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City Maps Birmingham Alabama, USA

James McFee

City Maps Birmingham Alabama, USA is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Birmingham adventure :)

A Walking Tour of Birmingham, Alabama (Look Up, America!)

Doug Gelbert

There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour is ready to explore when you are.Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.There was nothing organic about the founding of Birmingham. No river, no deep water port, no verdant valley. In fact, the creation of the town can be traced to a specific date - June 1, 1871, when a small group of Southern planters, investors, and railroad men organized the Elyton Land Company to buy 4,150 acres of raw land in north central Alabama. Their new town would be sited at the crossing of the Alabama & Chattanooga and South & North Alabama railroads nearby known deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone. The Elyton men were not burdened by any romantic images for their proposed town; the name they chose announced their vision for the enterprise - birmingham, after the leading industrial town in England.Early growth was stunted right at the start by an outbreak of cholera and a national financial crisis in 1873 but the dollar signs attached to those mineral deposits insured this was going to be a town to be reckoned with. The boom hit with a vengeance in the 1880s and would continue through the Great Depression of the 1930s. In that half-century Birmingham became the industrial center of the South with steel mills and blast furnaces going full bore, railroads building in every direction and mines operating 24 hours a day. Around the country Birmingham became known as "The Magic City" or "The Pittsburgh of the South." The population grew from 3,000 to over a quarter million residents.The Depression doused the explosive growth in the city but the decline in American manufacturing affected Birmingham less than many Northern towns. Steel production continues around the city and the financial sector blossomed into one of the nation's leading banking centers. The University of Alabama at Birmingham emerged as a major medical research facility and is now the area's leading employer. The Birmingham streetscape mirrors its economic history almost exactly. The major commercial buildings arrived so fast and furiously in the early 1900s that one intersection was billed as "The Heaviest Corner on Earth." Then, from the 1920s until the 1960s not one significant new commercial property was developed. Our walking tour to trace this history will begin at the head of 20 Street North, Birmingham's "main street," in a shady plaza named for the man who, more than anyone else, believed in what the town could become when all anyone could see was "a poor, insignificant Southern village" not even worthy of Union attack in the Civil War...

Vintage Birmingham Signs (Images of America: Alabama)

Tim Hollis

Most people do not stop to realize how many of their fond memories involve advertising signs. Although these neon spectaculars, billboards, and even signs painted directly onto brick walls were created expressly to persuade customers to buy products or patronize businesses, many such signs remained in place for so long that they became beloved landmarks in their own right. For Images of America: Vintage Birmingham Signs, Tim Hollis has scoured the archives of Birmingham’s former sign companies, as well as other private collections, to compile some of the best remembered or most obscure signs that dotted the urban and suburban landscape. Here readers will again see the Buffalo Rock bottle pouring its ginger ale into a glass, the Golden Flake clown smiling down at passersby, the Barber’s milk clock at the Five Points South intersection, and many more. Through these vintage photographs, readers can once again visit such once-thriving destinations as Eastwood Mall, Burger in a Hurry, and the Kiddieland amusement park.

American Auto Trail-Alabama's U.S. Highway 11

Lyn Wilkerson

This updated edition of the American Auto Trail's series (improved formatting and text navigation) explores U.S. Highway 11, from its entry into northeastern Alabama from Georgia to its departure into Mississippi just east of Meridian. Native American, Early Pioneer, American Civil War, and Civil Rights histories are just some of subjects examined through the landmarks and sites along the highway. Reference maps and GPS coordinates for all listed sites are included.

Alabama Road Trips

Alabama Media Group

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

Ensley and Tuxedo Junction (Images of America)

David B. Fleming

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.

Lost Birmingham

Beverly Crider

Birmingham has many notable historic landmarks today, but so many more are all but forgotten. The Bangor Cave Casino was once a world-renowned speakeasy. The Thomas Jefferson Hotel featured a zeppelin mooring station, drawing lots of attention from tourists. Other significant sites from the past, such as Hillman Hospital and the buildings on the "Heaviest Corner on Earth," are unknown even to natives now. Local author Beverly Crider presents an intriguing and educational tour through these and more hidden treasures.

Vestavia Hills (Images of America)

Rebecca Cybulsky Walden

In response to the explosive growth of industry in Birmingham, entrepreneurs and young families sought quieter areas to call home. The search led them to Shades Mountain, an area replete with flowering dogwood and pink honeysuckle―pure wilderness. There were no paved roads, no public services, and no merchants nearer than Homewood. Still, those seeking respite from the soot (of the steel mills) lingering over the “Magic City” persevered, establishing homesteads, stores, communities of worship, and basic public services. While the contributions of some of the area’s early pioneers―men like Edgar S. Smyer, George Ward, and Charles Byrd―are well documented, Images of America: Vestavia Hills contains lesser-known stories of citizens who helped shape the “city on top of the mountain.”

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

Thomas M. Spencer

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.

Trussville (Images of America)

Sandra Bearden

Visitors and newcomers often comment on Trussville’s idyllic “Mayberry” qualities. Longtime residents take those attributes for granted. “That’s just Trussville,” they say, even as they jog down shady sidewalks, picnic on the banks of the Cahaba River, and gather at one of the city’s many places of worship. But, today’s Trussville did not happen without early residents forming a foundation for a strong and caring community. Images of America: Trussville highlights the mid-20th century, a time of building―literally and figuratively―a city of progress, yet in some ways frozen in a simpler time. As Trussville continues to transition from a Birmingham bedroom community to a multi-faceted municipality, it is important to remember those who positioned the city in reputation and reality to become that Mayberry kind of place. Or as the city’s tagline describes it: “The Gateway to Happy Living.”

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