A NASA co-worker of Bob Moody’s, Mary Ann Howard, saved lots of photographs and documents from her years of working there, as her daughter Hilary recently discovered in settling her estate.  She sent this article to Bob which he had never seen. Marshall Star 1964 It’s pretty descriptive of his work there while creating […]

Marshall Star Article April, 1964

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With the recent focus on Railroad Park,  we’ve developed a deeper appreciation for the unique and expansive railroad history of Birmingham.   It inspired us to explore a few tracks in our area including: those downtown near Morris Avenue, but also those in Bessemer, Irondale, Ensley, Fairfield, and the coal loading rail-to-barge stations in Port […]

Birmingham is RICH in railroads!

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We hadn’t thought about Woodlawn in years until a good friend moved there (in 2010) from Charleston a little over a year ago (the very hip and talented Magic City Mama)!  Bob remembered the Woodlawn of over 50 years ago, when it was the location of a much anticipated visit to his cousins’ house.  Back […]

Woodlawn is HOT! And here’s what it’s got!

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I’m always overwhelmed by the underdeveloped potential in Birmingham, and never more so than yesterday (7/1/2011) when Bob and I toured the Lyric Theater.  As Glenny Brock, the Lyric’s strongest advocate, proclaimed, “With the Alabama Theater, The Lyric Theater (across the street), the McWane Science Center, The Pizitz Building, Carver Theater,  (and other downtown landmarks) […]

Can the Lyric Theater be saved?

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Another iconic structure in Birmingham is about to be torn down – Powell School (posted 6/3/2011).  And a last ditch effort is underway to restore it for a new use.  I hope you saw this article in the Birmingham News on May 31st, 2011  “Historic preservationists deserve a chance to see if they can restore […]

Can a fire at Bham’s Powell School result in a #foodrevolution Phoenix?

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We were!  After reading a recent post about the trolleys in Lawrenceville, GA providing a tour of historical sites, we wanted to know if we could do the same in Birmingham.  We wanted to know where our trolleys go,  what the schedule is, and how much is it to ride? Does it stop at Railroad […]

Curious about where the Trolley goes in Birmingham?

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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 […]

Maps of Birmingham’s Steelworks and Connecting Railroads

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