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.
Published by Haunted America A Division of The History Press Charleston, SC 29403 www.historypress.net Copyright © 2011 by Mike Goodson All rights reserved Images courtesy of the author unless otherwise noted. First published 2011 e-book edition 2013 Manufactured in the United States ISBN 978.1.62584.157.5 Goodson, Mike. Haunted Etowah County, Alabama / Mike Goodson. p. cm. print edition ISBN 978-1-60949-360-8 1. Ghosts--Alabama--Etowah County. I. Title. BF1472.U6G663 2011
different rooms on this top floor. The strange sounds and feelings that were heard and felt in this room were so strong that no one would stay the night there. As the years slowly went by, the history of this room slowly faded into the history of Gadsden and Etowah County. As the years passed by and travelers arrived by train at the Printup, people would be given the key to this fateful room, although the strange occurrences always caused people to ask for another room. After the fire of 1929,
welcomed prominent visitors to Gadsden, including William Jennings Bryan, and was the site of many important announcements concerning Etowah County’s future is today a private business establishment. Does the “drummer” come back on occasion looking for the large roll of bills that he was carrying on this fateful night more than a century ago, or are all of these events only the figments of the imagination? THE CURIOUS GHOST Downtown Gadsden has had its share of ghost stories and tales of
Blankenship, striking him in the left shoulder. Blankenship returned fire, striking one suspect in the left arm, and then turned and exchanged shots with the other until his gun was empty. After the shooting, officer Blankenship returned to the saloon to check on the condition of his chief. A physician was summoned to attend to Chief Jenkins, and after making his examination, Dr. Wilson reported that Jenkins would not live much longer. Chief Jenkins died about fifteen minutes later. The two
himself. Pendergrast was buried at Forrest Cemetery. Wearing his familiar gray derby hat and smoking a large cigar, he drove out Broad Street to Twelfth Street and then to the cemetery on Chestnut Street, unconcerned and unafraid. P.J. Smith was the lone mourner at the grave. Legend has it that on unseasonably warm January afternoons you can hear the sounds of the lone horse’s hooves on the streets of downtown Gadsden and the song of P.J. Smith on his slow ride to Forrest Cemetery. THE