The Sloss Furnaces
are undoubtedly the most famous and haunted place in the central Alabama
area. The story here is that for years a cruel foreman on the midnight
shift at the furnaces worked his men relentlessly under grueling conditions,
with temperatures often rising above 120 degrees. This resulted in
an unusual number of deaths on that shift, causing the company to eventually
do away with it altogether. Paranormal activity in this place
consists of sounds, temperature changes, feelings of being watched, and
streaks and orbs. At a recent concert at the furnaces, we managed
to get to a secluded walkway, and were surprised at the many orbs the camera
detected within the area. Sloss is a must-see for anyone interested
in paranormal occurrences, as it is fairly accessible through public events
held there, and it is seems to be something of a hotbed of paranormal activity.
Sloss Furnaces are in downtown
Birmingham off 1st Avenue North.
In 1865, while
riding in their carriage one morning, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Locklin witnessed
the apparitions of 12 Union horsemen in McConnico Cemetery. The couple swore
they had seen the victims of Confederate Soldier, Lafayette Seigler, because
of the bandages wrapped on each horseman's head. Seigler had ambushed
Northern patrols in this area, and after killing them would cut off their
ears. Intermittent sightings have occurred since that time, stretching over
more than100 years.
is located off I-84 and is situated on the banks of the Alabama River.
Interstate 65 was built over
sacred Indian burial grounds, and many believe that the ghosts of the Creek
Indians now haunt the highway that runs through the middle of their spiritual
home. In the 1830's, the Creeks were forced to leave this site, and
over 3,500 of them died on while attempting to reach their new home on a
Reservation in Oklahoma. Although this 40 mile stretch of highway
is even, straight, and well maintained, many are convinced that it is haunted.
Over the course of 6 years there have been 519 accidents, 23 deaths and
208 injuries on this one stretch of road. This high accident rate
on a straight stretch of road is probably no coincidence!
This portion of Interstate 65 is located in South Central Alabama between
Evergreen and Greenville. *Drive carefully!
Bass Cemetery in Irondale is an old, little known, and fairly neglected
cemetery in the Birmingham area. The locale is spooky, being out in
the woods with basically nothing nearby. Some of the graves
have been desecrated, and there are rumors that occult groups practice their
rituals there. The cemetery itself is at least 200 years old, and
there are Civil War soldiers and probably slaves buried there. Sketchy
reports of paranormal activity include noises, orbs, mists, and at least
partial manifestations of figures. The cemetery at this time
has a gate and is closed at night. I have had some complaints from
relatives that people are going in and vandalizing this cemetery at night.
Please have respect, people!
Bass cemetery is located
on Ruffner Road. From Roebuck Plaza, take Ruffner Road about 1 to
1.5 miles and look for a narrow dirt road on the south side of the highway.
The cemetery is maybe 150 yards down this rather rough dirt road.
sounds of fiddle music can still be heard inside the shelter built over
Grancer Harrison's tomb. Grancer was a cotton farmer who built a large
house on land bordering the Pea River. Nothing gave him more joy than
to invite his neighbors over for square dances and barbeques. In fact,
he loved dancing so much that he requested that when he died, he be laid
out on his old feather bed adorned in his dancing shoes and clothes.
Before death, he made a brick tomb large enough to house his feather bed
then built a wooden shelter over it for protection. To this day people
still report the sounds of his lively fiddle music emanating from inside
of the structure.
is in south Alabama, just outside Kinston, and on the opposite side of Cripple
Creek at the junction of Highways 52 and 189.
Moundville is a 1,000 year old Indian village consisting of 26 earthen mounds
arranged in a rectangular shape. Not much is known about the civilization
that occupied this territory, but at one point it was one of the largest
city populations in North America. Thousands of burials took place
there, some of which may have been within the mounds, but most of which
are situated on the surrounding grounds. This is an area that
is packed with noticeable energy from the
moment you drive into the site, and reports of many different kinds
of occurrences have been reported here, including unusual lights and sounds,
mists, orbs, and cold spots. We personally visited this spot recently
during the annual Indian festival, and the energy was literally palpable.
Because of this, Moundville is a site that after a little more research
we will probably upgrade to a portal site (see Other Dimensions for more
information). There are campsites available within the park grounds,
and campers have access to the mounds and surrounding areas at night, making
this an incredible opportunity for those interested in experiencing the
energy of a strongly kinetic place in an "up-close and personal" way.
Archeological Park is located 14 miles south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Highway
69, with clear signage from both directions on Interstate 20/59.