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Attalla in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

William Patrick Lay

(1853-1940)

 
 
William Patrick Lay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 16, 2010
1. William Patrick Lay Marker
Inscription. William Patrick Lay (1853-1940), founder of Alabama Power Company, built his first hydroelectric plant on Big Wills Creek about 2 miles east on Simmons Lane.

Lay purchased the Old Wesson Mill in 1902 and built a small hydroelectric generating plant which furnished electricity to the City of Attalla. Drawing on this success, Lay proposed building a large hydroelectric plant on the Coosa River at the Lock 12 site near Clanton and in 1906 organized the Alabama Power Company. Lock 12 Dam, completed in 1914 was renamed Lay Dam in 1929 to honor the founder.
 
Erected 1995 by Alabama Power Company Elmer B. Harris - President Etowah Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 2.079′ N, 86° 6.674′ W. Marker is in Attalla, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is at the intersection of Florida Short Route and Simmons Lane on Florida Short Route. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Attalla AL 35954, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Electricity for the City of Attalla (approx. 1.5 miles away); First United Methodist Church Of Attalla (approx. 1.5 miles away); “The Junction” (approx.
William Patrick Lay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, November 3, 2009
2. William Patrick Lay Marker
1.8 miles away); Camp Wills (approx. 1.8 miles away); Camp Sibert (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Sibert (approx. 2.4 miles away); Dwight Mill Village (approx. 3.8 miles away); Howard Gardner Nichols 1871-1896 (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Attalla.
 
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Foundation of Wesson's mill and dam image. Click for full size.
By Justin Elliott, November 25, 2011
3. Foundation of Wesson's mill and dam
Located on private property about 2 miles from marker off Simmons Lane
Foundation of old Wesson's mill and remains of dam to left image. Click for full size.
By Justin Elliott, November 25, 2011
4. Foundation of old Wesson's mill and remains of dam to left
Located on private property about 2 miles from marker down Simmons Lane
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,965 times since then and 74 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2014. Photos:   1. submitted on February 17, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   2. submitted on November 4, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2011, by Laura Elliott of Rainbow City, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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