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.
Organized in 1818, First Baptist is the oldest church in Tuscaloosa County. The first building was made with logs. A brick structure was completed in 1830 and a larger one at the same site in 1884. An educational building was erected 1924 and the sanctuary that exists today was finished in 1958.
The College opened in 1875, is a historically black, liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,200 students on a 105-acre campus. Stillman ranks in the Top 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the country and in the Top 5 HBCU schools in Alabama.
Tuscaloosa is an Amtrak Intercity rail station. It was one of the last railroad-operated active passenger stations in the country.
Along with a great view of the Black Warrior River, you can come to the Market for locally grown, fresh vegetables and fun events.
Bryce Hospital, founded in 1861, is Alabama’s oldest and largest inpatient psychiatric facility. In 2009 it was decided to build a new facility in a nearby location and has since been closed for repairs.
The famous sign dates to 1957 and was designed by Pickens County folk artist Glenn House. “It’s not my crowning achievement,” House says, “but it’s the longest-lasting piece of art that I’ve ever done.” It survived Tuscaloosa’s greatest natural disaster. Mr. House has a gallery in Gordo, Alabama.
The pool and bath house were designed by Don Buel Schuyler, an apprentice to architect Frank Lloyd Wright. They were constructed as a WPA project during the Great Depression.