National Geographic : 1950 Jul
You Can't Miss America by Bus more cotton country and an occasional sleepy village. Sandersville, popula tion 3,566, hid behind a giant sign: "The larg est town its size in the world." At Macon I changed to a Greyhound ex press. Willie Buzz be hind the wheel drove hard and nonstop to Columbus, Georgia. He let up once when he slowed down to swerve around a baby rabbit. The panting Hound took a 10-minute breather in Columbus. Here I quit the express, ate a leisurely lunch in the depot restaurant, ambled around the city's steaming streets, then boarded a local for Montgomery, Ala bama. Casual as a hatless housewife going to mar ket, a young woman rode to Auburn for an overnight visit. She told me her husband piloted commercial planes; but she stuck to buses. A girl leaned over the driver's shoulder to say, "Just by this big tree, please." There he stopped to let her Oblivious of Misfortune, Omaha's Stranded Passenger Sleeps Family funds were exhausted when the child's parents checked into the bus station at the end of a ride. While father and mother sought aid, baby napped on a bench. Help was finally arranged by the terminal manager. off. A bit farther on the bus pulled up at a bridge to take on a man who appeared to have been painting it. I stayed a day in Montgomery, first capi tal of the Confederacy.* On a balcony op posite my hotel window the South in 1861 introduced a great hope; orator and seces sionist William Lowndes Yancey presented Jefferson Davis to an enthusiastic throng below: "The man and the hour have met." The first Confederate Cabinet assembled in a building near by. Not far from Montgomery, two men flagged our Mobile-bound bus. The younger of them helped the older, who was crippled. As they struggled up the coach steps, the youth fum bled for their fares. He didn't have the money. "I'll pay for them," volunteered a kind woman who was sitting up front. Over Mobile Bay on a 10-mile causeway, under Mobile River by Bankhead Tunnel, and we popped up in the center of a city. Bauxite and Iron "Lace" Founded in 1702, Mobile has lived under six flags: French, British, Spanish, United States, Republic of Alabama, and Confederate. To the port of Mobile sail ships of all flags. I watched fruiters from Central America dis charge tons of bananas. Scandinavian freight ers took on mountains of cement, and bauxite * See "Smoke Over Alabama," by Frederick Sim pich, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, December, 1931.