Alabama Metro Area Oddities Infographic


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Alabama Metro Area Oddities Infographic

  1. 1. Alabama Metro Area Oddities No matter if you have lived in Alabama for all of your life, or if you just moved to the state of Alabama. This state is filled with some very odd and unusual things. Most of these odd and unusual things are in smaller towns or in rural areas. But in Alabama’s largest cities, each city has something that makes it unusual and stand out. This infographic will explore the most odd and unusual things in the state’s 10 largest metro areas! Let’s get started! Photo Credits:,,,,,,,,,,, Muscle Shoals Huntsville In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy envisioned an American on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA turned to Marshall Space Flight Center to create the incredibly powerful rocket needed to turn this presidential vision into reality. Since its beginning in 1960, Marshall has provided the agency with mission-critical design, development and integration of the launch and space systems required for space operations, exploration, and scientific missions. Marshall's legacy in rocket science includes providing the rockets that powered Americans to the moon, developing the space shuttle propulsion system, and managing the development of Skylab, Spacelab, space station nodes, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and many scientific instruments. The city is one of four municipalities known as the Quad Cities, the others being Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, all in Alabama. Muscle Shoals is known for recording many hit songs from the 1960s to today at two studios: FAME Studios, founded by Rick Hall, where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding and numerous others recorded; and, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, founded by the musicians known as The Swampers, which developed work for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, the Rolling Stones and countless others. While the music from the area is often referred to as the "Muscle Shoals Sound", all four of the Quad Cities have significantly contributed to the area's musical history. In addition to being home to country music band Shenandoah, a number of artists have made successful pilgrimages to Muscle Shoals in an effort to escape the limelight, and write and record their signature works. Both FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios are still in operation in the city. Dothan Dothan is home to a small, nondescript triangular patch of land at the intersection of North Appletree, Museum and Troy Streets that has been feted by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Smallest City Block. There's a yield sign, a stop sign, a street sign, and a stone marker declaring its achievements and that's it. But wait, there's more! Dothan is also home to whimsically decorated 4-foot tall peanut characters, in honor of Dothan's self-proclaimed title of "Peanut Capital of the World.” Roadside attractions are a popular thing in Dothan. Mobile The South Dakota Class Battleship USS Alabama was laid down on 1 February 1940 by the Norfolk Navy Yard, it was launched on 16 February 1942, and sponsored by Henrietta McCormick Hill, wife of J. Lister Hill, the senior Senator from Alabama. Alabama was commissioned on 16 August 1942, with Captain George B. Wilson in command. USS Alabama severed during World War II mostly participating in the Pacific theater. During service, the ship was called the Lucky A because, during World War II, she lost no American lives aboard her due to enemy fire. She was also known as the “Mighty A”. The USS Alabama Shot down 22 planes and was only used for 37 months during World War II. She was almost new when she retired, she only has 218,000 miles on her, just broken in good! Today she weighs about 40,000 tons, or 80 million pounds! When she was loaded in World War II, she weighed more than 90 million pounds, in excess of 45,000 tons. After retirement, the school children in Alabama raised $100,000 to bring the ship to Mobile. The battleship was towed 5,600 miles from Bremerton, Washington to Mobile in summer 1964, still the longest non-military tow per mile tow in history. Montgomery There is a rich history of musical performers with roots in Montgomery. Grammy Award winning recording artist Toni Tennille of the famed duo The Captain and Tennille, jazz singer and pianist Nat King Cole, country singer Hank Williams, blues singer Big Mama Thornton, Melvin Franklin of the Temptations, guitarist Tommy Shaw of Styx are among the many musicians to get their start in Montgomery. Montgomery is also known for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Carolyn Blount Theatre. The Shakespeare Festival presents year-round performances of both classic plays and performances of local interest, in addition to works of William Shakespeare. Auburn When Toomer’s first started in 1896, it was a little beacon of a business on a mostly deserted street. The drugstore was founded by Sheldon Toomer, known as “Shel” by most. Shel was a halfback on Auburn’s 1st football team. He graduated from Auburn with both a degree in agriculture and pharmacy, and later went on to represent Lee County in the Alabama House of Representatives. The business began with a $500 loan, which allowed Shel to enter the drugstore business with his stepfather, Lazarus. He had no idea at the time how important his little drugstore would become to Auburn fans worldwide. Also, the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College street in Auburn, which marks the transition from downtown Auburn to the university campus, is known as Toomer's Corner. It is named for businessman and State Senator Sheldon Toomer who founded Toomer's Drugs on the corner of Magnolia Avenue and College street in 1896. Toomer's Drugs is located on the North East corner of the intersection and has been an Auburn landmark for over 115 years. It’s tradition in Auburn to "roll the corner" when something good happens in Auburn like winning football games. This tradition is thought to have originated in the 1950s to celebrate away victories; however, in recent years it has become a way to celebrate anything good that happens concerning Auburn. 1958 was a big year for Tuscaloosa. Not only was it the first year that Paul “Bear” Bryant starting coaching at Alabama, it was also the year that John “Big Daddy” Bishop opened his first Dreamland Café. Big Daddy was a brick mason for many years and he longed for another way to support his family. He had narrowed it down to opening either a mortuary or a restaurant and he got down on his knees and prayed for guidance. Legend has it that God told him in a dream that night to build a café on the land next to his home and Big Daddy made that dream a reality. The original Dreamland Café is located about two miles from the intersection of Hwy 82 and Interstate 59 just south of Tuscaloosa in an area known as Jerusalem Heights. In the beginning, it wasn’t just ribs and white bread. Big Daddy and his wife, Miss Lilly, served many things from sandwiches to postage stamps. The customers always kept coming back for the warmth they felt every time they passed through the door and Big Daddy’s ribs and secret recipe bar-b-que sauce. "Ain’t Nothing Like ‘Em, Nowhere!" Tuscaloosa Birmingham Many people might not know this, but Birmingham is known as one of the top cities in America to get, a hot dog! Thanks to the Union soldiers not burning down Birmingham during the Civil War, and Greeks immigrating to Birmingham, Birmingham became a hot dog city starting in the early 1900’s, and all for one reason, people working at the steel meals needed a quick meal for a good price. Birmingham is also known for Grapico, after being invented in New Orleans, it came to Birmingham in the 1910’s where it’s a fixture today! Today, there are still many hot dog restaurants in the Birmingham Metro! Anniston In 1981, Miller's Office Supply in Anniston, Alabama, wanted to call attention to itself. Owner Leonard "Sonny" Miller had an inspired idea: he would build the world's largest chair in the vacant lot next to his building. Since he sold office furniture, he used an office chair as the model, simply converting inches into feet. The result still stands today: a chair 33 feet tall with a 15-foot-square seat, built out of ten tons of steel (Sonny also had a steel company), anchored in 15 tons of cement. Sonny asked the president of the HON company, the firm that designed the original chair, to come to the dedication of the giant chair -- and he did. Guinness World's Records officially christened Sonny's creation the World's Largest Chair in 1982. Noccalula Falls, which drops into the Black Creek ravine, is marked with a bronze statue of Cherokee maiden Noccalula who, according to local legends, plunged to her death after being ordered by her father to marry a man she didn't love. The bronze statue of Noccalula was, at the time of its creation, the first statue of a person jumping off a cliff. This legend is much similar to Princess Winona. The bronze used in the statue was made from pennies collected from local school children in the mid-1960s. Although no peer-reviewed historic journals have evaluated the veracity of the legend, at least one independent researcher has published evidence suggesting that the story is apocryphal. Gadsden @GeekAlabama Plus.Google.Com/+GeekAlabama Infographic Brought To You By: Infographic Created By: Nathan Young 256-452-1565 @GeekAlabama Plus.Google.Com/+GeekAlabama Infographic Brought To You By: Infographic Created By: Nathan Young