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Travelers spent $2.4 billion and were responsible for 30,969 jobs in North Alabama last year, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department. This represents a 6.1% increase in traveler spending on hotels, restaurants, shopping and transportation.
Space Center

The Alabama Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is annually one of the state’s top tourist attractions, featuring a wide range of exhibits about our nation’s history in space exploration.

The North Alabama area includes Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties.

Estimates show that statewide the tourism industry grew by 7.7 percent with more than 25 million visitors spending $12.6 billion last year, according to the report conducted by Auburn University Montgomery.

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The Alabama Historical Association has recognized the Cherokee Trail of Tears as a significant part of Alabama history by awarding it an Official Alabama Historical Marker.

Trail of Tears mapA dedication ceremony is set for 3 p.m., May 14, 2016, at Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation Troy Wayne Poteete as guest speaker. The public is invited to share in and witness the exciting historical event and to celebrate the heritage of all Native American ancestry.

Between 1837 and 1838, an estimated 2,300 Cherokee were removed from their homelands and transported down the Tennessee River until the river was no longer navigable because of the Muscle Shoals whitewater, which existed at that time from present day Decatur to Tuscumbia.

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