Sunday, March 05, 2006

I am Iron Man


Well there are things people should know about Richmond and the Civil War.

1. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy.
2. A large part of Richmond burned in 1865 before its evacuation and subsequent Yankee capture--we blame the Yankees.
3. We actually did it ourselves.
4. Today, 141 years later--It isn't over.

So, what does this have to do with my picture? Well, there are very few buildings in Richmond that pre-date 1865. After the war, just as Scarlett O'Hare declared "I'll never go hungry again," Richmond declared they'd never burn again. That's why almost every building is brick. If it's not brick? It's stone. We even decided that our porches shouldn't burn and an iron work renaissance took off. Turns out we're second only to New Orleans!

Posted by mea at 8:26 AM

4 Comments

  1. Blogger EPLUIM posted at 5:11 AM  
    Funny entry :) Had a blast this weekend (which I realize is completely unrelated).
  2. Blogger pcpod posted at 11:03 PM  
    The brick and iron do look better than most wood houses after a century. By the way, I always liked that song.
  3. Blogger Litzner posted at 11:15 PM  
    added history: Richmond was the second capital of the Confederate States of America, the previous capital was Montgomery. And after Richmond fell, the capital was moved to Tennesee. :o)
  4. Blogger mea posted at 11:28 PM  
    Epluim - As did I!

    Pcpod-What song is that?

    Mike-Always the history nerd ;)

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