Monday, May 10, 2010

USA - Alabama - Monte Sano State Park

Monte Sano State Park
Huntsville, Alabama.

Facts : Monte Sano, Spanish for "Mountain of Health." Rising 1600 feet above sea level, the mountain has been attracting travelers and settlers since the 1820s when the town of Viduta (derived from the Spanish word "vide" meaning life) was established as a health colony. The nationally acclaimed 233-room resort hotel Monte Sano was opened June 1, 1887 and closed 1900 when the economy nose dived. In 1933 a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site, and logs and stones from Monte Sano were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the cabins, pavilions, and trails. The park is 2000 acres with a panoramic view of the Tennessee Valley.

Sent by Terri, a partner in Swap-Bot from Alabama, USA.

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