With events ranging from city gatherings to job fairs, the MacDonald Hughes Community Center is a much frequented hotspot for local activities and community growth.
Streetcar service began in the Druid City in 1883 with the arrival of the first horsecar trolley. Operated by the Tuscaloosa Street Railway, mules and mustangs pulled the streetcars on rails throughout the city. This “contraption” was in use for over a decade before the tracks were taken up by city order in 1896.
In 1958, legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant arrived and John “Big Daddy” Bishop opened his first Dreamland Bar-B-Que Cafe.
Tuscaloosa, chosen as the site for a BF Goodrich tire plant in 1945, embraced the plant. It grew to become one of the city’s largest employers. It specialized in Michelin tires, so you might hear some call it the Michelin plant. Both names are right, because BF Goodrich sold its license to Michelin in 1988.
The Houndstooth was recently awarded this title by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
Built in 1907 by the men of the church, the First African Baptist Church stood at the center of important civil rights activities in the 1960s. Added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 28, 1988, it reflects important lessons and struggles in our shared history.
The Frank M. Moody Music Building is the home of UA’s School of Music and its renowned Holtkamp organ, which stands three stories high and comes with four manuals. Recitals and concerts are scheduled in the 1,000-seat concert hall that was inspired by the home of the famed Vienna Philharmonic.
Have you ever seen a train in the sky near an Amphitheater? Imagine a historic wood and steel bridge, built in 1898 for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, 135 feet high and 3,600 feet long and still in use today! You can see it from parts of Northport and Tuscaloosa.
Opened four years after the 2011 tornado damaged the original building, it stands as the flag ship of the Tuscaloosa Fire Department.