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Huntsville (Images of America)

John F. Kvach

Huntsville has served as the unofficial capital of north Alabama since the early 19th century. Settled by John Hunt and developed by ambitious cotton planters, enterprising merchants and professionals, and thousands of families looking for new opportunities in the rich farmland, Huntsville has continued to grow and prosper as 21st-century corporations and government agencies develop new technologies that make the city the center of space and defense-related industries in the South. The city has endured military occupation, storms, financial panics, and the constant threat of economic and social stagnation that occurred in so many communities across the South. Yet Huntsville continued to redefine itself and remain relevant in regional, national, and international affairs. This positive spirit makes Huntsville a special place for residents and visitors alike. Images of America: Huntsville hopes to capture the uniqueness of the city while simultaneously acknowledging some mistakes that have been made in the past.

Huntsville: Madison County : To the Edge of the Universe (Urban Tapestry Series)

Jan Davis

"Growing up in Huntsville--this mountainous city worthy of Norman Rockwell's insights--I was shadowed by the giants of the rocket and space programs." So writes Jan Davis in her introduction to Huntsville/Madison County: To the Edge of the Universe. In fact, she says, "It is almost impossible to grow up in Huntsville and not develop a fascination with space travel and exploration."

The giants who built the city into a major rocket center insisted that their chosen home have the very best social and cultural amenities. And, although it is in many ways an unassuming northern Alabama town, Huntsville is also a place where growing up in the shadow of greatness is easy, thanks to the wealth of schools and colleges, parks, cultural facilities, and recreational outlets.

Huntsville is also a business and high-tech mecca, with its many private and public institutions comprising an impressive economic zone. As Davis points out, more than 50 Fortune 500 companies have operations in the area.

But Huntsville's charms are so diverse that the city holds fascination for everyone. From ice skating to music to history to museums to country cooking, Huntsville remains above all "a city of wonderful contradictions, always unpredictable and capable of delight."

Huntsville (AL) (Postcard History)

Alan C. Wright

Founded in 1805, Hunstville brought many “firsts” to the state of Alabama – including the first bank, the first public library, and the first cotton mill. The city hosted the 1819 constitutional convention that formed the state of Alabama, and served as the first state capital. Huntsvillians have long enjoyed a progressive community of the forefront of the state’s growth in the areas of business and technology, and have also created a vibrant social and cultural atmosphere.

City Maps Huntsville Alabama, USA

James McFee

City Maps Huntsville Alabama, USA is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Huntsville adventure :)

Huntsville (TX) (Images of America)

Jeff Littlejohn

Huntsville is one of the oldest and most revered cities in the Lone Star State. Founded in the mid-1830s as Texans won their independence from MexicoHuntsville became the home of Sam Houston--the first president of the Republic of Texas and later governor of the state. Nestled among the lakes and trees of the eastern piney woods, Huntsville emerged as a vital center of education and justice in the late 19th century. Today the city remains a vibrant, growing community known for a few of its largest employers, including Sam Houston State University and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Legendary Locals of Huntsville

Leslie Nicole Thomas

First they came for the land, later they came for the stars and the moon; all found themselves against the glorious backdrop of the Tennessee Valley. Legendary Locals of Huntsville chronicles the story of Rocket City, a sleepy, Southern cotton town that weathered the Great Depression with its mill villages, gained national attention with Redstone Arsenal, blossomed into the center of aerospace development, and became the home of the largest arts center in the Southeast. Notables include pioneer John Hunt and founding father LeRoy Pope; aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun; world-renowned portrait artist and poet Howard Weeden and cobweb artist Anne Clopton; internationally known soprano Susanna Phillips; Professional Football Hall of Fame member John Stallworth; performing arts pioneers Helen Herriott and Loyd Tygett; and entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark C. Smith. The stories herein celebrate just a handful of the many people who have made a memorable impact on this community and who continue to propel Huntsville forward through leadership by example.

Rocket City Rock and Soul: Huntsville Musicians Remember the Sixties

Jane DeNeefe

In a state widely considered ground zero for civil rights struggles, Huntsville became an unlikely venue for racial reconciliation. Huntsville's recently formed NASA station drew new residents from throughout the country, and across the world, to the Rocket City. This influx of fresh perspectives informed the city's youth. Soon, dozens of vibrant rock bands and soul groups, characteristic of the era but unique in Alabama, were formed. Set against the bitter backdrop of segregation, Huntsville musicians--black and white--found common ground in rock and soul music. Whether playing to desegregated audiences, in desegregated bands or both, Huntsville musicians were boldly moving forward, ushering in a new era. Through interviews with these musicians, local author Jane DeNeefe recounts this unique and important chapter in Huntsville's history.

Huntsville, Decatur & Athens, AL Fold Map

Kappa Map Group

This full-color street map of HuntsvilleDecatur, and Athens, AL features: Airports, Block Numbers, Colleges and Universities, Golf Courses, Government Buildings, Hospitals, Parks and Rec Areas, Places of Interest, Schools, and ZIP Codes

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston: Includes Huntsville, Galveston, and Beaumont

Laurie Roddy

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston uncovers hikes around Houston that previously had gone unnoticed. This is the essential guide to this area, from the Big Thicket of east Texas to the coast of Galveston Island. Explore most of the 138-mile Lone Star Trail with over a dozen hikes breaking up the trail into manageable segments. Hikes lead to old native homesteads, native prairies, deep forests, riparian woodlands, urban byways, wildlife preserves along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, wetlands, and numerous bayous and waterways. Each chapter serves as both a navigational aide and an interpretive guide to familiarize hikers with wondrous destinations in and around The Bayou City.

The Adventures of Riverboat John: Glimpses of Huntsville in the 1950's (American Chronicles)

Riverboat John" Ferguson

For years, “Riverboat John” Ferguson has captivated audiences the world over as a guitar pickin’, song singin’, storytellin’ original. Now, for the first time ever, you can take home Riverboat’s strolling song and story act in this collection of boyhood hijinks, long lost traditions and unmistakable southern charm. Born on the blue-collar banks of the Tennessee River in Huntsville, Alabama, Ferguson’s homespun memories are sure to resonate with anyone who remembers life in the 1950s. Read about the time he took a wrong turn and drove his first pickup truck into the Elk River, his first―disastrous―attempt at eating barbeque chicken with silverware, the day television came to town, the time he “left home on a train” and so many more. So settle in, kick up your feet and enjoy this one-of-a-kind glimpse into Huntsville in the 1950s from the man heralded by The New York Times as “a true American minstrel.” Just don’t say nothin’ bad about Gene Autry!

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