Wednesday will now be the day when I focus on a particular state.  I will give you links to helpful sites, pictures, and some state facts.  So, whether you are able to go there right now or not, you can learn about it and dream of going someday.


We visited Alabama for the first time in 2008 and stayed in Orange Beach.  I really enjoyed our stay and have fond memories of Alabama.  We traveled back through this summer and I think it is a great state to visit.  

Main Cities (2000 Estimates)*
Birmingham - (Blount, Jefferson including the city of St. Clair, and Shelby counties) 921,106
Mobile - (Baldwin and Mobile counties) 540,258
Montgomery - (Autauga, Elmore, and Montgomery counties) 333,055
Huntsville - (Limestone and Madison counties) 324,376
Tuscaloosa - (Tuscaloosa county) 164,875
Decatur - (Lawrence and Morgan counties) 145,867
Florence - (Colbert and Lauderdale counties) 142,950
Dothan - (Dale and Houston counties) 137,916
Anniston - (Calhoun county) 112,249
Gadsden - (Etowah county) 103,459
  * Alabama State Data Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Found on the website

Fun Facts

Alabama means "tribal town" in the Creek Indian language.

 Hitler's typewriter is exhibited at the Hall of History in Bessemer.

 State's Official Insect:  The Monarch butterfly

 State's Official Nut:  The pecan

 "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead," was said by Admiral David Farragut in the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864.

 Official State Song:  "Alabama"

 Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile.

 Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America.

 In 1886, the world's first Electric Trolley System was introduced in Montgomery.

 Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world.

Personal Pictures from Our Visits

Monument in Montgomery

Place where Jefferson Davis stood when sworn in as the President of the Confederacy

Alabama State House

Wharf of Wonder Exhibit for little ones at the Exploreum

Exhibit in the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

City of Mobile

Pier on the Gulf Shores in Orange Beach


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