Experiencing cities and places that are new to me is pure catnip. Truth.
So after driving east from Muscle Shoals and then hooking a right onto Interstate 65 South, Montgomery seemed a good bet. It was, and let me explain why.
It’s a state capitol, yes, but it’s so much more than that. To start, it’s the birthplace of the American civil rights movement.
Heard of Dr. Martin Luther King? He was a young pastor at Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and organized the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965, among his many accomplishments. Rosa Parks and the bus boycott of 1955? That happened here too.
But did you know that Marquis de Lafayette (French hero of the Revolutionary War) visited here in 1825?
Or that Montgomery’s Old Cloverdale neighborhood has the family home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (and one very pretty camellia shrub)?
I zipped here and there in Montgomery and found remnants of its industrial past.
Alabama’s capitol is also home to the Montgomery Biscuits, a minor league baseball team. Must love biscuits.