Oak Grove in Talladega County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Stars Fell On Alabama / Hodges Meteorite
Stars Fell On Alabama
November 30, 1954. It was a cold, clear early afternoon when Dr. Moody Jacobs left his office for lunch. In the sky, he saw a trail of dark smoke and heard an explosion before white smoke shot out in several directions. “I thought a plane had exploded,” Moody said. Back by 1 p.m. he received a call to an Oak Grove home to treat Mrs. Ann Hodges who’d been struck by a “comet.” The descending fireball had actually been seen by many people across Alabama that day. The Air Force even searched for a crash. The next day, Julius K. McKinney, a farmer who lived near the Hodges, was driving a wagon when his mules shied away from a black rock in the road. After geological confirmations, McKinney sold the 3½ pound rock to the Smithsonian Institute where it resides today in the Hall of Meteorites. The Hodges and McKinney Aerolites are the only known meteors from that day but other “comets” surely reached the ground the day “Stars Fell On Alabama.”
The Town of Oak Grove, Alabama has the distinction of being home to the first
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Oak Grove.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Notable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1954.
Location. 33° 11.362′ N, 86° 17.671′ W. Marker is in Oak Grove, Alabama, in Talladega County. Marker is on Old U.S. Highway 280 0.2 miles north of Odens Mill Road (County Road 36), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sylacauga AL 35150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marble City Cemetery Sylacauga (approx. The B.B. Comer Memorial Library (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hightower Brothers Livery Stable (approx. 2.7 miles away); Sylacauga Historic Commercial District (approx. 2.9 miles away); Sylacauga Marble (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fort Williams (approx. 2.9 miles away); Sylacauga Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Sylacauga Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Encyclopedia of Alabama: Hodges Meteorite Strike (Sylacauga Aerolite). “[Ann] Hodges was napping on her living-room couch at mid-day when the meteorite came through the ceiling, hit a console radio, and smashed into her hip. Awakened by the pain and noise, she thought the gas space heater had exploded. When she noticed a grapefruit-sized rock lying on the floor and a ragged hole in the roof, she assumed children were the culprits. Her mother, Ida Franklin, rushed outside and saw only a black cloud in the sky. ” (Submitted on July 10, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. A Star Fell on Sylacauga. 2006 article by M.J. Ellington in the Decatur Daily News Quote: “Hall believes the only person (Submitted on November 29, 2014.)
3. Hodges Meteorite at the Encyclopedia of Alabama. (Submitted on January 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,235 times since then and 55 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week November 30, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 10, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 6. submitted on January 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.