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Heaviest Corner on Earth

Intersection of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL
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Learn about skyscrapers and also enjoy the newly restored Elyton Hotel too!

Do you know the three things that had to be invented or discovered in order to construct buildings... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
WorldTripperTexan
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Houston,Texas
Pass By -- But Stopping?

I've driven through this intersection several times but only now read about it on Trip Advisor... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
kilr0ywashere
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Georgetown, Florida
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Intersection of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Do you know the three things that had to be invented or discovered in order to construct buildings taller than about 5 stories? All 3 came about around the early 1900s, resulting in a corner of Birmingham's first skyscrapers that have preserved a taste of...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

I've driven through this intersection several times but only now read about it on Trip Advisor. Really? As the other reviewers state, there may have been four banks here in the past, but it's not anything spectacular to see today.

Thank kilr0ywashere
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Just a bucket list stop nothing really big of a deal not that too exciting. It's worth a stop if you need to get gas so trying to catch some food somewhere around there

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Way Overrated!! Was great in 1930 thru 1950 a mere intersection !! As a Birmingham Fan, I would not list this intersection as of interest ??

Thank james s
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Nothing there. Boring. Just a bunch of old buildings that are not even that impressive. Skip this unless you just happen to be walking by.

Thank Jamie E
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Reviewed 18 March 2016

There were four banks at one time on this corner of Birmingham so it was considered the heaviest corner. Supposedly, on earth, not so sure about that. But now the banks are long gone, although the buildings are there. There are many homeless at times...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Because of an interest in the old Birmingham banks, we gravitated to this area of Birmingham to view the former First National Bank of Birmingham, American-Traders National Bank of Birmingham, and other historic financial buildings. The area is a bit run-down, although a number of...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2015

Great place to swing by if you are in downtown Birmingham. A lot of history here and there is a lot of renovation going on in the area as well. Beautiful buildings and architecture and a historical place for Birmingham. I would recommend looking up...More

2  Thank Anderson H
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Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

To be down town amongst these huge pieces of architectural triumphs is a great feeling. You look up and you feel like the size of an ant. This is really a marvel to look up and just imagine all the hard work to build this...More

1  Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

Yes there was history at one time about 4 banks. Guess what? They are not there anymore and no since of history was preserved. And why should it? Heaviest corner....on earth?? Really Alabama? I love you but no. Stop this. Stop calling this corner this....More

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