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Curious about some Alabama fun facts? Check out the ones below!

Alabama is a great state!  It is in the Southeastern United States and became the 22nd state to join the union in 1819!  Popular cities you may have heard of that are in Alabama are Montgomery (the capital), Mobile, and Birmingham.  

Alabama Fun Facts

What is Alabama known for, you ask?  Well, Alabama is known for quite a few things!  It is widely recognized for its iron and steel natural resources.  In fact, Alabama is the only state with all of the major natural resources needed to make iron and steel!  Alabama also has an unmatched charming Southern hospitality and very delicious sweet tea. 

Take a look at some of these other Alabama fun facts for kids!

Fun Facts About Alabama for Kids

Alabama Has a Few Nicknames

Have you heard of the “Yellowhammer State”?  Well, that’s Alabama!  This nickname came about from the state bird.  The Northern Flicker is a woodpecker that has yellow feathers under its tail feathers, hence the name, yellowhammer.  Yellowhammer was also a name given to Huntsville, Alabama soldiers as their uniforms were adorned with yellow cloth. 

The “Cotton State” is another nickname for Alabama.  Why?  This is because Alabama was considered a leader in the cotton industry.  Finally, you may know Alabama as the “Heart of Dixie”.  Dixie is the American South and Alabama is right in the center of it!  Who knew one state could have so many nicknames? 

Alabama Has A Lot of Snails

There are all types of snails!  Land snails, freshwater snails, and sea snails to name a few.  What’s cool about these cute little shelled creatures?  Well, approximately 43% of all the types of snails in the United States live in Alabama!

Alabama Fun Facts

The First Rocket Was Built in Alabama

Well, probably not the first rocket ever, but it was most certainly the first rocket that put humans on the moon!  Built at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.  Because of this, Huntsville is now known as the rocket capital of the world.

Alabama Has an All-Water Mail Route

All the mail going to Magnolia Springs, Alabama is delivered completely by riverboat.  In fact, this is the only, and the last, all-water mail route in the continental United States.  That’s pretty neat! 

The World’s Largest Office Chair is in Alabama

Located in Aniston, Alabama is the world’s largest office chair!  It is made up of about 10 tons of steel.  That’s more metal than three cars combined!

Alabama Made Christmas a Holiday

Back in 1836, Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as a legal holiday!  Now, for the rest of the country, it wasn’t until 1870 that Christmas was celebrated as a national holiday.  Wow!

Alabama Fun Facts

The Civil Rights Movement Began in Alabama

It was in Montgomery, Alabama that Rosa Parks initiated the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus. 

Alabama is Home to the World’s Largest Cast Iron Statue

Vulcan, the Roman God of Fire and Forge, was built to demonstrate the manufacturing abilities of Birmingham, Alabama in 1904.   Standing at 56 feet tall, atop a 123-foot pedestal, Vulcan remains the largest cast-iron statue in the world!

Interesting Alabama Facts for Kids

There are so many unique and interesting Alabama facts and history!  What other amazing things do you know about Alabama?  

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