Sights of Birmingham


Birmingham is located in the Appalachian Mountain’s foothills which adds to the remarkable landscape and mouthwatering sunsets.
Vulcan (shown right), the world’s largest cast iron statue, oversees Vulcan Park and Museum high atop Red Mountain. Built as Birmingham’s entry in the 1904 World’s Fair (he won first place), the statue was cast from Birmingham pig iron in a Birmingham foundry. More than 100,000 visitors a year stand on Vulcan’s elevated platform for a panoramic view of the surrounding area. (photo credit: Jeffrey Greenberg)  

With moderate weather almost year-round, people come from all over the country to golf in Birmingham. The courses along the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail are especially popular for week-long golfing vacations. The RTJ course at Renaissance Ross Bridge (shown here) is the world’s third longest golf course. (photo credit: Ted Tucker)

The Pepper Place Saturday Market, open during summer months, is only one of several area markets selling fresh produce, fresh flowers and baked goods. The Pepper Place market also has a guest chef preparing something wonderful on summer Saturdays.  

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has the country’s—possibly the world’s—largest collection of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The vehicles, all in working order, are rotated out of storage periodically so that the more than 850 motorcycles and 45 cars are always on display in the five-story museum. Barber Motorsports Park is adjacent to Barber RTJ course at Renaissance Ross BridgeVintage Motorsports Museum. This world-class 2.3 mile road course, considered on of the best in the world, hosts a full schedule of top-notch bike and car racing events, both vintage and contemporary. (Above text courtesy Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau)

In 2012, the Mercedes-Benz plant located just west of Birmingham, celebrated the 15th anniversary of production operation in Alabama. The first M-class rolled off the assembly line in 1997. It was followed by the R-Class in 2005 and by the GL-Class in 2006. The GL-Class was awarded "Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year 2007". The SUVs are produced exclusively in Alabama and shipped to markets worldwide. Today, the plant has two assembly lines, two paint shops and a body shop. It has a top production capacity of 160,000 vehicles per year. Text credit Damimler AG Mercedes-Benz Cars)

Pepper PlaceFun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX® Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder— from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, imaginative early childhood playgrounds, and an awe-inspiring aquarium. The energy and excitement of discovery spring to life through an extensive lineup of science demonstrations performed daily by talented educators.  The adventure intensifies in the IMAX® Dome Theater, where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breathtaking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers.

Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers—from ages 1 to 100—flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues. (photos & text credit McWane Science Center)

Barber Vintage Motorsports MuseumThrough the years, the Barons (baseball team) roster has featured stars such as 1993-94 AL MVP Frank Thomas, 1993 Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell and Gold Glove third baseman Robin Ventura. In 2005, reliever Bobby Jenks became the 39th player since 1986 to jump straight from Birmingham to Chicago, and he was the closer on the White Sox' World Series championship team that year.

The 2011 season marks the Barons' 25rd year of affiliation with the Chicago White Sox. The Barons are the only Class AA team in the country to have drawn a quarter of a million fans during each of the last 21 years, corresponding with the club's relocation Michael Jordan, 1994 Barons season to Regions Park from historic Rickwood Field. This year marks the 110th season of baseball in Birmingham, as well as the 125th year of existence for one of the most historic and celebrated franchises in Minor League Baseball.

The 1994 season was historic for the Barons simply for the attention it generated. NBA superstar Michael Jordan switched sports and, after going through spring training, was assigned to the Barons on March 31. Jordan's popularity helped shatter the club's single-season attendance record (467,867). Jordan batted just .202 with three homers and 51 RBI, but swiped 30 stolen bases as the club was covered by journalists from around the world. The Barons drew 985,185 overall (home and road) and millions of other fans watched as the club played on national or regional television four times. Jordan played his final baseball game at home before a record crowd of 16,247 on August 27, 1994. (photos & text used with permission from the Birmingham Barons Office of Community Relations)


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