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Alabama state is named after the Alabama River, which in turn was named after a Native American tribe called 'Alabama' that inhabited the region. The Tribe's name is probably derived from a Choctaw language words 'alba-amo' meaning "vegetation gatherer", referring to the tribe's expertise in collecting herbs to use as medicine
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In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the United States to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
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Alabama state constitution, with over 300,000 words, is the longest state constitution in the world. With over 775 amendments, it is also the most amended state constitution in the world.
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Birmingham is home to The Vulcan, which is the world's largest cast iron statue. The Vulcan is 56 feet tall and weighs 120,000 pounds.



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The first rocket to put humans on the moon was built in NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. Marshall Space Flight Center contains one of the greatest collections of rockets and space memorabilia in the world. The Saturn V rocket, which was used to launch the Apollo 11 spacecraft that first landed on the moon, was designed at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
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The first 911 call in the United States was made in Haleyville, Alabama on February 16, 1968. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite went to City Hall and called U.S. Representative Tom Bevill at the local police station.
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Mail is delivered by boat in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. This city has the only all-water mail route in the United States.
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A monument to the boll weevil can be found in Enterprise, Alabama. The monument reminds visitors of the role that the boll weevil played in encouraging farmers to grow crops other than cotton.
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In Scottsboro, there is a store, the Unclaimed Baggage Center, which buys lost luggage from airlines. The store sells items that remain unclaimed with the airlines for three months and all attempts by the airlines to contact the owners were failed.
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Alabama had wooden roads in the early part of the nineteenth century. The most notable one, appropriately called 'Old Plank Road', was constructed of large pine logs, sawed lengthwise and laid round-side down. Daniel Pratt built the road for public benefit and to provide transportation from the Pratt Cotton Gin Factory to Washington on the Alabama River. Over four-miles long, the road cost between eight and ten-thousand dollars to construct. Cotton gins from Pratt's factory were shipped all over the globe. Under the name Continental Eagle, this factory remains the largest cotton gin manufacturer in the world
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The Telegram that began Civil War was sent from Montgomery, Alabama by Leroy Pope Walker, first Confederate States Secretary of War. The text that was sent is "Montgomery, April 11, 1861. General Beauregard, Charleston: Do not desire needlessly to bombard Fort Sumter. If Major Anderson will state the time at which, as indicated by him, he will evacuate, and agree that in the meantime he will not use his guns against us unless ours should be employed against Fort Sumter, you are thus authorized to avoid the effusion of blood. If this or its equivalent be refused, reduce the fort as your judgment decides to be most practicable. L. P. Walker, Sec. of War. C.S.A."
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Alabama is the only state to have an alcoholic beverage as its official drink. Conecuh Ridge Whiskey, a brand of whiskey produced by the Dallas, Texas - based Spirits Acquisition Corp, was designated the official "State Spirit" of Alabama. Appropriately, Milk is the State beverage of most states (20)
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In 1703, Mobile, Alabama became the first city in the American Continent to celebrate Mardi Gras. Later, New Orleans, Louisiana became synonymous with Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States. Unlike the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, where people throw beads, people on the floats in Mobile throw MoonPies into the crowd.
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The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the largest fishing tournament in the world. Founded in 1929, the three-day fishing rodeo event on Dauphin Island attracts over 75,000 spectators and 3,000 anglers and features 30 categories, including 'Most Unusual Catch'
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The Alabama quarter is the first U.S. circulating coin to feature braille. The Alabama quarter design features an image of Helen Keller with her name in English, and in a reduced-size version of braille. Helen Keller was born at "Ivy Green" in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880. When she was a small child, an illness destroyed her sight and hearing and, consequently, depriving her of the senses by which we normally learn to speak. Despite her disabilities, Helen Keller learned to speak and read using the raised and manual alphabets, as well as Braille. Miss Keller also graduated with honors, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe.
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When Abraham Lincoln was elected president on anti-slavery platform in 1860, many southern states believed that secession was the only way to protect their right to own slaves. South Carolina seceded in December 1860 and other Southern states followed. Alabama invited six other seceding states to a meeting in Montgomery in February 1861 to consider forming a Southern nation. At that meeting they established a confederacy, the Confederate States of America, and elected as their president Jefferson Davis, a Mississippi planter, and former U.S. senator. Davis took the oath of office on the main portico of the Alabama state capitol. Montgomery became the first capital of the Confederacy.
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Alabama has had five capitals. Saint Stephens, in southwest Alabama, was designated in the Congressional act creating the territory as the temporary seat of government. There, two sessions of the territorial legislature met. In accordance with the enabling act for statehood, the first Constitutional Convention assembled in the north Alabama town of Huntsville in 1819, where the first session of the General Assembly was held in the same year. The territorial legislature, however, had chosen Cahaba (also spelled Cahawba), at the confluence of the Cahaba and Alabama Rivers, as the site for the capital of the state, so the second session of the legislature met there in 1820. Cahaba also was designated as the temporary seat of government in the Constitution, which expressly gave the 1825-26 legislature the power to decide upon a permanent site. That session of the General Assembly took the opportunity to select Tuscaloosa for the new capital, deserting the oft-flooded and unhealthy Cahaba site. Tuscaloosa was a thriving community located on the shoals of the Black Warrior River and had been a strong candidate for the capital site when Cahaba had been chosen for the honor in 1819. From 1826 to 1846, Tuscaloosa was the capital of Alabama. An amendment approved by the voters of Alabama struck out the section of the Constitution designating the 1825-26 selection as the "permanent" site for the capital, freeing the legislature in 1846 to choose another site from among a number of competing river towns. Montgomery, on the Alabama River, won the ensuing 16-ballot contest in the General Assembly. The state capital was moved from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery, on January 28, 1846.