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The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Huntsville to its "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010" list.
The Chickasaw traditionally claim to have settled around 1300 after coming east across the Mississippi.
Twickenham was carefully planned, with streets laid out on the northeast to southwest direction based on the flow of Big Spring.
On the morning of April 11, 1862, Union troops led by General Ormsby M.The 44 delegates meeting there wrote a constitution for the new state of Alabama.In accordance with the new state constitution, Huntsville became Alabama's first capital when the state was admitted to the Union.With the encouragement of US Senator John Sparkman, the U. Army Air Force considered this for a major testing facility, but then selected another site.Redstone Arsenal was prepared for disposal, but Sparkman used his considerable Southern Democratic influence (the Solid South controlled numerous powerful chairmanships of congressional committees) to persuade the Army to choose it as a site for rocket and missile development.
After they had established themselves, the occupying federals did not burn or pillage the city of Huntsville, though towns around it were sometimes targeted. The Union troops were forced to retreat some months later, but returned to Huntsville in the fall of 1863 and thereafter used the city as a base of operations for the remainder of the war.