Birmingham Journals

Steel City South

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A June 2006 trip to Birmingham by NiteOwlTX

Birmingham from Vulcan Photo, Birmingham, Alabama More Photos
Quote: Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and offers a wide variety of cultural activities.

Steel City South

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Overview

Birmingham from Vulcan Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. It is pretty much a center point for the state and is where Interstates 59, 20 and 65 meet.Being founded after the Civil War, the cities impact on history really comes in the modern era. First, it had major economic impact as a source of steel in the early 1900's. The industry flourished here in Birmingham with several competing furnaces and steel mills in the city. During the Depression, this city was one of the first to bounce back as the steel was needed to make artillery for World War II.Birmingham's second impact on U.S. history came in the 1960's as this city was a center point for the struggle for civil rights. Dr. Martin Luthe...Read More

Hotel Highland at Five Points

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Hotel | "Pickwick Hotel"

Hotel Highland at Five Points Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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When I look for a place to stay when I'm traveling I always look at two things. First, I look at the location of the hotel; I want to stay close to the attractions, but not in a bad neighborhood. Second, I look at the price compared to others in the area. Pickwick is a winner on both standards.First, Pickwick is in the heart of the downtown area. It is in an area called Five Points South, which is Birmingham's entertainment district. This area represents the cities more reputable night clubs, bars and restaurants. If you are interested in meeting other people and enjoying a night out, this is were you will be going in Birmingham. Staying at the Pickwick is nice as you can take advan...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Hotel Highland at Five Points
1023 20th Street South
Birmingham 35205
(205) 933-9555

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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Attraction

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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It's a wonder to me that a state as small as Alabama has produced as many world-class athletes as this state has.Of course, everyone knows that there is one real sport in Alabama, and that is football. There is no professional team in this state, so college football rules the airwaves. The two big teams here are the University of Alabama and Auburn. As such, the legendary coaches of these schools were the first inductees to this hall of fame; Bear and Shug led there teams to numerous championships and have earned a spot in the state's sports history.In addition to the two coaches, the state has been the home to many of the NFL's biggest stars, including John Heisman, Bart Starr, "B...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 323-6665

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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Attraction

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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Wow! I was really impressed with the first two botanical gardens that I went to: the one in San Antonio, TX, and the one in Huntsville, AL. Compared to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, both of the other two pale in comparison; San Antonio's is much smaller and Huntsville's is not on the same level artistically.Needless to say, I am very impressed with the botanical gardens here in Birmingham. Everywhere I looked was absolutely beautiful.There are several different gardens to this attraction. The first is the rose garden, which is patterned and separated by color. This results in a view that resembles a sea of colors.Next is the lily pond. By itself it is beautiful. Wit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
(205) 414-3900

Birmingham Museum of Art

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Attraction

Birmingham Museum of Art Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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To date, this is the biggest and most extensive art museum that I have ever seen. Having said that (and it really is impressive how much this museum holds), I just didn't enjoy my visit here.Unlike the other art museums that I've seen, this one is not tied to a specific theme. For example, I've been to an art museum, where the entire museum contained Audobon's paintings, or Japanese block prints, or a particular artist. When judging these museums, I consider how well the pieces tie together and how the atmosphere contributes to the overall mood of the art.The Birmingham Museum is collected in a dozen different exhibits, including 19th-century English, 19th-century French, Japanese...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 8th Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 254-2565

Birmingham Zoo

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Attraction

Birmingham Zoo Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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The Birmingham Zoo is Southeast's largest zoo. At any given time, about 800 animals of more than 200 species make their homes at the zoo, including 80 species of birds, 80 reptiles, and 60 mammals.The zoo has most of the usual zoo attractions, such as a bird house, a reptile exhibit, a butterfly pen, and a primate house. There are large Pachyderms, including an elephant, a black rhinoceros, and a couple of hippos. The Savannah exhibit includes a lion, zebras, ostriches, and some giraffe that you can touch and feed.Other animals, such as tigers, buffaloes, alligators, etc., are represented here. The only noticeable animals not included are the larger primates (apes and baboons), bea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
(205) 879-0409

McWane Center

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Attraction

McWane Center Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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The McWane Science Center is Birmingham's museum of natural history. Unfortunately, it just can't compare with its counterparts in other cities.One interesting thing about the McWane Center is the fact that the museum hosts a lot of changing exhibits. When I went to see it, they were featuring "Moneyville," which showed what different civilizations used for money and how it was used in their societies.In addition to the changing exhibits, there are plenty of permanent features that demonstrate various points scientifically. There is also an aquarium downstairs.The problem with the center is that they are geared specifically for kids. If you have children and are looking f...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

McWane Center
200 19th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 714-8300

Vulcan Park

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Attraction

Vulcan Park Photo, Birmingham, Alabama
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High atop Red Mountain, the Roman god Vulcan stands overlooking the city of Birmingham. Vulcan was the ancient Romans god of fire and forges; he was worshipped by blacksmiths and metalworkers. Today Vulcan stands as a reminder of Birmingham's past.In 1904, each state was allowed to send one exhibit to the World's Fair, which was being held in St. Louis. At that time, Birmingham was by far the largest city in Alabama with about 200,000 people; no other city in the state had 80,000. Established just years before in 1871, Birmingham was called the "Magic City" as had a population explosion in just thirty years, due to the large number of workers needed to mine the iron ore, limestone, and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

Vulcan Park
1701 Valley View Dr.
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
(205) 933-1409