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Huntsville is located in
the central area of the northern most region of the state of
Alabama, the fourth biggest city in the state, becoming settled
in 1805, and named Twickenham originally, after Alexander Pope's
English home, that had been requested by LeRoy Pope, but renamed
Huntsville in 1811, after its first settler, growing across the
hills that sit close by, next to the Tennessee River, that would
eventually add textile mills, munitions factories to become a
major southern city, that today, includes the US Army Aviation
and Missile Command at the Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center. Its economy is pushed along with aerospace
and military technology that are driven by the Marshall Space
Center, Redstone Arsenal and Cumming Research Park, that is the
second biggest in the country, and the fourth biggest in the
world, with the University of Alabama in Huntsville a major
center for technology and engineering research, with many other
companies producing various products for the nation, with great
shopping venues, excellent restaurants and the hub of
rocket-propulsion in the nation.
The city is serviced by many US highways, with an excellent public transportation system, railroad service, that also has contributed the Huntsville Depot to become a major railroad museum, as well as the North Alabama Railroad Museum that continues to maintain a line that had been owned by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The city has many outstanding biking routes throughout, with its inland port that combines the Huntsville International Airport, Jetplex Industrial Park and the International Intermodal Center that transfers train and truck cargo.
Twickenham Historic District was the name picked for the first of three historical districts in the city, that showcase Greek Revival and Federal styles that had been introduced into the city by Virginia-born architect George Steele in 1818, and now houses the most densely concentration of antebellum homes in the state. One such venue is the 1819 Weedon House museum that had been the residence of poet and female artist, Howard Weedon, and is open for visitors. The Old Town historic district also contains many fabulous styled houses that include; Queen Anne, California cottages, Greek Revival and Federal, with magnificent houses from the 1820s to the early 2oth century; and Five Points historic district, that is the most recent, that contains mostly bungalows that had been constructed at the turn of the 20th century, when the city was becoming a mill town.
Other interesting museums include the Clay House museum, US Space & Rocket Center, where the US Space Camp and aviation challenge programs are located, as well as the Saturn V rocket that is now a National Historic Landmark, Early Works Museum, Sci-Quest that is an inter-active premium hands-on museum for early childhood education, Harrison Brothers Hardware Store that had been started in 1879, and the oldest operating hardware store in the state, Burritt Museum and Park that is situated on Monte Sano Mountain that is a regional history museum that showcases a 1930s mansion, scenic overlooks, nature trails and other venues. The Huntsville Museum of Art provides permanent displays, educational programs and traveling exhibitions and the historic Huntsville Depot. The city also has numerous parks, some dozen golf courses and festivals.
The Huntsville Madison County Public Library had been founded in 1818, and is the state's oldest continually operating library system in the county, with an archive that is rich with historical resources, relics, exhibits of photographic collections and more. The city has many outstanding art associations and performing arts venues, convention centers and arenas, visual arts institutions and sports teams.
It is a great place for southern cuisine, as well as many international venues that offer German, Italian, fine dining, Chinese, Japanese, barbeque, steak houses, pizza joints, using only the freshest local vegetables, fruits, meats and fish, as eating out has become more popular to both visitors and locals, since many families are now working longer and harder than ever before and includes both parents in the family. The city has more than 500 local and international restaurants that include many other nationalities besides the one mentioned above.