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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to Alabama Power Company Coal Mines MSS.0046


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

May 2009


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Alabama Power Company Coal Mines

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


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Variety of reports from Alabama Power Company's Gorgas, Marvel, Blocton, and Cahaba coal mines in the mid-19th century.

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Purchased from Cather & Brown Books, 1989

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Alabama Power Company Coal Mines, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains operations reports of Gorgas mines from 1941 to 1957; technical reports circa 1950s (memos, reports, diagrams); reports on Marvel No. 3, Blockton No. 1, and Southern Cahaba Coal Fields; budget estimates for 1968; and reports examining mining equipment in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania

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Biographical/Historical note

The Alabama Power Co. operates its Gorgas mine in Walker County, Alabama, immediately adjacent to its steam plant. The coal mine property consists of some 19,000 acres of fee and mineral ownership lands, and all of the production from the mine-approximately 2500 tons per day-is utilized at the company's adjoining steam plant. The company is presently considering the purchase of additional acreage adjoining its present holdings which acquisition will almost double its reserves. The coal is transported from the mine over a short railroad spur in the company's own equipment, either directly to one of the large plants at Gorgas or to a storage pile. The longest haul is about 1 1/4 miles.

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Alabama Power Company. (local)

Alabama (localbroad)

Alabama Business and Industry (Local)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Business records (aat)

Coal mines and mining (lcsh)

Gorgas mines (Local)

Mining (Local)

Southern Cahaba coal fields (Local)

Coal Mines Box 3123