Thursday, October 9, 2014

Vulcan Spotted in Lafayette, Louisiana

Well, yes and no. 

Dianne and I recently made a trip to Lafayette, Louisiana, to visit our son Amos. While there he told me about these manhole covers he had spotted around town, and we wondered if there was a Birmingham connection. 

Well, yes and no.

In Birmingham we think of the Vulcan statue, Vulcan Materials Company, and so forth. Interestingly, that company is NOT named after the statue, but a New Jersey company Birmingham Slag merged with in 1956. A number of companies in our area do make use of the word "Vulcan" after the Roman god of metalworking and the forge. As they say about Sherlock Holmes, "He is everywhere."

And that includes the Vulcan Iron Works, which operated in Chicago from 1852 until 1960. That company was responsible for the many "Vulcan" manhole covers around the country that were manufactured into the late 1940's.

Amos sent me the two photographs.

And now we know...

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