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Old 10-16-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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Thumb Exploring Alabama's Muscle Shoals Project

As I'm riding around, I notice this old railroad line.






This shows some promise.

I wonder to what abandoned government complex this might lead?

If your interested, stay tuned.......
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:30 PM   #2
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:52 PM   #3
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Old 10-16-2009, 05:49 PM   #4
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The Muscle Shoals project...

The Muscle Shoals project is a culmination of three major developments.



1. The shortage of nitrates in this country.

2. The necessity for improvement of the Tennessee River for navigation.

3. Hydro-electric technology.









Ride along for the next few days while we examine how this nearby governmental project helped strengthen the country.
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:34 PM   #5
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:45 PM   #6
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Exploring Alabama's Muscle Shoals Project

Hey buddy lets hope this one keeps you out of the ghetto. Also keep your eyes open for a 690 super enduro.
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:24 AM   #7
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My inquisitive instinct told me that the old railroad bed would lead to some interesting history.
























After all, it's not every day you run across an abandoned Autoclave building and boiler plant .



Looks like I've got some explorin' to do.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:17 AM   #8
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I discover what must be 20 buildings still standing.




- Old seldom used roads.
- Railroad tracks that have not seen cars in years.
- Odd shaped large buildings.
- I see a car in the distance.









What in the world have I stumbled upon?
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:36 AM   #9
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Oh great

I just bought a used DR350se and its a good Saturday to ride, ride or read, read or ride. I know, I'll do both. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the story.

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Old 10-17-2009, 09:22 AM   #10
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Understanding the Muscle Shoals Project...

This location was one of the largest collections of equipment ever assembled for the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen.













This Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) diagram shows the complex.










Some background-

In 1914, America's war-time supply of nitrates became vulnerable.

National concerns resulted in the passage of the National Defense Act in 1916.

Some $20 million was appropriated by congress for the construction of two nitrate plants.



One plant was to test the German Haber process.

The second plant was to experiment with the American Cyanamide process.


Muscle Shoals was selected in 1917 for the first plant due to the location and the hydro potential of producing 680,000 kilowatts of electricity, more than twice the capacity of Niagra Falls. Construction started on Plant # 1 in October of 1917.

In November of 1917, the government announced that the second plant to experiment with the American Cyanamide process would also be built in Muscle Shoals.

This virtually ensured the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam.




More to come....
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:18 AM   #11
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Looks great

I would like to try this one. There are several in Etowah & Blount Co. I'll show this one to ADVMAX. Caution! some of these cross private property & may or may not be fenced..Some of us Ala. red necks are not to MC friendly
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:54 AM   #12
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I love 'Bama...

But the real burning questions is this:

How do you keep your bike so clean?
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:42 AM   #13
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All the buildings

Man, these buildings are interesting.












What in the world?





All I can tell you is that there is some weird, creepy, equipment in that building.



This is like a science fiction novel.







Think I'll keep looking around.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:55 AM   #14
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:12 PM   #15
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DeBandi, your ride reports are so great. Thanks much for posting.
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