A Walking Tour of Birmingham, Alabama
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 by Cruden Bay Books
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There was nothing organic about the founding of Birmingham. No river, no deep water port, no verdant valley. In fact, the creation of the town can be traced to a specific date - June 1, 1871, when a small group of Southern planters, investors, and railroad men organized the Elyton Land Company to buy 4,150 acres of raw land in north central Alabama. Their new town would be sited at the crossing of the Alabama & Chattanooga and South & North Alabama railroads nearby known deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone. The Elyton men were not burdened by any romantic images for their proposed town; the name they chose announced their vision for the enterprise - birmingham, after the leading industrial town in England.