Brock’s Gap as a Pedestrian Pathway per Hoover Developer

The mission of the Birmingham Historical Society includes supporting the preservation of historic landmarks and educating the community about their significance. This often requires field study, mapping, photography, and fact checking before informing owners and developers about their property’s history. Many times, owners are initially unaware of the historic significance of their property, but once … Continue reading Brock’s Gap as a Pedestrian Pathway per Hoover Developer

CBS 42 News Brings Attention to Brock’s Gap Concerns

An interstate exchange is causing concern to Birmingham Historical Society members because of its impact upon the historic Brock’s Gap. A major mining area and a landmark of Birmingham’s founding, the nineteenth century site is currently a unique educational resource as well as a beautiful green space and nature trail. The hope is that interstate … Continue reading CBS 42 News Brings Attention to Brock’s Gap Concerns

Traversing Brock’s Gap: The Historic Key to the Development of the Birmingham District

The City of Birmingham was founded in 1871, one month after the completion of the last link in the North-South railroad connecting Montgomery to Birmingham through Brock’s Gap. The new city was the center of the developing Birmingham District that grew quickly as a collection of iron ore, coal, and limestone mines. Manufacturing plants were scattered … Continue reading Traversing Brock’s Gap: The Historic Key to the Development of the Birmingham District

The Brock’s Gap Railroad Bed from South Shades Crest to Chestnut Ridge (1 mile) in West Hoover

We met at the entrance gate to the Brock’s Gap Training Center at South Shades Crest Road where Jim gave an overview of the history of Brock’s Gap followed by Birgit’s introduction of the map and of the walk ahead. As we walked we took a look at the 1907 Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad cut … Continue reading The Brock’s Gap Railroad Bed from South Shades Crest to Chestnut Ridge (1 mile) in West Hoover

Help Save Shades Mountain with the SOUND of MUSIC!

Friends of Shades Mountain are sponsoring a Benefit Concertat Wild Roast Cafe in Bluff Park, featuring great live folk, mountain, and classical guitar music, as well as original songs by the President of the Birmingham Music Club Sunday, September 11th, 6:00PM The Birmingham Historical Society continues to research the historic importance of Shades Mountain and … Continue reading Help Save Shades Mountain with the SOUND of MUSIC!