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Old 09-10-2007, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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What is Alabama best known for, besides its good ole' southern charm? I am an Arizona native and our state is best known for the Grand Canyon, Georgia is best known for its peaches, Texas is known for oil, and Colorado is known for its vast mountain ranges.

The only thing I can associate with Alabama is Lynard Skynard, anything else?
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Old 09-10-2007, 04:43 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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Bible belt. Conservitive politics. Slower easy paced living. It depends who is answering your question and where they live in Alabama. I am sure you will get a lot of good and bad as is anywhere in the country.
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Cotton. Football. Rockets (yes, we have a sizeable contingent of rocket scientists). Iron and steel. NASCAR. Music. Automotive products, including vehicles. A major seagoing port (Mobile). Chemicals. Paper. Poultry. Timber and forest products. Electricity production.
And other fun stuff, according to Welcome to Alabama Marketplace -- Made in Alabama, Alabama, Alabama made, Products alabama, made in dixie, Alabama marketplace, Alabama market, made it the south, southern products, meta tags, dale's, dales, dales marinade, dale's sauce, dale's seaso
*The Alabama Department of Archives is the oldest state-funded archival agency in the nation.
*In 1902, Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere by suturing a stab wound in a young boy's heart. The surgery occurred in Montgomery.
*In 1995, Heather Whitestone serves as first Miss America chosen with a disability.
*Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Nat "King Cole, Talullah Bankhead, Courtney Cox, Wernher von Braun, Jimmy Buffett, Booker T. Washington, Harper Lee and her late cousin Truman Capote, Dean Jones, George Washington Carver, Helen Keller, Sun Ra, Hank Williams, Lionel Richie, Dinah Washington, Emmylou Harris, Clarence Carter, Jim Nabors, Wilson Pickett, Sam Phillips, Mack Macannally, Bo Jackson, Joe Namath, Percy Sledge....
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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Diverse topography....mountains in the north and northeast part of the state....beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.

Economically - Alabama has one of the hottest economies in the U.S., with a very low unemployment rate. The automotive sector currently employs almost 50,000 people.

Huntsville is high tech and has a very high percentage of residents with PhD's.

Birmingham is based around healthcare, medical research, telecommunications, construction/engineering and banking. Mercedes Benz has a plant 35 miles away in to the west and Honda has a plant 35 miles to the east.

Montgomery is state capitol and little else except Hyundai plant.

Mobile is the 8th largest seaport in the United States.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:34 AM
 
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Montgomery is the birthplace of the civil rights movement, confederate capital of the south, history lives in montgomery, one of the most thriving cities in alabama so dont down play this great city.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:35 AM
 
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Mobile had the first Mardi Gras which still goes on today. Lots of history in Mobile, beautiful old homes. If I remember correctly it has been under 6 different countries. Lots of civil war history with 2 forts guarding the bay.
Home to Jubilees where fish, crab and shrimp swim towards the beaches. People yell 'Jubilee' so other ppl who live on the beach will know to bring their buckets to the beach.
Mobile Bay jubilee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jimmy Buffet has recorded songs about his hometown. Elvis appeared at the Mobile State Fair before he was famous (I know.. I saw him)
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Why Mike, your good friend MJB is here!!

Like Sarge's Dad said, especially where I live, bible belt, Conservitive politics, slower easy paced living. I really think you would like it here from what I know about you.

I love the area I am in ~ very family oriented, everyone (that I know so far) goes to church, the slower more easy paced living is like a breath of fresh air coming from metro Detroit. Also, people are a lot more friendlier and willing to help a stranger out. ~~~ For example, when I first moved here, I bought some furniture at a local store around the corner, they delivered it the next day, the two guys could barely get it in my house, someone drove by and saw that they needed help and stopped to help the guys out, and they didn't rush and just toss it in my house either. Also, something was wrong with one of the couches, so the guy took it back up to the store, repaired it and brought it right back. Now this is something you NEVER see where I came from!!

Southlander also listed a ton of great stuff. I think they produce alot of the country's poultry down here??? not sure, but I sure see alot of chicken farms and trucks. They have alot of cotton plants, which I mentioned on here the other day, which are really neat to see.

Love ALABAMA!
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:11 AM
 
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I am so happy you like it here MJB.. People are like that here.
I saw an accident one day that had just happened and I could not believe how many people stopped to help.
People still pull over and stop when a funeral passes even on 4 lanes hwys (not interstates).

NE AL is part of the longest yard sale spans 3 states (I think). You just drive down this one hwy and there are yard sales everywhere.
There is also Unclaimed baggage in Scottsboro. Hugh store with stuff not claimed from airliners, although some of the things I saw couldn't have been from passengers luggage alone, unless someone was selling DVDs..
N. AL has a white bar-b-que sauce for chicken.. yummy.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:36 PM
 
Location: The South
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Lynard Skynard, I do believe is from Jacksonville, Florida.
How bout Hank Williams Sr.? He was a native Alabamian.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:57 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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There is also Unclaimed baggage in Scottsboro. Hugh store with stuff not claimed from airliners, although some of the things I saw couldn't have been from passengers luggage alone, unless someone was selling DVDs...
It is so funny that you mention that. Just yesterday our office manager was telling me about that Unclaimed Baggage store. Apparently there is one in Boaz. I had never even heard of such a thing. Sounds like it would be a pretty interesting store to check out!
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