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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


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  • The principal airport for 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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Best Dog Hikes Alabama

By Joe Cuhaj

Falcon Guides
Released: 2019-03-01
Paperback (280 pages)

Best Dog Hikes Alabama
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Best Dog Hikes Alabama details the best dog friendly hiking trails in the Heart of Dixie. From mountain views to the coveted coast, there’s a trail for you and your trusty companions. Throughout are full-color photos and maps, helpful tips, and tailored hike specs with information on leash requirements, trail surface, other trail users, and more. You’ll also find important advice about hiking with dogs and preparation before you hit the trail. Grab the leash, don your pack, and get ready for an adventure that will have tails wagging for days to come.

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

By Verna Gates

Reedy Press, LLC
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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!

Exploring Wild Alabama: A Guide to the State's Publicly Accessible Natural Areas

By Kenneth M. Wills

University Alabama Press
Paperback (400 pages)

Exploring Wild Alabama: A Guide to the State s Publicly Accessible Natural Areas
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Exploring Wild Alabama is an exceptionally detailed guide to the most beautiful natural destinations in the state. From the rocky outcrops of the Appalachian plateaus to the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf Coast’s Orange Beach and Dauphin Island, Alabama offers a wealth of remarkable sites to explore by car or canoe, bicycle or motorcycle, or on foot.
 
Intrepid explorers Kenneth M. Wills and L. J. Davenport divide Alabama into eleven geographic regions that feature state parks and preserves, national monuments and forests, wildlife management areas, Nature Conservancy and Forever Wild properties, botanical gardens and arboreta, as well as falls, caverns, and rock cliffs. Exploring Wild Alabama provides detailed site entries to one hundred and fifty destinations. Each section is beautifully illustrated with color photographs and area maps.
 
Exploring Wild Alabama includes a large state map and numerous local topographic maps to help readers locate each site. Individual site entries include
·         written directions to each site and GPS coordinates;
·         engaging notes about the ecology, landscape features, and local species of plants and animals of the sites; and
·         international recreation symbols for hiking, fishing, boating, camping, hunting, and other fun outdoor activities.
 
Wills and Davenport guide travelers to Alabama jewels such as Sand Mountain’s Chitwood Barrens, which harbors the rare Green Pitcher Plant and other exotic botanical species; Blowing Springs Cave in Lauderdale County, named for the cool air and the clear spring flowing out of the cave opening; Jackson Prairies in the Lime Hills region; and Booker’s Mill in Conecuh County, offering diverse habitats and historic structures.
 
Long a favorite destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts, Alabama is fast becoming a major “ecotourism” destination, with thousands of travelers discovering the state’s unsung natural treasures. Exploring Wild Alabama will be used and trusted by anyone who loves the outdoors—birders, botanists, cave explorers, cyclists, hunters, fishermen, rock climbers, canoeists, teachers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Five-Star Trails: Birmingham: Your Guide to the Area's Most Beautiful Hikes

By Thomas M. Spencer

Menasha Ridge Press
Paperback (256 pages)

Five-Star Trails: Birmingham: Your Guide to the Area s Most Beautiful Hikes
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In the first decade of the 21st century, Birmingham is building again on its natural resources, but this time it’s not to fire steel-making smokestacks. Instead, where railroads ran and mines once burrowed into mountains, the healed landscape is being repurposed for hiking and biking. New and expanding venues around the city are providing more opportunities not only to get outside and exercise but also to appreciate the labor and industry that built the city.

In Five-Star Trails: Birmingham local author Thomas Spencer leads readers to some of the best hikes around the city. Within a short drive from Birmingham, you can find yourself on an Appalachian mountain peak or on the banks of the Cahaba River as it broadens to snake through the Coastal Plain. You can visit old growth forest in the Sipsey Wilderness or hike down into the “Grand Canyon of the East” at Little River Canyon. And that's only the start. Across this landscape, you’ll find a level of diversity of plant and animal species, some rare and endangered, that rivals anywhere in the North America.

Ensley and Tuxedo Junction (Images of America)

By David B. Fleming

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2011-01-17
Paperback (128 pages)

Ensley and Tuxedo Junction (Images of America)
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With dreams of building a vast steel production operation, Memphis planter Enoch Ensley founded a city in the wooded valley at the heart of Jefferson County, Alabama. He named the city Ensley, after himself, and established the Ensley Land Company to acquire and develop 4,000 acres for industrial facilities and a town. As field workers left their farms to work in steel mills and businesses sprang up on the valley floor, Ensley became a diverse place of hopes and desires. A strong community of churches, businesses, civic clubs, and neighborhoods developed around the factories and railroads. Jazz music was the social thread of Ensley’s African American community, known as Tuxedo Junction. Musicians such as Erskine Hawkins famously mastered the style. The annexation of Ensley into Birmingham established the “Magic City” as the largest and wealthiest in Alabama and the heart of the Southern steel manufacturing economy.

Birmingham DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: City Notebook for Birmingham, Alabama

By Younghusband American City Notebooks

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Birmingham DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: City Notebook for Birmingham, Alabama
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This is a quirky city notebook designed to inspire listmakers to create their own city guide and city biography in list form and journal the heck out of their time in the city. It's a do it (all) yourself notebook for independent travelers and thinkers!

"Birmingham is a fantastic city! So, why not create your own city guide and keep a travel journal to help make your time there unforgettable, fun, and organized?" — Cormac Younghusband

BIRMINGHAM DIY CITY GUIDE AND TRAVEL JOURNAL: CITY NOTEBOOK FOR BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA is a journal and city guide re-invented for travelers, urban explorers and city locals alike! This notebook is a journal and do-it-yourself city guide that helps you keep all your important information about Birmingham organized and ready for when you need it and where you need it.

Use the pages of this American City Notebook to document your adventures, experiences, thoughts, and memories. Have fun making lists of all the highlights and lowlights Birmingham has to offer. This is the perfect place to journal your time in Birmingham! This is the perfect place to write down and organize everything you find fascinating about the city - which is why it's your diy city guide and journal.

DIY CITY GUIDE: Inside you will find creative DIY sections like: Getting Started; City Confidential; City Folks; Places to Stay; See & Explore; Eat, Drink & Be Merry; Shopping; Sport, Health and Fitness; Entertaining Stuff To Do; Blacklist Must Miss; Special Lists; City Journal; Rating & Embetterment; and, Notes : Sketches : Maps.

TRAVEL JOURNAL: When you are ready to document your adventures in Birmingham, you will find fifty journal pages where you can record key details about the day, weather, locations visited, what happened, thoughts on what happened, notes, and the highlight of the day.

Make your time in Birmingham more fun, more organized, more productive and more creative by diving headfirst into your new Birmingham DIY City Guide and Travel Journal!

"Aldous Huxley said 'For every traveler who has any taste of his own, the only useful guidebook will be the one which he himself has written.'" To help with that, I created a line of DIY City Guides and Travel Journals where you can create your own city guide and document all you city adventures. Enjoy!" — Cormac Younghusband

THERE ARE OVER 250 CITIES IN THE YOUNGHUSBAND AMERICAN CITY NOTEBOOK COLLECTION! VISIT YOUR FAVORITE CITIES TODAY!

"Find a place in the world you haven't been, and go there. Keep on trucking, my friends!" - Cormac Younghusband, The World's Most Legendary Nomad

Birmingham's Best Bites

By Martie Duncan

Advance Central Services Alabama
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over 100 descriptions and Recipes for some of Birmingham Alabama's most famous restaurants.

My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State

By John Dersham

NewSouth Books
Released: 2019-05-15
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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.

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

By Jackie Sheckler Finch

Globe Pequot
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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
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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.


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