Decatur, Alabama

Old State Bank
Confederate statue at Morgan County Courthouse in Decatur
Delta IV rocket
Balloons inflating at the 1990 Alabama Jubilee
Replica of historic structure in the re-constructed Rose Garden in Delano Park
Incumbent mayor Tab Bowling
Captain William J. Hudson "Steamboat Bill" Memorial Bridges

Largest city and county seat of Morgan County (with a portion also in Limestone County) in the U.S. state of Alabama.

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Tennessee River

Largest tributary of the Ohio River.

The Tennessee River flowing through the Tennessee River Gorge.
The "Steamboat Bill" Hudson Memorial Bridge in Decatur, Alabama.
Natchez Trace Parkway, crossing the Tennessee River in Cherokee, Alabama
Fish catch near Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River around 1940.
Forks-of-the-River in East Knoxville: the French Broad (left) joins the Holston (right) to form the Tennessee (center)

It travels through the Huntsville and Decatur area before reaching the Muscle Shoals area, and eventually forms a small part of the state's border with Mississippi, before returning to Tennessee.

United Launch Alliance

American spacecraft launch service provider that manufactures and operates a number of rocket vehicles that are capable of launching spacecraft into orbits around Earth and to other bodies in the Solar System.

Centaur rocket model
Delta IV launch 2013-08-28
Ignition of the engines of a Delta II
Atlas V 401 launch with InSight
Delta IV Heavy launch with the Parker Solar Probe
The launch on 16 October 2021 at 5:34 am EDT
ULA's Horizontal Integration Facility at CCSFS in February 2018
ULA's headquarters building in Centennial, Colorado

ULA merged the production and operation of the two companies' government space launch services into one central plant in Decatur, Alabama, and merged all engineering into another central facility in Littleton, Colorado.

Limestone County, Alabama

County of the U.S. state of Alabama.

Historical marker on the northwest side of the courthouse
Historic buildings in Elkmont

Calhoun Community College - 2-year college located in the southern part of the county in Decatur

Huntsville-Decatur, AL Combined Statistical Area

Most populated sub-region of North Alabama, and is the second fastest growing region in the State of Alabama, with 659,486 living within the CSA.

I-565 passing by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Significant cities included in the CSA include Athens, Decatur, Hartselle, Huntsville, and Madison, as well as Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan counties.

Decatur metropolitan area, Alabama

Moderately urban region of North-Central Alabama.

The 2008 estimate population is 150,125, one-third of which resides within the boundaries of its core city, Decatur, Alabama.

Tennessee Valley

Drainage basin of the Tennessee River and is largely within the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Map of the Tennessee Watershed
The Upper Tennessee Valley, looking east from the edge of the Cumberland Plateau near Rockwood, Tennessee

Decatur, Alabama, known as "The River City", dominated the economic landscape of north Alabama until the late 1950s, when the space race catapulted its neighbor Huntsville into that position. For most of the 20th century up to that point, Decatur held the top position in terms of economic impact and population. Its mixture of river transport and rail access has made it a busy hub of business, commerce, and manufacturing (chemicals and textiles especially) flowing down the river on the barges and boats of numerous companies and docking at the Port of Decatur. Decatur also claims the nickname "The Heart of the Valley" because of its location near the exact center of the length of the Tennessee River. Also because most north/south shipping traffic is funneled through the town utilizing three river crossings that are main routes for rail and road traffic between Birmingham and Nashville. The city is also an important river port that uses intermodal facilities to switch shipping methods between trains, trucks, and barges.

Memphis and Charleston Railroad

The first railroad in the United States to link the Atlantic Ocean with the Mississippi River.

2-6-0 locomotive No. 201

In Alabama, the railroad followed the route of the Tuscumbia, Courtland and Decatur Railroad between Tuscumbia and Decatur, the first railroad to be built west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Morgan County, Alabama

County in the north central part of the U.S. state of Alabama.

A highway sign designating the border between Nicholas and Greenbrier counties in West Virginia along a secondary road

The county seat is Decatur.

U.S. Route 31 in Alabama

U.S. Route 31 (US 31) in Alabama runs north–south up through the heart of Alabama for 386.449 mi. US 31 proper begins at a junction with US 90 and US 98 in Spanish Fort and exits the state into Tennessee running concurrently with Interstate 65 (I-65) near Ardmore.

A sign designating an exit to US 31 on the concurrency of Interstates 20 and 59. It was replaced in 2020.

US 31 enters the limits of major cities Montgomery, Birmingham, and Decatur.

Wave pool

Swimming pool in which there are artificially generated, reasonably large waves, similar to those of the ocean.

An outdoor wave pool in action
A 1936 photo of the wave pool, constructed six years prior at Gellért Baths in Budapest
The double wave pool at RamaYana Water Park

Several locations claim to have developed the first wave pool in the United States, including Big Surf in Tempe, Arizona and Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama, which both opened in 1969.