Monday, June 19, 2017

National Lands: Alabama

English: Little River Falls in the Little Rive...
English: Little River Falls in the Little River Canyon National Preserve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alabama does not have a National Park, but it does have several national historical sites, monuments and military fields. This state is rich in historical significance. The Selma to Montgomery National Historical Trail commemorates the struggle for African Americans to obtain the right to vote. The closest interstates to this trail are I-65 and I-85. The Tuskegee Airman National Historical Site honors the military airmen known as the Red Tails. Also in that area is the Tuskegee Institute built by Booker T. Washington. This is National Historical Site. I-85 is the nearest to this area.

Native Americans are also honored in this state. The Trail of Tears is a National Historical Trail that stretches over nine states. It honors the survival of the Cherokee people when they were removed from their homeland. Closest interstate is I-65. Muscle Shoals in the Tennessee River is a National Heritage that pays tribute to the Native Americans and settlers who braved the river. This area is in northwest Alabama with I-65 as the closest interstate. The Natchez Trace Parkway is 444 miles long and travels through three states. The nearest interstate in Alabama is I-65.

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park was home of a battle that ended the Creek War. General Andrew Jackson defeated the Indians here. I-85 is the nearest interstate. The Little River Canyon is a National Preserve which is located close to I-59 near the Georgia border. In the northeast corner of Alabama just south of the Tennessee line is Russell Cave National Monument. This archeological site is close to I-59.

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