LIST: 5 northern Alabama ghost towns

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Ghosts aren’t just ghosts or spooks for the Halloween season!

There are over 50 ghost towns in Alabama. Most of them were deserted, neglected or submerged. News 19 brought you a list of 5 northern Alabama ghost towns.


Located in Colbert County, Bainbridge was established in 1819. Although little is known about the town, historians know that it was dissolved after being submerged by Lake Wilson.


Once a bustling mining town in Dekalb County, Battelle was dissolved in the early 20th century. It is said that after the quality and quantity of the mineral deposits declined, the Lookout Mountain Iron Company, headed by Colonel John Gordon Battelle, put the furnace on hold. The houses were slowly liquidated and in 1905 the kiln was dismantled and sent to India. His son Gordon inherited $4 million upon his death, which the young Battelle bequeathed to the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.


About two miles from Hollywood, in Jackson County, Bellefonte is home to the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station (BLN). The factory is abandoned and unfinished. However, there was an attempt to complete the reactors between 2008 and 2021. TVA agreed to sell the reactors to Nuclear Development, but was unsuccessful.

Tennessee Valley Authority’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Hollywood, Ala. TVA’s Board of Directors is expected to decide in August 2011 whether to proceed with the completion of Bellefonte Unit 1. Construction of the plant began in 1974 but halted in 1988 in response to declining growth in electricity demand, according to TVA. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

mountain mills

Founded in 1872, the community of Mountain Mills was built to house a cotton mill to mass-produce yarn and fabric. During the Civil War, the Globe Factory in Florence was burnt down and rebuilt as the Cypress Mill, which closed in 1886. That same year, the Mountain Mill Company began operations under the ownership of WH Cherry & Co. They produced yarn that was sold in Philadelphia. , New York and Providence. The community included the mill, a church and a school. In 1893 the factory closed and the machinery was moved to the Cherry Cotton Mill.


Located in Colbert County, Riverton was established in the 1840s. The Pickwick Dam was built in the 1930s and operated by TVA. To complete construction of the dam and reservoir, approximately 12,600 acres had to be cleared. So in the late 1930s the town of Riverton (and parts of Waterloo, Alabama) was flooded to clear the area. The only thing left of the town is the cemetery.

  • LIST: 5 northern Alabama ghost towns
  • LIST: 5 northern Alabama ghost towns
  • LIST: 5 northern Alabama ghost towns


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