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Abandoned Atlanta: Forgotten History of Gate City
  • ISBN: 9781634990868
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Abandoned Atlanta: Forgotten History of Gate City

Author(s): Jeff Hagerman
Founded in 1871 after the Civil War, Birmingham rapidly grew as an industrial enterprise due to the abundance of the three raw materials used in making steel—iron ore, coal, and limestone.

Birmingham's rapid growth was due to the booming iron and steel industries giving it the nickname “Magic City” and “Pittsburgh of the South.”

The city was named after Birmingham, England, as a nod to the major industrial powerhouse. The iron and steel industries began to dry up by the early 1970s, leaving behind dozens of abandoned structures that now dot the city's landscape.

In the last several years, Birmingham has begun to experience a rebirth. Money has been invested in reconstructing the historic downtown area into a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use district.

In Abandoned Birmingham, photographer Leland Kent gives the reader an in-depth look at the forgotten buildings and factories throughout the city.


Jeff Hagerman has spent the last six years searching for and exploring abandoned locations all over the United States. What started as a self-taught hobby became an obsession, and produced a large collection of photos of ever-changing and disappearing places. As a long-time resident of Atlanta, Georgia, much of the collection contains his home city. Buildings most people would stay away from are the buildings most attractive to him. Jeff’s photos have been published by Yahoo News, The Weather Channel, WSB-TV, Creative Loafing, Daily Mail, Mirror, The Sun, and more. His work has been displayed at Notch 8, City of Ink, Radial Café, and by Atlanta Contact Point. Follow his work on Instagram @sloppystick and on his website www.jhagphoto.com.

ISBN: 9781634990868
Publisher: America Through Time
Date: 12/10/2018
State: Georgia
Images: 169 Black And White
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)