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Sayreton was a mining community located in north Birmingham that was developed by the Pioneer Mining & Manufacturing Company, which later became Republic Iron & Steel Corporation.

The Thomas area, originally Williamson Hawkins' plantation, was purchased by David Thomas with his sons and Robert Sayre. They constructed the Thomas Furnaces for their Pioneer Mining & Manufacturing Company, which went into blast in 1888 and 1890.

Sayreton Road was renamed Daniel Payne Drive in the late 1970's in honor of Daniel Payne College.

A fatal mining accident at the Sayreton No. 2 Mine on August 28, 1943 claimed the lives of 28 miners and also that of Alabama's chief mine inspector Erwin McCrossin who suffered fatal burns in a second explosion while he was investigating the first.

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