The Railroad Reservation






In January of 1872, Colonel James Powell mentioned creating a corridor in his first report to the stockholders of the Elyton Land Company.




This corridor was to be a plot of land 1000 feet wide and 4780 feet long located in the center of Birmingham’s street grid.






He called this strip of land The Railroad Reservation. Its purpose was for use by the railroads and related industries.




This land served the city by providing needed infrastructure for many years. Then the day came when steel production was replaced with medical and educational services, and this area was no longer used.




Just as Birmingham had to adapt to change, so has the land. Today, this area serves the city as the home of Railroad Park. It’s a beautiful place for families to come to relax, kids to play, and lovers to walk hand in hand.




Thirty percent of the park is water. It features a beautiful spring-fed lake with a bio-filtration wetlands area.




Across the street from the park is Regions Field a newly constructed 8,500-seat baseball stadium and home of the Birmingham Barons.





7 thoughts on “The Railroad Reservation

    1. Thank you Andrew. I thought about you while I was there. This place is more of your element. Thinking of that it would be interesting to see two different style photographers go to the same place, and watch how they photograph it differently.

      1. That’s interesting, Phillip, because I was thinking that the valley I was photographing in yesterday would be more typically the type of place where you’d be in your element! We should try that out together one day if the opportunity arises.

        1. How funny! I’d love to to try that. However about as far south as I get is the gulf. This might be a small problem. If you see yourself ever planning a trip around here, please let me know.

  1. Awesome photos and a great write-up, Phillip. It’s nice to see how this place has adapted to today’s world. There is quite a lesson to be learned from this that many other municipalities could follow.

    Enjoyed the read!

    1. Thanks Jimi. Sometimes it easier for us to see the times that city leaders “get it wrong”. However, its great when they “get it right”.

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