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Mineral Railroad Trestle

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
1. Mineral Railroad Trestle Marker
Inscription. The railroad trestle support wall across the road is a remnant of L&N's 156-mile Mineral Railroad, the backbone of the local iron industry. This segment ran along the north edge of Vulcan Park on its route around the Birmingham District, linking mines and mills. The railroad not only transported raw materials locally; it also connected to the nationwide rail network to ship pig iron and finished iron and steel.
 
Erected by O'Neal Steel, Inc. and Compass Bank.
 
Location. 33° 29.524′ N, 86° 47.709′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Drive west of Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South. Touch for map. Located in Vulcan Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Before Birmingham: Jones Valley (a few steps from this marker); A New City (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Vulcan Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Iron Man: Vulcan
Mineral Railroad Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
2. Mineral Railroad Trestle Marker
From the park, the only visible remnant of the Mineral Railroad is the stone trestle support across the street. The trestle was build in 1889 to support the tracks as the crossed the road and passed along what is now the Vulcan Trail. The view of the train trestle may be blocked seasonal plant growth. Illustration by Paul R. Olson
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Lone Pine Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); South (within shouting distance of this marker); The Works Progress Administration (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  Vulcan Park and Museum. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
 
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By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
3. Mineral Railroad
The Mineral Railroad would wound its way along Red Mountain and through the Birmingham District. This ten-mile spur line, known as the Red Gap Branch, carried one mined from Red Mountain to furnaces in Jones Valley. Illustration by Paul R. Olson
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By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
4. Mineral Railroad Trestle Marker
The mineral railroad provided an efficient delivery system, sending mined minerals straight to local furnaces. This system helped give the local industry a competitive edge. Above, coal is being loaded into railroad carat the Risco Coal Mine, which was served by the system. Courtesy of Birmingham Public Library Archives, Catalog # 26.89
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By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
5. Mineral Railroad Trestle Marker
lower marker is Mineral Railroad next marker Before Birmingham: Jones Valley top marker: A new city
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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