Alabama State University
Did You Know - ASU
- Montgomery has lured travelers since 1540, when Hernando deSoto staked a Spanish flag on the banks of the Alabama River.
- On April 11, 1861, President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis issued the telegraph containing the orders to fire on Fort Sumter from the Winter Building on Dexter Avenue, thus beginning the War Between the States.
- On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in a move that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement.
- In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March at the Capitol steps just one block away from the only church and pulpit that he ever ministered from.
- San Francisco didn't have the very first electric streetcar system? Montgomery was the first city to incorporate the system into its local travel in 1886.
- In 1910, the Wright Brothers brought their daring aviation deeds to Alabama's capital city, establishing the nation's first school for powered flight.
- The Visitor Center in historic Union Station or if you choose, the adjacent national historic landmark train shed, are the perfect venues for a memorable convention or meeting or to host a reception of special event? Our professional events staff will be happy to assist you in planning the perfect evening, from a Southern barbeque to an elegant evening of jazz on the river.
- Hank Williams is buried next to his wife Audrey in a cemetery located downtown? Hank and his band the Drifting Cowboys used to frequent Chris' Hot Dogs after most of their local performances, a hot dog stand that's still in operation today!
- Legendary Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is a native of Montgomery, honing his chops in several of the nightclubs throughout the city.
- Nat King Cole was born and raised in Montgomery.
- John Denver was an "Army Brat" whose family was stationed in Montgomery during his teen years.
- While on military duty in Montgomery in 1918, F. Scott Fitzgerald fell in love and eventually married Zelda Sayre, a Montgomery socialite who helped inspire many of his most famous works.
- Toni Tenille from The Captain and Tenille lived in Montgomery.
- Montgomery is within an hour's driving distance of three Robert Trent Jones' golf trails.
- The majority of the hit film "Big Fish" was filmed in Montgomery and the River Region.