August 14, 1888
The agricultural railroad display "Alabama on Wheels" began its journey of more than 4,000 miles from Union Station in Montgomery. Designed by the Alabama Agriculture Commission to attract immigrant labor to the state, the rolling display featured several rail cars fitted with exhibits promoting “Alabama’s Matchless Resources” of agriculture, timber, and minerals. The exhibit traveled through nine states and met a festive atmosphere and as many as 7,000 daily visitors at each of its stops. Despite the warm receptions, however, the promotion failed to dispel the image of Alabama as poor, violent, and hostile to outsiders and attracted an insignificant number of immigrants to Alabama.