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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.