Piper (HMOVU)

Location: Brierfield, AL 35035 Bibb County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 5.116', W 87° 2.662'

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The town of Piper was established in 1901 a half mile of northeast of here by the Little Cahaba Coal Company, named for Oliver Hazzard Perry Piper, a partner of industrialist Henry F. DeBardeleben. Two coal mines were opened in 1901 and 1903. The first was sealed in 1935 due to fire. Piper was one of the larger mining towns in the Cahaba Coal Field reaching greatest employment in 1914 with 432 miners and related workers. The Piper-Coleanor High School operated from 1931-1940. After World War II, a third mine was opened. Beginning in 1947 it was operated by the Shaw & Tutwiler Corporation. Coal was first mined in the area by N. H. Thompson and sons, W.H. and Lewis, who had moved here from Hinds County, Mississippi during the Civil War. The last coal was mined on a limited scale in the 1950s.
Year Placed2000
Placed ByFormer Residents of Piper & Coleanor, The Cahaba Trace Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 4:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 495859 N 3660740
Decimal Degrees33.08526667, -87.04436667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 5.116', W 87° 2.662'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 5' 6.96" N, 87° 2' 39.72" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-123 Co Rd 24, Brierfield AL 35035, US
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