Birmingham Then and Now®

A late arrival on the Southern landscape, the city of Birmingham was not incorporated until after the Civil War. In actuality, from 1820 to 1871, what is currently Birmingham has been known as the hamlet of Elyton, a little crossroads set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where several Pony Express and stage paths crossed paths. When two railroads eventually intersected at this stage–where, significantly, all the ingredients required to make iron existed in close proximity–the area’s growth exploded. Birmingham’s history isn’t a story of the elegance and vanished grandeur of an antebellum past, but instead, a dynamic story of modern American industrialization. Sites covered include Hollywood, Alabama State Fairgrounds, Vulcan Park, Mountain Brook Village, The Old Mill, Avondale Park, Highland Park, Woodlawn High, Quinlan Castle, Five Points South, Bottega Favorita, Old Jefferson County Courthouse, Capitol Park, Tutwiler Hotel, Twentieth Street, Louise Wooster Brothel, Alabama Theatre, Kress Department Store, Joy Young Restaurant, Terminal Station, Molton Hotel, Lovemans, Massey Building, Bright Star, Temple of Sibyl, Sloss Furnaces, Red Mountain, and Legion Field.

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