Category: Education / Facts

Good Day Tuscaloosa!

City Councilor Kip Tyner hosts a local television program, “Great Day Tuscaloosa,” that is produced daily on Comcast Channel 21. The show provides an hour of programming that residents can’t get anywhere else. Nearly every guest who appears on the show lives in the Tuscaloosa area.

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.

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.

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.

Stillman College

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.

Old Tavern Museum Importance

Built in 1827, it served as a tavern and hotel on the stagecoach route that ran through Tuscaloosa. Many business deals and acquaintances were made in the tavern.

Visionary Leader

On November 4, 2013, Walter Maddox was sworn in for his third term as Tuscaloosa’s 36th Mayor. Mayor Maddox has led initiatives to increase economic development, improve customer service using Tuscaloosa 311 and provide quality pre-k education for academically at-risk four-year old children.