"A Metallic Taste - Birmingham, Alabama" Top 5 Page for this destination Birmingham by calcaf38
Birmingham Travel Guide: 154 reviews and 474 photos
Birmingham is a young city, born after the Civil War in a perfect spot if you needed iron ore, coal, and water in copious supply. A tradition of metalworks existed in the region already, as you will see in one of my tips.
Having no experience of slavery didn't mean that Birmingham wasn't racially divided. Au contraire, the prosperous city was a bastion of racial laws, some written and some mere examples of the worst tradition.
I visited Birmingham to research the Civil Right struggle, and to find out more about the infancy, maturity, and dotage of the American iron and steel industry.
- Pros:Good museum resources. The sound of train whistles at all hours.
- Cons:Not an attractive city in the traditional sense
- In a nutshell:A crucible, literally and figuratively
This is an attractive, well designed museum on the Tannehill grounds. If you are interested in heavy industry and large... more travel advice
The Sloss Furnaces is a large iron foundry complex which operated from 1882 to 1971. Saved from demolition by... more travel advice
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