The Alabama Territory was established on March 3, 1817 by the same act which created the state of Mississippi. Alabama was granted statehood on December 14, 1819, as the 22nd state to join the Union.
A few interesting facts about Alabama:
- The word Alabama means ‘an ethnic community’ in the Creek Indian language.
- Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.
- Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.
- In 1704, Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world in the City of Mobile. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
- In 1886, the oldest Electric Trolley System of the world was launched in Montgomery.
- The oldest state-sponsored archival bureau in the country is The Alabama Department of Archives.
- In 1814, General Andrew Jackson overpowered the Creek Indians in the Battle at Horseshoe Bend, ending the reign of the Creek Confederacy and making future-President Jackson a war hero. After this incident, the indigenous Americans surrendered almost 50% of the current state territory to the U.S.
- Magnolia Springs has the only all-water mail route in the United States, with daily delivery by boat.
- Alabama is home to many famous people in ministry, arts and music, literature and sports, including Winston Groom, Harper Lee, Hank Williams, Channing Tatum, Nat King Cole, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Flagg, Lionel Ritchey, Helen Keller, Kate Jackson, Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron, Tallulah Bankhead, Courtney Cox, Joe Louis, Jimmy Rodgers, Willie Mays and Jim Nabors, to name just a few!
Here are a few helpful links to Alabama State Government websites:
~ State of Alabama, Official Website ~
~ Office of the Governor ~
~ Office of the Lieutenant Governor ~
~ Office of the Attorney General ~
~ Alabama State Senate ~
~ Alabama State Legislature ~
~ Office of the Alabama Secretary of State ~
Voting and Elections
~ Alabama Department of Education ~
~ Alabama Department of Tourism ~
~ Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ~
Hunting & Fishing License
~ Alabama Department of Revenue ~
~ Alabama Law Enforcement Agency ~
Includes the following agencies:
Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Enforcement
Alabama Department of Homeland Security
Office of Prosecution Services Computer Forensic Laboratories
Alabama Department of Public Safety (Driver License)
Alabama Bureau of Investigation
Alabama Marine Police (Boating License)
Alabama Forestry Commission
Alabama Department of Revenue
Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center
Alabama Fusion Center
Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Alabama Public Service Commission