Category: Places

Steam Dummy

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.

BF Goodrich

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.

First African Baptist Church

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.

Moody Music Building

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.

Old Wooden Train Trestle

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.

Denny Chimes

Denny Chimes, an enduring symbol of Alabama’s first university, was erected in 1929 to honor President George H. Denny, under whose leadership The University of Alabama gained national prominence.