Birmingham, Alabama: Heaviest Corner on Earth (Gone)A bronze plaque officially marks a downtown Birmingham intersection as the heaviest in the world. Or, at least, the first city to put that claim on a plaque.
- Downtown. The plaque is on the west side of 20th St. N., just north of its intersection with US Hwy 11/1st Ave. N. It's tilted to face into the sidewalk, not visible from street.
- March 2017: Confirmed gone. March 2016: Reported gone.
Visitor Tips and News About Heaviest Corner on Earth
The plaque was visible Feb. 5, 2017. It is located in a flower bed on the west side of 20th St, on north side of 1st Ave, facing toward the building. Very hard to find and not visible from the road.[Johnny Morgan, 02/07/2017]
Heaviest Corner on Earth
A downtown intersection at one time had the four tallest buildings in the South (The buildings are now on the National Register of Historic Places). A plaque commemorating the "Heaviest Corner on Earth" (in 1912) was added in 1985.[sfrancia, 02/24/2015]
The "Heaviest Corner" claim dates to the completion of the last of the four skyscrapers in 1912. Old postcards popularized the bulky crossroads.