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Monument to Lady Hit by Meteorite

301 N. Broadway Ave, Sylacauga, Alabama 35150 USA

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“monument to the first "known" person hit by a meteorite”

Just outside of Sylacauga, Alabama in 1954 Ann Hodges’ home was hit by an 8.5-pound meteorite, hitting her in her thigh, thus making her the first “known” person to have been hit by a space rock. The Monument to Lady-Whacking Meteorite is probably the first and the only monument to be built in tribute to a meteorite. This particular 8.5 pounds (4 kilograms) meteorite hit Sylacauga, and crashed through the house roof of Anne Hodge, who didn't suffer serious injuries. Since then Hodge became recognized as the first person who was literally hit by a meteorite. Sculpted by Don Lawler, a stone sculptor, the monument is made of marble and placed on a granite slab, with the words, 'Falling Star', written on it. Since then, it has garnered recognition and become a tourist spot in this city. 

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Passepartout

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November 05, 2017
Rated 3.0

This and several other interesting statues at the same intersection are all carved from marble from the local quarry. Very pretty stone. The design of this monument is interesting and attractive, but I really think the statue next to it, "Sylacauga Emerging", is better.

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Monument to Lady Hit by Meteorite

301 N. Broadway Ave
Sylacauga, Alabama
35150 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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