The Land of the Singing River

The Tennessee River brought the early Native Americans and then the European settlers. For years, it frustrated those who tried to cross it or tame it. Men fought from its banks and others found power from its waters. It created a culture. It shaped a region. The region’s sites, buildings, and relics whisper tales of some of the nation’s biggest moments and how the river played a role in each.

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Credit: Ivy Green

America's First Lady of Courage

Experience the life of Helen Keller, who, despite all of her handicaps, managed to impact North Alabama as well as the world.

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Credit: Steven Hippensteel

A New Type of Travel

The Tuscumbia-Courtland-Decatur Railroad was the first railroad west of the Allegheny Mountains, creating "America's First Frontier Railroad Town".

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The Battlefield and Beyond

The northwest Alabama region was considered strategically important due to the Tennessee River and railroad lines.

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Credit:Janice Williams

Return to Coldwater

Oka Kapassa, a Native American gathering, is held to celebrate the culture and traditions of American Indians who once thrived in north Alabama.

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Credit: Lauderdale County Tourism

Handmade in the South

From rock shelters to a Frank Lloyd Wright usonian style, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area has over 200 years of architectural history.

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