Things You Might Not Know About Alabama

  1. Two Revolutionary War battles were fought in Mobile, Alabama. They were fought in 1780 and 1781 for control of Fort Charlotte.
  2. Mobile was initially settled by the French in 1702. Six flags have flown over Mobile; France, Spain, Britain, Republic of Alabama, the Confederacy and of course the United States.
  3. Alabama was the first state to make Christmas a legal holiday in 1836.
  4. Conecuh Ridge Whiskey is the official drink of Alabama
  5. Julia Tutwiler wrote Alabama’s official state song.
  6. It is illegal in Alabama to dress up as a priest or other religious clergy for Halloween. It could earn you up to a $500 fine and a year in jail.
  7. Bear wrestling is a Class B felony in Alabama.
  8. The first 911 call was placed in Haleyville, Alabama.
  9. A store in Scottsboro, Alabama sells luggage that has been lost by airlines.
  10. In Magnolia Springs, Alabama the post office delivers the mail by boat. It is the only year-round water delivery mail route in the country.
  11. Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14th, 1819.
  12. Montgomery, Alabama was the first capital of the Confederate States of America.
  13. Baseball players Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were born in Alabama.
  14. Alabama workers at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville built the first rocket that put a man on the moon.
  15. The population of Alabama as of 2018 is estimated at 4,887,871 people.
  16. The median household income in Alabama is estimated at $46,472, and the median housing value is estimated at $132,100.
  17. In Alabama people 65 and older represent 16.5% of the population and females make up 51.6% of the state’s population.

The information for this blog was obtained from a Mental Floss article by Julia Davis published on October 5th, 2014, 50 and the U.S. Census Bureau.