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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The results are in and Alabama's capital city is being proclaimed the winner of USA TODAY's 10Best contest for the nation's "Best Historic City".

Montgomery and Annapolis, Maryland traded places in the top spot for more than a week but with just hours left in the competition, Montgomery pulled into the lead.

View the 10 finalists here: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-historic-city/

The 10Best nominee page for Montgomery says: 

"In 1819, two small settlements of cotton plantations merged together to form the town of Montgomery. During the Civil War, Montgomery was home of the First White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis and his family lived, but its most important historical contributions came during the Civil Rights movement as the site of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The city also had the first electric street car system, and the first flight school set up by the Wright Brothers."

"This is great news for our city, a place with immense history and the setting for some of the most seminal moments in our nation's history – from the Civil War to Civil Rights to civil aviation," Mayor Todd Strange said.

Historic attractions are among the most visited in Montgomery, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dawn Hathcock explained during the contest.

The State Capitol building, which served as the temporary Capitol of the Confederacy in 1861 is also the spot where the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March culminated in March of 1965 and received over 62,500 visitors in 2013.

The Rosa Parks Museum and Library drew over 42,000 visitors in the same year.

The recent debut of the Montgomery Civil Heritage Trail made headlines around the region as did the opening of Alabama Voices at the Museum of Alabama, both of which added exciting new ways to experience history in Montgomery.

"As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March and 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott next year, visitors will not only experience our history, but they will discover there's a whole lot more to Montgomery," the mayor said, "like our revitalized riverfront, the vibrant downtown entertainment district and world-class cultural institutions.

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