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Bear Meat Cabin Road, more commonly known as Old Huntsville Road, was the Indian trail that the majority of the first white settlers used to get to this area of Jefferson County. (State of Alabama Map of Historical Roads)
1892 Map. Rock Mountain is labeled “Sand Mountain.” Red Ridge (the Strip Pit) is labeled “West Red Mountain.” The Blue Creek Coal Basin is the site of the most recent coal mining. “Sharp” was located behind present-day Big Lake; Sharp was really just a homestead of the Sharp family.
1960 Alabama Highway Map. The “Wagon Road” ran parallel to present-day Power Plant Road. West Lakes (at far right) is the site of the present-day West Lake Mall. This was the source of water for the city of Bessemer.
1899 Bessemer Land and Improvement Co. The DeBardeleben Red Ore Mines were at McAshan Mountain and Red Ridge (the Strip Pit). At the upper right is Old Jonesboro, the first settlement in this area. “New Jonesboro” is where the town of Old Jonesboro moved over a period of time because it was not on the route of the new railroad. Arch Bridge (the old concrete bridge is on Rock Mountain Lakes Road and the interstate) was built over Five Mile Creek in 1917. The town of Bullard Shoals no longer exists. Johns was a thriving mining town with a population of about two thousand.
1888 Map showing Old Jonesboro. Rock Mountain is located on the map between Five Mile Creek and Blue Creek. Mill McAdory, on Valley Creek, was part of the McAdory Plantation, which encompassed much of the length of present-day Power Plant Road.
Land Ceded by the Creeks to the United States in 1814. This included Rock Mountain and the rest of west Jefferson County. Though this area was heavily populated by Native Americans before the Europeans arrived, the Creeks did not build permanent villages here. Since they were farmers, they preferred more fertile land,
This is a clip from a 1935 map that mentions Davy Crockett’s visit to Jones Valley. He spent time in Old Jonesboro and then travelled to Tuscaloosa. He travelled the Old Huntsville Road that would have taken him near to where the Arch Bridge( next to Rock Mountain Lake Road) is today. I have a chapter on this in my book. Crockett was a legendary figure even in his own time,
1847 Map showing Roupes Valley and Jones Valley. Jonesboro and Elyton (near Birmingham’s present day West End community) were the two major towns at this time and they were connected by a stage route
1877 map of the Alabama and Chattanooga railroads.
1935 map which mentions the Rock Mountain Fire Tower. The towers on this map were tied into proposed “convict camps.”
1960 map with Griffin Lake, This was several years before the first Rock Mountain Lake was built and possibly before Little Griffin was built.