GHOST TOWNS OF ALABAMA

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Ghost Towns of Alabama

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Adamsville, Alabama

Residents report dark figures moving around the woods on the outskirts of their neighborhoods. Some say they can feel or even hear someone following them, but turn around to find that no one is there.

 

 Aigleville, Alabama

Aigleville, Alabama, literally translated as Eagle Town, was a town on the Black Warrior River in Marengo County, Alabama.

Arbacoochee, Alabama

Arbacoochee was the site where gold mines were found in the 1830’s. Less than 15 years later, it was bursting at the seams with 5,000 residents. Reportedly, the Arbacoochee business district included 20 general stores, hotels, saloons, and of course, stores where miners could purchase equipment.

The town started its decline when miners left for the California gold rush. Although there was still mining in Arbacoochee until the 1930’s, there was no resurrection, and it was empty by 1990. A once bustling mining camp, it is now another Alabama ghost town with little to show for the rich gold that was once so abundant there.

Arcola, Alabama

Arcola Alabama is a ghost town on the Black Warrior River in what is now Hale County, formerly Marengo County, Alabama.

 

Barnsville, Alabama

Located off highway 19 in Marion County, Alabama. Information indicates there was a grocery store, blacksmith shop and two churches.

 

Battelle, Alabama

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Battelle is a ghost town in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Battelle was once a thriving mining community which was spread in a north – south line along the foot of Lookout Mountain five miles north of Valley Head, Alabama.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Battelle included hundreds of houses, a school, a commissary, a hotel and post office, in addition to the furnace and coke ovens. Battelle had a water system with water from a spring that was pumped into a large wooden tank and then piped into the surrounding homes.In the late 19th century, a group of miners from the northern state of Ohio discovered limestone, ore, and coal on what was later named Battelle, Alabama. The Lookout Mountain Iron Company was a boon to the town’s economy for years but by 1905, pig iron ingredients of higher quality were found in Birmingham, Alabama.

The stiff competition forced the Lookout pig iron furnace operations to be put on hold. Later, the federal government purchased the company and it was moved from the area. No buildings remain in Battelle and it remains an Alabama ghost town.

Beaver Mills, Alabama

Beaver Mills, in Mobile County, Alabama, is also known as Beaver Meadow. It was the location of a large paper mill. During the Civil War, the mill was used as a clothing depot. When the war ended, the clothing was used to make bonded paper. The site is just off U.S. Route 45, south of Citronelle. It was the site of a paper mill that was also used as a uniform depot during the American Civil War. A post office operated under the name Beaver Meadow from 1890 to 1906.

What’s left of Beaver Mills is the skeleton of the paper mill deep within the woods which have claimed the town. The property is privately owned; the mill cannot be viewed up close without owner permission.

Bellefonte, Alabama

Bellefonte was the county seat of Jackson County in the years 1821-1859. However, the Civil War left it damaged to the extent that it was never able to recover. By the 1920’s Bellefonte was totally abandoned. Today, the only testaments to the town are the cemetery and the tall creepy chimney of the inn, which is mostly overgrown with vines.

Blakeley, Alabama

Blakeley is a ghost town in Baldwin County, Alabama. During the height of its existence, Blakeley was a thriving town which flourished as a competitor to its western neighbor, Mobile, Alabama. It was the location of a major fort during the Civil War. One of the last battles of the civil war was fought here as Union soldiers overran Confederates. The town is now in an Alabama historic state park known as Historic Blakeley State Park near Spanish Fort, Alabama.

Cahaba, Alabama

Cahaba, in Dallas County, was the first capitol in the state of Alabama. The town was laid out in 1819 and a busily functioning capitol city by 1820. Within five years, it became obvious that Cahaba was not the ideal location for the state capitol. The low-lying city sat near two rivers that flooded quite often. The first flood in 1825 was so major that it caused part of the statehouse to collapse.

There are several buildings within Cahaba’s city limits that are still intact today, including its Civil War federal prison and a farmhouse built in 1841, although it is long uninhabited.

 Cedric, Alabama

Cedric, Alabama was a small community in northeastern Chambers County, Alabama. Today it is entirely in private ownership. It is located 3–4 miles to the southeast of present day Roanoke, Alabama and about 1 mile southwest of Bacon Level Church.

Chulafinnee, Alabama

Chulafinnee was originally one of several Indian villages of the Upper Creek Nation.The Indian word, Chulafinnee, means “Pine Log Crossing.”  Chulafinnee is now a ghost town with a gold producing past. It is located in the southwest corner of Cleburne County along Carr & Chulafinnee Creeks.

Claiborne, Alabama

Claiborne Alabama is a ghost town on a bluff above the Alabama River in Monroe County, AlabamaSituated near the Federal Road, Claiborne began during the Mississippi Territory period with a ferry over the river.

 

Clarkesville, Alabama

Clarkesville (also spelled Clarksville) is a ghost town in Clarke County, Alabama. It was the county seat of Clarke County until 1831.

 

Gantts Quarry, Alabama

Gantts Quarry, in Talladega County,  was incorporated in 1910 after the discovery of white marble by Dr. Edward Gantt in 1830. One block of this marble is part of the construction of the Washington Monument. Gantts Quarry demise was caused by a steady decline in population as the demand for marble in building construction declined in the 1930’s post Great Depression era. At that time Gantts County had 542 residents. Over time, all citizens relocated to other towns. The 2000 Census recorded Gantts Quarry as having zero population.

The first recorded discovery of marble was in 1820 by Dr. Edward Gantt, a physician who had accompanied General Andrew Jackson through the area in 1814.  Even Gantt probably did not realize the extent of this calcium carbonate deposit.  The deposit is part of the “Murphy Marble Belt” extending 321/2 miles wide by 400 feet deep and is the world’s largest commercial deposit of madre cream marble.   

In the 1830’s, several quarries were opened in Talladega County and perhaps one in neighboring Coosa County.  Using the old Plank Road, they made shipments throughout Central Alabama.  By 1906 New York interests had bought Gantt’s Quarry from its Ocala investors, and this site emerged as the center of marble-working activity.  An elite town actually developed in and around this property, later called the Alabama Marble Company.   

By the turn of the century, Sylacauga quarries had an established reputation; and shipments were being made throughout the state.  Although structural marble was being produced to some extent, a very lucrative use of marble was found in the steel industry.  More and more of the Sylacauga deposits were being blasted and used for fluxing steel.  Later dolomite replaced marble in this process. 

Credit: The Marble Industry In Sylacauga

Failetown, Alabama

Today the only thing that remains of the town is the Faile Cemetery which contains the graves of the Faile, Mott and Agee families.

 

Fort Stonewall

Located in Clarke County, Fort Stonewall was a Civil War Site located on the west bank of the Alabama River between the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers.

 

 

Louina Alabama

Originally settled by Creek Indians and defeated in the Battle of Horse Shoe Bend by Andrew Jackson. It is named for an Indian woman who ran a trading post some years after it was taken over.

During the Indian Relocation Act, it is said, Louina was among the Native Americans forced to leave. The tale goes on to say that she buried silver and gold in Louina before she left, but not before putting a curse on the town, swearing that it would cease to exist. Over time, the very prosperous town began a downward spiral until it vanished along with most of its history.

The descendants of the foundling settlers of the city are currently working to preserve the site.

Vienna, Alabama

Vienna was a prosperous river port from the 1830s until the American Civil War, situated along the eastern shore of the Tombigbee River on the southwestern border of the county.

 

Washington, Alabama

Washington, Alabama is a ghost town located in Autauga County, Alabama on the north bank of the Alabama River, just west of the mouth of Autauga Creek.

 

Map of Ghost Towns in Alabama:

 


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Tooktocaugee AL: 36.135000, -81.677800
Minden AL: 33.702222, -86.106111
Tooktocaugee AL: 33.693159, -85.698573
Barnesville AL: 34.139722, -88.077778
Bellefonte: 34.711111, -85.945278
Arcola AL: 32.566170, -87.781830
Washington, Alabama: 32.408056, -86.458889
Cedric Alabama: 33.106944, -85.286667
Aigleville Alabama: 32.516640, -87.823290
Battelle Alabama: 34.649444, -85.565278
Vienna Alabama: 33.018611, -88.191944
Beaver Mills Alabama: 30.969722, -88.234722
Blakeley Alabama: 30.742222, -87.924167
Cahaba Alabama: 32.316944, -87.101389
Claiborne Alabama: 31.540160, -87.515540
Claiborne Alabama: 31.540160, -87.515540
Turkey Town: 34.136111, -85.691667
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Aigleville Alabama

Aigleville, literally translated as Eagle Town, was a town on the Black Warrior River in Marengo County, Alabama. The settlement was established in late 1818 by former French Bonapartists and refugees from Saint-Domingue, as a part of their Vine and Olive Colony.

Each settler at Aigleville owned three separate land lots. These included the town lot, a garden lot (called a small allotment), and a farm (called a large allotment). With the failure of the colony at large, Aigleville was a largely abandoned by the late 1830s. Despite this, General Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes' house was noted as still standing during a governmental resurvey of the area in 1842. The site was heavily forested by the early 20th century. This gave way to open land with industrial usage during the later half of the 20th and into the 21st century, under its ownership by a local cement plant.

Wikipedia contributors, "Aigleville (Alabama),"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Aigleville_(Alabama)&oldid=636968409 (accessed January 16, 2015).

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Arcola AL

Arcola is a ghost town on the Black Warrior River in what is now Hale County, formerly Marengo County, Alabama.

Established in the early 1820s by former French Bonapartists as part of their Vine and Olive Colony, after they were forced to abandon their first town at Demopolis and many found Aigleville unsuitable.

Although never more than a village, Arcola became the largest settlement in the colony. Beginning in the 1830s American settlers moved into the area and purchased most of the former French land grants, primarily using Arcola as a river landing. By the 1850s the French settlement had disappeared, replaced by a community of adjoining plantations.

Wikipedia contributors, "Arcola, Alabama,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arcola,_Alabama&oldid=597771249 (accessed January 16, 2015).

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Barnesville AL

Barnesville is a ghost town in Marion County, Alabama off State Highway 19. Two churches still remain in Barnsville. Scattered populace still occupy Barnsville.

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Battelle Alabama

Battelle is a ghost town in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Battelle was once a thriving mining community which was spread in a north – south line along the foot of Lookout Mountain five miles north of Valley Head, Alabama.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Battelle included hundreds of houses, a school, a commissary, a hotel and post office, in addition to the furnace and coke ovens. Battelle had a water system with water from a spring that was pumped into a large wooden tank and then piped into the surrounding homes.

After the mining company ceased operations at Battelle and the better homes were sold and moved, there was never much activity in the community. The Belcher Lumber Company of Centerville operated there for a few years in the 1940s.

Wikipedia contributors, "Battelle, Alabama,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battelle,_Alabama&oldid=624613754 (accessed January 16, 2015).

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Beaver Mills Alabama

Beaver Mills, also known as Beaver Meadow, is a ghost town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, near U.S. Route 45, south of Citronelle. It was the site of a paper mill that was also used as a uniform depot during the American Civil War.
After the Civil War ended, the old uniforms were then converted into the making of bonded paper. The mill still stands today. There are tall stone walls in the area, and buttons from uniforms can be found in the town. The woods have taken over most of the area, and no buildings remain (other than the mill). Beaver Mills is on private property, and requires permission to enter. The bridges have since been removed to prevent anyone from intruding.

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Bellefonte

Bellefonte is a ghost town in Jackson County, Alabama near the site of the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station. It is located roughly two miles southeast of Hollywood, Alabama.

Bellefonte was settled in the early 19th century and incorporated on December 15, 1821, when it had nearly 200 residents. Its name was a subjective description consisting of the French words "belle", meaning "beautiful," and "fonte", meaning "fount." It was the Jackson County seat from 1821 to 1859. During the following decade, a post office, courthouse, and church were constructed. A post office was established in 1830. By 1844, the population had grown to 400. The town suffered severe damage during the Civil War. The post office was closed in 1859, and the entire town was abandoned by the 1920s. All that remains of Bellefonte today are the cemetery, the chimney of the local inn, and piles of scattered bricks.

Wikipedia contributors, "Bellefonte, Alabama," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bellefonte,_Alabama&oldid=619606510 (accessed December 25, 2014).

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Blakeley Alabama

Blakeley is a ghost town in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. During the height of its existence, Blakeley was a thriving town which flourished as a competitor to its western neighbor, Mobile. It was the location of a major fort during the Civil War. One of the last battles of the civil war was fought here as Union soldiers overran Confederates. The town is now in an Alabama historic state park known as Historic Blakeley State Park near Spanish Fort.

In 1813, Blakeley was founded by Josiah Blakeley, "an entrepreneur and adventurer from Connecticut who moved to Mobile in 1806. He purchased 7,000 acres of land in the northeastern portion of Mobile Bay. In 1813 he hired a surveyor to lay out the town of Blakeley and sold the first 10 lots. On January 6, 1814, the Mississippi Territorial Legislature authorized Josiah Blakeley to lay out a town to be known as Blakeley. It received official incorporation from the State of Alabama in 1820.

Wikipedia contributors, "Blakeley, Alabama,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blakeley,_Alabama&oldid=640995668 (accessed January 29, 2015).

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Cahaba Alabama

First capital of Alabama located off of Alabama Highway 22, west of Alabama River in Dallas County.
Also spelled Cahawba, the capital existed from 1820 to 1825. The Alabama Historical Commission maintains Cahaba as a state historic site and as an important archaeological site. Now a park, abandoned streets, cemeteries, and ruins remain.

9518 Cahaba Road
Orrville, AL 36767
Phone/Fax 334-872-8058

Visitor Center: 
Open 12pm – 5pm daily
Grounds: 
Open 9am – 5pm daily

www.cahawba.com
Alabama Historical Commission

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Cedric Alabama

Cedric, Alabama was a small community in northeastern Chambers County, Alabama. Today it is entirely in private ownership. It is located 3–4 miles to the southeast of present day Roanoke, and about 1 mile southwest of Bacon Level Church.

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Claiborne Alabama

Situated near the Federal Road, Claiborne began during the Mississippi Territory period with a ferry over the river. During the Creek War a large stockade fort, named Fort Claiborne, was established at the site by General Ferdinand L. Claiborne. He used the fort as a base for the invasion of the Creek nation with the Regular Army of the United States, the Lower Tombigbee Militia, and friendly Choctaw. The community of Claiborne began in 1816, on the former fort site.

Following the war Claiborne became one of the largest and fastest growing communities in what would become Alabama.

Claiborne remained an important shipping port and trading center throughout the 1840s and 1850s. The coming of the American Civil War saw the construction of batteries along the lower Alabama River and at Claiborne. The town was heavily looted at the end of the war. Following the war, the town quickly lost importance in the new economy. By 1872 the population had dwindled to approximately 350 people. When the new railroad through Monroe County bypassed Claiborne in the early 20th century, the fate of the settlement was sealed. By 2008 the site contained only the James Dellet House and three 19th century cemeteries.

Wikipedia contributors, "Claiborne, Alabama,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Claiborne,_Alabama&oldid=610967062 (accessed January 30, 2015).

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Claiborne Alabama
Situated near the Federal Road, Claiborne began during the Mississippi Territory period with a ferry over the river. During the Creek War a large stockade fort, named Fort Claiborne, was established at the site by General Ferdinand L. Claiborne. He used the fort as a base for the invasion of the Creek nation with the Regular Army of the United States, the Lower Tombigbee Militia, and friendly Choctaw. The community of Claiborne began in 1816, on the former fort site.

Following the war Claiborne became one of the largest and fastest growing communities in what would become Alabama.

Claiborne remained an important shipping port and trading center throughout the 1840s and 1850s. The coming of the American Civil War saw the construction of batteries along the lower Alabama River and at Claiborne. The town was heavily looted at the end of the war. Following the war, the town quickly lost importance in the new economy. By 1872 the population had dwindled to approximately 350 people. When the new railroad through Monroe County bypassed Claiborne in the early 20th century, the fate of the settlement was sealed. By 2008 the site contained only the James Dellet House and three 19th century cemeteries.

Wikipedia contributors, "Claiborne, Alabama,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Claiborne,_Alabama&oldid=610967062 (accessed January 30, 2015).
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Minden AL

Minden is a ghost town in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States. It possessed a post office from 1878 to 1879.

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Tooktocaugee AL

Tooktocaugee was formerly the site of a Creek Indian village.

Tooktocaugee was an unincorporated community in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States.

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Tooktocaugee AL

Tooktocaugee was formerly the site of a Creek Indian village.

Tooktocaugee was an unincorporated community in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States.

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Turkey Town

Turkey Town is a ghost town in Cherokee County, in the U.S. state of Alabama.
The community grew up around the Cherokee town Turkeytown. A post office called Turkey Town was established in 1828, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1861. The community was named after the village, which was named in honor of the Cherokee chief Little Turkey.

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Vienna Alabama

Vienna is an unincorporated community in Pickens County, Alabama. Vienna was a prosperous river port from the 1830s until the American Civil War, situated along the eastern shore of the Tombigbee River on the southwestern border of the county. It declined rapidly in importance with the building of a railroad through Pickens County following the war. In 1917 the post office closed and this marked the end of Vienna's official status as a town.
An important ferry crossing for north-south travel from Pickens County to Sumter County. Ferry was still in use in 1920.

The area of Vienna is in private ownership. Stone monument at site of town and an unnamed cemetery.

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Washington, Alabama

Washington is a ghost town located in Autauga County, Alabama on the north bank of the Alabama River, just west of the mouth of Autauga Creek.

Washington was founded in 1817 on the site of the former Autauga Indian town of Atagi and named in honor of George Washington. On November 22, 1819, the Alabama territorial legislature chose Washington as the county seat of Autauga County, which it remained until 1830. A courthouse, hotel, jail, post office and pillory were constructed to meet the needs of the county government. The county seat was moved to Kingston in 1830 in order to be closer to the geographic center of the county. Soon after, many citizens began to leave, and Washington was deserted by 1879. The post office in Washington was operated from 1824 to 1854.

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