‘m old enough to remember when it took forever to get from Mountain Brook Village to Downtown Birmingham, before the Red Mountain Cut was made and the Red Mountain Expressway was built. My family lived nearby and I can remember going to the site and hunting for fossils. I’m not sure when this was exactly (maybe I was 9 or 10), but contractors broke ground on The Cut in February 1963 and the Red Mountain Expressway opened in 1970, so our fossil hunting expeditions took place sometime after they made serious progress cutting through the mountain. That quarter-mile slice into Red Mountain revealed what represents a 440 million year geological time span. 440 million years is really, really old! Below is a fascinating article about Red Mountain, the expressway and Birmingham yesterday, today and a look to the future.
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