William Patrick Lay

William Patrick Lay (HM1ELL)

Location: Attalla, AL 35954 Etowah County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 2.079', W 86° 6.674'

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William Patrick Lay (1853-1940), founder of Alabama Power Company, built his first hydroelectric plant on Big Wills Creek about 2 miles east on Simmons Lane.

Lay purchased the Old Wesson Mill in 1902 and built a small hydroelectric generating plant which furnished electricity to the City of Attalla. Drawing on this success, Lay proposed building a large hydroelectric plant on the Coosa River at the Lock 12 site near Clanton and in 1906 organized the Alabama Power Company. Lock 12 Dam, completed in 1914 was renamed Lay Dam in 1929 to honor the founder.
Year Placed1995
Placed ByAlabama Power Company Elmer B. Harris - President Etowah Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 3:19pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 582043 N 3766354
Decimal Degrees34.03465000, -86.11123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 2.079', W 86° 6.674'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 2' 4.74" N, 86° 6' 40.44" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1651-1769 Florida Short Route, Attalla AL 35954, US
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