HISTORIC MAPS

There are many historic maps of the railroads in the Birmingham area (including the BMRR) which were produced at various times and for various purposes.  Many of those maps are available digitally.  Only a few examples of such maps are shown below, and other, more extensive sources can be accessed such as the Cartographic Research Laboratory at the University of Alabama, the Birmingham Rails website, and holdings of the Birmingham Public Library–both digital and hard copy.

EXCELLENT ON-LINE HISTORIC MAPS OVERLAY TOOL:

In addition to the historic maps presented below, if you are interested in overlaying historic maps onto current maps, the United States Geological Survey has provided an excellent resource for doing that.  Many of the historic maps that can be overlaid at that website show the Birmingham Mineral Railroad (usually as “L & N Railroad”), and the overlaying capability will enable you to see where it ran in relation to present-day maps.  Visit the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer website at http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/  See the Links to Resources page on the Bham-MRR.com website for instructions for using that online map overlay tool.

NOTE:  Generally, clicking on an image below will enlarge it for better viewing.

 

Map Date: 1917   Source: The Dixie Line June 1997

Map Date: 1917 Source: The Dixie Line June 1997

Map Date: 1890   Source: History of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad

Shows the reach of the BMRR into the counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Tuscaloosa, Blount, and Etowah. (Other railroads shown are other parts of the L&N system.)
Shows the reach of the BMRR into the counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Tuscaloosa, Blount, and Etowah. (Other railroads shown are other parts of the L&N system.)

Map Date: 1914  Source: University of Alabama Cartography Research Lab.

Map Date: 1914 Source: U of AL Cart. Research Lab.

 

Map Date: 1935

Map Date: 1935

 

Valley View Mine near Vulcan Trail with current-day features superimposed:

Valley View Mine near Vulcan Trail with current-day features superimposed. Courtesy of Gary Bostany. Source: HAER No. AL-45; ALA 37-BIRM, 47
Valley View Mine near Vulcan Trail with current-day features superimposed.
Courtesy of Gary Bostany.
Source: HAER No. AL-45; ALA 37-BIRM, 47

View of Valley View Mine when it was operational:

Valley View Mine -- from John Stewart

 

The following map is an inset from an original drawing on linen of the L&N railroad system, dated February 8, 1910, revised May 9, 1927:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map Date: 1890  Cahaba Coal Field (shows the BMRR branches serving the Cahaba Coal Field)

Map Date: 1890 Cahaba Coal Field (shows BMRR branches)

 

Map Date: 1916   TCI Birmingham District — Color added by City of Birmingham staff

1916 TCI Birmingham District -- Color added by City of Birmingham staff