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60 Interesting & quick facts about Alabama:

1) Alabama was the 22nd state in the USA; it became a state on December 14, 1819.

2) State Abbreviation - AL


3) State Capital - Montgomery


4) Largest City - Birmingham

5) Other Cities - Anniston, Argo, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Mobile


6) Area - 52,423 square miles [Alabama is the 30th biggest state in the USA]


7) Population - 4,447,100 (as of 2000) [Alabama is the 23rd most populous state in the USA]


8) Major Industries - agriculture (cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, poultry, and livestock), hydroelectric power, mining (coal, limestone, iron ore), steel-making, automotive, defense


9) Major Rivers - Tombigbee River, Alabama River, Tennessee River, Chattahoochee River


10) Major Lakes - Guntersville Lake, Wilson Lake, Lake Martin, West Point Lake, Lewis Smith Lake


11) Highest Point - Cheaha Mountain - 2407 feet, (734 m) above sea level


12) Number of Counties - 67


13) Number of State Parks - 24

14) Bordering States - Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee


15) Bordering Body of Water - Gulf of Mexico 


16) Origin of the Name Alabama - Alabama means "tribal town" in the language of the local Creek Indians


17) State Nickname - “Heart of Dixie”, "Yellowhammer State"


18) State Motto - "Audemus jura nostra defendere" - We Dare Defend Our Rights


19) State Song - Alabama (The words were written by Julia S. Tutwiler and the music was written by Mrs. Edna Gockel Gussen of Birmingham.)


20) State tree: Southern Longleaf Pine

21) State nut: Al Argo (no, no, not really, officially it’s still the Pecan. Have you ever had a Pecan Pie?)

22) State rock: Marble

23) State dance: Folk Dance

24) State Quilt: Pine Burr Quilt

25) State Saltwater Fish: Fighting Tarpon (I’m not making this up! Keep reading for famous people from Alabama)

26) State Freshwater Fish: Largemouth Bass

27) State Mineral: Hematite (Oxide of iron (Fe2O3)) 
 

28) State Insect: Monarch butterfly (Danaus pleipuss) 
 

29) State's Gemstone: Star Blue Quartz

30) Alabama's official fair: The Florence Renaissance Faire

31) Dinosaur Fossils Found in Alabama - Lophorhothon, Nodosaurus

32) Major Universities - University Of Alabama, Auburn University, Jacksonville State University, Troy State University, Sanford

33) Huntsville, Alabama is known as ‘Rocket City, USA’. Workers here built the 1st rocket ship that made it possible for humans to finally set foot on the moon. The Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville has one of the world's largest space museums. NASA’s first Space Camp opened here in 1982.

34) The Mardi Gras was introduced by Alabama to the Western World. This celebration is held every Shrove Tuesday, a day prior to the start of Lent.

35) In the year 1886, in Montgomery, the 1st Electric Trolley System in the world was introduced.

36) Alabama is regarded as the only state having all the major natural resources required for making steel and iron. In fact, it is considered as the largest supplier of steel and cast iron pipe products.

37) Montgomery is noted as the birthplace and capital of the Confederated States of America.

38) In the year 1931, the Birmingham Airport was opened. At this time, each flight from Birmingham to Los 
Angeles takes about 19 hours.

39) In 1902, Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere by suturing a stab wound in a young boy's heart. The surgery occurred in Montgomery. 
 


40) Governor George C. Wallace served four terms in office. 


41) The United States Army Chemical Corps Museum in Fort McClellan contains over 4000 chemical warfare artifacts. 
 

42) On January 11, 1861 Alabama becomes the fourth state to secede from the Union. 
 

43) On January 28, 1846 Montgomery was selected as capital of Alabama. 
 

44) Alabama resident Sequoyah devised the phonetic, written alphabet of the Cherokee language.

45) The world's largest cast iron statue is called the Vulcan and located in Birmingham.. The Vulcan is 56 feet tall and weighs 120,000 pounds.

46) In Scottsboro, you'll find the Unclaimed Baggage Center, which sells lost luggage from airlines. (so THAT'S where all my things have been going? Just kidding, it is a cool place though!)

47) The first 911 call in the United States was made in Haleyville, Alabama on February 16, 1968.

48) In Enterprise, Alabama there is a monument to the boll weevil. The monument reminds visitors of the role that the boll weevil played in encouraging farmers to grow crops other than cotton. (Diversify)

49) Mail is delivered by boat in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. This city has the only all-water mail route in the United States.

50) Shelby County holds the record for fastest Habitat for Humanity homebuilding. Professionals built the house in 3 hours, 26 minutes, and 34 seconds.

51) The first football game between the University of Alabama and the Auburn University was played on February 22, 1893. This yearly rivalry game is called the Iron Bowl because of the State’s historic link to the iron industry.

52) Mega-group Alabama has a Fan Club and Museum in Fort Payne, Alabama.

53) Henry "Hank" Aaron and Willie Mays, both famous baseball players are from Alabama.

54) Joe Louis, the famous boxer, was from Alabama.

55) In 1995, Heather Whitestone (from Alabama) served as the 1st Miss America having a disability.

56) Ruth Elder, the silent screen movie star was from Anniston, Alabama (and great aunt to Mrs. Al Argo)

57) Gordon Mote, the famous Nashville keyboardist and recording artist is from Alabama.

58) Motivational Speakers’s Zig Ziglar & Charlie “Tremendous” Jones were both born in Alabama.

59) Motivational Speaker Al Argo is from Alabama and went to school at the University Of Alabama where he majored in Advertising/Marketing.

60) The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail sees visitors from around the world each year. The trail features 468 holes of championship-caliber golf at eleven sites across Alabama. This sites offer an excellent meeting venue for your next corporate event!

Wow, what a list! I know that's not all! (I didn't even mention the beach or Desoto Caverns or Helen Keller) What do you know or love about Alabama? Leave me a message and let me know!







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