My investigations find that this old Praco mine was originally owned by the Pratt Consolidated Coal Company. Any historian of the Birmingham area knows that this company was one of the founding coal companies that fueled the hungry steel industry in Birmingham, located approximately 30 miles southeast of this location. This is one of several mining operations that developed along the old Cane Creek railroad branch. I originally posted information on this amazing old railroad line at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291913 Unfortunately, 12 miners died in a terrible underground methane explosion at this location in early 1943. These fantastic concrete structures were constructed in late 1943. WWII was going strong and steel was hard, if not impossible, to acquire. The storage silo & tipple in the distance. Coal was loaded at the tipple for transport on the old Cane Creek Branch. Storage Silo standing tall. Mining stopped at this location in the 1950’s, and prep operations halted in the 1960’s. Thanks Eric for helping supply information on this old fascinating site.