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The Cullman Area

Cullman, Alabama sits about 55 miles directly north of Birmingham; along I-65.  It was originally part of Cherokee Nation - the largest of the 3 federally recognized tribes in the U.S.  It gained importance as a location near the Black Warrior’s Path that was trailed by many during the American Indian Wars prior to Alabama becoming a state.  It was also trekked by Davy Crockett, who was a member of the troops dispatched by Andrew Jackson in 1813, during the Creek War.  Cullman made history once again as the location of a Civil War battle (The Battle of Day’s Gap).

Cullman was named after its German refugee founder, John G. Cullmann, who fled his country in 1865 as an escape from the political leadership resulting from the Revolutions of 1848. He founded the city of Cullman in 1873, after negotiating a deal with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company to become an agent for 349,000 acres of land, which was used to establish a colony of German immigrants.  When the town was incorporated in 1874, the second “n” in the name was purposefully omitted from the city’s name.   The city would experience explosive growth between 1874 and 1894 as a result of John Cullmann’s promotional efforts to convince other Germans to make the move to the U.S.  During World War I and II, the expression of German heritage and culture would be suppressed due to the anti-German sentiment of the time, but would re-emerge in the 1970’s.

Hotel Services & Amenities

Business and leisure travelers through Cullman, along Highway I-65, will find the comfortable pillowtop beds at the La Quinta Inn & Suites a great relief from a long day of driving.  42” high definition television sets and a free wireless high speed Internet connection is available to keep you entertained and connected to the online world. 

The free local calling is convenient for reaching out to your local contacts or ordering food delivery.  Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator and use the microwave to enjoy a nice warm snack later.  Set the alarm clock if you have to get an early start in the morning and prepare yourself a hot cup of coffee first thing to get you moving up to speed.  You’ll have all you need to get yourself spruced up for the day including a hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Attractions Near Cullman

The Ave Maria Grotto is a must see.   Stroll through this 4-acre park, admiring the 125 miniature reproductions of notable religious structures.  In downtown Cullman, tour the Cullman County Museum, which is lodged in a replica of John G. Cullmann’s (the city’s founder) home.  In nearby Hanceville, Alabama you can visit the Shrine of the Most Blessed. 

The Clarkson Covered Bridge, a nostalgic wooden covered bridge, is also a sight to see.  Sportsman Lake Park and Heritage Park are great places to fish, play golf, or enjoy a picnic with the family.  A short drive to Smith Lake during the summer will get you a time to remember boating and swimming on this beautiful body of water.  If you’ll be attending an event at the Cullman Civic Center; you’ll enjoy a short 4.8 mile drive from the hotel.  The Cullman Shopping Center and Town Square Shopping Center are also a great place to kill some leisure time.