Discovery Wall

Tuscaloosa is one of only a handful of cities to present this generation of technology. The Interactive discovery wall is far more than a vast computer screen; it is a portal to the unknown. Start your journey with points of interest like people, places or events, then let yourself wander through a continuously expanding web of content. Discover legendary figures from our community’s past – the difference makers who helped shape our city. Travel from place to place, uncovering hidden gems and points of pride in the area as you go. Or dive into a continuously evolving collection of special curations – from sports to history to food and music – you never know what you will discover next at the Gateway.

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.

University Place Elementary School

Mrs. Margaret Reynolds Robertson stands to the left of her first grade class of 1961-62 at University Place Elementary School. The school is still in operation today, where they teach Pre-K through 5th grade.

1932 Tornado

This destructive F4 tornado on March 21, 1932, was the first of 10 that occurred on this day, eight of which were in Alabama alone. About 2,000 people were left homeless, and 37 were killed in the area.

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

More than 1000 works of art are awaiting you at the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art! The collection amassed by Jack Warner as investments for Gulf States Paper, now the Westervelt Company, is considered to be one of the greatest private collections. Enjoy this experience!

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.

American Christian Academy

American Christian Academy is a thriving private school, grades pre-k through high school. Through partnerships with the parents, ACA’s main focus is to instill Christian character and academic excellence while developing a spiritual, intellectual, and cultural education for each student.

Queen City Park Swimming Pool

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.

First Baptist Church

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.