15 Things You Didn't Know About The University Of Alabama
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15 Things You Didn't Know About The University Of Alabama


Even though we attend the University of Alabama, there are many things we fail to know about our school.Learn some history and fun facts about the University of Alabama.After attending the University of Alabama for four years, you would think one would know everything there is to know about the school and its history. However, Alabama is a very history-rich campus, and there is a lot to learn. Here are fifteen things you probably don't already know about the University of Alabama.
1. The legend, Paul Bear Bryant, said he'd "croak in a week" if he were to stop coaching. Sure enough, he passed away only 27 days after his final game.
2. The nickname "Crimson Tide" was made popular by Zipp Newman following an Alabama vs. Auburn game. The teams played in a "sea" of red mud and the underdogs, Alabama, tied the game 6-6.
3. The first Alabama vs. Auburn game was played on February 22, 1893.
4. The University of Alabama has a men and women's wheelchair basketball program. This program is one of four in the country!
5. The President's mansion is one of seven to survive the burning of the campus by Union troops in 1865. It was protected by the the president's wife.

6. There are rumors that there is an underground passageway linking the President's mansion to Gorgas library.
7. Contrary to popular belief, you will NOT receive free tuition if you are hit by a university bus.
8. UA's Greek system is the largest in the country, by membership.
9. There is a rare books collection at Hoole Library with the earliest print dating back to 1493.
10. That pile of bricks next to the sidewalk leading to Lloyd Hall? Those are a marker of Madison Hall, an antebellum dorm burned by Union troops in 1865. The bricks were the only thing left of the building and the formation was constructed in 1975 after the site was first excavated.
11. If you graduate from the University of Alabama having never had below a 4.0 GPA, you will graduate wearing a red cap instead of black. 
12. Up until 1847, Tuscaloosa was the capital of Alabama.
13. The Alabama Museum of Natural History is located in Smith Hall. 
14. The famous bell tower, Denny Chimes, was built in 1929 in honor of President George H. Denny. The structure is made of Virginia bricks to honor Denny's home state, and the rest is constructed with Alabama limestone.
15. The Gorgas House located near Gorgas library was the first structure built on campus in 1829. Like the President's mansion, it survived the burning by the Union troops. The Gorgas House used to serve as a dining hall for students.

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