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Encyclopedia > Decatur, Alabama
Decatur, Alabama
Nickname: The River City, D-Rock,
The Heart of the Valley
Location in Morgan County and the state of Alabama
Location in Morgan County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°34′51″N 86°59′0″W / 34.58083, -86.98333
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Morgan, Limestone
Government
 - Mayor Don Kyle
Area
 - City 59.9 sq mi (155.1 km²)
 - Land 53.4 sq mi (138.3 km²)
 - Water 6.5 sq mi (16.8 km²)
Elevation 561 ft (171 m)
Population (2006)[1]
 - City 55,778
 - Density 900.3/sq mi (359.62/km²)
 - Metro 149,269
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35600-35699
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-20104
GNIS feature ID 0117185
Decatur, Alabama (top center), along the Tennessee River, is southwest of Huntsville and north of Birmingham, along Interstate 65. Nearby towns include: Madison, Hartselle and Athens, Alabama.
Decatur, Alabama (top center), along the Tennessee River, is southwest of Huntsville and north of Birmingham, along Interstate 65. Nearby towns include: Madison, Hartselle and Athens, Alabama.

Decatur is a city in Limestone and Morgan Counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. The city, known as "The River City", is located in Northern Alabama on the banks of Wheeler Lake, along the Tennessee River. It is the largest city and county seat of Morgan County.[2] The estimated population in 2006 was 55,778.[1] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 770 KB) Summary Decatur from the Tennessee River Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Morgan County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... 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Decatur is also the core city of the two-county large Decatur Metropolitan Area which had 149,269 in 2006. Combined with the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, the two create the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area, of which, Decatur is the second largest city. The Decatur Metropolitan Area is a large separate but equal part of the Huntsville-Decatur Metropolitan Area. ... The Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area is the most populated Sub-Region of North Alabama, and is the second fastest growing region in the State of Alabama, with 510,088 living within the CSA. It is also currently the 93rd largest CSA in the country. ...


Like many southern cities in the early 1800s, Decatur's early success was based upon its location along a river. Railroad routes and boating traffic pushed the city to the front of North Alabama's economic atmosphere. The city rapidly grew into a large economic center within the Tennessee Valley and was a hub for travelers and cargo between Nashville/Chattanooga and Mobile/New Orleans. Throughout the 20th century, the city experienced steady growth, but was eclipsed as the regional economic center by a fast growing Huntsville during the space race. The city now finds its economy heavily based on manufacturing industries, cargo transit, and hi-tech industries such as General Electric, and the United Launch Alliance. North Alabama is a region of the U.S. state of Alabama, generally thought to include these 11 counties: Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston. ... The Tennessee Valley is the drainage basin of the Tennessee River and is largely within the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... Nashville redirects here. ... Chattanooga redirects here. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Mobile Founded 1702 Incorporated 1814 Government  - Mayor Sam Jones Area  - City 412. ... NOLA redirects here. ... GE redirects here. ... United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. ...

Contents

History

Initially the area was known as "Rhodes Ferry Landing", named for Dr. Henry W. Rhodes, an early landowner who operated a ferry that crossed the Tennessee River in the 1810s at the present-day location of Rhodes Ferry Park. The city was incorporated as Albany in the year 1821. It was named in honor of Stephen Decatur; after he was killed in a duel in 1820, President Monroe directed that the Alabama town be named for him. A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ... Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812. ...


Decatur was a very important point in North Alabama during its earliest days. Decatur was the eastern terminus of the Decatur-Courtland-Tuscumbia Railroad (in the late 1820s and early 1830s), the first railway built west of the Appalachian Mountains. North Alabama is a region of the U.S. state of Alabama, generally thought to include these 11 counties: Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston. ... Built in 1836, the Decatur-Courtland-Tuscumbia Railroad was the first railroad to be built west of the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. ...


Because of its location on the strategic Memphis & Charleston Railroad, Decatur was the site of several encounters during the American Civil War. All but three buildings were burned down during the 1864 Battle of Decatur, when Decatur was referred to as A Tough Nut To Crack. The three that remained are the Old State Bank, Dancy-Polk House, and the Burleson-Hinds-McEntire House. The Memphis and Charleston Railroad completed in 1857 was the first railroad in the United States to link the Atlantic Ocean with the Mississippi River. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The Battle of Decatur was fought October 26–29, 1864, as part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of the American Civil War. ... The Old State Bank in Decatur, Alabama, United States, opened its doors on July 29, 1833. ...


While the city was under Confederate control, plans for the Battle of Shiloh were mapped out within the Burleson-Hinds-McEntire House. These activities made the house one of the most historic buildings in Decatur. Belligerents United States (Union) CSA (Confederacy) Commanders Ulysses S. Grant, Don Carlos Buell Albert Sidney Johnston â€ , P.G.T. Beauregard Strength Army of West Tennessee (48,894), Army of the Ohio (17,918)[1] Army of Mississippi (44,699)[1] Casualties and losses 13,047: 1,754 killed, 8,408...


New Decatur was a city that rose out of the ashes of former Decatur west of the railroad tracks. New Decatur was founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1889. But residents of the older Decatur resented the new town, founded and occupied by people who moved from the northern states. Animosity built until New Decatur renamed their town Albany, after Albany, N.Y., in September 1916. The impetus to meld the two towns came from the need for a bridge, instead of a ferry, across the Tennessee River. The Decatur Kiwanis Club was formed with an equal number of members from each town to organize efforts to get the state to build the bridge. In 1925, the two cities merged to form one City of Decatur. There is a noticeable difference between the two sides of town. The cities developed differently at different times, and still to this day have somewhat different cultures. Eastern portions of Decatur tend to act more suburban and traditional, while western portions tend to look more metropolitan and contemporary.


The Old State Bank, on the edge of downtown, is the oldest bank building in the State of Alabama, at 173 years old. The first wave pool in the United States was built here and is still in operation at the Point Mallard Aquatic Center. Decatur has the largest Victorian era home district in the state of Alabama. Decatur is also home to Alabama's oldest opera house, the (Cotaco Opera House), which still stands on Johnston Street. The Old State Bank in Decatur, Alabama, United States, opened its doors on July 29, 1833. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Template:The Gilmer Blackburn (Point Mallard) Aquatic Center Point Mallard Aquatic Center (Water Park), Decatur, AL Point Mallard Parks Aquatic Center was developed in the early 1970s after Mayor Gilmer Blackburn saw enclosed wave-making swimming pools in Japan and thought one could be a tourist attraction in... The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ...


In the past its industries included repair shops of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, car works, engine works, tannery, bottling plants, and manufacturers of lumber, sashes and blinds, fertilizers, cigars, flour, cottonseed oil, and various other products. Chartered by the state of Kentucky in 1850, the L&N, as it was generally known, grew into one of the great success stories of American business. ...


Early Historical Timeline

  • Area founded as Rhodes Ferry in 1810s.
  • Rhodes Ferry incorporated as Albany in 1821.
  • Dancy-Polk House erected in 1829.
  • Also in 1829-1830, Decatur became the home to the first railroad ever built west of the Appalachian Mountains Tuscumbia-Courtland-Decatur Railroad.
  • Old State Bank erected on July 29, 1833.
  • Rhea-McEntire House built in 1836.
  • Battle of Decatur takes place during the American Civil War in November, 1864.
  • Decatur's Victorian Era Home District built between 1870 and 1910
  • New Decatur founded in 1887, incorporated in 1889.
  • New Decatur renames itself Albany (although the post office designation is New Albany), 1916
  • Princess Theatre built in 1919.
  • Albany and New Decatur merge in 1925.
  • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicates Delano Park in 1930s.
  • TVA brings new business to Decatur through the military, and energy management in the 1930s.

Built in 1836, the Tuscumbia-Courtland-Decatur Railroad (TCDR) was a railroad in Alabama, the United States. ... The Old State Bank in Decatur, Alabama, United States, opened its doors on July 29, 1833. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1833 (MDCCCXXXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Rhea-McEntire House is located along the shoreline of the Tennessee Rivers Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. ... The Battle of Decatur was fought October 26–29, 1864, as part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of the American Civil War. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... The Princess Theatre, originally contructed as a livery stable in 1887, is now a 677 seat performing arts venue in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882–April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office and the only man to be elected President more than twice, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. ... Stone Delano Park sign The Delano Park is the oldest park in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Geography

The Tennessee River has traditionally been the northern border of the city and Morgan County, while Flint Creek and the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge on the east side of the city. The city does extend to the other side of Flint Creek and the Refuge in the Indian Hills and Burningtree subdivision areas. There is also an inlet that extends one mile (1.6 km) into the city limits from Wheeler Lake called Dry Branch. There is also a small portion of Decatur that extends into Limestone County north along the Highway 31 corridor to the Calhoun College area and along Hwy 20 Corridor until it reaches I-65. A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ... Wheeler Lake area Wheeler Lake is located in north Alabama between Rogersville and Huntsville. ...


The northern portion of Decatur sits on top of a short hill that overlooks the Tennessee River, this creates a very steep dropoff to the river shore a Rhodes Ferry Park. This hill allows the "Steamboat Bill" Memorial Bridge to leave the mainland at grade without any major sloping required more height to cross the river while not interfering with Decatur's heavy barge traffic. This hill extends from the banks of the river about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south to the 14th St./Magnolia St. intersection with 6th Avenue (US 31). The Steamboat Bill Memorial Bridges are two bridges that span one of the widest points along the Tennessee River within the City of Decatur, Alabama, between Morgan County, and Limestone County. ... US Highway 31 is a long north-south highway connecting northern Michigan to southern Alabama, with termini at Interstate 75 near Mackinaw City, Michigan, and U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 98 at Spanish Fort, Alabama. ...


South past the 14th St. and 6th Ave. intersection, land continues to remain flat. South, and also west, past Alabama 67 there are a few minor mountains that sit within the city limits. State Route 67 is a state highway in Alabama that connects the city of Decatur to U.S. Route 231 at Rainbow Crossing in Cullman County. ...


Decatur is located at 34°34′52″N, 86°59′0″W (34.580992, -86.983392)[3].


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 59.9 square miles (155.1 km²), of which, 53.4 square miles (138.3 km²) of it is land and 6.5 square miles (16.8 km²) of it (10.83%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Climate

Decatur experiences a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and a generally mild winter. Temperatures range from 89 °F (31.6 C) in the summer to 49.0 °F (9.4 C) during winter. The city rarely experiences tornadoes during the spring and fall. But, significant severe weather does occur from time to time in the active seasons. The most significant tornado event included the Super Outbreak in 1974, while the city was largely unaffected by the more recent Huntsville, Alabama Tornado in 1989 that killed 21 and injured almost 500. Hurricanes are rare since Decatur sits nearly 300 miles (480 km) inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Though a few tropical systems do track through the central Tennessee Valley, they rarely inflict much damage on the city. Winters usually do not produce much snow; a large amount of snow is rare within the city limits. A small, measurable amount of snow can be experienced a few times each year. The humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and chilly to mild winters. ... This article is about the weather phenomenon. ... 1Time from first tornado to last tornado 2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita Scale The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on record. ... A strong F4 tornado struck Huntsville, Alabama on November 15, 1989, killing 21 people and injuring nearly 500 Huntsville, Alabama, was struck by a deadly tornado around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 15, 1989. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... The Tennessee Valley is the drainage basin of the Tennessee River and is largely within the U.S. state of Tennessee. ...


Bodies of water

Wheeler Lake area Wheeler Lake is located in north Alabama between Rogersville and Huntsville. ... A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ... The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge comprising 34,500 acres. ...

Nearby suburbs

Moulton Heights is a census-designated place located in Morgan County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Priceville is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Trinity is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Somerville is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Danville is a census-designated place in Morgan County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Tanner is a small town in central southern Limestone County, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Hartselle is a city in Morgan County, Alabama, about 10 miles (16 km) south of Decatur, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ...

Neighboring cities/towns

Hartselle is a city in Morgan County, Alabama, about 10 miles (16 km) south of Decatur, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Huntsville, Alabama (top center), near the Tennessee border, is north of Birmingham and northeast of Decatur, across the Tennessee River flowing northwest. ... Priceville is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Mooresville is a town in Limestone County, Alabama, U.S., located southeast of the intersection of I-565 and I-65, and north of Wheeler Lake. ... Trinity is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ...

Neighborhoods

Decatur is, unofficially, divided into four different regions of town (Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest). The reason for the existence of these four regions is because of The Beltline. Southeast and Northeast Decatur already existed as parts of town, but were simply thought of as one, as there was a much lower population at that time in the West. Southwest consists mostly of the area bordered by 6th Avenue (US 31), 8th Street W, and Danville Road. Northwest is bordered by Danville Road, Central Parkway, and 14th Street W. This article is about a major thoroughfare in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ... US Highway 31 is a long north-south highway connecting northern Michigan to southern Alabama, with termini at Interstate 75 near Mackinaw City, Michigan, and U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 98 at Spanish Fort, Alabama. ...


Two halves of town were successfully created in the years following the completion of The Beltline as a bypass. While there are few major cultural differences between the East and the West, minute differences such as street grid patterns, zoning patterns, and architectural styles are noticeable.


Northeast

  • Albany
  • Downtown Decatur
  • New Decatur

Limestone County

  • Whiteside
  • Irvington

Southeast

  • Bayside
  • Brookmeade
  • Burleson Mountain
  • Burningtree Mountain
  • Cedar Lake
  • Fairview
  • Flint
  • Hickory Hills
  • Indian Hills
  • Point Mallard Estates

Northwest

  • Moulton Heights
  • Oakworth
  • West Decatur

Southwest Moulton Heights is a census-designated place located in Morgan County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ...

  • Austinville
  • Basham
  • Brasswell
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Chapel Hill
  • Chula Vista
  • Dunbarton
  • Griffin Addition
  • Longleaf Estates
  • Oak Lea
  • Russell Village
  • Vestavia
  • Westmeade

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 53,929 people, 21,824 households, and 14,753 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,009.7 people per square mile (389.9/km²). There were 23,950 housing units at an average density of 448.4/sq mi (173.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.50% White, 19.56% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 2.22% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. 5.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 21,824 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $37,192, and the median income for a family was $47,574. Males had a median income of $37,108 versus $22,471 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,431. About 11.9% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...

  • Population

In 1890, 2,765 people lived in Decatur, Alabama; in 1900, 3,114; in 1910, 4,228; and in 1940, 16,604[citation needed]. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 53,929. As of the 2006 census estimation, the population was 55,778. The city is the county seat of Morgan County[2]. In 1900, 4,457 people lived in New Decatur, Alabama; in 1910, 6,118. The two cities have melded. A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Morgan County is a county of the State of Alabama. ...

Historical Population
Date Population Growth %
1940 16,600
1950 20,000 17%
1960 29,200 31.5%
1970 38,000 23.2%
1980 42,000 9.5%
1990 53,900 10.9%

Economy

Decatur has grown to be the busiest river port on the Tennessee River. The Port of Decatur sees large amounts of barge traffic from up and down the Tennessee River, which has led to twenty Fortune 500 companies opening plants in the city. Image File history File links Alabama-map2. ... Image File history File links Alabama-map2. ... Category: ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ...


Decatur is also known as the "Home of Meow Mix", after the company bought a 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m²) facility in town, and now utilizes its riverfront property to ship the finished product up and down the Tennessee River. Meow Mix Meow Mix is a popular variety of cat food, and is well known for its popular advertising jingle. ...


Being part of the Huntsville-Decatur CSA, the city lies within the region having the most engineers per person in the nation. The Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area is the most populated Sub-Region of North Alabama, and is the second fastest growing region in the State of Alabama, with 510,088 living within the CSA. It is also currently the 93rd largest CSA in the country. ...


A recent BRAC Base realignment will bring a population, conservatively estimated at 5,000–10,000 people (not including their families), to the area surrounding Redstone Arsenal. Redstone Arsenal is a U.S. Army post and a census-designated place (CDP) located next to the city of Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. ...

Delta IV Medium launch carrying DSCS III-B6
Delta IV Medium launch carrying DSCS III-B6

Approval of the United Launch Alliance combined Lockheed-Martin and Boeing's rocket manufacturing contracts to a central location at the plant in Decatur. All satellite launching rockets used by the U.S. government will be built in Decatur. This approval brought over 230 new jobs to the Decatur area. The ULA plant utilizes the Tennessee River to ship the rockets to Cape Canaveral.[5] Download high resolution version (1600x2400, 2389 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1600x2400, 2389 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... United Launch Alliance is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. ... Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... This article is about the area of Florida. ...


In March of 2008, a $1.3 Billion development, including a Bass Pro Shops was announced for the Interstate 65/Interstate 565 interchange inside the city limits. The development, named Sweetwater, will include more than 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m²) of retail space, 825,000 square feet (76,600 m²) of medical and office space, 2,700 residences, and an entertainment venue with seating for up to 8,000 people. A school, fire department, parks and lakes are expected to support the future development.[6] Bass Pro Shops is a privately held sporting goods and outdoor goods store headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. ... Interstate 65 (abbreviated I-65) is an Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Interstate 565 (I-565) is a 21 mile (34 km) Interstate spur which connects Interstate 65 (I-65) near Decatur, Alabama with Huntsville, Alabama. ...


Major Employers

View of Balloons Inflating At The Alabama Jubilee

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Tourism

Tourism is a major part of Decatur's economy. Hundreds of thousands of people from in and out of town, and from many other countries and territories, attend some of the premier festivals in the South.[7]


The Alabama Jubilee, begun in 1977, is the oldest hot air balloon race south of the Kentucky Derby's Great Balloon Race (from 1973). With visiting populations rising into 75,000, people crowd around numerous seven-story tall inflating balloons. Because of the Alabama Jubilee, Decatur has been named "The Ballooning Capital of Alabama" by the Alabama State Legislature. // Activities Each and every year, dozens of colorful balloons take to the skies of Decatur, AL for the Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic over the Memorial Day holiday weekend (May 28-29). ... The Hannah Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


The Spirit of America Festival is one of the largest free 4th of July festivals in the south. More than 65,000 people arrive in Decatur to watch annual celebrations and the Miss Point Mallard Beauty Pageant. // Intro One of the largest free Fourth of July celebrations in the South. ... Fourth of July redirects here. ...


Riverfest is a celebration sponsored by the Decatur Jaycees. Set at Rhodes Ferry Park, along the beautiful Tennessee River, barbecuers come from all over the country to try their luck at beating Big Bob Gibson's Barbecue, the seven-time world champion winner. Riverfest is an annual festival held in Limerick every year during the summer time. ... The United States Junior Chamber or Jaycees is an organization aimed at individuals aged 21 to 39 to help them in business and their professional careers. ... A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ...


Another big celebration in Decatur and North Alabama, the Racking Horse World Celebration, attracts numerous horses from around the world to compete in the largest racking horse competition. Set in the Racking Horse World Celebration Arena, the celebration draws up to 75,000 fans and competitors each year. North Alabama is a region of the U.S. state of Alabama, generally thought to include these 11 counties: Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston. ...


Parks and celebrations

Replica of historic structure in the re-constructed Rose Garden in Delano Park

Stone Delano Park sign The Delano Park is the oldest park in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ... Stone Delano Park sign The Delano Park is the oldest park in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ... This article might not be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Template:The Gilmer Blackburn (Point Mallard) Aquatic Center Point Mallard Aquatic Center (Water Park), Decatur, AL Point Mallard Parks Aquatic Center was developed in the early 1970s after Mayor Gilmer Blackburn saw enclosed wave-making swimming pools in Japan and thought one could be a tourist attraction in... // Activities Each and every year, dozens of colorful balloons take to the skies of Decatur, AL for the Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic over the Memorial Day holiday weekend (May 28-29). ... // Intro One of the largest free Fourth of July celebrations in the South. ... Riverfest is an annual festival held in Limerick every year during the summer time. ... Celebration Arena is a 10,000-seat indoor arena located in Decatur, Alabama. ...

Media

Newspapers

The Decatur Daily has been the only major newspaper based in the Decatur Metropolitan Area since 1912, and the one of the only family owned newspapers in Alabama. It has an average daily circulation of 20,824 and a Sunday circulation of 23,840. The paper circulates in the morning to an area that includes Morgan County, Lawrence County, Cullman County, and southern portions of Limestone. The Decatur Daily is a daily newspaper serving Decatur and the Tennessee Valley in North Alabama, United States. ... The Decatur Metropolitan Area is a large separate but equal part of the Huntsville-Decatur Metropolitan Area. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Morgan County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Lawrence County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Cullman County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. ... Limestone County is a county of the State of Alabama. ...


The Huntsville Times is the only other newspaper with a larger circulation in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area, and has been in circulation since 1996 to most area counties, when the Huntsville News closed. Before then, the News was the morning paper, and the Times was the afternoon paper. After the News closed, the Times remained an afternoon paper until 2004. The Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area is the most populated Sub-Region of North Alabama, and is the second fastest growing region in the State of Alabama, with 510,088 living within the CSA. It is also currently the 93rd largest CSA in the country. ...


Transportation

Air Transport

Decatur is served by two major airports. The Huntsville International Airport, in suburban Huntsville is the second busiest airport in Alabama, behind Birmingham International Airport. The city is also served by the busiest regional airport in Alabama, the Pryor Field Regional Airport.[8] FAA Official Diagram Huntsville International Airport (IATA: HSV, ICAO: KHSV, FAA LID: HSV), also known as Carl T. Jones Field, is an airport located 9 miles (14 km) southwest of the central business district of Huntsville, a city in Madison County, Alabama, United States. ... Huntsville, Alabama (top center), near the Tennessee border, is north of Birmingham and northeast of Decatur, across the Tennessee River flowing northwest. ... There are two cities named Birmingham with international airports: See either Birmingham International Airport (UK) Birmingham International Airport (US) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Pryor Field is located next to Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL. This regional airport serves the western portion of the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area, and primarily serves the cities of Decatur and Athens. ...


Roadways

Captain William J. Hudson "Steamboat Bill" Memorial Bridges

Decatur, being only a mid-sized city, has not yet seen the conveniences of a major controlled access highway passing through the city limits. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 775 KB) Summary Picture of the Steamboat Bill Memorial Bridge in Decatur, Alabama. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 775 KB) Summary Picture of the Steamboat Bill Memorial Bridge in Decatur, Alabama. ...


Decatur's main thoroughfares are 6th Avenue (US 31) and The Beltline (State Route 67). 6th Avenue begins as both Alabama 20, Alternate U.S. 72, and US 31 split after being carried by the twin-span "Steamboat Bill" Hudson Memorial Bridge that crosses Tennessee River at the north central part of town. Alabama 20/Alternate U.S. 72 continues west towards The Shoals, after the Beltline begins in the vicinity of the Solutia plant. 6th Avenue continues southward where it eventually intersects with Beltline Road. After that intersection, 6th Avenue continues southward to Birmingham as Decatur Highway. US Highway 31 is a long north-south highway connecting northern Michigan to southern Alabama, with termini at Interstate 75 near Mackinaw City, Michigan, and U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 98 at Spanish Fort, Alabama. ... This article is about a major thoroughfare in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ... State Route 67 is a state highway in Alabama that connects the city of Decatur to U.S. Route 231 at Rainbow Crossing in Cullman County. ... Alternate US 72 exists in Alabama on the south side of the Tennessee River between Muscle Shoals and Decatur. ... The Steamboat Bill Memorial Bridges are two bridges that span one of the widest points along the Tennessee River within the City of Decatur, Alabama, between Morgan County, and Limestone County. ... A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ... The Shoals is a metropolitan area in western Alabama including the cities of Florence, AL, Muscle Shoals, AL, Tuscumbia, AL, and Sheffield, AL. As well as the counties of Lauderdale, and Colbert. ... Solutia Inc. ...


The Beltline was built as a western bypass to relieve congestion on 6th Avenue. In doing so, however, this created another problem as sprawl quickly developed along the new arterial. Construction is currently under way to widen the road from four to six lanes with the project expected to be completed by 2010. This article is about a major thoroughfare in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ...


Major Highways

Image File history File links I-65. ... Interstate 65 (abbreviated I-65) is an Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Image File history File links I-565. ... Interstate 565 (I-565) is a 21 mile (34 km) Interstate spur which connects Interstate 65 (I-65) near Decatur, Alabama with Huntsville, Alabama. ... Image File history File links US_31. ... US Highway 31 is a long north-south highway connecting northern Michigan to southern Alabama, with termini at Interstate 75 near Mackinaw City, Michigan, and U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 98 at Spanish Fort, Alabama. ... Image File history File links Alternate_plate. ... Image File history File links US_72. ... Alternate US 72 exists in Alabama on the south side of the Tennessee River between Muscle Shoals and Decatur. ... Image File history File links Alabama_20. ... Alabama State Route 20 (Highway 20) runs from the Tennessee state line (TN 69) northwest of Florence, Alabama, east to I-65 east of Decatur in the northwestern Alabama. ... Image File history File links Alabama_24. ... Image File history File links Alabama_67. ... State Route 67 is a state highway in Alabama that connects the city of Decatur to U.S. Route 231 at Rainbow Crossing in Cullman County. ...

Busiest Intersections

Rank Intersection Traffic Per Day
1 6th Avenue (US 31)
Alabama 20
Alternate US 72
45,290
2 The Beltline (AL 67)
Spring Avenue SW
38,000
3 6th Avenue (US 31)
Stratford Road SE
34,000
4 PT Mallard Parkway (AL 67)
Interstate 65
32,000
5 The Beltline
Betty Street
Westmead Street
31,000

US Highway 31 is a long north-south highway connecting northern Michigan to southern Alabama, with termini at Interstate 75 near Mackinaw City, Michigan, and U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 98 at Spanish Fort, Alabama. ... State Route 20 (Highway 20) runs from the Tennessee state line (State Route 69) northwest of Florence, Alabama, east to I-65 east of Decatur in the northwestern Alabama. ... Alternate US 72 exists in Alabama on the south side of the Tennessee River between Muscle Shoals and Decatur, while US 72 follows on the north side of the river between Florence and Athens. ... This article is about a major thoroughfare in the city of Decatur, Alabama. ... Alabama 67 is a vital route that connects the city of Decatur, AL to US 231 at Rainbow Crossing in Cullman County, AL. This road serves as a link between Decatur and Gadsden, AL. Alabama 67 begins at the intersection with US 231 and begins a northwestern route towards Decatur. ... Alabama 67 is a vital route that connects the city of Decatur, AL to US 231 at Rainbow Crossing in Cullman County, AL. This road serves as a link between Decatur and Gadsden, AL. Alabama 67 begins at the intersection with US 231 and begins a northwestern route towards Decatur. ... Interstate 65 (abbreviated I-65) is an Interstate Highway in the United States. ...

Improvements

Plans are also under way to construct a controlled access beltway from Interstate 65 south of the city to Alternate U.S. 72 in Lawrence County, known as Veteran's Parkway. Interstate 65 (abbreviated I-65) is an Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Alternate US 72 exists in Alabama on the south side of the Tennessee River between Muscle Shoals and Decatur. ... Lawrence County is a county of the State of Alabama. ...


In addition, there are plans to transform Alabama Highway 20/Alternate US 72 into an extension of Interstate 565 into the city. Governor Bob Riley has said he will make sure that plans for the road will be put on the fast track, since more than 85 vehicle accidents occur on Highway 20's final approach into Decatur each year.[9] Interstate 565 (I-565) is a 21 mile (34 km) Interstate spur which connects Interstate 65 (I-65) near Decatur, Alabama with Huntsville, Alabama. ... Robert Renfroe Bob Riley (born October 3, 1944) is an American politician in the Republican Party. ...


Education

The Decatur City School System is well regarded throughout the nation. Both of the city's high schools (Decatur High School and Austin High School) have been awarded the Safe Schools Award for the past two years that it has been presented in the State of Alabama. The two schools are the only ones in the state to have won this award both years. With the addition of the International Baccalaureate Program to Austin and Decatur High Schools, Decatur has become the first Alabama school system north of Birmingham and one of five in the state to offer the honors program for juniors and seniors (as of July 2006). The Decatur City Schools is a school system located in the city of Decatur, Alabama, and is home to two of Alabamas International Baccalaureate High Schools. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into International Baccalaureate Organization. ...


All high school football and soccer teams compete in the 9,000 seat Ogle Stadium. Indoor track meets are held at the 10,000 seat Racking Horse World Celebration Arena. Ogle Stadium is an 9,000 seat stadium inside the city of Decatur, Alabama, located on the southern end of Decatur High Schools campus, and is owned by the Decatur City Schools. ... Celebration Arena is a 10,000-seat indoor arena located in Decatur, Alabama. ...


However, both Austin and Decatur failed to make adequate yearly progress in 2006 as mandated in the No Child Left Behind Act. The state said Austin's 86 percent graduation rate was four points too low.


Decatur High missed in two categories: percent of special education students the system tested in reading and percent tested in math. The graduate rate was 76 percent. However, the graduation rate is unreliable since students who move to different schools are considered "dropouts" and this drastically distorts the figures of how many students actually graduate.


The only institution of higher education located within the Decatur city limits is Calhoun Community College. It has three campuses; the main campus is located just north of the city on Highway 31.


Local Elementary and Middle Schools

High Schools

Middle Schools Austin High School, located in Decatur, Alabama under the Decatur City Schools is one of the three high schools in the city. ... Decatur High School, located in Decatur, Alabama, United States, under the Decatur City Schools, across Prospect Dr. from Delano Park, is ranked as one of the top academic schools in the state, as well as the nation, with strong Advanced Placement programs and high ACT & SAT test scores that exceed...

Elementary Schools Cedar Ridge Middle School is a middle (or junior high) school located in Decatur, AL, under the Decatur City Schools. ...

  • Austinville Elementary School
  • Banks-Caddell Elementary School
  • Benjamin Davis Elementary School (Magnet/IB Primary Years)
  • Chestnut Grove Elementary School
  • Eastwood Elementary School
  • Frances Nungester Elementary School
  • Julian Harris Elementary School
  • Leon Sheffield Elementary School (Magnet/IB Primary Years)
  • Somerville Road Elementary School
  • Walter Jackson Elementary School
  • West Decatur Elementary School
  • Woodmeade Elementary School

Private Schools

  • Decatur Heritage Christian Academy
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy
  • Faith Christian Academy K-12 SACS & ACSI [1] [2]
  • St. Ann's Catholic School
  • Tennessee Valley Christian School

Local Higher Education

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, also known as Alabama A&M University or AAMU, is an accredited, public, coeducational land grant college established under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1890 located in Normal, Madison County, Alabama. ... Huntsville, Alabama (top center), near the Tennessee border, is north of Birmingham and northeast of Decatur, across the Tennessee River flowing northwest. ... Athens State University located in Athens, Alabama is a two year upper level University. ... Athens is a city in Limestone County, Alabama. ... Located in North Alabamas high technology corridor, Calhoun Community College exemplifies the two-year college mission of commitment to excellence in teaching and service. ... Located in Decatur, Alabama, a thriving community in North Alabamas high technology corridor, this extension of the Calhoun Community College System is the main campus. ... This extension of the Calhoun Community College System is located in the Redston Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. This extension is used to educated citizens that live on the Redstone Arsenal, as well as the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Huntsville, Alabama (top center), near the Tennessee border, is north of Birmingham and northeast of Decatur, across the Tennessee River flowing northwest. ... Basic Facts This extension of the Calhoun Community College System is located within the 2nd largest Research Park in the country, Cummings Research Park. ... Huntsville, Alabama (top center), near the Tennessee border, is north of Birmingham and northeast of Decatur, across the Tennessee River flowing northwest. ... The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a state-supported, public, coeducational university, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. ... Huntsville, Alabama (top center), near the Tennessee border, is north of Birmingham and northeast of Decatur, across the Tennessee River flowing northwest. ... The University of North Alabama (abbreviated UNA) is a coeducational university located in Florence, Alabama, and the states oldest public university. ... Florence Florence city is the seat of Lauderdale County, which is situated in the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Alabama. ...

Nicknames

  • "A Grand City on a Charming Scale" - The official Decatur City tag line adopted in 2005.
  • The River City - So named because of the Tennessee River that flows on the northern edge of town and that inspires festivals and culture in the city.
  • The Chicago of the South - Given to Decatur in the 1880s by a company formed to create a planned community, "New Decatur," just south of the original Decatur. At that time the city was home to several industries, including a boxcar plant, and home to the huge Louisville & Nashville railyards.
  • "Ballooning Capital of Alabama" - Bestowed by the Alabama Legislature because of the annual Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, which brings over 50 hot air balloons to Point Mallard Park. Begun in 1978, it is one of the oldest hot-air balloon rallies in the U.S.
  • The Heart of the Valley - Because of Decatur's location at the very center of the Alabama portion of the Tennessee River and Tennessee Valley.
  • "Home of America's First Wave Pool" - Decatur is home to the first wave pool ever built in the United States at the popular Point Mallard Aquatic Center.
  • "Home of Meow Mix" - Decatur is home to one of the Meow Mix production facilities, and a sign reading "Decatur: Home of Meow Mix" is visible on one of the city's buildings from the Tennessee River bridge.
  • D-Rock - nickname given by high school students inside Decatur. Many people outside of Decatur also refer to the city with this nickname.[10]
  • "Hub of the South" - Decatur is in a convenient location nearby many important southern cities.
  • "City of Opportunity" - a popular name in the 1950s and 1960s due to the city's rapid growth during that era.

// Activities Each and every year, dozens of colorful balloons take to the skies of Decatur, AL for the Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic over the Memorial Day holiday weekend (May 28-29). ... This article is about hot air balloons themselves. ... This article might not be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ... A wave pool in use. ... Template:The Gilmer Blackburn (Point Mallard) Aquatic Center Point Mallard Aquatic Center (Water Park), Decatur, AL Point Mallard Parks Aquatic Center was developed in the early 1970s after Mayor Gilmer Blackburn saw enclosed wave-making swimming pools in Japan and thought one could be a tourist attraction in... Meow Mix Meow Mix is a popular variety of cat food, and is well known for its popular advertising jingle. ...

Famous Decaturites

Joseph (Jo) Abbott (January 15, 1840-February 11, 1908) was a member of the Confederate Army and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas. ... Mae C. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, September 12, 1992, she was the first non-white woman to go into space. ... Dean Jones (born January 25, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama) is an American actor. ... Lucas York Black (born November 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor. ... Philip Rivers (born December 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama) is an American football player who plays quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Charles (Redding) Pitt is an attorney and the current chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party (2003-2007). ... John OSullivan, (April 25, 1942-)is Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious international affairs magazine, The National Interest, Editor-at-Large of the prominent magazine the National Review, and a senior Fellow at the Nixon Center. ... A columnist is a journalist who produces a specific form of writing for publication called a column. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and the Internet. ... The term Pundit has multiple meanings: A pundit or pandit, in the culture of India, is a master of traditional religious poetry and/or traditional music. ... Gary Knotts is a Major League Baseball pitcher, currently with the Detroit Tigers and has a career ERA of 5. ... Gary Redus (born November 1, 1956 in Athens, Alabama), is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1982-1994. ... Truett Banks Rip Sewell (May 11, 1907 – 1989) was a professional baseball pitcher, known to be one of the greatest junk pitchers. ...

See also

The Decatur Metropolitan Area is a large separate but equal part of the Huntsville-Decatur Metropolitan Area. ... The Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area is the most populated Sub-Region of North Alabama, and is the second fastest growing region in the State of Alabama, with 510,088 living within the CSA. It is also currently the 93rd largest CSA in the country. ... Morgan County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... North Alabama is a region of the U.S. state of Alabama, generally thought to include these 11 counties: Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston. ... This article might not be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Template:The Gilmer Blackburn (Point Mallard) Aquatic Center Point Mallard Aquatic Center (Water Park), Decatur, AL Point Mallard Parks Aquatic Center was developed in the early 1970s after Mayor Gilmer Blackburn saw enclosed wave-making swimming pools in Japan and thought one could be a tourist attraction in... A riverboat passing under the Henley Street Bridge on the Tennessee River. ... Stephen Decatur, Jr. ... Wheeler Lake area Wheeler Lake is located in north Alabama between Rogersville and Huntsville. ... The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge comprising 34,500 acres. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Alabama, Listed Alphabetically: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CSV). 2007 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division (June 28, 2007). Retrieved on June 28, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ FTC Gives Approval. Decatur Daily Newspaper (10-03-2006).
  6. ^ Bass Pro, convention center planned for major Decatur development. Birmingham Business Journal (03-17-2008).
  7. ^ Festivals and celebrations. Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau (2006).
  8. ^ Rivers, rails, roads, and air. Decatur Daily Newspaper (2006-10-01).
  9. ^ 3-year transit plan. Decatur Daily Newspaper (06-05-2005).
  10. ^ The overcome negatives, focus on positives. Decatur Daily Newspaper (06-28-2006).

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External links

  • Decatur, Alabama is at coordinates 34°34′52″N 86°59′00″W / 34.580992, -86.983392 (Decatur, Alabama)Coordinates: 34°34′52″N 86°59′00″W / 34.580992, -86.983392 (Decatur, Alabama)

((Private schools in Decatur AL)) A complete list of radio stations licensed to places in Alabama. ... The Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area is the most populated Sub-Region of North Alabama, and is the second fastest growing region in the State of Alabama, with 510,088 living within the CSA. It is also currently the 93rd largest CSA in the country. ... Huntsville, Alabama (top center), near the Tennessee border, is north of Birmingham and northeast of Decatur, across the Tennessee River flowing northwest. ... Athens is a city in Limestone County, Alabama. ... Madison is a city located primarily in Madison County, Alabama with a small portion in Limestone County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. ... Hartselle is a city in Morgan County, Alabama, about 10 miles (16 km) south of Decatur, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Moores Mill is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Harvest is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in the northwestern part of Madison County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. ... Hazel Green is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Meridianville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Moulton is a city located in Lawrence County, Alabama. ... New Hope is a small city located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Priceville is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Redstone Arsenal is a census-designated place and US ARMY base/town located next to the city of Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama. ... Ardmore is a town located in Limestone County, Alabama. ... Falkville is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... New Market is a census-designated place (CDP) in Madison County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. ... Owens Cross Roads is a town located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Town Creek is a town located in Lawrence County, Alabama. ... Trinity is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Courtland is a town located in Lawrence County, Alabama. ... Gurley is a town located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Hillsboro is a town located in Lawrence County, Alabama. ... North Courtland is a town located in Lawrence County, Alabama. ... Elkmont is a town located in Limestone County, Alabama. ... Eva is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Somerville is a town located in Morgan County, Alabama. ... Triana is a town located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Lester is a town located in Limestone County, Alabama. ... Mooresville is a town in Limestone County, Alabama, U.S., located southeast of the intersection of I-565 and I-65, and north of Wheeler Lake. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Danville is a census-designated place in Morgan County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Hulaco is a census-designated place located in Morgan County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Laceys Spring is located in northeastern Morgan County, Alabama at the base of Brindley Mountain, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Meridianville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Madison County, Alabama. ... Morgan City is a census-designated place located in Morgan County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Moulton Heights is a census-designated place located in Morgan County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... New Market is a census-designated place (CDP) in Madison County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. ... Tanner is a small town in central southern Limestone County, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Toney is an unincorporated community in northwestern Madison County, Alabama. ... Lawrence County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Limestone County is a county of the State of Alabama. ... Madison County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama, and is a major part of the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ... Morgan County is a county of the State of Alabama. ...


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