of 22nd Street the character of the City changed to residential outside
the Railroad Reservation. The future would bring a new viaduct at
24th Street by 1920, and another by the 1990's. In addition, North
First Street would be elevated to cross the busy railroad junction
starting to develop at the upper right of this view.
Remember that Birmingham was
founded at the junction of two railroads. In this view the L&N
tracks to the north go off in the top right hand corner. The
(then) Georgia Pacific RR tracks go out of the top left corner of the
picture. The main tracks, crossing from left to right include the
L&N and the Georgia Pacific lines to the west and south.
At the junction we see the
Birmingham Iron Works, noted in the legend as "Wm. Hardie, General
Manager." Later, a new industry would develop, Hardie Tynes
Mfg. Co., which is still in business today.