- Hitler’s 1930s typewriter is exhibited at the Hall of History in Bessemer.
- Montgomery was the first U.S. city to use electric streetcars (trolleys), in 1886.
- Being the only state with all the raw materials needed to make iron and steel, Alabama produces more iron and steel products than any other state. Montgomery is home to many steel production plants and factories, hence its name: Pittsburgh of the South.
- The Berman Museum in Anniston, AL, contains weapons that belonged to historically significant figures, such as Napoleon I and Jefferson Davis.
- The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, which contains more than 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles, is the largest motorcycle museum in the world.
- Montgomery was the birthplace of the Confederate States of America, which formed in February 4, 1861. It was the capital of the C.S.A. until May 29, 1861, where it was moved to Richmond.
- The skeleton of a prehistoric man was found in Russell Cave.
- Huntsville is known as the Rocket City of the U.S., as the center of rocket and space shuttle production. Scientists and engineers built the first rocket (Saturn 5) to carry astronauts to the moon. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is a space museum located in Huntsville.
- The Alabama Department of Archives is the oldest state-funded archives agency in the U.S.
- In 1956, the Army Ballistic Missile Agency was established at Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, with the purpose of developing the first large ballistic missile in the U.S.
- David Farragut’s famous victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay, on August 5, 1864, is famed with his command, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
Quick Facts Panel:
Population (2010): 4,779,736
-Percent Gain from 2000: 7.5%
Total Area: 52,237 sq. mi.
-Land: 50,744 sq. mi.
-Water: 1,675 sq. mi.
Nickname: Camellia State, Heart of Dixie
Motto: “We Dare Defend Our Rights”
Density: 94.4 people per sq. mi. (US density-87.5 people per sq. mi.)
Statehood: December 14, 1819
Major Cities (ranked by population):
Electoral votes: 9
U.S. Representatives: 7
National Parks:Horshoe Bend National Military Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Russell Cave National Monument, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
Highest point: Cheaha Mountain, 2,407 ft
Lowest point: Gulf of Mexico, 0 ft
Natural Resources: cotton, peanuts
State flower: Camelia
2-Wholesale or retail trade 22%
Productions: steel, space rockets
Exports: computer parts, coal, polycarbonate, mirrors and lenses
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