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Birmingham's Highland Park originated in the 1880s when a grand boulevard was dug and three lush parks were planned at the northern foothills of Red Mountain. This boulevard was Highland Avenue, at the time the widest street in the South. The development, built within three miles of the center of Birmingham, included the construction of a resort hotel and lake. A dummy line rail system conveyed the populace of The Magic City" out to the beautiful Highland Park neighborhood, where in summer the air was both cooler and cleaner. Although Highland Avenue was lined with mansions of every architectural style, only 12 remain today. Indeed, some Highland Park dwellers have resided for generations in this neighborhood of true character and charm."
Author Bio: Author Richard Dabney, a member of the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society, is the fourth generation of his family to live in the historic Highland Park neighborhood. He served on the Centennial Historical Committee at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, which resulted in the book The Strength of Her Towers by Rebecca Rogers. Dabney wrote the introduction to the 1974 reprint of The Dabneys of Virginia.
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