateway to the enchanting beauty of—and humankind’s enduring relationship to—the landscape of the American South.

Mike Bunn is director of Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama, editor of Muscogiana, the journal of the Muscogee County (Georgia) Genealogical Society, and chair of the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission. He is author of several books, including The Assault on Fort Blakeley: The Thunder and Lightning of Battle.

Product Details ISBN: 9780817361723
ISBN-10: 0817361723
Publisher: University Alabama Press
Publication Date: November 12th, 2024
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Alabama: The Forge of History
The Tensaw River teaches visitors and Alabamians alike fascinating stories about nature and history.” —Gregory A. Waselkov, author of Southern Footprints: Exploring Gulf Coast Archaeology