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Birmingham


Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama with a population of 242,820 (2000 Census figure). It is part of a large urban area known as Greater Birmingham which has 1,170,012 inhabitants.

Downtown Birmingham


Attractions in the Birmingham area include:

Birmingham Facts


Here is some more information about Birmingham:
  • The principal airport serving Birmingham is Birmingham International Airport.

  • Birmingham has several nicknames including "The Magic City", "The Pittsburgh of the South", "The Salty Ham", "The Steel City", and "The Tragic City".

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100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die)

By Verna Gates

Reedy Press, LLC
Paperback (160 pages)

100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die (100 Things to Do Before You Die)
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It was called the Magic City - a bright, shiny new boomtown following the misery of the Civil War. Birmingham was teething on steel as a brash Wild West town with gambling, shootouts and famous madams. When the steel died down, banking and medical industries settled it into a sophisticated city with a famed culinary scene, a broad entertainment district, and striking natural beauty. The colorful past remains in a juke joint, quirky museums and a mining trail turning into a greenway. The city changed the country with its notorious struggle, preserved in churches, parks and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The city is experiencing a new boom in the restoration of its historic downtown, craft beer scene, up and coming new chefs, and an explosion of music venues. The Magic is back. 100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die is your guide to discovering that magic!

Insiders' Guide® to Birmingham (Insiders' Guide Series)

By Todd Keith

Insider's Guide
Released: 2011-07-19
Paperback (304 pages)

Insiders  Guide® to Birmingham (Insiders  Guide Series)
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A first edition, Insiders' Guide to Birmingham is the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to "The Magic City". Written by a local (and true insider), this guide offers a personal and practical perspective of Birmingham and its surrounding environs.

Alabama Road Trips

By Alabama Media Group

Advance Central Services Alabama
Hardcover (144 pages)

Alabama Road Trips
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A must have for those who are planning a trip to Alabama. The complete guide to enjoying a trip to the great state of Alabama

Birmingham Alabama Street Folded Map

By Rand McNally

Rand McNally
Map

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Alabama Off the Beaten Path®: Discover Your Fun (Off the Beaten Path Series)

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Globe Pequot
Released: 2019-05-01
Paperback (208 pages)

Alabama Off the Beaten Path®: Discover Your Fun (Off the Beaten Path Series)
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Tired of the same old tourist traps?

Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different,
Alabama Off the Beaten Path shows you the Yellowhammer State you never knew existed.

  • Uncover the roots of the civil rights movement at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery
  • Tour the state's network of limestone caves , like Cathedral Caverns in Woodville
  • Soak up the sun on the sugar-white sands of Alabama's Gulf Shores
So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.

Birmingham Then and Now®

By Todd Keith

Pavilion
Released: 2014-06-01
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Birmingham Then and Now®
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A late arrival on the Southern landscape, the city of Birmingham was not incorporated until after the Civil War. In fact, from 1820 to 1871, what is now Birmingham was known as the hamlet of Elyton, a small crossroads set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where several Pony Express and stage routes crossed paths. When two railroads eventually intersected at this point—where, significantly, all the ingredients necessary to make iron existed in close proximity—the region’s growth exploded. Birmingham’s history is not a story of the grace and vanished grandeur of an antebellum past, but rather, 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.

The Infamous Birmingham Axe Murders: Prohibition Gangsters and Vigilante Justice (True Crime)

By Jeremy W. Gray

The History Press
Released: 2018-03-26
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A reign of terror swept the streets of Birmingham in the 1920s. Criminals armed with small axes attacked immigrant merchants and interracial couples, leaving dozens dead or injured over the course of four years. Desperate for answers, police accepted clues from a Ouija board, while citizens clamored for gun permits for protection. The city's Italian immigrants formed their own association as protection against the Black Hand, an organized band of brutal criminals. Eventually, the police turned to a dangerous and untested truth serum to elicit confessions. Four black men and a teenage girl were charged and tried, while copycat killers emerged from the woodwork. Journalist Jeremy Gray tackles one of the most curious and violent cases in Magic City history.

My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State

By John Dersham

NewSouth Books
Released: 2019-05-15
Hardcover (224 pages)

My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State
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Alabama ― what's the state known for? Slavery, Civil War, segregation, civil rights, football, literature, art, music, cooking, the space program, agriculture, steel, coal, marble, the auto industry, and medical research. All true. But then there's this: the most biologically diverse state east of the Mississippi; the fifth most-forested by percent of land mass; one of the richest river complexes in the world; home to the most aquatic species in the nation, the wettest city, the largest inland delta system; five distinct physiographic regions; and four real seasons.
What that adds up to, if you're as talented as master photographer John Dersham, is a canvas of spectacular beauty.
In My Alabama, Dersham presents two hundred images revealing the diversity and bounty of the twenty-second state as it celebrates its two hundredth anniversary of statehood. The book is loosely organized around the four seasons, and its images are mostly landscapes, though the built environment makes appearances ― from the busy port of Mobile to rural churches and schools to small-town streetscapes.
No other Alabama picture book ranges across the entire state like this one, and Dersham's images are a visual feast. Brief captions provide location data and key facts; a few interspersed short essays offer additional background. An index links places and themes, and a photo log reveals how and when specific images were made.

Abandoned Birmingham (America Through Time)

By Leland Kent

America Through Time
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Founded in 1871 after the Civil War, Birmingham rapidly grew as an industrial enterprise due to the abundance of the three raw materials used in making steel--iron ore, coal, and limestone. Birmingham's rapid growth was due to the booming iron and steel industries giving it the nickname "Magic City" and "Pittsburgh of the South." The city was named after Birmingham, England, as a nod to the major industrial powerhouse. The iron and steel industries began to dry up by the early 1970s, leaving behind dozens of abandoned structures that now dot the city's landscape. In the last several years, Birmingham has begun to experience a rebirth. Money has been invested in reconstructing the historic downtown area into a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use district. In Abandoned Birmingham, photographer Leland Kent gives the reader an in-depth look at the forgotten buildings and factories throughout the city.

Slow Travels-Alabama

By Lyn Wilkerson

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Slow Travels-Alabama
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This edition in the Slow Travels series explores the State of Alabama. U.S. 11 follows a diagonal from the northeastern corner of the state, traveling along the valleys of the southern Appalachians to Birmingham. Beyond Birmingham, the highway runs through open rolling hills to Tuscaloosa and the Mississippi Line. U.S. 31 bisects the state, starting in the plateau west of Huntsville and traveling south to Montgomery. From the state capital, the highway turns southwest to the panhandle and Mobile Bay. U.S. 72 crosses northern Alabama, following the route of the Tennessee River through Huntsville and Florence. U.S. 78 cuts across the state, passing through the mountains around Talladega, past Birmingham and into the lesser populated territory to the west. Finally, U.S. 80 explores the deep history of central Alabama, starting west of Columbus, Georgia, and passing through the state capitol and along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail to Demopolis and Mississippi.


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