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More than 800 employees of Alabama Power and family members served in the military during World War II

Captain W.P. Lay founded Alabama Power Company in December 1906 and began looking for a site to build a dam. Soon after, he found a site the Army Corps of Engineers had identified as a potential lock location on the Coosa River about 11 miles from Clanton. He acquired the site in 1910 and secured congressional approval to build the dam but could not find financing to build it until he met James Mitchell in 1911. Mitchell formed the Alabama Traction, Light & Power Company to consolidate hydro development sites in Alabama, and Alabama Power Company was in business. The dam was completed and began generating electricity in 1914. The lock location where the dam was built was Lock 12.

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    @alabamapower: @nicolebohannon Hey Nicole, we're working really quickly to restore power, had a dangerous wire situation. -Amelia” thanks!
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    kgborlandKyle Borland
    Also, Amelia, you're on point. As a PR student it's great to see well done social media in real time. Impressed. @alabamapower
    1 month ago
    SouthernCompanySouthern Company
    Welcome to @Mountain_Brook, Alabama - a small community with a lot of energy! cc/ @alabamapower
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    keyboardN1njaJake (keyboardN1nja)
    Shoutout to @alabamapower for getting our power back ASAP last night <3
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    thetechnivoreJohn Fleischauer
    It’s rare for a utility company to have outstanding customer service, particularly at 1:30am. Thankfully, @alabamapower breaks the mold.
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