Goodwin's Mill Dam

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Goodwin's Mill Dam was a stone dam built in the 1880s to create a reservoir to power Goodwin's Mill on the banks of Big Canoe Creek in Springville. It remained for decades after mill closed in the 1940s.

The dam was removed in November 2013 through the joint efforts of the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Big Canoe Creek, the Coosa Riverkeeper, the Nature Conservancy, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Geological Survey of Alabama, and the Alabama Power Company. The restoration of the stream's natural flow has reduced erosion and expanded habitat for endangered species including the trispot darter and the Canoe Creek clubshell mussel.


  • Pillon, Dennis (October 27, 2015) "Big Canoe Creek flowing free after 130-year old dam removed in Springville." The Birmingham News