In 1818, New Yorker John “West” Hunter
(1793-1880) traveled to Michigan to purchase 160 acres of land—the first settler of what is now the City of Birmingham
. As a veteran of the War of 1812
, Hunter paid just $2.00 per acre.
This pioneer settlement was formerly known as Hamilton
, and later, Piety Hill
. Around 1832, civic boosters changed the name to Birmingham
. By the 1920s, Birmingham was fast becoming an attractive residential community, thriving commercial district, and local cultural center.
Today, posh mansions happily coexist with cozy bungalows in the City of Birmingham
. The City is also a top Michigan locale where you’re most likely to spot a celebrity!