Long before Tuscaloosa existed, long before ancient people arrived here, the Black Warrior River rippled southward on its ceaseless journey to the sea. Underneath the flowing river and its giant basin - the largest watershed in the state of Alabama - lay ancient layers of shale and sandstone and rich seams of coal and iron ore. The story of a city, like the story of a river, contains thousands of ripples and eddies, many different perspectives, and vivid scenes that change with shadows and light.
In 1935, the government established the Works Project Administration, which gave thousands of workers an income and hope for the future. The Queen City Bath House and Pool was one of many city improvement projects in Tuscaloosa at the time, also funded by generous donations from Mildred Westervelt Warner and her Family. Designed by Buel Schuyler in 1941, the Queen City Bath House came alive with the sights and sounds of summer.
Today, the Queen City Bath House serves the Tuscaloosa community as the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in offering opportunities for education and in assisting the preservation of our region's historic artifacts. By maintaining the historic Queen City Park along the Black Warrior River, the Transportation Museum plans to advance knowledge and appreciation of Tuscaloosa's local and regional history and natural resources through exhibits, museum educational programs and educationsl outreach efforts.