"A Metallic Taste - Birmingham, Alabama" Top 5 Page for this destination Birmingham by calcaf38

Birmingham Travel Guide: 155 reviews and 475 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 and Cons
  • 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
  • Last visit to Birmingham: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I know the UK Birmingham well so was interested to visit this one with you. In fact, a photo of *this* Birmingham was recently used in error on a council leaflet for the UK city!!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Birmingham certainly has a history, some of which is not very savoury. This page is a nice introduction to it's tainted past. Loved your Tannehill Ironworks photos and beautiful Ruffner Mountain looks like a great place to just get away from it all!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    I'm glad to hear the exhibit at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was done so well. Good that the Sloss Furnaces and the Tannehill Ironworks have been preserved. I used to take groups to Ironbridge, near the other Birmingham (England) every summer.


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