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Old 12-16-2007, 08:37 AM   #1
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Exploring some Alabama Coal History

My investigations find that this old Praco mine was originally owned by the Pratt Consolidated Coal Company. Any historian of the Birmingham area knows that this company was one of the founding coal companies that fueled the hungry steel industry in Birmingham, located approximately 30 miles southeast of this location.

This is one of several mining operations that developed along the old Cane Creek railroad branch. I originally posted information on this amazing old railroad line at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291913


Unfortunately, 12 miners died in a terrible underground methane explosion at this location in early 1943.

These fantastic concrete structures were constructed in late 1943. WWII was going strong and steel was hard, if not impossible, to acquire.











The storage silo & tipple in the distance. Coal was loaded at the tipple for transport on the old Cane Creek Branch.







Storage Silo standing tall.



Mining stopped at this location in the 1950’s, and prep operations halted in the 1960’s.


Thanks Eric for helping supply information on this old fascinating site.
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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Cool stuff, Dave. I love old historic things like that.

Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:31 AM   #3
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lovely b/w pics. thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:35 AM   #4
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Another excellend history lesson.

Lots of cool old stuff to explore down your way...
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:17 PM   #5
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Ahhh.....a man who probably knows a thing or two about the Sloth Furnace.
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Great lesson, how about some history on the Drummonds and Cullman?
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:58 PM   #7
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Looks good! thanks for posting
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:30 PM   #8
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Ahhh.....a man who probably knows a thing or two about the Sloth Furnace.

The year was 1881. With “the promise of cheap coal from the Pratt mines,” Sloss established the Sloss Furnace Company and erected two blast furnaces and some coke ovens ten miles north of the city. In 1886, Sloss sold out to northern capitalist, and effected a consolidation capitalized at $3 million to create the Sloss Iron and Steel Company. During this reorganization, the company acquired its own captive convict mines at Coalburg severing its dependence on coal from Pratt/TCI.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:39 PM   #9
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Great lesson, how about some history on the Drummonds and Cullman?
Thanks John 10:10.

I do not have much history on them.

Drummond is still the largest surface mining company in Alabama.

They have since closed most of the underground operations in Alabama. I think Shoal Creek is still operating. Drummond has moved most of its coal operations to Colombia.

I know of four Drummond draglines still in existence.



Almost all of these old huge machines have been long since scrapped, but these four still loom over the earth they stripped.





Unfortunately, it is these very machines that have destroyed most of the old coal mine ruins and camps and all the history that goes with them.



Please do not try to visit these machines. They all have 24/7 security.
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Nice, thanks for taking us along Dave.
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Nice, thanks for taking us along Dave.
Thanks Phill.

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Take care man & hope to see you and the flees soon.
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:14 AM   #12
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Another great report man!
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Ohhhh, come on Debandi,..........Show us some wheelies and dirt slinging, Man! Kidding Man! Nice B&W shots dude!
When you coming up with David again?


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Another great report man!
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Ohhhh, come on Debandi,..........Show us some wheelies and dirt slinging, Man! Kidding Man! Nice B&W shots dude!
When you coming up with David again?


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You guys like to play during the middle of the week!
I can not do that.

I hope to get up your way with Dave soon.
Come see us buddy....
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