Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama. The city has a large military presence. It lies on the southern bank of the Alabama River. As it is situated in Alabama's Black Belt region, it is a great producer of crops such as peanuts, cotton and soybeans. It is famous for its large metal fabrication and lumber production sectors. The city is considered as the center for many well known industries.

Montgomery is also famous for museum of fine arts, theaters, musical performers and artists. It is a well developed city with many educational institutions, universities, civic organizations, libraries, museums and much more. It has many sporting events and activities which are organized by the area's colleges and universities.

There are several social and welfare organizations which focus on diversity relations and civil rights history of the city. Montgomery is well connected by roads and many interstate highways run through the city. The Montgomery Zoo includes over 500 animals from different countries, offering an excellent view of wildlife and distinct species. 

Welcome to the city of Montgomery, where you will be able to make just about anything happen. It has something to appeal to everyone's senses. Many businesses in the city also thrive.

Montgomery History

The history of Montgomery begins in the 16th century. The city originated from two Indian towns named Towasa and Ikanatchati. The city served as the capital of Alabama State. In 1540, Hernando De Soto, a European, came to the area along with his expedition and stayed there for about a week. A century later, an expedition from Carolina came across the Alabama River. In 1716, James McQueen, a Scottish trader, became a permanent resident of Montgomery. During this period, the Indian Reserve and West Florida divided the area and a boundary line was drawn which crosses the city.

The city environment was greatly influenced by politics and war. During the period of 1819 - 1865, Montgomery witnessed many wars including American Civil War, Battle of Selma, Creek War and the American Revolutionary War. Because of these wars, the shape of the city changed and it slowly lost its glory. In 1886, reconstruction and modernization of the city started rapidly. Local transportation increased rapidly and electric street cars were installed in the city. The system was given a name 'Light Routing' and was considered as a great achievement in the history of the city.

Cotton industries and dairy products became the major industries. During this time, there was a steady industrial growth and the city reached good heights of development. Slowly, several industries emerged which include construction, furniture, food production and plantation. The population of the city reached a staggering 78,000.

Many airfields were introduced and in the year 1910, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base was developed by Wright Brothers with the help of the government to produce planes for military use. The city served as a winter home for the scientists who started an aviation school.

The year 1955 was a historical year for Montgomery, which resulted in desegregation of the city buses. As a result, the civil rights movement began as a way to protest the segregation of the buses. 

Many new industries came into existence in the field of technology, science, aviation, tourism and construction etc. These industries strengthened the economy which resulted in a rapid growth. 

About Montgomery, Alabama

In the southeast corner of Alabama is its capital city, Montgomery. It is the 2nd largest city in the state of Alabama. It was a merger of two towns which are situated along the Alabama River. Two ships of the United States Navy have been named after the city. The city is spread over 156.2 square miles. It is 220 feet above sea level. The climate is humid subtropical with hot summers, mild winters and warm springs and autumns.

Montgomery has several schools and universities. The popular universities in the city are Alabama State University, Troy University, Auburn University and Faulkner University. The city has many public and private schools and colleges. Loveless Academic Magnet Program high school rank among the best in the nation. The city has many public libraries which are operated by Montgomery City-County Public Library.

The largest contributor of the city's economy is production. The main crop produced is cotton. Montgomery provides employment opportunities in the fields of manufacturing, education, health services, finance, hospitality, mining, construction and many more. Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base is considered to have the largest number of employees in the city.

The main sport played in the city is baseball. There are many international stadiums in the city for different sports. Some of the important stadiums are Hornet Stadium for football, Dunn-Oliver Acadome for playing basketball, and the ASU Baseball complex.

There are several museums and cultural parks for entertainment and recreation. The city museum exhibits a collection of American art and culture, glass work, southern art and much more. The other popular museum is the Mann Museum which was purchased by the zoological society of the area. The museum has a "hands-on" policy, allowing visitors to touch the animals displayed in the museum. 

Montgomery is enriched with the history of musical performers, pianists, Jazz singers and many more musicians. It is the birth place of many famous musicians including Big Mama Thornton, guitarist Tommy Shaw, author Zelda Sayre and poet Sidney Lanier. 

About Montgomery County, Alabama

Montgomery County was created by the Mississippi Territorial Legislature by dividing Monroe County in the year 1816. The city of Montgomery is the seat of the Montgomery County. It is one of the popular counties in Metropolitan Statistical Area of Montgomery. The county is spread over 799.76 square miles. The surrounding counties of Montgomery County are Elmore County situated to the north, Bullock County situated to the east, Lowndes County situated to the west and Pike County situated to the southwest.

The majority of Montgomery County's population is dominated by caucasians (44%) and African Americans (52.5%). The other nationalities in the county include Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American Hispanics and Latinos. The county is connected with excellent transport facilities. Many national highways pass through Montgomery County. The county has many national highways such as - US highway 31, 80, 82, 231, 331 and state highways such as interstate 65 and 85. The county has many schools and colleges which are operated by Montgomery County Public Schools. The public libraries in the county are operated by Montgomery City-County Public Library.

Montgomery has many cities which are of great interest to the tourists. The important cities in the county are Boylston, Chisholm, Pike Road, Capitol Heights, Montgomery and Southmont. Montgomery County is one of the famous tourist destinations in the country. The places of interest in the county are Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Civil Rights Memorial, Ice Palace, Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park, Montgomery Zoo, Lagoon Park Golf Course, Harley-Davidson of Montgomery, Fort-Toulouse-Jackson Park and Alabama Dance Theatre etc.

For shoppers, the must visit places are East Flea Market & Antique Mall, East Dale Mall, Nicole Maleine Antiques, etc. For entertainment, Montgomery Ballet is the best place where you can enjoy music and dances performed by talented artists. The best restaurants in the county are Cravings Cafe in North Wales, Black Lab in Phoenixville, La Campagnola in Lansdale. One can enjoy food with a variety of traditional and regional taste.