Hillsboro Trail

hillsboro trail

 

When we are able Cindy and I enjoy walking the Hillsboro Trail. It’s a great place to walk and the trail is a real asset to the community. The first picture was taken back during the winter. Then several weeks ago I took some spring pictures.

 

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According to old postal records from the 1849 this area was once referred to as the town of Cove. Cove is thought to have been basically a stage coach stop. The name was changed in 1856 to Hillsboro. During this time it was home to a productive rolling mill. A rolling mill use rollers to flatten out molten iron into flat iron plates.

 

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 Later during the war the plant manufactured these plates for the confederate cause and its operation was classified as “top secret”. It operated throughout the civil war, until it was destroyed in 1865 by a group of federal troops known as the “Wilson’s Raiders”. 

 

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During reconstruction, the railroads began contributing to the growth in the area. An engineer named Peter Boyle was sent to survey the land for the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) Railroad.  Upon completing a new train station, he named it “Helena Station” after his sweetheart, Helen Lee, the daughter of a local judge. Today the city is called Helena, and a subdivision carried the name Hillsboro.

 

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In 2010 the City of Helena opened the Hillsboro Trail.  It is a 12 foot wide paved trail that extends almost two miles along the roadbed of the Helena & Blocton branch line of the old L&N Railroad. The old track was a subsidiary of the Birmingham Mineral Railroad that was completed in July 1889 to serve the mines in the Cahaba basin.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Jimi Jones May 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    A beautiful series of shots and wonderful write-up Phillip. I am really drawn to the 2nd and 3rd images. Nice depth of field in both.

    • Phillip May 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      Thank you Jimi, I appreciate it!

  2. Andrew Graeme Gould May 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    The trail looks so inviting in that beautifully warm toned first image, Phillip. The detail shots are lovely, too. I like the way you’ve interspersed the text with the historical background. Happy times walking to you both…

    • Phillip May 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Thank you Andrew. I like nature, and I love to hike. However, when I learn the history of a place I find it so much more interesting.

  3. Denise Ippolito May 7, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Phillip, I love the the winding path with the trees, images like this always appeal to me.

    • Phillip May 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      Thank you Denise. I have always liked these types of images too.

  4. Otto von Münchow May 8, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    The Hillsboro Trail does indeed look like a nice place for a walk – and for photographing. Beautiful images as always, Phillip.

    • Phillip May 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      I appreciate the wonderful comment Otto.

  5. Edith Levy May 16, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Beautiful series of images Philip.

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