Powell Steam Plant
With Birmingham from the Beginning
Birmingham rose so quickly from the iron-rich soil around Red Mountain in the late 1800s, people dubbed the burgeoning new metropolis the “Magic City.” But as is the case with all good tricks, there were things happening behind the scenes that helped make the magic happen.The Powell Avenue Steam Plant was one of those key components that sparked Birmingham’s magical growth.
Part of what made Birmingham ‘Magic’
The Powell Avenue Steam Plant was built in 1895 by the Consolidated Electric Light & Power Company. It provided steam and electricity for downtown businesses and powered the nation’s second largest streetcar system. The plant became part of the Birmingham Electric Company in 1921 and was acquired by Alabama Power in 1952 when the two companies merged.