Brookside Coal Mine, Mount Olive Road North of Five Mile Creek Bridge, Brookside, Jefferson County, AL
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Mount Olive Road North of Five Mile Creek Bridge, Brookside, AL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER AL-17
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N126).
Significance: The coal mining complex at Brookside exemplifies the captive mining that was a vital feature of the vertically integrated ironmaking system of the Birmingham Industrial District. Ironmaking companies like Sloss drew minerals from company-owned lands to provide fuel for the blast furnaces that produced merchant pig iron. The Brookside Mines also illustrate an advanced state of mechanization for the time, and the foundations of a Robinson-Ramsay coal washer represent a significant technological innovation in the development of the district. The existence of beehive coke ovens is a vital feature of the period prior to the development of by-product coke ovens, when the production of coke as fuel for local blast furnaces was often an integral part of the coal mining process. It is the best preserved of the early coal mines in the district.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. SLOSS SHEFFIELD STEEL & IRON COMPANY COAL MINE, COPY PHOTO OF HISTORIC VIEW.
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