Coke Ovens of Alabama

Through a grant from Cawaco RC&D Council and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Industrial Archeologist Dr Jack Bergstresser Jr., Francesca Gross and Lacey Genard published a Guide to the Coke Ovens of Jefferson County.  The book is in 2 forms – pocket guide and full book version. Both are available through Cawaco RC&D Council.  The council is asking for a $10 donation for either book to support further local historic research projects. Please contact Patti Pennington at Cawaco to order your book.


Physiographic Map of Alabama

About the Project, Acknowledgments

Map of coal mines, coke ovens and mining towns

What Remains of Our Labor

Coke: Part of the Magic

The Earliest Coke Making

The Burden of Proof

Making Coke

The First Beehives

Warrior Field: Center of Coke Making

Rise and Fall of the Beehive Oven

Coke and Coke Ovens in the Five Mile Creek Watershed

Forty Five Miles of Five Mile Creek

The Coal Miners of Five Mile Creek

Convict Leasing

Free Miners

Skilled European Miners

Coal Mining Communities

Brookside     Lewisburg     Coalburg       Alden

Existing Ironworks Parks in Central Alabama

Future Ironworks Parks

Other Coke Oven Sites


Selected Sources

One Response to “Coke Ovens of Alabama”

  1. My name is Paul Wood and I remember well playing and camping out overnight, using those coke ovens for shelter and a good, dry place to sleep. There were several of them behind the old skating rink and behind the housing project near the railroad. My grandparents owned the roller rink, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Parker, who earlier himself was a coal miner. Seeing this website brought back many good and precious memories. My father and grandfather also worked in the hardspat mine in what we called Pinkney or Blossberg. Thanks for the renewal of memories.

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