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Huntsville, Alabama

City with a population of 176,645 in 2006, the fourth largest city in Alabama. County seat of Madison County. First settled by John Hunt, but a failure to register his claim caused the area to be purchased by Leroy Pope, who named the settlement Twickenham, after the home of Alexander Pope, his distant relative. The city became the first incorporated in Alabama in 1811, but was renamed Huntsville during the War of 1812. It was the site of the constitutional convention in 1819 that ratified the Alabama state constitution. Under the constitution, the city served as the provisional state capital for one legislative session in 1819.

The city developed when the first railroad connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico was built through it in 1855. Seized by Union forces in 1862; the Confederacy recaptured the city several months later, but the city was permanently occupied by federal troops in mid-1863. Developed as a center for the textile industry after the Civil War. Expanded after World War Two when the city was chosen as the site of the Redstone Arsenal, which eventually became the center of military missile and NASA rocket development. One of the primary targets for attack by the Soviets in the event of a nuclear exchange because of its role in the US missile industry.

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  • Saturn V Dynamic Test Vehicle (SA-500D), ke4roh wrote 5 months ago:
    You'll enjoy the Wikipedia article which has been vastly improved since your comment. The one on display in Huntsville was the dynamic test vehicle - built to shake it and see what parts fell off. They made a few changes to the flight models based on 400 hours of tests. The others on display are cobbled together from various flight parts and S-IC-T (in Florida) which was used to test-fire the F-1 engines in Huntsville.
  • Richard Showers Recreation Center, Nikki Nichole wrote 6 months ago:
    Love this place and the people that help keep it afloat
  • Space Camp, antdoghalo wrote 1 year ago:
    Visited in early 2004 awesome place.
  • Centrifuge Ride, antdoghalo wrote 1 year ago:
    I remember this when I went to Space Camp. It spins really fast and you can't lift your body.
  • Old Huntsville Airport, AirCouch (guest) wrote 2 years ago:
    This airfield was in use from 1941 through 1968.
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