Alabama is known for so many different things. Even though many people are familiar with most of these things, there are still a few people who aren’t. Listed below are 12 quirky facts about Alabama that you might not be familiar with. In fact, some of them might even surprise you.
1. Alabama has lots and lots of snails! In fact, 43% of all the types of snails in the United States can be found right here in Alabama.
2. The very first electric streetcar system began in Montgomery, Alabama on April 15, 1886.
3. America's first Mardi Gras took place in 1703 in Mobile, Alabama. Not in New Orleans, Louisiana.
4. Alabama is home to the only city in the United States with an all-water mail route - Magnolia Springs.
5. The Saturn V rocket (Apollo 11) that helped send the first humans to the moon was built in Huntsville, Alabama.
6. Cherokee, Alabama is home to the Coon Dog Cemetery, which was established in 1937. There's no other cemetery in the world like it.
7. The very first 911 call was made in Haleyville, Alabama on February 16, 1968.
8. Alabama is home to Vulcan (Birmingham), the world's largest cast-iron statue. This massive statue is 56 feet tall and weighs more than 100,000 pounds.
9. Alabama is also home to the "World's Largest office Chair," which can be found at Miller's Office Furniture in Anniston. It's 33 feet tall and is made from 10 tons of steel.
10. The inventor of the windshield wipers, Mary Elizabeth Anderson, was from Alabama. They were invented in 1902.
11. The only confirmed person in history to have been struck by a meteorite and survive was Ann Hodges. This happened in Oak Grove, Alabama on November 30, 1954. The meteorite is currently on display at the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa.
12. Alabama has its very own Stonehenge. In Elberta stands an exact replica of England's Stonehenge - Bamahenge. Bamahenge is a definite must-see for all ages!
Can you think of any other quirky Alabama facts you’d add to this list? If so, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
To learn more about Alabama’s Bamahenge, be sure to take a look at the following article:
Most People Don’t Know There’s A Little Stonehenge In Alabama.
OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.