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Montgomery County, Alabama
36104, 36105, 36106, 36107, 36108, 36109, 36110, 36111, 36116, 36117
"Heart & Soul of the South"
Chamber of Commerce.
Hernando de Soto claimed this area for Spain in 1540. French settlers came in 1717 when they established Fort Toulouse. Within a short time, many new residents came and settlements of East Alabama and New Philadelphia grew up, merging in 1819 to form the city of Montgomery.
Montgomery was chosen in 1846 to be the state capital. In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the president of the Confederacy in Montgomery.
This is also the place where Rosa Parks helped to usher in a time of great social change. 1965 was the time when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. finished his Selma to Montgomery march on the state capital steps. The area has many firsts to its name, including the first electric streetcar system in 1886. The nation's first flight school for powered planes was established in 1910 by the Wright Brothers.
The city of Montgomery was named for the revolutionary war hero, General Richard Montgomery. He was killed during the assault on Quebec. The County of Montgomery was named for Major Lemuel Purnell Montgomery, who was killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
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Nat "King" Cole was born here in Montgomery. Also born in Montgomery are Singers Clarence Carter and Toni Tenille, Opera Singer, Nell Rankin and Blues singer, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton.
Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum
off US Hwy 231, north of Montgomery on Jasmine Hill Road
Alabama's Little Corner of Greece
20 acres of beautiful grounds and more.
The FUN PHONE for visitor information and schedules of events in Montgomery. Please call: 334-240-9447
off North Blvd. between Coliseum Blvd and Lower Wetumpka Rd.
You can see all types of animals and wildlife in natural settings in this 40 acre zoo.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Phone: (800) 841-4ASF (841-4273)
Phone: (334) 271-5353
Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
For ticket info: 334-240-4004
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
One Museum Drive
One of the oldest fine arts museums in Alabama with a large collection of 19th and 20th century art.
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The population of Montgomery was:
1990 - 187,106
1998 - 198,309