Warrior Asphalt

Written by Courtney O’Connor

Founded in 1949 as a regional refiner of crude oil, today Warrior Asphalt Inc. produces asphalt materials used for paving and roofing.[1] Warrior Asphalt is considered one of Tuscaloosa’s “grandfather” industries, indicating that it existed when the Alabama Water Improvement Commission was first granted regulatory powers in 1949.… Read the rest

Parker Towing Company



Parker Towing is a commodities transportation company located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that transports supplies up and down the Warrior-Tombigbee River. In 1933, Tim Parker joined the barge industry as a deckhand during the Great Depression, this deckhand job provided him with a daily wage of one dollar.… Read the rest


History of the Business

On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas. The first Walmart was a general store in Rogers. However, Sam Walton had the vision to grow his store bigger. Walton wanted his store to have the cheapest prices possible, and this was the key to growing his stores nationwide.… Read the rest

Bryce Hospital

Bryce Hospital was established as the Alabama Insane Hospital in 1861 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was the first mental hospital in the state; before reforms brought about by the advocacy of Dorothea Dix in the 1840’s, Americans with mental illnesses were generally put in prisons (4).… Read the rest