List of nicknames for Birmingham
This is a list of nicknames for Birmingham:
- "The Magic City", the city's most recognized nickname, refers to its rapid growth, first used by James Powell in 1873
- "Steel City", referring to the city's major industrial product
- "Pittsburgh of the South", comparing the city's industrial economy to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- "Bombingham", referring to the string of unsolved racially-motivated bombing cases which began in 1947, in use before 1963
- "City of Perpetual Promise", referring to the areas vast resources and the bottlenecks of poor leadership in exploiting them, used in a 1937 Harpers magazine article.
- "Bad Birmingham", referring to violence and lawlessness in Birmingham's boom period in the late 19th and early 20th century
- "Inland Metropolis" used in a 1909 promotional book
- "Mineral City of the South" used in a 1909 promotional book
- "Murder Capital of the World", in use at least by 1931 to refer to the rampant violence in Birmingham
- "Rabies Capital of North America", used in the early 20th century due to frequent fatal attacks by rabid dogs
- "Smoke City", used on citizens band radio by commercial truckers
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