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* 4356: former location of [[Birmingham Ornamental Iron Co.]] (1960-1968)
 
* 4356: former location of [[Birmingham Ornamental Iron Co.]] (1960-1968)
 
* 4265: [[Kingdom Kare]]
 
* 4265: [[Kingdom Kare]]
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* 4363: former location of [[Knight's Electric Co.]] ([[Eli Knight]] 1981)
 
* 4400: former location of [[Coggin-Ville]] used car lot, [[Spivey's Car Village]] (1979)
 
* 4400: former location of [[Coggin-Ville]] used car lot, [[Spivey's Car Village]] (1979)
 
* 4418: former location of [[Mingotile]]
 
* 4418: former location of [[Mingotile]]
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** north side:
 
** north side:
 
*** 7200-7230: [[MTO Motors]]
 
*** 7200-7230: [[MTO Motors]]
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**** 7212: former location of [[Burton's Flower & Gift Shop]] (1981)
 
**** 7216: former location of [[Self's Upholstering & Furniture Repair]] (1973)
 
**** 7216: former location of [[Self's Upholstering & Furniture Repair]] (1973)
 
** south side:
 
** south side:
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*** 7408: [[New Beginning Christian Child Development Center]]
 
*** 7408: [[New Beginning Christian Child Development Center]]
 
*** 7420: [[Town & Country Furniture]]
 
*** 7420: [[Town & Country Furniture]]
*** 7428: [[Seed, Time & Harvest Birmingham Restoration Church]], former location of [[Kawasaki-Suzuki of Birmingham]], [[Mother's and Babies Nutrition]] (2007), [[Arijay's Furniture]] (2012-2017)
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*** 7428: [[Seed, Time & Harvest Birmingham Restoration Church]], former location of [[Kawasaki of Birmingham]] ([[Ted Missildine]] 1981), [[Kawasaki-Suzuki of Birmingham]], [[Mother's and Babies Nutrition]] (2007), [[Arijay's Furniture]] (2012-2017)
 
*** 7432: [[Presidential Tax Service]], former location of [[Frank Johnson Insurance Agency]]
 
*** 7432: [[Presidential Tax Service]], former location of [[Frank Johnson Insurance Agency]]
 
** south side:
 
** south side:
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* [[76th Street North]] intersects
 
* [[76th Street North]] intersects
 
** north side
 
** north side
*** 7600: [[Williams Group]], former location of [[Rose's Bootery]], [[Southeastern Appliance Service]] (1983-2008)
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*** 7600: [[Williams Group]], former location of [[Rose's Bootery]], [[Southeastern Appliance Service]] (1981-2008)
 
*** 7604: [[Art Town]], former location of the [[College Theatre]], [[Cinema Blue]]
 
*** 7604: [[Art Town]], former location of the [[College Theatre]], [[Cinema Blue]]
 
*** 7606: former location of [[Pleasure Books East]]
 
*** 7606: former location of [[Pleasure Books East]]
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**** 7709: former location of [[Wood Bros. Feed Store]]
 
**** 7709: former location of [[Wood Bros. Feed Store]]
 
**** 7713: former location of [[C. E. Franklin Coal Yard]]
 
**** 7713: former location of [[C. E. Franklin Coal Yard]]
**** 7731: former location of [[Barnett Furniture Co.]] (1983)
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**** 7731: former location of [[Barnett Furniture Co.]] (1981-1983)
 
*** 7737: [[Qwik Pawn Shop]] (2007-)
 
*** 7737: [[Qwik Pawn Shop]] (2007-)
 
* [[78th Street North]] intersects
 
* [[78th Street North]] intersects
 
* 7810: former location of [[Banks Lounge]]
 
* 7810: former location of [[Banks Lounge]]
* 7829: former location of [[Dorough Apothecary]] (1973)
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* 7829: former location of [[Jack Dorough Apothecary]] (1973-1981)
* 7833: former location of [[House of Honda]]
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* 7833: former location of [[House of Honda|House of Honda and Vespa]] ([[Craig Douglas]] 1981)
  
 
===[[North East Lake]]/[[South East Lake]]===
 
===[[North East Lake]]/[[South East Lake]]===
 
* 7901: [[St Barnabas School]]
 
* 7901: [[St Barnabas School]]
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* 7939: former location of [[M & M Electronics]] (1981)
 
* 8000-8200 blocks: [[Interstate 59]] interchange
 
* 8000-8200 blocks: [[Interstate 59]] interchange
 
* 8000-8300 blocks: [[East Lake Park]]
 
* 8000-8300 blocks: [[East Lake Park]]
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* 8230: former location of [[East Lake Hotel]]
 
* 8230: former location of [[East Lake Hotel]]
 
* 8258: former location of [[Loop Cafe]] ([[E. G. Luttrell]] 1941)
 
* 8258: former location of [[Loop Cafe]] ([[E. G. Luttrell]] 1941)
* 8301: former location of [[Gibbs Drug Company]] (1949), [[Lehman Alley Drug Store]] (1960)
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* 8301: former location of [[Gibbs Drug Company]] (1949), [[Lehman Alley Drug Store]] (1960), [[Alley's Drug Store|Alley's Drug Store No. 2]] (1981)
 
* 8302: former location of [[Ma Camp's Cafe]], [[Paulson's Grill]]<!--sometimes 8301--> ([[Sam Paulson]] 1951-1962)
 
* 8302: former location of [[Ma Camp's Cafe]], [[Paulson's Grill]]<!--sometimes 8301--> ([[Sam Paulson]] 1951-1962)
 
* 8306: former location of [[El Palacio]] Mexican restaurant (1983)
 
* 8306: former location of [[El Palacio]] Mexican restaurant (1983)
* 8307: former location of [[T. W. Talley Furniture Co.]] (1973)
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* 8307: former location of [[T. W. Talley Furniture Co.]] (1973-1981)
 
* 8311: former location of [[East Lake Department Store]] (1949)
 
* 8311: former location of [[East Lake Department Store]] (1949)
 
* 8313: former location of [[Samples Barber Shop]] (1971)
 
* 8313: former location of [[Samples Barber Shop]] (1971)
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* 8420: [[Anchor Motel (East Lake)|Anchor Motel]]
 
* 8420: [[Anchor Motel (East Lake)|Anchor Motel]]
 
* 8429: [[Double Dog Dare]]
 
* 8429: [[Double Dog Dare]]
* 8431: former location of [[Coombs Service Station]] (1949)
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* 8431: former location of [[Coombs Service Station]] (1949), [[Tucker Paint & Body]] (1981)
 
* 8436: former location of [Evelyn Keith Beauty Salon]] (1973)
 
* 8436: former location of [Evelyn Keith Beauty Salon]] (1973)
 
* 8443: former location of [[Little Orphan Annie restaurant]]
 
* 8443: former location of [[Little Orphan Annie restaurant]]
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* former location of [[Hills Food Stores]] East Lake location
 
* former location of [[Hills Food Stores]] East Lake location
 
* 8501: former location of [[Porter Landrum's Service Station]], [[Sharp's Service Station]] (1949)
 
* 8501: former location of [[Porter Landrum's Service Station]], [[Sharp's Service Station]] (1949)
* 8506: [[El Girasol Mexican Tienda]], former location of [[Lou-Jac Drive-In]] and [[El Palacio]]/[[Back Door Lounge]] (1972)
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* 8506: [[El Girasol Mexican Tienda]], former location of [[Lou-Jac Drive-In]], [[Back Door Lounge]] (1972), [[El Palacio]] (1972-1981)
 
* 8507: former location of [[Dobbs Pet Shop]] (1983)
 
* 8507: former location of [[Dobbs Pet Shop]] (1983)
 
* 8509: former location of [[Plott & Campbell Drugs]] (1973)
 
* 8509: former location of [[Plott & Campbell Drugs]] (1973)
 
* 8512: former location of [[Sybil's Beauty Salon]] (1973)
 
* 8512: former location of [[Sybil's Beauty Salon]] (1973)
 
* 8518: [[Electronic Repair Company]]
 
* 8518: [[Electronic Repair Company]]
* 8534: former location of [[East Lake Auto Sales]] (1960-1973)
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* 8534-8601: former location of [[East Lake Auto Sales]] (1960-1981)
* 8601: former location of [[East Lake Auto Sales]] (1973)
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* 8629: former location of [[Roebuck Pit Grill BBQ]] (1960s-1977), [[Roebuck Bar & Grill]] (1970s), [[SOS Lounge]] (-2013)
 
* 8629: former location of [[Roebuck Pit Grill BBQ]] (1960s-1977), [[Roebuck Bar & Grill]] (1970s), [[SOS Lounge]] (-2013)
 
* [[West Boulevard]] intersection (continues east as [[Parkway East]])
 
* [[West Boulevard]] intersection (continues east as [[Parkway East]])
  
 
[[Category: 1st Avenue North|*]]
 
[[Category: 1st Avenue North|*]]

Revision as of 13:32, 13 February 2020

The "Heaviest Corner on Earth" at 1st Avenue North and 20th Street

First Avenue North is an east-west street running through downtown Birmingham. The westernmost section by that name ends at Center Street, although the road continues further west as Cotton Avenue Southwest. The easternmost section ends at West Boulevard along Roebuck Municipal Golf Course. First Avenue North is the only east-west Birmingham street to run continuously from Center Street to Roebuck. It is also a two-way street for its entire length, the majority of which is four to five lanes wide.

Between Carraway Boulevard (formerly 26th Street) and 34th Street, 1st Avenue is on a viaduct which runs beside Sloss Furnaces. Between 42nd Street and 44th Street, 1st Avenue is separated from Messer Airport Highway by only a narrow, landscaped median. Messer Airport Highway is not accessible from 1st at this point, the closest links being 41st Street and 45th Place North. Two gas stations at either end of the narrow median use concrete barriers to prevent motorists from cutting through. First Avenue is also a primary street through the Woodlawn neighborhood.

U.S. Highway 11 runs along 1st Avenue from 9th Street in the east to between 86th and 87th Streets in the west. At this point in the west, the road forks, with Highway 11 continuing along Parkway East while 1st Avenue, the lesser route, continues for a block and a half to West Boulevard. U.S. Highway 78 also runs along 1st Avenue between 9th Street and 24th Street.

In addition, 1st Avenue is fully accessible from and to Interstate 59. It is directly accessible from Interstate 20 eastbound and provides direct access to I-20 westbound. It is accessible from the northbound side of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway (Highways 31 and 280). It passes under Interstate 65 without providing any access.

The first electric "thoroughfare lighting" was installed on 1st Avenue North on poles spaced 200 feet apart. The lighting was upgraded with new, taller poles on 100-foot spacings between 32nd and 85th Streets under the city's 1945 contract with the Birmingham Electric Company.

See also

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Notable locations

For an alphabetical list of locations, see the 1st Avenue North category.

Smithfield

Downtown Birmingham

North Avondale

Woodlawn

Woodlawn City Hall at 5523 1st Ave. N.

Wahouma/East Lake

Bruno's Super Market at 6512 1st Avene North
1940s view of 1st Avenue North, looking east from 76th Street

North East Lake/South East Lake