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A beautiful city and the county seat of Marshall County


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An excellent destination for both relocation and travel

Are you looking for that perfect place-a small Southern town with all of the advantages of a larger city?

Guntersville is built on a balanced economy of manufacturing, shipping, retail trade, agriculture, recreation-tourism and retirement recruitment. Three shopping centers plus a downtown area extending for 4 1/2 miles on US Highway 431 provide ample shopping. There are 5 banks with seven offices, plus a savings and loan.

There are several grain mills processing and manufacturing feed for the large broiler processing plant. There are also a variety of manufacturing plants such as garment manufacturing, home furnishings, manufacture of computer components, computer interface equipment, and others. The labor market includes all of Marshall County and part of Blount, Cullman, Jackson, Madison and Dekalb counties. The Marshall Technical School conducts classes for high school students in over 15 fields. These courses have a side range, such as electricity, electronics, automotive repair, machine shop, commercial sewing, etc. Also, the school conducts night classes for adults in skilled trades. Special programs can be developed at the school or through the Alabama Industrial Development Training Program.

Northeast Alabama approximately 70 miles NE of Birmingham and 40 miles South of Huntsville. The city lies in a valley of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, at an elevation of approximately 600 feet above sea level. Guntersville, located on US Highway 431 is served by seven major highways, including 1-59 and 1-65. The Huntsville/Madison County Jetplex is only 45 minutes away, the Birmingham Municipal Airport is only 90 minutes away and the city has its own Guntersville Airport. The annual average temperature is 62 degrees Farenheit. Rainfall average is 53 inches and snow is rare.

The county Health Care Authority operates two hospitals,including Guntersville-Arab Medical Center, a 90 bed hospital with a 24 hour emergency room. Accredited by the Joint Commissions on Accreditation of Hospitals, Guntersville-Arab is staffed by highly skilled and dedicated personnel, and its medical staff of doctors offers a wide range of specialties. The local health center is operated by the Marshall County Health Department. It provides such services as: the Home Health Program, prenatal care clinic, TB x-ray clinic, well-child clinic, Medicaid screening, family planning and cancer detection along with administering immunizations. One privately owned nursing home is in Guntersville, two others are within three miles of the city limits.

Marshall-Jackson Mental Health Center in town, makes available special programs on mental health, alcohol and drugs, and offers educational presentations for individuals and groups. With a staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, special educators, social workers and mental health technicians, the center provides comprehensive treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse. Also serving residents of Guntersville are five dentists, including an orthodontist, and endodontist.

Marshall County offers an exciting selection of travel destinations in a true natural setting. Bordered by the mighty Tennessee River and the 69,000 acre Lake Guntersville to the northwest, Marshall County rests in the rolling foothills of the scenic Appalachian Mountains. Their majestic beauty is preserved for all to enjoy in the Lake Guntersville State Park, Buck's Pocket State Park and numerous parks throughout the county. Liberally sprinkled throughout the county are many leisure activity spots. Here you can catch a glimpse of our natural jewel-the bald eagle, the Lake Guntersville State Park offers an Eagle Watch Program during the month of January. Or take precious goods from designer clothes to antiques in Boaz, one of America's Top 10 Outlet Malls. Or battle a silvery, award-winning bass out of Lake Guntersville, considered by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society to be one of America's finest sport fishing lakes.

Rich emerald colored trees border the lush land throughout Marshall County-turning ruby and topaz in the fall. Find your treasure hide-out as you walk the old Indian Lick Skillet trail. Hide away from phones and faxes while walking the 33 1/2 miles of hiking trails that tour you through the majestic sites of the foothills. Pearly-white columned buildings preserve the charm of the old south, such as the Old Hunt School in Arab.

For a number of years, a small group of citizens agreed that the rich history of Guntersville, Alabama (originally called Gunter's Landing) should be preserved and shared. In 1989, the Museum Commission was established. The old Episcopal church property dating back to about 1905, became available. It consisted of two buildings and an adjoining vacant lot. After numerous meetings with the mayor and city council by Commission members, the City of Guntersville acquired the property, with financial assistance from the Guntersville Historical Society and the Marshall County Fine Arts Foundation. The renovation process began, with many hours of work by Commission members and a few volunteers who were eager to see the museum become a viable part of Guntersville.

October 17, 1993 marked the opening of the Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center. The Museum now has galleries open to the public and a published schedule.

The book "Guntersville Remembered" states that many Indians inhabited the Guntersville area until well after 1836, when Marshall County was formed. They were primarily Cherokees. Gunter's Landing had been a site of harmony and cooperation among Indians and whites since the late 1700's. Ironically, it became a port of embarkation for shipping Indians to the West. The Museum has dedicated a gallery to local Indian history, in memory of the Cherokee and Creek Indians who were evicted from their homes and forced to travel the "Trail of Tears".

Welcome to Lake Guntersville, one of the most breathtaking and versatile resort areas in the South and one of the finest sport fishing lakes in America. Located on Alabama's largest lake, Guntersville rests peacefully at the base of the majestic mountains of the Appalachian range.

Travelers from all over the world marvel at the spectacular natural beauty and colorful panorama offered by its 950 miles of winding shoreline and 69,000 acres of the sparkling, fun filled waters of Lake Guntersville. Water sports include skiing and sailing with several privately owned marinas. Guntersville has hosted the nation's largest continuous-running boat race, the Dixie Cup Regatta and Bassmasters Fishing Tournaments.

Touted as one of the finest sport fishing lakes in America by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, Lake Guntersville was host to the record breaking 1987 Alabama Bassmaster's Tournament.

Once you experience the boating pleasure of Lake Guntersville everything else will leave you high and dry! You'll find eight public launch areas and eight full-service marinas. You can rent fishing boats, ski boats and pontoon boats, by the hour, day or week.

Lake Guntersville State Park, an approximately 5,600 acre facility, lies within the city limits. It has an 18 hole championship golf course, 322 site campground, and a deluxe Lodge- Convention center.

The Guntersville Recreation Center includes an olympic pool, baby pool, lighted tennis courts, baseball-softball fields, year-round gym and 1 meeting rooms. Full recreation programs for youth and adults include baseball, football, soccer and basketball, Also nearby there are eight campgrounds, a bowling alley, putt-putt golf course and three golf courses.

A multi-purpose center for senior citizen's activities include daily nutrition programs (congregate and home delivered), educational activities, weekly recreation programs, health screening, arts and crafts and transportation.

Guntersville is home to the Art-on-the Lake Festival each April, the nation's oldest event of its type, featuring art creations for exhibit and sale. Arts abound fostered by The Mountain Valley Arts Council. The city also brings nationally known plays to life each quarter with "The Whole Backstage Theatre" performances. The St. Williams Annual Seafood Festival, held the first Sunday in September, serves up over two tons of fresh delicious seafood from the Gulf of Merrico.

Each winter the waters of Lake Guntersville sparkle and glitter to a multitude of colored lights during the annual "Parade of Lights" in December.