PatronPATRON – This will make you appreciate our paved roads today June 24, 2021 July 28, 2021by Donna R Causey To view this content, you must be a member of Alabama Pioneers Patrons's Patreon Unlock with PatreonAlready a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content. Tags: 1920'sAlabama historyWalker County
Worked there many times as Construction Super.
spent many of days fishing there
My grandfather welded the rings onto one a ladder on the smoke stack.
Christy Hayes Beem
that is nice haven’t been in that area are y’all over there now
Wonder how many tons of ash we hauled out of there so far?
My Dad worked there in the 1940’s. We lived there for several years. A lot of cinders in the air. I am a native of Walker County, Alabama.
My thoughts remain there. Sweet Home, Alabama.
Rode by there not too long ago! Went all the way to my Mom’s place at Averitt’s Camp just below the new I-22 overpass. Takes 1.5 hours by water on a slow Pontoon! Beautiful ride!
I spent a number of years working there.
Stephen L. Speed Butch Brooks Jim BaButch BrooksJim Bates
My Dad worked there in early ’50’s, they had some experimental “Gasfication” project when we lived there. one morning KABOOM it blew it’s stack and sent black soot everywhere, my Mother and me and my little brother were outside in the front of the house, my Dad having worked the nightshift was sleeping in a back bedroom, we ran in, found him, still sleeping and covered in black soot, (no a/c then, windows open) needless to say, he never lived that down, we always said and it was the truth, he could sleep thru ANYTHING! Sweet memories…..
I have hauled lot and lots of coal there back in the day.
I’ve actually minned the coalfines impoundment and reclaim for the EPA at gorgas steam moved a lot of coal there myself
Permanently closed as of April.
My Mother said part of the property used for this plant had been owned by her parents.
I don’t know if the power company paid for the land or just took it. I don’t imagine it was more than 40 acres….but it meant a lot to them.
Good story. Thank you for sharing.
I worked there and raised my family was a awesome job a lot of great friends worked their it sad to know its not making power anymore
Boilermakers Lo/108 Birmingham Ala
Thank you for sharing this story
Where that picture was taken was the coal finds impoundment that I removed from 2000 to 2010 took the dam down and reclaimed/longleaf pine saplings for the EPA and now if you went back there today you would never know that the coal was ever even there on that bluff and impoundment behind TW Martin Elementary School yeah imagine that I worked in Coal Mines in Alabama
While working for APCO I visited that plant in the late 70s for a possible internal job promotion. I recall walking through the switch-house (older plants had separate operators for steam production and electrical switching) and there were these HUGE light bulbs on top of the panels labeled 1, 2, etc. to show when the generators were on line. Like walking through an operating museum.
Is this located close to West Jefferson power plant is now?
Michael Gilbreath You must be referring to Miller Power Plant which isn’t too far away but is on Locust Fork. Both plants’ locations were determined by the proximity of water and coal mines.
John Cork Now Miller gets coal from Powder River mines.
Ron Mele Yep, it isn’t economical to burn high sulfur coal.