State of Your State – Alabama

Introducing a new feature of the TWRTimes !  By a new writer !  Welcome Betsey Ellis to our staff !  Over the months ahead she will be highlighting all the states of this Union, alphabetically.

Fun Facts about Places that None Us Live Anymore! By a recovering legal professional with way too much time on her hands….



While the Spanish first discovered Alabama by way of the Bay of Mobile in 1519, it was the French that established the first European settlement there in 1702.

Alabama, not Louisiana, actually introduced Mardi Gras to the United States.

The word Alabama means “tribal town” in the language of the Creek Indians.

Alabama is the only state that has all the natural resources within it’s borders to make iron and steel. (Take that, Pennsylvania!)

Alabama was the 22nd State to join the United States on December 14, 1819

Alabama has a total of 41 official state emblems. The oldest of which is the Alabama State Bible, from 1853.

The State Capitol is Montgomery, which was also the birthplace of the Confederate States of America. The State has no official motto, but “The Heart of Dixie” is frequently applied as Alabama was extremely instrumental in the movement by the Southern States to secede from the Union.

In 1861 Alabama became the fourth state to secede from the Union.

The confederate flag was designed in Alabama and was first flown there in 1861.

The world’s very first electric trolley system was introduced in Montgomery, Alabama in 1886.

The current State flag was adopted by Alabama in February 1895.

The first open heart surgery in the Western World was performed in Alabama in 1902 by Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill.

Hank Aaron, retired baseball player (not of the corn hole variety) was born in Alabama in 1934.

Hitler’s typewriter survived and is residing in Alabama! It can be seen in The Hall of History in Bessemer, Alabama.

One of the early events of the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s was when Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus in 1955. This instigated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In that same year Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the pastor of a Montgomery Church and became dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement.

After a campaign by a 3rd grade class from Fairhope Elementary, Alabama designated the State Fruit as the blackberry in 2004. Two years later Alabama selected an official State Fruit TREE, the peach.

In 2006 Alabama also designated the Black Bear as the official State mammal.

The number of Alabamians counted in the 2010 census was 4,779,736, putting it squarely in the middle of the pack at 24th in the Nation.

The State nut is the pecan.

Now you know everything there is to know about  ALABAMA !

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Betsey Ellis

Betsey is a recovering agent of Satan (.i.e. a legal professional) now working towards a lifetime goal of becoming a perfectly sane cat lady, medieval clothing designer, and occasional playwright. Maybe even finish my doctorate.....nyah, probably not, who needs another expert in Elizabethan Law and its effect on the growth of the middle class.