Uniquely, Jefferson County had all of the elements necessary for the fabrication of iron and steel within its borders. Coal, limestone, and iron ore all lay within close proximity to Birmingham. The right amounts of business acumen, industrial planning, and labor force came together creating the industry that made Birmingham the “Magic City.” The coal mining towns in the Birmingham Industrial District have rich historiesa Hollywood movie was made in one, a novel was written about another, and a soccer championship was won in yet another town. These coal towns and the miners who lived in them are as responsible as anyone for the birth of Birmingham industry.
About the Author
Brookside native and UAB history instructor Staci Simon Glover has created a compilation of photographs rarely seen. Using photographs from the Library of Congress, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Birmingham Public Library Archives, and private collections, Glover has painted a portrait of the coal towns and people on whose backs the iron and steel industry in Jefferson County was built. Though many of these towns no longer exist or do not exist in their previous form, they live again in these photographs.
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