Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Avondale Mill

Here is Avondale Mill. It is centrally located in Pell City at the intersection of Hwy 231 and Hwy 78. The old brick chimney is one of the taller, free standing structures in down town. One strange thing about this mill is that it does not have rail access, even though the trains pass within one block of the property.

My father and grandmother worked in textile mills, far from here and long ago. Still there is a connection. My sister also once worked in a closer mill, but since it is a competitor, I won't mention its name here.

The mill was served by two rail systems in its history. One ran north beside the mill along Comer Avenue and the other from the south across US 78. Many of the older people will remember the northern rail running toward Coal City. The other from The present rail system on the south is still evident along US 78, as the rails or at least their marks are still showing in the present pavement.
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