Ghosts of Alabama's first Capital

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  1. LaserT

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    Cahaba, Alabama is now an uninhabited Ghost Town. It was the state capital of Alabama from 1820 to 1925. One of the major points of cotton distribution in the south, Cahaba was a major settlement for veterans of General Andrew Jackson campaign against the Creeks . Major rich political backers poured money into Cahaba and it's growth, including Congressman Gabriel Moore, New York Senator Rufus King and Alabama's second Governor, Thomas Bibb.
    The new city in the wilderness was modeled after the streets of Philadelphia and had one of the nicest Capitol buildings in the U.S., a two story massive building that was topped by a huge copper dome. Cahaba grew and as a major political and social scene in the south.
    The bustling city boasted...

    Political power houses
    Alabama riverside restaurants
    Major stores
    A state bank
    Numerous hotels
    Ferries
    Numerous physicians and lawyers
    Two newspapers

    Because of it's positioning to the Alabama river and the Cahaba rivers, it was at the mercy of floods. Major floods took it's tool on the once major city and the capital was moved to Tuscaloosa. Cahaba stayed on as a major cotton distributor but the city began to crumble. The Civil War and Abolition did the city in. During the war the Confederate goverment seized it's major railroad and big warehouses and turned them into prisons for over 3,000 Union soldiers.

    A big flood in 1865 put the once booming Cahaba out of it's misery. The prison was a lice and disease infested mess, the last government seats were moved out of the city and houses and businesses were abandoned right away as the city was turned into a marsh. A few years later freed slaves tried to resurrect Cahaba once again, but it fell into a ghost town shortly after.

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    Cahaba remains a still standing ghost town but a historical site...


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    Restored base of Cahaba's church
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    Old Mansion

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    Still standing Cahaba Cemetery.

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    What was left of the once bustling main street(Vine Street) by the late 1800's

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    Vine Street today.

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    Cahaba? It's around.
     
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    Satan retribution for slavery
     
  4. SouthernListen

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    If they only had federal flood insurance back then we could have rebuilt it several times by now.
     
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