Princesses and Legends

Trip Start May 03, 1996
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Trip End May 04, 1996


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Flag of United States  , Alabama
Saturday, May 4, 1996

Gadsden, Alabama, population 42,523.

In downtown Gadsden visit the Center for Cultural Arts for traveling exhibits as well as works by local and regional artists; Imagination Place is a hands-on museum, special activities and events include dinner theater, concerts, recitals, dance. The Museum of Fine Arts on West Meighan Boulevard has a permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, prints; monthly changing exhibits feature local and regional artists.

This city on the Coosa makes good use of its river with the Alabama Princess; it's an authentic replica of the picturesque stern-wheeler excursion boats of America's last century; the main deck is completely enclosed, the second deck is covered; excursions, dinner cruises and charters available year-round.

Legend has it that Indian Princess Noccalula threw herself over a 90-foot waterfall rather than marry the neighboring Chief her father had chosen; a statue is perched on the spot in Noccalula Falls Park on Highway S211; also in the park are botanical gardens, hiking trails lined with rock formations, and picnic areas, camping available too.

In nearby Turkeytown Ceremonial Grounds the Annual Cherokee Indian PowWow and Green Corn Festival is held on the third weekend of August each year; it features traditional, inter-tribal and competition dancing, lifestyle demonstrations, story-telling, special music and song; Indian Traders with trial foods, face painting, arts and crafts, literature.
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