but when I want to roam Montgomery, Alabama, I take interstate 65!  My favorite part is the really cool staircase (try not to stare) and making my voice echo in the Rotunda!

There are all sorts of portraits on the walls, too; famous people, such as former governor George Wallace and his first wife, Lurleen Wallace, who was also governor. There’s a chrome-plated wood stove in the original house chamber (it’s really cool, but sometimes it’s HOT)! This is a place where local events have been shaping the whole country for at least 150 years.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederate States of America on the front steps of this building (that caused a lot of trouble for a lot of people, including my no-good, pig-stealing, great-great grandfather).

Just 93 years later and a block away, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr became pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and started another big change (a change that did a lot of good for people all over the nation).

The big news now is the possibility of a new state capitol! They’ve got something old, they want something new, but ‘cause of all the money they’ve borrowed, they’re feeling kinda blue.

Get a look at those stairs!

This is in the original antebellum* part of the capitol, designed and built by Horace King, a former slave who rose to become one of the south’s best known architects and bridge builders. King was hired to frame the current capitol after the previous capitol building burned down in 1849. While he was at it, he designed the really cool double staircase that is in the capitol entrance!

Horace King lived from 1807 to 1885.

*Antebellum means existing before the American Civil War.

Capitol Address:
600 Dexter Avenue, 
Montgomery, AL 36104
Tour Information: 334-242-3935
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-4
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Alabama is 23rd in population and 28th in size of the 50 states. It joined the Union (that’s what we call all the states together) on December 14, 1819, left it for a while, and then came back (kicking and screaming). Birmingham is its largest city. This state is famous for college football, for being a Sweet Home and the Heart of Dixie! And, as you may have noticed, Alabama comes first in an alphabetical listing of the 50 states.

The current state capitol has a central core built in 1851, with a wing added to the back (east) of the building in 1885, a wing on the south side (for the House of Representatives) in 1906 and one on the north side (for the Senate) in 1912. In spite of the beauty of the capitol building, the legislature moved out in 1985 (into a building originally constructed for the State Highway Department). The legislature has not been able to make up its mind on whether to build a new capitol.

Places to see, places to eat (food, that is)!

1 The State Capitol (that’s why you’re here, right?)

2 Old Alabama Town - a living history exhibit

3 The Hank Williams Museum

        - The Man, the music, the legend...

4 The Civil Rights Memorial - open all the time

5 The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has a Mooseum

        (You may have herd I’ve got a beef with them)

Food - The Usual Suspects:

   Burger King, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Mexican food,

    Barbecue, Smoothies, Church’s Chicken, Hot Dogs, etc.

My favorite lunch spot:

    Panera bread -

Where to get a good cuppa Joe (that’s grown-up talk for coffee)

Mom & Dad are losing it! You can help! Here’s the nearest Starbucks (and a map with directions). Act now, before it’s too late!