Alabama Mining Museum

The Alabama Mining Museum is located in Dora, Walker County, in a former high school gymnasium. The museum was founded to interpret the legacy of coal mining in Alabama during the years of 1890 and 1940 and features displays of memorabilia and equipment related to the area's mining history from 1890 to 1940 as well as a collection of items related to Dora's history. Most notably, there is a baseball and glove from Dora native "Poison" Ivy Paul Andrews, a Major League Baseball pitcher. In 1984, the Alabama State Senate designated the museum as the "Official State Coal Mining Museum of Alabama." In addition to exhibits, the grounds house a locomotive and several train cars.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division