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McCalla, Alabama

McCalla, Alabama
Unincorporated community
The U.S. Post Office in McCalla, Alabama
The U.S. Post Office in McCalla, Alabama
McCalla is located in Alabama
McCalla
McCalla
McCalla is located in the US
McCalla
McCalla
Coordinates: 33°20′55″N 87°00′51″W / 33.34861°N 87.01417°W / 33.34861; -87.01417
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
Elevation 509 ft (155 m)
Population
 • Total 15,915
 • Density 248/sq mi (96/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code 35111
Area code(s) 205
GNIS feature ID 122460[1]

McCalla (sometimes misspelled Mc Calla) is an unincorporated community in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties, Alabama, United States,[2] southwest of Bessemer and the geographic terminus of the Appalachian Mountains.[3]

The community is named for Richard Calvin McCalla, a well known civil engineer, who served as chief engineer of several railroads throughout the South, including the Alabama and Chattanooga, the Tuscaloosa and Northern and the Knoxville and Ohio. He also served as surveyor of many of the rivers throughout the South.

Recreation

Tannehill Ironworks, McCalla, Alabama
Covered bridge in Mcalla

Tannehill State Park features a 19th-century blast furnace, the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama, various historical buildings, rustic cabins, and a campground. The park also has a slave cemetery. The park is home to several festivals throughout the year, including the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival, the Down Home Psaltery Festival, archery tournaments, a civil war reenactment, and other events.

Schools

The McCalla area is served by McAdory Elementary,[4] McAdory Middle [5] and McAdory High [6] schools.

Notable people

  • Morris Higginbotham, head football coach for several high schools in the Birmingham area.
  • Bo Jackson was raised in McCalla and went through the McAdory school system where he set state records in multiple sports. He is an American former professional baseball and football player and is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports.
  • Sherri Martel, known as Sensational Sherri, was a professional wrestling valet who died in McCalla
  • Chad Smith, pitcher for the Miami Marlins organization

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