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Haunted Locations

Haunted Locations Presents Alabama

In the southeastern United States lies the state of Alabama. From its' 1,300 miles of waterways to the mountains of Huntsville, this state has had an interesting history and is now known as the cradle of the civil rights movement. The NPS Haunted Locations Department takes you on a journey into the interesting haunts of this versatile 22nd state of the union.

We start with the city of Mobile. The city of Mobile holds the only saltwater port in the state and was a very important trading route between the Native Americans and the French. It also is home to our fist location; Fort Conde.

He said that an oak tree would grow out of his grave to prove his innocence. An oak tree did eventually sprout from his grave and people say they hear whispering and strange noises coming from it, surely a fantastic place to investigate while visiting one of the state's most southern cities.

Located at 111 S Royal Street, Fort Conde was built in 1723 by the French along the Mobile River. It is an impressive structure and also served as an important exploration hub for the region. It was taken by the British in 1763 and then by the United States allied with Spain in 1780. It was dismantled in 1820 due to growing disrepair. In the 1970's, it was restored to 1/3 its original glory and now serves as the visitor center for the city. Within the walls are stories of paranormal activity. It seems the staff of the gift shop reports hearing loud noises coming from upstairs when no one is there. Others report hearing disembodied voices at various locations within the structure. A must see stop on any Mobile visit. Our next location within this city is the Church Street Graveyard.

The Church Street Graveyard was acquired in 1819 by the city. It was formerly an old colonial graveyard and is well-known for its intricate gravestone designs. The most famous haunting in the cemetery is that of Charles Boyington. Charles was publicly hanged for a murder he said he did not commit.

Driving north on interstate 65 we make our way to Covington County and the small town of Red Level. In a town with a population of only 486 lies Consolation Church. The stories associated with the little Consolation Church, if true, are stranger than fiction, filled with death and destruction.

According to writer John Jeong, the Consolation Church stood in a forest between the

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