Monday, September 1, 2008

September Theme Day (Sister Cities)

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Welcome to Selma...North Carolina, a sister city to Selma, Alabama!

While Selma, Alabama also has a sister city in South America, I chose to post a picture of the town that was named for our town. Back in the Reconstruction Era, when founders proposed naming it Sharpsburg after Confederate Col. John Sharp who had settled there, Sharp objected. He preferred honoring his old hometown of Selma, Alabama, and proposed naming the town for the place he was born. (For more details about Selma, N.C., history, click HERE.)

Today, there are quite a few similarities between the two Selmas. Both were thriving railroad towns. Both have old railroad depots and red cabooses, and there are old grist mills nearby.

Thanks to Lewis Mullen, photographer and author of the Selma Daily Photo in North Carolina for permission to use his photo.

There are lots of other sister cities getting celebrated today.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Arradon, France by Alice, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Aurora, South Africa by shelagh, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Bandung, Indonesia by Bunyamin, Bandung, Indonesia by Harry Makertia, Bandung, Indonesia by Eki Akhwan, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Brighton, UK by Harvey, Brookville (OH), USA by Abraham, Bucharest, Romania by Malpraxis, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Busan, Korea South by iamnbinb, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by trieulet, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Shantaram, Chennai, India by Ram N, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Darmstadt, Germany by Elsch, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Edmonton (AL), Canada by , Evry, France by Olivier, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Gothenburg, Sweden by Lo/David, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Hanoi, Vietnam by Jérôme, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Helsinki, Finland by PPusa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Honningsvag, Norway by J., Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Istanbul, Turkey by mustafa34, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jerusalem, Israel by Esther, Karwar, India by Yogesh, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Lakewood (OH), USA by mouse, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Madrid, Spain by Tr3nta, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Anthony, Mashhad, Iran by Meead, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Misawa, Japan by misawa mama, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Muizenberg, South Africa by Pentaxjunkie, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, New York City (NY), USA by Kitty, New York City (NY), USA by • Eliane •, Newport News (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Nice, France by Angelaj, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Palos Verdes (CA), USA by tash, Paris, France by Eric, Paris, France by Elsa, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pensacola (FL), USA by P J, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Petoskey (MI), USA by Christie, Philadelphia (PA), USA by Andrew Foderaro, Phoenix (AZ), USA by Sharon, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Portland (ME), USA by Corey, Portsmouth (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Rancho Palos Verdes (CA), USA by Sarah Adams, Riga, Latvia by Riga Photos, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salem (OR), USA by jill, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Francisco (CA), USA by Burd Zel Krai, Schenectady (NY), USA by Buck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Singapore, Singapore by Zannnie, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, South Pasadena (CA), USA by Laurie, Springfield (IL), USA by Aubrey, Stanwood (WA), USA by MaryBeth, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Sydney, Australia by Julie, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Tamarindo, Costa Rica by David, Tel-Aviv, Israel by Olga, Telluride (CO), USA by mtsrool, Tempe (AZ), USA by angie, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torino, Italy by Fabrizio, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Turin, Italy by Livio, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Villigen, Switzerland by z, Virginia Beach (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Washington (DC), USA by D.C. Confidential, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,

19 comments:

Z said...

Nakesakes, even! Interesting history.

Sally said...

Now, that's strange....Ic ould have sworn Selma's sister was Patty...not to mention Marge.

Sydney Daily Photo

angela said...

I guess that way Sharp didn't confuse the names!
Thanks for the information.

babooshka said...

Thats weird and fuuny. Fascinating what you learn as go around.

Dan said...

Love the view of the old buildings in the downtown streets.

Moon said...

Good Morning Selma, Alabama. Thanks for letting us share your name. Moon - Selma, North Carolina

alice said...

I'm learning so many things along my "trip" today!

PJ said...

The Selma sisters! I wondered who Selma was twinned with and now I find you've taken the initiative and added one all on your own.It's really sweet, I like it.

marley said...

Great photo borrowing. I wonder if people get confused between the two Selma's?! Lol :)

Rambling Round said...

A little additional info:
Selma, Alabama was named after the royal fortress described in William Mcpherson's "Songs of Ossian." It means "high throne." Selma, Ala. is situated on a high bluff above the Alabama River.
Thanks for all of your interesting comments.

Rambling Round said...

Moon, your town is welcome to share my town's name. Had it not been for the CDPB, I never would have learned of the connection between our two Selmas.

Abraham Lincoln said...

It looks like home to me. I mean this district downtown in your city looks like almost any small town around here where I grew up. The only difference is that around here the soda fountains and drug stores are closed. I suppose they are open down there, but maybe not. We have been invaded by the big box stores.

I do like your photography and this is a nice one.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Virginia said...

WEll actually I looked up that "official" sister city site and low and behold B'ham, England is nowhere to be found. Oh well, I made it official today on my blog anyway! Like the "other Selma" too!

Halcyon said...

A perfect choice for the theme day. Selma, NC looks just as quaint and cute as Selma, AL. :)

Chris said...

Very, very funny.. . . .and interesting.

I assume you guys have not had bad weather due to Gustav, have you?

Jilly said...

Ah a sister city with the same name - well that makes sense. I couldn't

It's so interesting the read the history and the similarities between the two Selmas.

Hyde DP said...

So Selma like Cheltenham is linked to its namesake - fascinating.

Rambling Round said...

Note: While Selma, N.C., is not an "official" sister city to Selma, Ala., the connections are so interesting that I thought they should be acknowledged here.
Beloit, a community in Dallas County, also has an official sister city in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Kate said...

I'm sorry that I didn't get to your blog yesterday, but since Labor Day is the last day of the MN State Fair, we took our granddaughter there instead of enjoying all the Sister Cities' photos. Having one with the same name as your own city is unusual!