Alabama became a U.S. state on December 14, 1819. It is located in the southern part of the country, in-between Georgia and Mississippi.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the state:
Facts About Alabama #1:
The state has an interesting nickname, “The Heart of Dixie.” This nickname makes sense as the state is in the center of the Deep South.
Facts About Alabama #2:
Like in some other southern states, Spanish moss hanging from trees is a common sight in Alabama.
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Another interesting fact is that some people associate the state with unbearably warm weather. Although temperatures in the state can be high, Alabama is not a tropical state. Furthermore, the climate varies depending on the area. For instance, the highlands in the northern section of the state have a different climate than the beaches of the Gulf of New Mexico.
Facts About Alabama #4:
The capital of the state is Montgomery. This is an interesting fact because there are other cities in the state that are also significant. Some of the well-known cities are Birmingham, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa. Out of all of the cities in the state, Birmingham might be the most historical.
Facts About Alabama #5:
A large portion of the state is covered with forests. Approximately 60% of the state is forested. As one would imagine, there are plenty of trees in the forests, including the soft pine.
Facts About Alabama #6:
The majority of minerals in Alabama are in the northern section. Coal and iron ore can be found in the Appalachian Plateau. Limestone is also a common mineral, and it can be found in the Tennessee Valley. Petroleum is also a significant mineral. It can be found in the Gulf Coastal Plain.
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Peanuts are also an important source of income for some who live in the southern state. Peanuts can be found in southeastern Alabama. Some of the other agricultural products that come from Alabama are broilers (chicken), cattle and calves, soybeans, eggs, cotton, and milk.
Facts About Alabama #8:
Another interesting fact about the “Heart of Dixie” is that there is a military park, located on the Tallapoosa River, that is the place where General Andrew Jackson achieved a victory over the Creek Indians. The name of the park is Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Another worthwhile historic place in the state is the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. This place features the Tuskegee Institute, the George Washington Carver Museum, and the home of Booker T. Washington.
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If you are planning on visiting the state, you should consider going to Dexter Avenue in Montgomery. It is one of the oldest and busiest streets in the city.
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The last interesting fact about Alabama is that many famous people are from the state. Some of them are Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller, and Nat “King” Cole.
“Alabama’s Official Travel Guide,” Alabama.travel.
“Alabama,” Yahoo! Travel.