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Historical photo of the Mule Barn on a winter's day.
This attractive building was built in 1913 in Alcoa to house mules used in grading and earth moving during early construction of the Alcoa Inc. South (Smelting) Plant. In 1918, the Mule Barn was remodeled and operated as a school by the Blount County School System. Later remodeling made it into the Municipal Offices, along with some office spaces for Alcoa. After these had moved, the Mule Barn was razed in 1961.
The second municipal building for the City of Alcoa stood where the present-day Alcoa Post Office is located. The building was built extremely strong because, as Alcoa’s first city manager V.J. Hultquist put it, "the mule was an important member of the construction organization." The photo above is provided by Alcoa Photo Archives.