Attalla in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Electricity for the City of Attalla
Four years later, on December 4th, 1906, Captain Lay organized the Alabama Power Company. Drawing on the success of his experiment at Big Wills Creek, Captain Lay focused his attention on an ambitious plan to develop a high dam and power plant at Lock 12 on the Coosa River. Lock 12 dam, now called Lay Dam, was the first large scale hydro plant built by Alabama Power Company
When Alabama Power Company reorganized in 1912 and acquired the Attalla system, it discovered that in order to enlist the support of Attalla in the Big Wills Creek project, Captain Lay had agreed to provide the city with free electricity for lighting. That agreement transferred to Alabama Power Company and to this day, schools and other city buildings have two meters--one for free lights and another for billed service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1851.
Location. 34° 1.372′ N, 86° 5.345′ W. Marker is in Attalla, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Avenue Northwest and 4th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 5th Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Attalla AL 35954, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United Methodist Church Of Attalla (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “The Junction” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Wills (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Patrick Lay (approx. 1½ miles away); Camp Sibert (approx. 2 miles Alabama City, Alabama (approx. 2½ miles away); Alabama City World War II Veterans Monument (approx. 2½ miles away); Dwight Mill Village (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Attalla.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,056 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.