Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Before Birmingham: Jones Valley
Native American presence
Recorded history and archaeological evidence indicate the presence of Native American people in Jones Valley stretching back 12,000 years.
• From 1500 to 1800 members of Alabama's Creek Nation fished and hunted in the area.
• The Creeks, or Muscogee, are believed by many to descend from the mound-building people who flourished in the area from 1000 to 1450.
Pioneers from Virginia, the Carolinas, and other states settled throughout Jefferson County and lent their names to towns and communities that dot the valley to this day.
• Among the first pioneers was John Jones, who traveled from Tennessee in 1815 to settle in the valley that today bears his name.
• By 1860, only 12,000 people lived in Jefferson County, and farming was the main occupation.
Toward an iron Industry
Although the dream of an industrial city in Jones Valley would not be realized until after the Civil War, iron sparked the imagination of early settlers and visitors to the area in the decades preceding the city's founding.
• One early inhabitant, Baylis Grace, was said
• Local iron, processed in Civil War foundries in Irondale, Tannehill, and Oxmoor, supported the manufacture of armaments of Selma.
Erected by C. Byron Ireland Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ireland II, and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ireland Sr.
Location. 33° 29.526′ N, 86° 47.714′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Drive west of Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South. Click for map. Located in Vulcan Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mineral Railroad Trestle (a few steps from this marker); A New City (a few steps from this marker); Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Vulcan Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lone Pine Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Iron Man: Vulcan (within shouting distance of this marker); South (within shouting distance of this marker); The Works Progress Administration (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
Also see . . . Vulcan Park and Museum. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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