A hidden gem.

Many people drive up and down Birmingham’s Green Springs Highway, and never see one of my favourite hidden Birmingham landmarks. It’s a sign that’s been hanging on the east side of the road for 60 years, highlighting a natural resource that helped build the city- through economics and through raw materials.

Green Springs Sign


Here’s a closer look. As you can see, most of the paint that may have been on the sign is long gone, making it hard to read- especially when flying by at a good speed. The text follows the photo.

Green Springs Sign




THIS RED
MOUNTAIN
IRON ORE
IS BASIS OF
BIRMINGHAM’S
IRON – STEEL
INDUSTRY

DONATED BY ERSKINE RAMSAY, 1949



I’m pretty sure the Erskine Ramsay is the same person for whom my neighbor, Ramsay High School, was named. I haven’t doen the research on it yet.

I’d love to see the city refurbish the sign- and maybe cut away some of the growth around it so it’s easier to see. I’ve always liked the sign, and I’d love it if more people could see it.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the other sign, just up above. It’s an arrow that points to the top of the ore seam. The text is predictable enough.

Grens Springs small sign


Good to have that pointed out. I’d never have been able to find the seam on my own. (I wasn’t being funny. I really couldn’t easily tell by looking at the side of the rock. Granted, the colours may have changed a bit because of age and exposure.)

If you have any favourite overlooked landmarks in the metro, please send me an e-mail (look under contributors), or comment here to let me know about them!

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