Unfortunately, in our fast-paced, digital society, so much of the nations incredible industrial heritage is all but forgotten and consumed by urban sprawl and development. Ride with me for a few minutes while we examine two locations that played a pivotal role in building the industrial backbone of this great nation. We are at the Muscoda Site. The name Muscoda was derived from Indian artifacts discovered at the location. The Smith Mining Company originally opened this facility in 1881. TCI (Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company) purchased the property in 1899. The site housed as many as six mining operations. This is the original Shop Building No. 4 completed in 1903. This is the Electric & Carpenter Shop. The following images are of the Engine House at No. 4. The early 1900s architectural detail in these structures is fascinating. A ventilation shaft. Muscoda was situated on the best workable ore on all of Red Mountain & was producing 500 tons a day in 1894. One of the actual mine entrances at Muscoda dated 1932. Images of the Bathhouse. The Original Railroad bed on the way to location No. 5 This is the actual smokestack at No. 5 Mine. This location was a limestone mining operation. An industrial ruin brick smokestack is a rare site to see. Most have been salvaged for their brick. This photo shows the facility in operation and the smokestack can be seen. The Muscoda facilities supplied iron ore and limestone to the TCI Open-Hearth furnaces located at the Ensley Furnaces Works until 1961. Ensley Furnaces Works began operations in 1886. This location produced many of the rails that built this great nation. By 1920 this facility played a major role in producing some fifty percent of the steel that came from the south. And, by 1926 this operation produced 590,000 tones of steel rail. These facilities employed as many as 28,000 people in the 1950s. Two locomotives still remain at the site. An ore rail car located in the Wylam community just outside of Ensley. The final images show the Ensley Furnaces Works in operation. The Ensley Furnaces Works were phased-out of operation in 1978.