Decatur was created in 1820 and incorporated by the Alabama legislature in 1826. The city became the eastern terminus of the first railroad line west of the Appalachian Mountains in 1836. The Tennessee River and Tuscumbia, Courtland and Decatur Railroad helped make Decatur an industrial hub. The rich history and accomplishments of the past are still prevalent throughout Morgan County.
Booming industry includes United Launch Alliance, Nucor Steel, Daikin America and 3M. Decatur City Schools includes 12 elementary schools, three junior high schools and two high schools. There are also five private/parochial schools as well as higher education including Athens State University and Calhoun Community College. Decatur Morgan Hospital is an award-winning, community hospital featuring more than 200 physicians and over 1,300 employees.
In north Alabama there are unlimited opportunities for fun. Carnegie Visual Arts Center features local and touring exhibits of all visual art mediums. The Carnegie Library, built in 1904, houses the center. Cook Museum of Natural Science contains over 2,000 exhibits of wildlife, minerals, rocks and more. The Princess Theatre was built in 1887 and remains the premier civic and cultural center in Decatur, AL. This 677-seat facility hosts numerous events and live performances. Point Mallard Park contains 217 campsites, a golf course, skating rink, tennis courts and a hiking/biking trail.
The Tennessee River is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in north Alabama. In addition to water sports the river is home to Wheeler Wildlife Refuge and numerous nature trails. Festival of the Cranes, River Clay Fine Arts Festival, Riverfest, Tour of Gardens and Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic are just a few of the exciting annual events held locally.