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Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue

Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, 36111
Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue is a conservative synagogue serving mostly Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews. The Synagogue was built in 1957.

Alabama State Capitol

Alabama State Capitol
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, 36130
Completed in 1851, the building was called the Capitol of the Confederacy and it was the site where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the President of the Confederacy on February 18, 1861.

Bankhead Tunnel

Bankhead Tunnel
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama
Named for John Hollis Bankhead, an Alabama politician and U.S. Senator, the tunnel was built in sections and floated to the proper positions, then sunk. It opened to the public on February 20, 1941.

Barton Academy

Barton Academy
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, 36602
Barton Academy was the first public school in the state of Alabama. The building was named for Willoughby Barton, an Alabama state legislator from Mobile who introduced an act that created the Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County

Barton Hall (Cunningham Plantation)

Barton Hall (Cunningham Plantation)
Colbert County, Alabama
Built for Armstead Barton in the 1840s, this antebellum, privately-owned home is an unusually sophisticated Greek Revival style plantation house with a small Doric entrance and limestone-paved rear courtyard.

Bethel Baptist Church, Parsonage, and Guardhouse

Bethel Baptist Church, Parsonage, and Guardhouse
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, 35207
The Bethel Baptist Church, Parsonage, and Guardhouse are associated with the first organized movement of the modern civil rights movement. The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights was headquartered here from 1956-1961.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, 35203
Opened in November of 1992, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a large interpretive museum and research center that depicts the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Boll Weevil Monument

Boll Weevil Monument
Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama, 36330
The city erected the statue because the destruction of the cotton crop led to agricultural diversity and more prosperity than had ever come from cotton alone. It is said to be the only statue to an insect pest in the world.

Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church

Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church
Selma, Dallas County, Alabama, 36703
This church was a starting point for the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and played a major role in the events that led to the adoption of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Cheaha Mountain (Mount Cheaha)

Cheaha Mountain (Mount Cheaha)
Alabama
At 2,407 feet (734 m) above sea level, Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in the state of Alabama. The mountain was opened to the public as a state park on June 7, 1939.

Cochrane Africatown Bridge

Cochrane Africatown Bridge
Mobile, Alabama
The Cochrane Africatown USA Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge carrying mainline US 90 and Truck Route US 98 across the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama. It is the only cable-stayed bridge in the state of Alabama.

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, 36104
This church is where Dr. Martin Luther King organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

Episcopal Church of the Nativity

Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, 35801
This church was built in the Gothic Revival style in 1859. It is noted as one of the most pristine examples of Ecclesiological Gothic architecture in the South. It is also one of the least-altered structures by architect Frank Wills.

Fort Mitchell Site

Fort Mitchell Site
Fort Mitchell, Russell County, Alabama
Fort Mitchell Site is an archaeological site that was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990.

Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan
Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama
The post was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan. Construction was completed in 1834 and it was first garrisoned in March of that year. In 2007, it was listed as "one of the nation's 10 most endangered battle sites."

Fort Toulouse Fort Jackson

Fort Toulouse Fort Jackson
Elmore County, Alabama
The fort was first established in 1717 by the French to counter the growing influence of the British colonies of Georgia and Carolina. It was named for Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, comte de Toulouse. Fort Jackson was later built on the site.

Foster Auditorium

Foster Auditorium
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, 35487
This multi-purpose facility was built in 1939 and is most famous as the site of of the "stand in the schoolhouse door" incident. On June 11, 1963, Governor George C. Wallace blocked the entrance to prevent registration of African Americans.

Gaineswood

Gaineswood
Demopolis, Marengo County, Alabama, 36732
Gaineswood is one of the most significant remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture in Alabama. The house and grounds are currently operated by the Alabama Historical Commission as a historic house museum.

Government Street Presbyterian Church

Government Street Presbyterian Church
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, 36602
Government Street Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest Greek Revival church buildings in the United States. The interior is notable because the original Greek Revival design is fully intact with very little alteration.

Henry D. Clayton House

Henry D. Clayton House
Barbour County, Alabama, 36016
This was the birthplace and home of Henry De Lamar Clayton, Jr., a legislator and judge. While serving in the U.S. Congress, he sponsored the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914. The plantation house was built by his father Henry DeLamar Clayton, a Confederat

Ivy Green

Ivy Green
Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, 35674
Ivy Green is the name for the childhood home of Helen Keller. The house was built in 1820 and is a simple white clapboard house. The actual well pump where Helen Keller first communicated with Anne Sullivan is located at Ivy Green.

Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry Home

Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry Home
Talladega County, Alabama
Curry was a lawyer, politician, and educator who encouraged the expansion and improvement of the public school system and the establishment of training schools for teachers throughout the south.

Kenworthy Hall a.k.a. Carlisle-Martin House

Kenworthy Hall a.k.a. Carlisle-Martin House
Perry County, Alabama
It is the only surviving residential example of Richard Upjohn's Italian villa style that was especially designed to suit the Southern climate and the plantation lifestyle. The building was designed and constructed for Edward Kenworthy Carlisle.

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, 35801
The original home of NASA, it was here that President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the formation of the organization on July 1, 1960. The Space Flight Center is named in honor of General George C. Marshall.

Old City Hall Southern Market (Museum of Mobile)

Old City Hall Southern Market (Museum of Mobile)
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, 36602
This is a historic complex of adjoining buildings that currently houses the Museum of Mobile. The complex was built from 1855 to 1857 to serve as a city hall and as a marketplace.

Pickens County Courthouse

Pickens County Courthouse
Carrollton, Pickens County, Alabama, 35447
This courthouse is famous for a ghostly image that can be seen in one of its windows. The image is said to be the face of Henry Wells, who was falsely accused of burning down the town's previous courthouse, and lynched on a stormy night in 1878.

Port of Decatur

Port of Decatur
Decatur, Limestone County, Alabama, 35601
The port of Decatur is the largest and busiest port along the Tennessee River.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, 35203
Called the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham when it was founded in 1873, this was the first black church to organize in Birmingham. In September 1963, the church was the target of a racially-motivated bombing that killed four girls.

Sloss Furnaces

Sloss Furnaces
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, 35222
Sloss Furnaces was operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing it became one of the first industrial sites in the U.S. to be preserved for public use. The site currently serves as an interpretive museum of industry.

U.S. Snagboat Montgomery

U.S. Snagboat Montgomery
Carrollton, Pickens County, Alabama, 35447
Montgomery is one of the few surviving steam-powered sternwheelers in the United States and is one of only two surviving United States Army Corps of Engineers snagboats. It was built in 1925.

U.S.S. Alabama (BB-60)

U.S.S. Alabama (BB-60)
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama
A South Dakota-class battleship, the U.S.S. Alabama served in World War II. The vessel is currently a museum and memorial docked in Mobile Bay.

Union Station and Trainshed

Union Station and Trainshed
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, 36104
Montgomery Union Station and its trainshed were built by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and opened in 1898. In 1979, Union Station was closed, and after a period of disuse, Union Station was renovated for commercial tenants.

University of Alabama

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, 35487
Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship school of the University of Alabama System. Its athletic teams are nicknamed the "Crimson Tide" because crimson is one of the school colors. UA is composed of a campus of approximately 1,000 acres (4 km²).

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, 35294
UAB began in 1936 as the Birmingham Extension Center of the University of Alabama. Highly renowned for its medical research and natural sciences programs, it is one of the larger research institutions in the Southeast.

University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)

University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, 35899
UAH is renowned for its engineering and science programs, such as astrophysics and atmospheric science. Scientists at UAH managed the first "commercial," non-government rocket programs in the U.S.

USS Drum (SS-228)

USS Drum (SS-228)
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama
The U.S.S. Drum is a Gato class submarine that served in World War II. It sank several Japanese ships, carried out photo reconnaissance, and provided pilot rescue and reconnaissance for the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Vulcan Statue

Vulcan Statue
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, 35209
At 56 foot (17 m) tall, the Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world. It is the largest statue ever constructed in the United States. It is the second-largest statue standing in the United States behind the Statue of Liberty.

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Top 10 Most Popular Alabama Landmarks

  1. Vulcan Statue
  2. U.S.S. Alabama (BB-60)
  3. Barton Hall (Cunningham Plantation)
  4. University of Alabama
  5. USS Drum (SS-228)
  6. Alabama State Capitol
  7. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  8. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
  9. Ivy Green
  10. Boll Weevil Monument

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