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Here Are 20 Fun Facts About Alabama That Only Locals Know

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Get ready to dive into the heart of Dixie with 20 fun facts about Alabama that will leave you amazed and entertained! From launching rockets to hosting the first Mardi Gras, Alabama is bursting with surprising stories and hidden gems. So, buckle up and let’s embark on an unforgettable journey through the wonders of the Yellowhammer State!

First Rocket to Put Humans on the Moon

The Saturn V rocket, which launched the Apollo 11 mission, was developed in Huntsville, Alabama, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Rosa Parks’ Stand

The famous Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Largest Cast-Iron Statue

Birmingham, Alabama, is home to Vulcan, the world’s largest cast-iron statue, which stands 56 feet tall and represents the Roman god of fire and forge.

First Electric Trolley System

The world’s first electric trolley system was introduced in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1886.

Home of Mardi Gras

Mobile, Alabama, is actually the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States, with the first celebration held in 1703, predating New Orleans’ famous festivities.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Besides the Saturn V, this center in Huntsville also played a key role in the development of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

Alabama’s Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge in Winston County is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies, stretching 148 feet.

Largest Snail Population

Alabama has the most diverse snail population in the United States, with over 40 species unique to the state.

Alabama’s Musical Roots

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia celebrates the state’s rich musical heritage, including stars like Hank Williams, Nat King Cole, and Lionel Richie.

Pecan Capital

Alabama produces more pecans than any other state in the U.S., with many farms located in the southern part of the state.

Red Mountain Park

Birmingham’s Red Mountain Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, covering over 1,500 acres.

First 911 Call

The first-ever 911 emergency telephone system call was made in Haleyville, Alabama, in 1968.

Conecuh Ridge Whiskey

Alabama’s Conecuh Ridge Whiskey is the state’s official spirit, recognized for its quality and historical significance.

USS Alabama Battleship

The USS Alabama, now a museum ship in Mobile, served in World War II and earned nine battle stars before being decommissioned.

Cathedral Caverns

This state park in Woodville features an enormous cave with one of the largest stalagmites in the world, named Goliath, standing 45 feet tall.

Home of Helen Keller

Tuscumbia, Alabama, is the birthplace of Helen Keller, the famous author, and activist who was both deaf and blind.

Aviation Pioneer

The Wright brothers opened the first civilian flight school in Montgomery in 1910, helping to establish Alabama’s aviation legacy.

Literary Giant

Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was born in Monroeville, Alabama, a town that served as a model for the fictional Maycomb.

Cheaha Mountain

Standing at 2,413 feet, Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in Alabama, located in Cheaha State Park.

Iron and Steel Capital

Birmingham is often called the “Pittsburgh of the South” due to its significant role in the iron and steel industry.

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