Historic Markers Across Alabama

Champion Mines

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of 6th Street South (U.S. 231) and Champion Road, Oneonta, Alabama
County: Blount
Coordinates: N 33° 56.337    W 086° 27.529
  33.93895    -86.45881666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCZB4


John Hanby came in 1817 and found a rich seam of brown iron ore. Named Champion in 1882 when Henry DeBardeleben & James Sloss bought land and brought L & N Railroad causing county seat to be moved from Blountsville to Oneonta in 1889. Most ore was mined by Shook and Fletcher 1925-1967 from Champion & Taits Gap mines under E. N. Vandergrift, superintendent. Ore was shipped to Woodward, T.C.I. & Sloss furnaces in Birmingham and Republic in Gadsden.

End of Champion Mines