Introduction to Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert county, is 40 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 110 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee. Part of the surrounding Florence metro area, the city is not an isolated city.
Muscle Shoals History
Muscle Shoals was first inhabited by the Indians. The city is so named because piles of mussel shells were found in the area. However, some believe the shape of the Tennessee River looks like the muscle of a man's arm. It was originally a farm land. In the early 1900s, a few houses were built in the cotton fields. The construction of the Wilson Dam started in 1918. The area was incorporated on April 24, 1923, and George McBride was the first Mayor of Muscle Shoals.
Muscle Shoals and nearby Attractions
- Funland Water Park
- Victory Missionary Baptist Church
- Shoals Plaza Shopping Center
- North Alabama State Fair Park
- Riverfront Park
- Children's Museum of the Shoals
Things To Do In Muscle Shoals
Muscle Shoals organizes several annual events such as the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride, Recall LaGrange, Helen Keller Festival, W.C. Handy Music Festival, and Alabama Renaissance Fair. The city is home to the latest edition of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. You can also visit the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Ivy Green-Home of Helen Keller, Natchez Trace Parkway, Indian Mound, and the Birthplace of W.C. Handy. Muscle Shoals also offers great fishing opportunities because it is surrounded by Pickwick Lake, Wilson Lake, and Wheeler Lake.
Muscle Shoals Transportation
The nearest airport is Northwest Alabama Regional Airport.
Muscle Shoals Higher Education
Northwest Shoals Community College, University of North Alabama, John C. Calhoun State Community College, and other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.