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Visit Alabama, USA. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and ancestry.

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 Alabama, USA - The Western Railway of Alabama stock certificate

"I had no idea Alabama had so much to offer. We have wafted over blue Gulf waters, rustled through venerable historic rooms, lilted across pine-ringed lakes, hard our voices echoed from picturesque mountain tops and resounded through mammoth caverns. We have been transported from the historical lands of the Indians, the Spanish, the French, the English, to the roar of the Space Age, and we had them all and much more in star-studded Alabama." Anonymous travel writer

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.

Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.


Alabama is the only state whose official drink is an alcoholic beverage (Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey, originally distilled by legendary moonshiner Clyde May).

"Before Europeans landed on American shores, the upper stretches of the Alabama River in present-day Alabama used to be the home lands of a Native American tribe called the Alabama (Albaamaha in their own tribal language). The river and the state both take their names from the tribe..."

There is MUCH more to discover about Alabama, USA. Read on!

Alabama Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

The Western Railway of Alabama stock certificate
Alabama, USA
The Western Railway of Alabama stock certificate
Washington St., Hunstville, Ala.
Alabama, USA

Washington St., Hunstville, Ala.
Mobile, Ala. Live Oak Tree (Spreading over 100 feet.)
Alabama, USA

Mobile, Ala. Live Oak Tree (Spreading over 100 feet.)
Flag of Alabama
Adopted February 16, 1895
Alabama, USA
Flag of Alabama
Adopted February 16, 1895

Alabama, USA

(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Norwood Street Scene, Birmingham, Ala.
Alabama, USA

Norwood Street Scene, Birmingham, Ala.

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1819 - State constitution adopted; first general election held; Alabama became 22nd U. S. state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ altimeln.htm
(1820 - 1840) Over 150,000 slaves brought into Alabama webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ altimeln.htm
1833 - Meteor shower caused night to be known as "the night stars fell on Alabama" webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ altimeln.htm
1836 - Alabama become the first state in the U.S. to officially legalize Christmas
1854 - Alabama
Alabama, one of the Southern States of the American confederacy, is bounded on the N. by Tennessee, E. by Georgia, S. by Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, and W. by Mississippi. It lies between 30° W and 85° N. latitude, and between 85° and 88° 30' W. longitude; being about 330 miles in extreme length from N. to S., and 300 miles in its greatest breadth ; including an area of 50.722 square miles, or 32,462,080 acres, only 4,435,614 of which were improved in 1850...
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1861 - January 11 – American Civil War: Alabama secedes from the Union.
January 11, 1861
1887 - Educational Advice
The average age of those who enter college is now seventeen. One hundred years ago it was fourteen, and it will be doubtless nineteen ere long, for our wisest educators affirm that a youth of sixteen seldom knows the value of study, and the older students do the best work.
Wilcox Progressive Era
Camden, Alabama
Wed., June 8, 1887
1903 - Alabama - The windshield wiper was invented by Mary Anderson in 1903 to help streetcars operate safely in the rain.
In 1905 she patented her invention, which allowed the car operator to control the external, swinging arm wipers from within the car. Windshield wipers became standard equipment on cars a decade later. Anderson was from Alabama, USA. inventors/ us.shtml
1909 - boll weevil entered state of Alabama, destroyed cotton crops webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ altimeln.htm
1932 - March 21 - A tornado swarm occurred in the Deep South.
Between late afternoon and early the next morning severe thunderstorms spawned 31 tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. The tornadoes killed 334 persons and injured 1784 others. Northern Alabama was hardest hit. Tornadoes in Alabama killed 286 persons and caused five million dollars damage.
1937 - To help fund education Alabama instituted its state sales tax.

1944 - First oil well in Alabama webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ altimeln.htm
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Alabama:
Visit Birmingham: Known as the "Magic City," Birmingham is Alabama's largest city and offers a mix of history, culture, and entertainment. Explore the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Vulcan Park, and the historic 16th Street Baptist Church.

Tour the USS Alabama: Located in Mobile, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is a must-visit for history buffs. You can tour the USS Alabama battleship, the USS Drum submarine, and see various military aircraft.

Hike in Little River Canyon National Preserve: Located in northeastern Alabama, this preserve offers stunning scenery, waterfalls, and great hiking trails. Don't miss out on the Little River Falls and Canyon Mouth Park.

Explore Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: These coastal towns along the Gulf of Mexico are famous for their beautiful beaches, water sports, and family-friendly attractions like the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Waterville USA.

Experience Huntsville: Known as the "Rocket City," Huntsville is home to the U.S.... Read MORE...

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