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Old 12-17-2011, 05:24 PM   #46
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Not far from the stagecoach route and just beyond the old railroad bed, I stumble across this fantastic railroad cabin.



This is an original structure that dates back to the 1880s.






Workers on the railroad used this cabin. It's nestled on a hill less than 100 yards from the old rail bed. It has been empty since the 1920s.



I wonder what else I can find in these old hills?
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:52 PM   #47
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:42 PM   #48
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Aparrently you haven't seen his other work. The guy is amazing. He combines 2 of my favorite things dirt bikes and history. The photos are always amazing. If this is the first you have seen you are in for a treat when you do a seach for his others. I never pass on one of his threads.

DeBandi how exactly do you do the research for these? Are you useing GPS to pinpoint some the locals? Or just going by sight? Some have obvious features but some dont give much clues. Also what resources are using? Thanks man and great job again.

Check out Debandies site, fantastic! http://web.me.com/debandi1/Site_2/Ex...g_Alabama.html
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:30 AM   #49
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I just love this "past-to-present" effect!
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:48 AM   #50
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Thanks Reverend. There is alot on there that I missed. Everyone needs to check that link.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:12 AM   #51
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Next to the original rail bed and across a large creek, I found these stone ruins.







These structures are part of the old Sloss–Sheffield Steel Company’s limestone quarry. Metallurgical limestone was used in the iron making process. It was used as a flux. Flux helped facilitate the separation of slag from the iron.




On further investigation, I found that these old kilns were used to test the impurities in the limestone.





This was a very busy place back in 1906.




Metallurgical limestone was favored due to its lack of impurities. Silica and alumina are not desirable when it comes to flux. The limestone here at Blount Springs contains only 1.05 % silica and only .82 parts alumina. This was some of the most favorable material in the country. It is rare to see any remains of these old kilns.







Both ruins are barely noticeable today.












However,





this kiln is one of the finest remaining examples still standing in the country. It is only a few hundred yards away and is located just off the original rail bed.







Old loading facilities:









The old quarry where the material was removed.





Metallurgical limestone was so abundant in Blount Springs and such a huge resource for the iron industry. The industry that helped to build this country.

I’m going to keep looking around……
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:12 AM   #52
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Good stuff Debandi.


Nice work as always DD

Dirt Bikes & History as mentioned

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Old 12-18-2011, 07:30 AM   #53
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Wow... I remember learning about Blount Springs back in elementary school in Alabama, but it was only a lesson from a book and chalkboard. Thanks for bringing it to life! Have you thought about sharing (commercially) your historical RRs with our school system? The smart ones would jump right on this!!

Thanks for bringing me back home!

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Old 12-18-2011, 09:55 AM   #54
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amazing how the area has returned to it's natural setting in only 130 or so years. were the buildings torn or burned down as very little is left compared to that 1 RR cabin.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:05 PM   #56
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:24 PM   #57
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Aparrently you haven't seen his other work. The guy is amazing. He combines 2 of my favorite things dirt bikes and history. The photos are always amazing. If this is the first you have seen you are in for a treat when you do a seach for his others. I never pass on one of his threads.

DeBandi how exactly do you do the research for these? Are you useing GPS to pinpoint some the locals? Or just going by sight? Some have obvious features but some dont give much clues. Also what resources are using? Thanks man and great job again.
Thank you jonnyw. I know this place like the back of my hand bro. Remember, this is my home.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:18 PM   #58
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:45 PM   #60
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your amazing! thanks, right in my backyard!!!
Thanks mashrider.





Blount Springs is a very special place....
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