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The Tuscaloosa, Alabama Amphitheatre sits on top of a lake that once had fresh water jellyfish

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Can you believe that jellyfish were discovered in Central Alabama in Stallworth Lake in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the 1930s?  I bet that was something to see. At the time, Stallworth Lake was a popular resort in Alabama, but it is now the location of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

Stallworth Lake, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Stallworth lake, Tuscsloosa, Alabama

The Lake was built in 1918 by damming 4 acres of marshy land.

Stallworth Lake Advertisement


Boardwalks surrounded the lake and an slide was on the north end with a tiny island in the middle. Admission in 1930 was 15 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. Fed by springs, the lake was always warm. “In the summer the surface could reach 85 degrees Fahrenheit due to the slow turnover of the water.”

Stallworth Lake 1925

stallworth lake 1925

An interesting article about fresh-water medusae (jellyfish) being found in Stallworth lake by Professor William E. White appeared in the Biological Bulletin   Vol. 59, No. 2, Oct., 1930.

I wonder if this helped cause the demise of the lake. Who wants to swim in a lake filled with jellyfish?

Today, Stallworth Lake is the location of Tuscaloosa’s new Amphitheater.


  1. Cobb, Mark Hughes, The Tuscaloosa News July 4, 2011

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