Alabama NewsCenter — Hop Aboard New Historic Red Ore Express Walking Tour for a Trip Into Birmingham’s Industrial Past

| September 15, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

By Carla Davis

Birmingham’s iconic landmarks – the John Hand, Brown-Marx, Woodward and Empire buildings – are dwarfed by skyscrapers in cities such as New York and Chicago. But when they were constructed at the dawn of the 20th century, those steel-framed towers on the corner of 20th Street and First Avenue North stood as a turning point, marking Birmingham as one of the South’s newest urban centers. It’s no wonder that downtown intersection was known as the “Heaviest Corner on Earth.”

The story about Birmingham’s heaviest corner is among many little-known facts that visitors will learn when they step into the past on the new Historic Red Ore Express. The free audio walking tour, available on the TravelStorys mobile app, traces the city’s rise from its founding in 1871 to its transformation into a world-renowned giant in the steel manufacturing industry in the 1950s.

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