- Geographical Region: South
- Size: 52,423 sq.mi.,30th rank overall.
- Admitted to Statehood: December 14, 1819
- Population: 4,708,708; 23rd rank overall.
- Capital: Montgomery
- Other Major City: Birmingham
- Abbreviation: AL
- Nickname: YellowHammer State
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- State Bird: Yellowhammer (opens window to 50states.com)
- State Flower: Camellia (opens window to 50states.com)
- Two thirds of the state is covered by the East Gulf Coastal Plain, including swamps.
- Major rivers include the Tombigbee, the Alabama, the Tennessee and the Chattahoochee.
- Russell Cave National Monument, near Bridgeport, is the site of caves that were inhabited continuously from 6000 B.C. to A.D. 1650.
- Alabama is comprised of coastal plains at the Gulf of Mexico sloping into hills and broken terrain in the north
Map: Relief Map of AL
Paper, lumber and wood products, mining, rubber, iron, steel, automotive manufacturing
Poultry and eggs, cattle, nursery stock, peanuts, cotton, vegetables, milk, soybeans, grains, peaches
- Mardi Gras was first celebrated in Alabama, introducing it to the western world.
- The first rocket that put humans on the moon was built by workers in Alabama.
- Alabama in 1861 was the first to design and fly the Confederate Flag.
- Russell Cave is where a skeleton of a pre-historic man was found
- In Creek Indian language the word Alabama means tribal town.
- Alabama is the home of George Washington Carver. He discovered more than 300 uses of peanuts.
- The first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere was performed in 1902 by Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill in Montgomery by suturing a stab wound in a boy's heart.
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