By Mike Goodson
Located alongside the Coosa River, Etowah County's background is intertwined with the twists and turns of this flowing water. And although the currents of the Coosa shift on a daily basis, a few furniture of the river can't aid yet stay. it truly is stated that famed riverboat captain James M. Elliott Jr. haunts the Coosa's banks, nonetheless blasting the whistle from the Magnolia, his steam engine greater than a century previous. however the river is not the in simple terms a part of Etowah County that continues to be populated by way of spirits prior. sign up for neighborhood writer and ghost travel consultant Mike Goodson on a chilling trip via Gadsden, Attalla and the remainder of Etowah County as he recounts the haunted historical past of the sector. This eerie assortment deals the definitive advisor to ghostly task in Etowah County.
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Upon technique, the riverboats might sign with a noisy blast from their whistle for the attendant to open the bridge. The early railroad bridge around the Coosa River. a lady in black used to be visible the following on many events. With the hole of this new bridge, jobs have been created for bridge attendants. An attendant used to be stationed at both sides of the bridge to control the site visitors around the bridge. Pedestrians, in addition to horses and buggies, have been allowed to exploit the bridge. The bridge attendants have been signaled through oncoming site visitors.
THE MAGNOLIA’S ARRIVAL Gadsden started to develop at a quick velocity through the years following the Civil warfare, due tremendously to the trade at the Coosa River. The river is shaped at Rome, Georgia, via a junction of the Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers, which stream to Gadsden and directly to Wetumpka. a big course of trade among Rome and Green’s Port, Gadsden grew to become very busy in the course of the past due 1800s. The steamboats have been an immense technique of transportation for either passengers and items. An air of pleasure often stuffed the town while one of many riverboats could arrive on the wharf at the west financial institution of the river.
Legend has it that on unseasonably hot January afternoons you could pay attention the sounds of the lone horse’s hooves at the streets of downtown Gadsden and the tune of P. J. Smith on his gradual trip to Forrest Cemetery. THE TURRENTINE resort through the early days surrounding the founding of the town of Gadsden, this zone used to be little greater than a pioneer village. whereas Gabriel and Joseph Hughes have been making plans, and with Lewis Rhea and John S. Moragne surveying town of Gadsden, a vital kinfolk was once making plans to make this quarter their domestic.
The big skating rink that was once initially positioned on the lake was once equipped as an open-air rink yet was once later glassed in so it may be used 12 months around. the nice orator William Jennings Bryan made a public conversing visual appeal the following. The 1910 Etowah County soccer squad met Disque highschool at the gridiron a number of instances at Elliott Lake Park. The lake additionally had a theater that confirmed many well known videos through the years. the electrical streetcars might make targeted runs whilst a film was once displaying to come motion picture consumers to Gadsden and Attalla.
The realm of Gadsden that was once referred to as Pulltight was once situated close to the intersection of the “Big Road,” which later turned referred to as 12th road, and the Tuscaloosa street. The Tuscaloosa highway was once an early stagecoach course that undergone the Gadsden region. This intersection was often called Foster’s go Roads, so named simply because normal Ira Foster had a two-story colonial domestic on Tuscaloosa, halfway among 12th road and Black Creek. the most a part of Pulltight through the 1870s and mid-1880s may later develop into the house of the Elliott vehicle Works.