Cities of the United States by Gale Group

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It recently completed a $43 million runway expansion, and added 400,000 square feet to its air cargo facility space. Four interstate highways bring motorists into Birmingham: Interstates 20 or 59 from the northeast or southwest; Interstate 65 from north or south; and Interstate 459, which loops to the southeast of the city. S. Highway 280 enters from the south- Media Information: Birmingham Post-Herald, 2200 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203; telephone (205)325-2344. Birmingham News, PO Box 2553, Birmingham, AL 35202; telephone (205)325-2444 17 The South 1-18 Cities of the United States • Fifth Edition Alabama—Birmingham Birmingham Online City of Birmingham Office of Economic Development.

Rainfall occurs fairly evenly throughout the year. Summers are hot and muggy; winters are mild. Mobile averages only nineteen days each year at or below freezing temperatures. Average annual snowfall is less than half an inch. Mobile Becomes Part of the United States The city is occasionally threatened by hurricanes from the Gulf of Mexico and the West Indies. In 2004, hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on Mobile and surrounding areas. Mobile continued to serve as an important center for diplomatic dealings with the neighboring tribal inhabitants.

But Birmingham was growing in positive ways as well. S. Steel, was developed by private business, and eight suburbs were incorporated into the city, doubling its population. S. President Warren G. Harding and his wife. On a crest of prosperity that followed World War I, new apartment buildings, hotels, business facilities, and homes went up in Birmingham. During the 1920s, however, the secret white-supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan, gained considerable influence in the city; harassment, floggings, and unexplained violence against African Americans were unofficially tolerated by local authorities.

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