Bill Coleman holds a BBA Degree from the University of Montevallo. An entrepreneur since the early 1980s, he is presently a website developer. Owner of five websites and an outdoors blog, his flagship site, www.gulf-shores-travel-guide.com, is one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the Alabama Gulf Coast. After living in the Gulf Shores, Alabama, area for eleven years, he and his wife Kathy moved back to Rock Mountain where he grew up. There, they spend most of their free time fishing in the lakes and walking on the trails. He also enjoys researching and collecting the history of Rock Mountain and the surrounding areas.
When I'm enjoying the outdoors at Rock Mountain, I can't help but wonder about the people who were here before me. There is a big flat rock on Fire Tower Road where we like to picnic. It's a certainty that people have been enjoying meals on that rock for thousands of years. Those people walked the same trails and they waded in the same creeks as we do. Who were those people? Why did they leave this area? Who replaced them? Where did those people come from?
Those are just a few of the questions that I have pondered during the half century since I first walked over Rock Mountain as a nine year old child. Rock Mountain has built a history of human occupation that spans more than 10,000 years, but history books have barely mentioned it. I set aside the time to write this book when I realized that I had witnessed much of the tangible history of Rock Mountain disappear, and it had never been recorded.
Originally, I had planned to write a short history of personal observations from the time my family first came to Rock Mountain. During the time I was putting my thoughts together, I was also researching the history of the Native Americans who lived in this area. That led to reading about the first settlers who had traveled down the Huntsville Road to found Jonesboro. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I should combine my personal history in this area with my research.
I think that I've written a book that will be an entertaining read for those who want to know more about where they live, as well as a book for those who love history.
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Bill Coleman holds a BBA Degree from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. An entrepreneur since the early 1980s, he is presently a writer and investor. His website rockmountainalabama.com is the most comprehensive website on the Internet on the Rock Mountain area of western Jefferson County, Alabama.
After living in the Gulf Shores, Alabama, area for eleven years, he and his wife Kathy moved back to Rock Mountain where he grew up. There, he spends most of his free time fishing in the lakes and walking on the trails. He also enjoys hunting for prehistoric Indian artifacts and researching and collecting the history of Rock Mountain and the surrounding areas.
Amazon Reviews from the First Edition of the History of Rock Mountain in Jefferson County, Alabama:
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read! I'm an Alabamian but have ... By Louise M. Leigh,Ph.D on November 4, 2014Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase A very interesting read! I'm an Alabamian but have only lived in Jefferson County a few years. Coleman's book made the history of the area come alive! 5.0 out of 5 stars Great information on the Rock Mountain area of Jefferson County Alabama By katep on April 15, 2013Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase When I started trying to find information about the Rock Mountain area. It was just finding bits and pieces here and there. It was not until I read Bill Colemans blog rockmountainalabama.com that I found out about the existence of this book that brought all the bits and pieces together along with extensive research of his own. And a lot of his personal experience growing up in this area and things he has discovered since he moved back to the area .
My main attraction to his blog and his books was finding out about the Indian population in this area over the last 10,000+ years. He does this much more than anything else I have read. Other things I read barely touched on the subject.I have found no other source that comes close to giving information on the Indian population in this area, history of expeditions, early American settlers and up to present day accounts of this area.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for information on the Rock Mountain area past or present. Also anyone who is a history buff in regards to the area, the state of Alabama, regional Indians or learning about how to find Indian artifacts in any area! I can not wait to read Bill Coleman's other book "Yes, you can find arrowheads" 4.0 out of 5 starsRock Mountain By Kirby on April 4, 2013Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase So enjoyed reading this book about Rock Mountain. Nothing like local history for sure. Such easy reading. Makes me want to go and explore.
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