The South and North Railroad Cut.In 1858, the State of Alabama, wanting to develop coal and iron industries in Jefferson County, Had John T. Milner survey Shades Mountain for the most practical route for the South and North Railroad to cross. He selected Brock's Gap, named for original land purchaser, Pinkney L. Brock. Work began immediately. The cut, now passing under South Shades Crest Road, was blasted by nitroglycerin through a bed of limestone 75 feet deep and was heralded as the deepest railroad cut in the world. Delayed by the Civil War, work on the line was finally completed by the firm of Bartley and Boyles of Helena Under Supt. J.F.B. Jackson in 1871.
|Placed By||Birmingham - Jefferson Historical Society and the Linn - Henley Trust|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 11:40pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 511678 N 3688854|
|Decimal Degrees||33.33880000, -86.87450000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 20.328', W 86° 52.47'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 20' 19.68" N, 86° 52' 28.20" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 15001-15099 Co Rd 97, Hoover AL 35244, US|
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