Haunted Etowah County, Alabama (Haunted America)
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Situated along the Coosa River, Etowah County's history is intertwined with the twists and turns of this flowing water. And though the currents of the Coosa shift every day, some fixtures of the river cannot help but remain. It is said that famed riverboat captain James M. Elliott Jr. haunts the Coosa's banks, still blasting the whistle from the Magnolia, his steam engine more than a century old. But the river isn't the only part of Etowah County that remains populated by spirits past. Join local author and ghost tour guide Mike Goodson on a chilling journey through Gadsden, Attalla and the rest of Etowah County as he recounts the haunted history of the region. This eerie collection offers the definitive guide to ghostly activity in Etowah County.
stories are about people who have reached out from beyond the grave to help others in need. Are these ghostly reminders of spirits who refuse to rest, or are they the product of overactive imaginations? Did you hear that? Now I know those were footsteps! PART I COOSA RIVER LEGENDS For more than 185 years, the Coosa River has brought the lifeblood into what is today known as Etowah County. While this river brought the first Native Americans to the area, and later the flatboats and
roads in this small suburban area of Etowah County. Strange noises have also been heard here on quiet, late nights, and unusual things have been seen here on nights with a full moon. For more than 135 years, the “Legend of Happy Hill” has been told and retold. Is this only an urban legend, a story fabricated to be told around a late-night campfire, or is this the account of a revenue agent searching for the one who took his life at such an early age? THE GHOSTS OF PULLTIGHT The original
Prediction of Destruction The Haunted School The Ghost at Station No. 4 Haunted Potter’s Field The Haunted Circus Grounds A Ghostly Rivalry PART IV. ATTALLA The Haunted Saloon The Haunted Railroad Attalla’s Haunted Bridge PART V. ETOWAH COUNTY GHOSTS Crudup’s Haunted Hotel The Crybaby Bridge The Horror of Happy Hill The Ghosts of Pulltight The Ghost of Camp Sibert Giant Fish, Monsters and UFOs The Ghost at the Falls The Spirits of Ball Play and Turkey Town Concluding Thoughts
disappear until the next time his talents were needed. He would always show up smoking his corncob pipe and singing his spirituals, rarely carrying on a conversation with any of the other dock workers. On rare occasion, one of the other workers would try his hand against the giant either out of anger or simple adventure. This was usually answered by Sam tossing the other roustabout into the shallow water of the Coosa River. For many years Big Sam would answer the steamboat’s whistle and come to
With the opening of this new bridge, jobs were created for bridge attendants. An attendant was stationed at each side of the bridge to regulate the traffic across the bridge. Pedestrians, as well as horses and buggies, were allowed to use the bridge. The bridge attendants were signaled by oncoming traffic. With the coming of the first automobile to the Etowah County area, an increased flow of traffic was seen using this structure. A ramp was constructed near Cox Lake in east Gadsden for