Educate and CElebrate
In preparation for the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial in 2019, plans are under way for a once-in-a-lifetime commemoration of 200 years of history, progress, and future promise. A lively and inclusive 12-month calendar of events will entertain, educate, and engage people of all ages.
Founded December 13, 1819, Tuscaloosa is named for Chief Tuskaloosa, the chieftain of a Muskogean-speaking people. Tuscaloosa was Alabama’s capital from 1826 to 1846, and W.M. Nichols designed the Capitol building, where the inaugural session of the Alabama Legislature was convened in 1829. The University of Alabama was established in 1831.
Known as the Druid City because of the stately water oaks planted in the 1840’s along downtown streets, Tuscaloosa quickly became a dynamic hub of industry, commerce, healthcare, and education. The construction of locks and dams on the Black Warrior River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1890's opened an inexpensive link to the Gulf, stimulating the mining and metallurgical industries. The growth of The University of Alabama and the successful recruitment of global industries have continually fueled our robust economy.
With hundreds of restaurants, landmarks, museums, parks, and recreation facilities, Tuscaloosa is one of Alabama’s most progressive cities. Visitors savor the unique atmosphere, historic ambiance, and bustling nightlife that are hallmarks of the Tuscaloosa experience. As we mark the 200th anniversary, our city’s distinguished history and bright future will be honored and recognized in world-class fashion.