May come from Choctaw word meaning "thicket-clearers" or "vegetation-gatherers"
Montgomery, founding site of the Confederate States of America in 1861, and later the site of the Montgomery bus boycotts in the 1950s and 1960s; Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., served as minister; the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881
Points of Interest
Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscambia; the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville; and the White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery
Alabama borders Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Follow these links to read articles about Alabama from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
50states.com: Alabama http://www.50states.com/alabama.htm
The site provides a wealth of information about Alabama. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
Things To Do in Alabama http://www.thingstodo.com/states/AL/index.htm
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Alabama's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
Roadside America: Alabama Attractions http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/al.html
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in Alabama.
The Alabama Information Directory http://www.alabamainfo.com/
This site provides information on Alabama business, education, government, history, tourism, weather, cities, and media.
FedStats: MapStat: United States: Alabama http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/01000.html
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Alabama.
The reason Alabama is called the "Heart of Dixie" originally had nothing to do with Alabama! Before the Civil War (1861-1865), the Citizens Bank of Louisiana issued $10 notes that bore the French word "dix" meaning 10. This led to the South becoming known as Dixieland, and since Alabama served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, it became known as the "Heart of Dixie."
The first statue ever erected in honor of an insect pest, Boll Weevil Monument, is in Enterprise.
The Women's Army Corp Museum at Fort McClellan, in Anniston, is the only museum in the world dedicated to women in the military.
Dothan is the Peanut capital of the World, and fifty percent of all the peanuts produced in the U.S. are grown within 100 miles of Dothan.
Some Famous People from this State
Hank Aaron, baseball player
George Washington Carver, educator and agricultural chemist at Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute
Nat King Cole, 1917-1965, pianist and singer
Helen Keller, 1880-1968, author and educator about blindness
Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader (with her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Rosa Parks, 1913- , civil rights leader who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man