Huntsville


Population

2010: 180,105, #129 in U.S., #4 in Alabama

1950: 16,437

2010 Metropolitan Area: 417,593, #120 in U.S.

Setting

Huntsville was first settled in 1805 in the area around the Big Spring, an underground spring. Huntsville was a small town until World War II, when the Redstone Arsenal was established there for the manufacture of munitions.
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center opened in Huntsville in 1960.

Buildings

Tallest building: Regions Center, 189 feet (1990)

Stores

Huntsville has no downtown department stores.

Trains

There is no Amtrak service to Huntsville.


Museums


The Huntsville Museum of Art and EarlyWorks Museum Complex are downtown.






Downtown Huntsville from Big Spring Park

Theaters

Huntsville has no downtown movie theaters. The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra plays at the Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center (1975). The Broadway Theater League presents touring musicals at the Von Braun Center.

Sports

The Huntsville Stars, Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, moved to Biloxi, Miss., in 2015 and became the Biloxi Shuckers.

Map of Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville Convention and Visitors Bureau