Tag: ‘history’

Bob Moody’s Birmingham – A City in Watercolor

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Published by the Birmingham Historical Society in December  of 2014, this full color softcover book features Bob Moody’s watercolors of Birmingham over a 50 year period along with a short introduction. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and the donation of digital images by the artist, all funds benefit the Historical Society in their ongoing mission to catalog the history of Birmingham as well as to educate the community about the importance of historic buildings.

The original watercolors are currently on exhibit at the Birmingham Public Library through January 4th, 2015.

The book will be available via the Birmingham Historical Society or on Amazon.com
Bob Moody's Birmingham


Maps of Birmingham’s Steelworks and Connecting Railroads

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Map of Birmingham's Steelworks hanging in Bessemer's Hall of History Museum



Watercolor by Bob Moody of Bessemer's Hall of History Museum (in former train station)

Early in the 20th century, railroads crisscrossed through Birmingham to connect steel mills and transport natural resources mined in our area throughout the country.  I found this old map (above) in Bessemer’s Hall of History Museum, housed in a refurbished and very interesting old train station (seen in watercolor on left), which put it in better perspective for me.  Many of these tracks and industrial sites have been abandoned and incredible images of the decay are posted HERE.  Bob wants to paint a map of the railroads currently in use through Birmingham, but it’s been difficult for us to find information and connect all the dots.  We’ll keep looking but suggestions are WELCOMED!



Segment of a 1935 Birmingham Railroad Map from www.bhamrails.info

Birmingham Rails is a GREAT site for Birmingham railroad information.  We found this 1935 rail map here This is just one small piece of a very extensive map scanned by Birmingham Rails in 8 1/2 x 11 inch segments and shows the downtown area.