Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery is located on the Alabama River southeast of the center of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the capital and the second largest city in the state. The city is nationally known for its many historical and cultural landmarks and the city is very active in restoring the downtown. You will find the Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Bases and Hyundai Motors Manufacturing here.

To See And To Do In Montgomery

  • Old Alabama Town
  • Hank Williams Museum
  • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
  • Rosa Parks Library and Museum
  • Alabama Shakspeare Festival
  • Blount Cultural Park

History Of Montgomery - Timeline

In 1540, Hernando De Soto and his fellow Spanish explorers visited today's Montgomery. In 1716, the Scottish trader James McQueen settled here. He was the first permanent European settler in the Montgomery area. In 1717, the French Fort Toulouse was built.

In 1814, Arthur Moore and his companions built cabins on local riverbanks. The town was incorporated on December 3, 1819, and was named for General Richard Montgomery. In 1821, the first steamboats reached the town. In 1822, a courthouse was built. In 1829, the newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, was founded.

In 1832, the Montgomery Railroad opened. In 1835, the White House of the Confederacy was built. It was the residence of President Jefferson Davis while the capital of the Confederate States of America was in Montgomery. The state capital moved from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery, on January 28, 1846. In 1847, the first Capitol building was erected. In 1858, the Patrick Henry Brittan House was completed. In 1886 Montgomery became the first city in the USA to install city-wide electric street cars. In 1898, the city had a paid fire department.

In 1907, the Bell Building was built. In 1910, the Maxwell Air Force Base was built. In 1919, Nat King Cole was born in the city. In 1930, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was established. In 1935, the Montgomery Zoo opened.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. The Montgomery Bus Boycott started after that incident. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a protest campaign against the racial segregation on its public transit system and Dr. Martin Luther King led numerous of non violent protests.

In 1967, a devastating fire broke out at Dale's Penthouse and 26 people lost their lives. In 2004, the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium opened. In 2019, Steven L. Reed was elected mayor. It is the first African American mayor in the city.