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Huntsville/Madison County Destination Guide

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Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center ® Downtown Huntsville Get to know the Rocket City... Take your free #RocketCitySelfie at the Visitor Center! Stand in front of our green screen and snap a picture with the Shule Pathfinder (and more) as the backdrop. While you're at it, share your selfie with your friends and family on social media using the hashtag #RocketCitySelfie. Cool! Open 7 days a week 500 Church Street Stop by 3 Get local attraction, lodging and dining information 3 Pick up free attraction brochures, event info and area maps 3 Grab your FREE Passport Coupons (20% off attraction admissions), All-Star Sports Pass and Art Pass 3 Get started on the Lucky Duck or Trains on Main Scavenger Hunts Huntsville was established in 1805 by pioneer John Hunt, who settled at the area now known as the Big Spring. Delegates from the Alabama Territory met in Huntsville to write the constitution enabling Alabama to become the 22nd state of the Union. Huntsville grew into an important center for cotton trading, as well as a major transportation hub. The surprise capture of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad's Huntsville Depot during the Civil War resulted in private homes being spared. Huntsville boasts the South's largest concentration of antebellum homes. Today, Huntsville is a high-tech city. Launched in the 1950s with the U.S. space and rocket industry, it was here that a team of scientists, led by Dr. Wernher von Braun, designed and tested the rockets that put man on the moon. Huntsville City Population: 193,079 Madison City Population: 47,959 Huntsville Metro Population: 449,720 Madison County Population: 356,967 2016 Census Estimates

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