How Ambrose Bierce used a news item from Birmingham to write a short story.
In 1890, Ambrose Bierce, an author and journalist, famous for his short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," used a sensational news item posted from Birmingham, Alabama for a remarkable short story.
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Irondale Furnace artifacts from the History
Center's collection can be found in a case at
the Mountain Brook City Hall. The Irondale
Furnace, located in present-day Mountain
Brook, went into operation in 1863, producing
pig iron for the Confederacy. It was destroyed
by fire and explosion by Federal troops during
Wilson's Raid in March of 1865.
Irondale Furnace, c.1864
History Center artifact cases can also be found in the Alabama Theatre lobby and the lobby of the Tutwiler Hotel.