Located in the western part of the state of Alabama and the seat of Tuscaloosa County, the city sits on the Black Warrior River, which is in the southwest part of Birmingham. The city was founded by Thomas York who then opened the settlement after the end of the Creek War and was named after the Choctaw Chief Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa used to serve as the capital city of Alabama before it was partially burned during the famous American Civil War. Tuscaloosa’s economy is mainly dominated by the services industry being health care and education as the major contributors. There are other industries as well that are present such as poultry processing and coal mining also plays a vital role in the city’s economy. Home to the University of Alabama, it also offers various recreation areas and parks such as Lake Kaureen State Park and Moundville Archaeological Park.
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