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The first white settlers to plant roots here named their town Elyton. With the arrival of the Civil War in 1861, the rich iron-ore deposits in the area took on new importance with the Confederacy building a blast furnace to help the cause. In 1870 a land company arrived and decided to set up shop. Liking a spot near the crossing of the two new railroads, they called their development Birmingham, after Birmingham, England. With the manufacture of steel starting in 1899, Birmingham became known as the Pittsburgh of the South.
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