Ghost towns in Alabama are a popular subject for more reasons than you may think. For instance, it is often required that we survey an abandoned property or ghost town in order to recreate a past event in order to help determine if the event could have actually occured as described in old newspaper articles or testimony of witnesses.
St James Hotel in Selma Alabama Considered Most Haunted Place in Alabama
The St James Hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted places in all of Alabama. Located in the town of Selma, Alabama, the residents and many visitors to this particular establishment have issued several accounts of hauntings and paranormal events that have occurred. It is believed that a few different spirits enjoy spending their time in the building – in the afterlife. Two of the apparent hauntings that are said to occur include that of the popular outlaw, Jesse James, as well as his girlfriend, Lucinda, that stayed at the hotel one night. Several guests have reported seeing the spirits of Jesse James and his girlfriend, Lucinda.
Battelle Alabama was a thriving mining community at the turn of the century, having spread out to the base of Lookout Mountain, five miles north of Valley Head, Alabama. Now, the forest has taken over, and no buildings remain in what was Battelle. Ruins include scattered bricks, rotted lumber, and a few pieces of metal.
Claiborne is a ghost town on a bluff above the Alabama River in Monroe County, Alabama.
Situated near the Federal Road, Claiborne began during the Mississippi Territory period with a ferry over the river.
The romantic version of the Vine and Olive Colony is based in American mythology about the frontier and the “can-do” spirit of the pioneers. According to folklore, in 1817 exiled French military aristocrats loyal to the recently-deposed Emperor Napoleon founded the Vine and Olive Colony at the confluence of the Tombigbee and Black Warrior Rivers.
A lady in Bayview left the wedding altar and while crossing the Bayview Bridge in Jefferson County Alabama, her car crashed through the guard rail. Legend says her ghost walks the bridge in search of the groom. Other versions:
One of the most popular versions of the story revolves around a young woman who had hired a dressmaker for her wedding during the 1940s. The girl walked to the dressmaker for her final fitting, but on her way home she was attacked by a pack of wild dogs, killing her and leaving her spirit to roam the bridge for eternity. Another claims she was driving after the wedding with her husband when she crashed into a guard rail, killing them both and prompting her ghost to endlessly search for the groom.