About Tuscaloosa

The Climate

Tuscaloosa, AlabamaWhile Alabama is known for its hot, humid weather, the month of April in Tuscaloosa is beautiful with moderately warm, clear weather. The average daily highs are around 75°F to 80°F. Bring a sweater for the evenings if you are cold-natured, as daily low temperatures range from 49°F to 56°F.

The History

Chief TuskaloosaLocated on the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa is the fifth-largest city in Alabama. Founded in 1819, the city was named after Tuskaloosa, the chieftain of a Muskogean-speaking people who battled and were defeated by Hernando de Soto in 1540 in the Battle of Mabila. Contemporary records describe the chieftain as being very tall and well built, with some of the chroniclers saying Tuskaloosa stood a foot and a half taller than the Spaniards. His name, derived from the western Muskogean language words “taska” and “losa,” means “Black Warrior,” which is the origin of the name of the river that the city surrounds.

As you drive around Tuscaloosa, you may see many things named “Druid City.” The nickname is due to the numerous water oaks planted in its downtown streets since the 1840s. The city has also become known nationally for the University of Alabama’s success in sports, and particularly in football. Roll Tide!

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