Decatur is known as a river city because it was originally the first city for settlers west of the Appalachian Mountains to cross the river, and the location of this river still makes Decatur an important transportation hub in the Southeast. In 1905, the Southern Railway Company established a depot, which is now the depot and museum of the union. The depot is now named after its original owner, the Southern Railroad Company, but it had its origins as a railroad depot for the US Army.
In 1978, there was a cinema, which was then bought by the city of Decatur and which today houses the Southern Railroad Museum, the Museum of American History and the American Heritage Museum. Since then, they have hosted the Spirit of America Festival on Memorial Day weekend and July 4. This event is held over the Memorial Day weekend and brings together more than 1,000 people from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.
Proceeds from the event will go to Special Equestrians of Alabama, which offers therapeutic riding for people with various disabilities.
The Carnegie Carnival is held every year during the Mardi Gras season and is a major fundraiser for the center. The Carnegie Museum maintains a lively calendar of new exhibits and houses the largest art collection in the state of Alabama and the largest art museum in the world. The hospitality of the South is oozing out of the pores, patriotism is on display, and the culture and people of Decatur are presented.
The waters of Decatur are full of perch fishing tournaments that attract and hold hundreds of anglers vying for big cash prizes. The water around Decatur fills with the largest bass tournament in Alabama and one of the largest in Alabama.
There are other launches, including Ingalls Harbor, but there are some particularly popular places where you can drop off your boat. There's the Turtle Trail in Decatur, which starts and ends at the Princess Theatre on 2nd Avenue. Other attractions include the sparkling Museum of Natural History, the John Allen Johnson Library and the Alabama State Museum.
There is a rolling, cobbled path that follows the shore of Guntersville Lake and is located near Sunset Drive. The paved green path is well maintained and runs parallel to Bailey Cove Road along Aldridge Creek.
Alabama Highway 20 (US 72A), which serves as the main east-west link between the city of Decatur and the rest of the state, runs through Decatur. AL 67 is used as a commercial road on the western edge that connects Decator and the surrounding counties in a southeastern direction. Interstate 65 and US 31 are connected by the Alabama State Highway System (ALSS) and Alabama Highway 67 respectively, and both offer east-west connections to the north and south.
It features a mix of residential, commercial and industrial uses, as well as a number of public parks and leisure facilities.
The oldest bank building in Alabama is 186 years old, visit the Old State Bank to take a look at its history. The Morgan County Archive is located in Morgan City, Alabama, south of Birmingham, on the corner of State Street and Main Street. This collection includes documents, artifacts, memorabilia and other items related to the history of the county and donated by citizens. Antiques include antique furniture, cut glass, glassware, ceramics, jewelry and furniture from around the world.
When the Federal Forces took possession of the city in 1864 and ordered citizens to leave, many comfortable and handsome houses decorated it. When we were allowed back, we found that the Bank's, McCartney, Polk and Burleson houses were all that was left of this once pretty town. It served as the Union Army Headquarters and Hospital during the Battle of Decatur.
In 1877, yellow fever broke out in the city, and the citizens of Decatur immediately began rebuilding. The Alabama legislature tried to make Albany part of the decatur, but conflicts arose and neither Albany nor Decator cooperated.
After the USA Congress established the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1933, and Decatur and other parts of northern Alabama benefited from dams and hydroelectric power plants built in the area. The dams provided flood protection and improved navigation, and provided affordable power to Decator and the other residents of the Tennessee Valley.
With the arrival of the railroad, Decatur was connected to industry and transport and soon developed into an important hub. The railroad was built and completed in 1834 between Tuscumbia and Decatur and brought back to its current terminus at the intersection of I-85 and Interstate 65.
The Old Railroad Bed Trail (also known as the Monte Sano Railroad Trail) in eastern Huntsville has a fascinating history. Here you can learn a lot about the history of the county and the country as a whole. Those interested in the Civil War will enjoy finding a place that relates to the four-day battle at Decatur in October 1864. Opened in the summer of 2019, it was quickly named one of the top new museums in our country.