Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
A New City
Building early Birmingham
In 1871, the year of Birmingham's founding, civil engineer William P. Barker with North and South Alabama Railroad laid out Birmingham's system of streets and avenues to align with the main rail lines that still run through the city. Development began to fill in Birmingham's grid, first with simple wood-frame structures common to the American frontier, then with brick buildings, and, in little more than three decades, with the city's first skyscrapers.
A view of Birmingham looking north from Red Mountain, 1885.
This bird's eye view of Birmingham from Red Mountain, created around 1885 to promote the young city, provides a glimpse of an area that was, just two decades prior, mostly farm land. Compare this early view of Birmingham with the city you see before you today. We have indicated modern-day landmarks to orient you.
1. Interstate 20/59
2. Financial District
4. Birmingham-Shuttleworth Airport
5. Elton B. Stephens Expressway
6. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Erected by C. Byron Ireland Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ireland II, and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ireland Sr.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 29.52′ N, 86° 47.728′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Drive west of Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South. Located in Vulcan Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Industry (here, next to this marker); Vulcan Statue (a few steps from this marker); The Lone Pine Mine (a few steps from this marker); Before Birmingham: Jones Valley (a few steps from this marker); Mineral Railroad Trestle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Works Progress Administration (within shouting distance of this marker); South (within shouting distance of this marker); Building The Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Also see . . . Vulcan Park and Museum. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.