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Alabama Alabama,

in the southeastern United States, is

known as the Heart of Dixie. Although it ranks near the middle of the states in both size and population, Alabama does boast one of the largest inland waterway systems in the country at fifteen hundred miles. The state is mostly covered in plains, although the northern part of Alabama is filled with mountains. The state has four national forests, the largest natural rock bridge east of the Rocky Mountains at 148 feet (the largest west of the Rockies is the Landscape Arch in Utah at 290 feet), and a five-milewide crater made when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. The first electric trolley system in the world was unveiled in Montgomery in 1886, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the story of Alabama changed. In 1950, German scientists, including Wernher von Braun, were brought to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville to develop rockets, which in turn started the American space program. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American woman, refused to give her bus seat to a white man in this 7

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