Exploring Alabama’s Stagecoach Stop at Blount Springs

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  1. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Not much remains from the old Grist Mill.


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    CIRCA 1802.......


    This is where the water flume actually started for the old mill.

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    I'm gonna keep looking around. :nod
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  2. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Fantastic Report and Photo work. :clap:clap:clap
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  3. ekms377

    ekms377 The 2-Stroke Guy

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    Awesome.....thank you!!! Keep it coming!
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  4. GaM

    GaM Long timer

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    Good stuff Debandi.
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  5. jonnyw

    jonnyw Been here awhile

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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.:freaky
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  6. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Not far from the stagecoach route and just beyond the old railroad bed, I stumble across this fantastic railroad cabin.

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



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    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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  7. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Neat.
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  8. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Check out Debandies site, fantastic! http://web.me.com/debandi1/Site_2/Exploring_Alabama.html
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  9. Goride

    Goride ISR adventurer

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    I just love this "past-to-present" effect!
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  10. jonnyw

    jonnyw Been here awhile

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    Thanks Reverend. There is alot on there that I missed. Everyone needs to check that link.
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  11. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Next to the original rail bed and across a large creek, I found these stone ruins.



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    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.

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    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.



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    Both ruins are barely noticeable today.












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    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:

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    The old quarry where the material was removed.

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    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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  12. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Nice work as always DD :bow

    Dirt Bikes & History as mentioned :thumb
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  13. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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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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  14. eakins

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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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    your amazing! thanks, right in my backyard!!!
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  17. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Thank you jonnyw. I know this place like the back of my hand bro. Remember, this is my home. :thumb
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    Man...gotta keep up with this one...

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    Nice work! Always love your reports!
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  20. DeBandi

    DeBandi Exploring Alabama

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    Thanks mashrider.


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    Blount Springs is a very special place.... :nod
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