Happy Birthday, Birmingham!
Today is the official anniversary date of the city charter of one of my favorite Southern cities, Birmingham, Alabama. Nicknamed “The Magic City,” Birmingham has always held a magic for…
The Week in Birmingham History: Magic City's first 'animated balloon' Christmas parade
NOVEMBER 23 1895: Auburn defeated Alabama 48-0 in the first Iron Bowl to be played in Tuscaloosa. NOVEMBER 24 2005: A triple homicide was committed during a Thanksgiving Day robbery at the Airport Inn. Brandon Deon Mitchell shot to death motel employee Kim Olney, 28; and traveler Dorothy Smith, 58. A co-defendant,...
William Hassinger Mansion, c.1898, Birmingham, Alabama
The William Hassinger Mansion was constructed in 1898 for William H. Hassinger and his wife Virginia. Hassinger was the president of Southern Iron and Steel Company. He and his wife lived here until 1929 when they moved to their new residence, Hassinger Castle on Carlisle Road in Redmont Park. (source: BhamWiki.com.) The location of this house has slowly changed from residential to commercial over the past 100+ years and the mansion sat unoccupied and therefore vulnerable to demolition over…
2nd Avenue, looking East (detail 4), Birmingham, Alabama
I like to look at these old photographs and try to imagine what life was like. Since everyone is dressed for cold weather, it must be winter in Birmingham. Bicycles were a major form of transportation during turn-of-the-century America and Birmingham was no exception, as you can see the three bicycles in this picture. Adams Drug Store is now a vacant lot.
A Ghost story from 1936 about the old Masonic Home
The person interviewed insisted that he saw the ghost During the 1930s, Great Depression era, many writers were employed to interview people and write stories about life in the United States. The program was named the U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers’ Project and it gave employment to historians, teachers, writers, librarians, and other white-collar workers. […]