About My State of Alabama

Here are some fun facts about Alabama:

  • Alabama first 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 man on the moon.
  • The world's first electric trolley system was first introduced in Montgomery, Al. in 1886.
  • The Birmingham Airport opened in 1931.  At the time a flight from Birmingham to Los Angeles took 19 hours.
  • Alabama resident Sequoyah devised the phonetic, written alphabet of the Cherokee language.
  • Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources to make iron and steel.
  • A skeleton of a prehistoric man was found in Russell Cave.
  • Huntsville is known as the rocket capitol of the world.
  • The town of Enterprise houses the Boll Weavil monument to acknowlege the destructive nature of this insect and to encourage farmers to grow crops other than cotton.
  • Hematite is Alabama's official state mineral (iron oxide).
  • The Monarch Butterfly is the state's official insect.
  • The star blue quartz is Alabama's official gemstone
  • The pecan is the official nut.
  • People from Alabama are called Alabamians.
  • The state bird is the Yellowhammer.
  • The state flower is the Camelia.
  • Alabama is known for its Southern Hospitality, delicous food, hot and humid summers, college football, music, space history, peanuts, southern literature, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.
  • The history of Vulcan Park and Museum starts in 1903 at the turn of the centurey. Born in Birmingham furnaces, the statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, was made to represent Birmingham at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair as the iron and steel making capitol of the south.