Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery is located on the Alabama River southeast of the center of the state.

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Montgomery is the second largest city in the state with a population of 205,764 residents (2010).

About Montgomery

Montgomery is the capital of Alabama. The city is nationally known for its many historical and cultural landmarks and the city is very active in restoring the downtown. You will find the Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Bases and Hyundai Motors Manufacturing here.

To See And To Do In Montgomery

Old Alabama Town

Hank Williams Museum

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Alabama Shakspeare Festival

Blount Cultural Park

History Of Montgomery

In 1540, Hernando De Soto and his fellow Spanish explorers visited todays Montgomery. In 1716, the Scottish trader James McQueen settled here. He was the first permanent European settler in the Montgomery area. In 1717, the French Fort Toulouse was built.

In 1814, Arthur Moore and his companions built cabins on local riverbanks. The town was incorporated on December 3, 1819 and was named for General Richard Montgomery. In 1821, the first steamboats reached the town. In 1822, a courthouse was built. In 1829, the newpaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, was founded. In 1832, the Montgomery Railroad opened. The state capital moved from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery, on January 28, 1846. In 1847, the first Capitol building was erected. In 1886 Montgomery became the first city in the USA to install city-wide electric street cars. In 1898, the city had a paid fire department.

In 1910, the Maxwell Air Force Base was built. In 1919, Nat King Cole was born in the city. In 1930, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was established. In 1935, the Montgomery Zoo opened. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. The Montgomery Bus Boycott started after that incident. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a protest campaign against the racial segregation on its public transit system and Dr. Martin Luther King led numerous of non violent protests. In 1967, a devastating fire broke out at Dale's Penthouse and 26 people lost their lives. In 2004, the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium opened.

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