The numerous Birmingham day trips can be some of the most enjoyable of all the Alabama backroads trips for several reasons.
The first is the fact that it is centrally located basically in the center of the state, and the second is that it has numerous attractions that cover several categories.
They include the rich history of iron and its role in the cities early economic development, as well as several natural attractions.
However, there is also the rich history of its role in the civil rights movements.
While it might not be quite as rich in civil rights as Selma or Montgomery, it is a very close second.
Birmingham is within one hour drive from most any other major city in the state, making it a very easy day for almost anyone.
The Birmingham day trips should always begin with a brief history of the city to help you understand why the attractions or points of interest are historical.
The city of Birmingham is one of the best known and popular cities in the south, and it is the largest city in the state of Alabama.
It is also loaded with historic sites and numerous places of interest.
The land that the city currently sets on was once part of the Creek Nation that was all but destroyed in the Creek wars of 1813-1814, and then again in 1836.
In fact, the vast majority of the early settlers into the area moved onto land that was hunted and farmed by the Creek Indians.
The beginnings of the city itself was founded in the year 1839 as the community of Elyton, but was later changed to Birmingham in the year 1871
It was just barely getting by until the Civil war years, when a massive discovery of iron ore was found in the surrounding mountains.
What is not well known about this city is that the tip or end of the Appalachian mountain range sets in the same valley.
The area really started to boom during the civil war, and a fledging iron industry was built.
However, the Confederate army very quickly seized and took over the industry, as they saw it as a vital source of iron for their weapons.
Combined with the furnaces located in Selma, they built not only several major cannons, but the famed C.S.S Tennessee war ship.
After the war, up to the year 1870, it was best described as a poor, insignificant Southern Village, that was about to die.
However, after the crossing of two major railways was finished in1871, the city began to really take off.
In fact, the growth was so dramatic that it was referred to as the “Magic City”.
Here are the Birmingham day trips that will cover and explain the history of the iron industry in the city and the state.
While these trips are extremely educational and interesting, they are just the tip of the iceberg, as there are several other attractions to see.
Here is the next list of Birmingham day trips
However, there is still more to see.
Here is the list of the Civil rights attractions to see in the city.
While this list is quite extensive, here are the next and final lists that make the city one of the top Alabama backroad attractions in the entire state.
This list of attractions and historic places and events is still not all conclusive, but it makes a very good starter list for your Birmingham day trips list.
The List of Birmingham Festivals is quite extension, and for someone not familiar with them, the numbers may surprise you.
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The 16th Street Baptist Church
The 16th Street Baptist Church is a church in Birmingham Alabama that is very rich in history, and most of it is not good.
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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, also known as the” BRCI” is a modern museum that serves as a major connection to several key historical sites.
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The Birmingham Zoo is a zoological park what was first opened to the public 1955, and it is currently the largest zoo in the state of Alabama.
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The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is dedicated to three key elements: the restoration, the preservation, as well as the operation of the location.
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The Sloss Furnaces are one of the most historic sites in the area, as they date back to the year 1881.
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