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Alabama Power Company Coal Mines

Identifier: MSS-0046

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1941-1968

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Biographical / Historical

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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Variety of reports from Alabama Power Company's Gorgas, Marvel, Blocton, and Cahaba coal mines in the mid-20th century.


Purchased from Cather & Brown Books, 1989

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Guide to Alabama Power Company Coal Mines
May 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266