Alabama is commonly called the “Heart of Dixie” because of its location among the Southern states, the territory referred to as “Dixie.” The slogan came about in the late 1940s as a public relations tool by the Alabama Chamber of Commerce. According to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the idea behind the motto was to give Alabama, known as the “Cotton State,” a more distinct identity, since several other Southern states could also make the claim. The Chamber of Commerce noted that Alabama is geographically and industrially the “Heart of Dixie,” and a bill was passed in 1951 to add the phrase to license plates; it officially appeared in 1955.
When searching for an extended weekend getaway to explore haunted destinations, Mobile has a lot of skeletons in her closet. 300 years of hauntings are waiting to be explored in Mobile this October and even year-round. From Halloween fun for the kids to spooks just for the adults, joining us during this frightful (yet fun) season is a must. >More