5 things you didn’t know about Birmingham’s historic hotels, including 3 presidential guests (old photos included!)

Thomas Jefferson Hotel
Thomas Jefferson Tower. 1623 2nd Ave North. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Birmingham Now

Birmingham has sooo many beautiful historic hotels. So, it’s no surprise that our hotels have had their share of famous guests. Learn more about about our history-rich landmarks!

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Sharks swam in Alabama’s inland seas; now one is named for Bear Bryant.

Bryant shark tooth Via- McWane Center

Imagine a time whenย Alabama was at least partially covered by aย sea and huge woolly mammoths and mastodons roamed the land…and a shark now named after legend Paul “Bear”Bryant swam in the waters. Meetย Cretalamna bryanti.

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