Montgomery wins "Best Historic City" contest from USA TODAY - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Montgomery wins "Best Historic City" contest from USA TODAY

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The results are in and Alabama's capital city is being proclaimed the winner of USA TODAY's 10Best contest for the nation's "Best Historic City".

Montgomery and Annapolis, Maryland traded places in the top spot for more than a week but with just hours left in the competition, Montgomery pulled into the lead.

View the 10 finalists here: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-historic-city/

The 10Best nominee page for Montgomery says: 

"In 1819, two small settlements of cotton plantations merged together to form the town of Montgomery. During the Civil War, Montgomery was home of the First White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis and his family lived, but its most important historical contributions came during the Civil Rights movement as the site of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The city also had the first electric street car system, and the first flight school set up by the Wright Brothers."

"This is great news for our city, a place with immense history and the setting for some of the most seminal moments in our nation's history – from the Civil War to Civil Rights to civil aviation," Mayor Todd Strange said.

Historic attractions are among the most visited in Montgomery, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dawn Hathcock explained during the contest.

The State Capitol building, which served as the temporary Capitol of the Confederacy in 1861 is also the spot where the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March culminated in March of 1965 and received over 62,500 visitors in 2013.

The Rosa Parks Museum and Library drew over 42,000 visitors in the same year.

The recent debut of the Montgomery Civil Heritage Trail made headlines around the region as did the opening of Alabama Voices at the Museum of Alabama, both of which added exciting new ways to experience history in Montgomery.

"As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March and 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott next year, visitors will not only experience our history, but they will discover there's a whole lot more to Montgomery," the mayor said, "like our revitalized riverfront, the vibrant downtown entertainment district and world-class cultural institutions.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

    FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:09:49 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 3:31 AM EDT2018-07-19 07:31:30 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. ...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. ...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling.More >>
    FBI Director Christopher Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling.More >>
  • Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

    Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:08:46 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 3:26 AM EDT2018-07-19 07:26:02 GMT
    Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    More >>

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    More >>
  • 'He was just hot': Parents warn others after son with autism dies of heat exhaustion

    'He was just hot': Parents warn others after son with autism dies of heat exhaustion

    Thursday, July 19 2018 3:24 AM EDT2018-07-19 07:24:41 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 3:24 AM EDT2018-07-19 07:24:41 GMT
    Elijah Mike, 18, loved being outside, swimming and going for walks, according to his mother. (Source: Mikel Family/WDAF/CNN)Elijah Mike, 18, loved being outside, swimming and going for walks, according to his mother. (Source: Mikel Family/WDAF/CNN)

    Critical signs of heat illness include excessive sweating and tiredness, according to doctors. Those experiencing the symptoms should get out of direct sunlight and drink water.

    More >>

    Critical signs of heat illness include excessive sweating and tiredness, according to doctors. Those experiencing the symptoms should get out of direct sunlight and drink water.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly