Birmingham is in north central Alabama and is the county seat of Jefferson County. It is the largest city in Alabama with an estimated population just over 212,000 in 2016. The population has remained steady since the 2010 census.
The city was established in 1874 and named after Birmingham, England, which was the second largest city in England. Birmingham, AL is the only place in the world where all three raw materials for steel (iron ore, coal and limestone) occur naturally within a ten-mile radius.
Here are some interesting factoids about Birmingham. First, Birmingham has ties to a famous architect. The downtown Kirklin Clinic was designed by architect IM Pei, the architect behind the National Gallery of Art’s East Building and Paris’ Grand Louvre.
Sports factoids include the inclusion in the Guinness book of World Records. Last year they recognized the Barber Motorsports Park as the world’s largest motorcycle museum, located just outside of Birmingham, AL. Also, the city is the home of the nation’s oldest baseball stadium, Rickwood Field. It is no longer used for baseball games, but is being preserved and restored to a working museum where you can experience the history of baseball.
Birmingham is home to the oldest and largest Veterans Day Celebration where the first celebration was held using the term “Veteran’s Day”. Soon after a bill was put forward in congress to change the term “Armistice Day” to “Veteran’s Day”.
Another famous person from Birmingham was Mary Anderson, who invented and patented the windshield wiper in 1903. Birmingham is home to the heaviest corner on earth. That nickname arose when four tall buildings (for the time) were erected on a single street corner within a short period of time. It was initially referred to as the heaviest corner in the south, but later changed to incorporate the entire world.