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Anniston, Alabama

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Anniston, Alabama
—  City  —
Nickname(s): The Model City
Location in Alabama
Coordinates: 33°39′46″N 85°49′35″W / 33.66278°N 85.82639°W / 33.66278; -85.82639
Country United States
State Alabama
County Calhoun
Settled April 1872
Incorporated 3 July 1883
Government
 - Mayor Gene Robinson
Area
 - City 45 sq mi (116.5 km2)
 - Land 45.4 sq mi (117.7 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 719 ft (219 m)
Population (2007)[1][2]
 - City 23,689
 - Density 534.4/sq mi (203.8/km2)
 - Metro 112,240
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36201-36207
Area code(s) Area code 256
Federal Information Processing Standard 01-01852
Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) feature ID 0159066
Website www.ci.anniston.al.us

Anniston is a city in Calhoun County, Alabama. As of 2000, the population of the city is 24,276. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 23,741. .

Named the The Model City by Atlanta newspaperman Henry W. Grady for its careful planning in the late 1800s, the city is situated on the slope of Blue Mountain.

[edit] Culture, events and attractions

Anniston is home to the country's largest and the one-time world's largest chair, as designated by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1982.

In 1899, the county seat of Calhoun County moved from Jacksonville to Anniston. More than 100 years later, the community is a bustling center of industry and commerce with more than 24,000 residents. Over the years, city officials and local citizens have worked to retain the environmental beauty of the area while allowing it to thrive economically and to preserve its history. The Spirit of Anniston Main Street Program, Inc., a nonprofit organization started in 1993, spearheaded the restoration and revitalization of historic downtown Anniston, with a strong focus on the city's main thoroughfare, Noble Street.

The Noble Streetscape Project encouraged local business owners to refurbish storefront facades, while historic homes throughout the downtown area have been repaired and returned to their former glory. The preservation effort even included the historic Calhoun County Courthouse, located on the corner of 11th Street & Gurnee Avenue since 1900. The original building burned down in 1931, but the courthouse was rebuilt a year later. Thanks to a complete restoration in 1990, the stately structure is still in use today.

Anniston has long been a cultural center for northeastern Alabama. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival was founded in the city in 1972, and has since moved to Montgomery to receive more robust support. The Knox Concert Series regularly brings world-renowned musical and dance productions to the area. The city also is home to the Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Berman Museum of World History. These quaint institutions house mummies, dioramas of wildlife and artifacts from a bygone age in an understandable fashion.


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