On this day in Alabama history: Alabama Mountain Lakes Association formed

On this day in Alabama history: Alabama Mountain Lakes Association formed
East of Huntsville, Mount Monte Sano (Spanish for "mountain of health") rises to 1,600 feet above sea level and is the showcase of Monte Sano State Park. The mountain sits amid a number of other peaks that lie within the southernmost reaches of the Appalachian mountain chain. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department, photograph by Dan Brothers)

June 10, 1964

On June 10, 1964, a group of regional representatives met to formally establish the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association as a nonprofit organization focused on stimulating the economic and cultural development of north Alabama through tourism and travel. Based in Decatur, the organization had one employee, Director Bert Unpingo, and was funded through destination membership dues. Members consisted of representatives of various businesses, organizations and agencies in Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston counties. Today, AMLA has several employees and has added social media and internet marketing to its distribution of brochures and other traditional methods of marketing.

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