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American Auto Trail-Alabama’s U.S. Highway 72  

U.S. Highway 72 and Alternate U.S. Highway 72 constitute the key highways to the valley of the Tennessee River in Alabama.  U.S. Highway 72, the original Lee Highway, enters the State at its northeast corner and runs parallel with the Tennessee River to Scottsboro, where it turns directly west to Huntsville.  From Huntsville, it runs north to the River to Florence, where combined with U.S. Highway 43 it proceeds south through Muscle Shoals.  At Huntsville, Alternate U.S. Highway 72 starts southwest to Decatur and then moves south of the Tennessee River until it returns to U.S. 72 at Tuscumbia to move west to Mississippi.   This territory is in the heart of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the industrial development which accompanied its creation.

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American Auto Trail-Alabama's U.S. Highway 31  

U.S. Highway 31 crosses the Tennessee Valley, climbs the western part of the Sand Mountain plateau, and traverses the more rugged region of the mineral belt through Birmingham to Calera.  From there, it runs through the fruit growing casino region of central Alabama, the fertile Black Belt, and the subtropical lowlands and pine forests of Baldwin County and enters Mobile from the east.  This region is rich in American Civil War military and political history, as well as the stories of the Native Americans through the battles for Civil Rights.  Come explore this cross section of the Deep South.

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National Youth Administration Roadside Rest Area, Gum Springs (AR)

This roadside rest area is located on U.S. Highway 67, just south of Duke Road, between Gum Springs and Curtis, Arkansas. The plaque on the cracked wall states this rest area was constructed by the National Youth Administration in 1936. The rest area is on the north side of the abandoned earlier roadway of U.S. Highway 67. The present U.S. Highway 67 runs parallel to the old route between Curtis and Gum Springs. Much of the original concrete slab is still in existence, but is badly buckled in many spots.