Sheesh, and I thought turning 30 was bad. By the way, still working on my Random Acts of Kindness, and as soon as I’m through with them, I’ll post a detailed list 🙂 But on with this post.
Alabama is such an interesting state to grow up in. A wonderful mix of the old and the new, and a state that has been on the forefront of science and at the same time produced some of the great artists of our time as well as times gone by. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else (well, I could name a couple places. . . Alaska, anyone? But let’s be honest, the first day of freezing temperatures and I’d be hightailing it back home. But that’s another story.).
In honor of the state turning 194 years old today, here are a few interesting things that you may not know:
9) Forget the California Gold Rush, Alabama Fever (contrary to its name, it’s not anything related to medicine, and it certainly isn’t what I’ve been suffering from the last few weeks) was the original land boom. Even before Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819, a massive influx of settlers and speculators began to lay claim to the rich, fertile land. So many arrived and so quickly, that during the period from 1810 to 1830 the state went from a population just under 10,000 to practically bursting at the seams with over 300,000 people.
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10) Football is huge in Alabama, and I do mean huge. Especially the in-state, very heated rivalry between the University of Alabama and Auburn University. No game is more anticipated in this state than the Iron Bowl (the annual face-off between the two rivals). The very first Alabama vs. Auburn football game was held on February 22, 1893. Can you guess who won? Here’s a little hint. . . War Eagle! 😉 Auburn won that inaugural game 32-22. Three guesses who I’m going to be cheering for on January 6th, 2014? Ah, that was too easy, wasn’t it? 😉
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little taste of the state I call home as much as I enjoyed researching all of these interesting facts 🙂