Birmingham has many notable historic landmarks today, but so many more are all but forgotten. The Bangor Cave Casino was once a world-renowned speakeasy. The Thomas Jefferson Hotel featured a zeppelin mooring station, drawing lots of attention from tourists. Other significant sites from the past, such as Hillman Hospital and the buildings on the "Heaviest Corner on Earth," are unknown even to natives now. Local author Beverly Crider presents an intriguing and educational tour through these and more hidden treasures.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Beverly Crider is a freelance writer with a background in media relations and web design. She is an Alabama native and proud graduate of the University of Alabama. Beverly currently travels the back roads and forgotten haunts of the state in search of material for her blog "Strange Alabama" on al.com. Tim Hollis has been in the writing and editing business for most of his professional life and has authored more than 13 books. He has published See Rock City and most recently, Pizitz: Your Store with The History Press. Tim is Birmingham's resident nostalgia historian.
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Lost Birmingham based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is a great resource for anyone interested in historical locations and riveting stories about the people and places of Birmingham, AL. Having grown up in Alabama, I was familiar with some of the places so richly described by Ms. Crider, but many were completely unknown to me. I really enjoyed the contrast of the many old photographs of the buildings and locations and then up-to-date photos of what remains of some of them now. I was very pleased to note how many are now under the protection of individuals or historical societies and will, hopefully, be preserved for future generations. The interesting anecdotes from older people who remember the locations in their heyday made the book more complete. My husband and I plan to take a driving tour of the city in the near future to try to see as many of these locations as we can. In future printings, I hope the author will consider adding GPS coordinates for each location. I have already purchased two of these books (one e-book and one paperback) and plan to buy several more as gifts. Highly recommended!