Spanish moss dangles from trees and blows in the wind – an eerie reminder of the life that once thrived in Cahaba, Alabama. The former state capital is now a ruin, you see, with markers for the homes, church, courthouse and businesses that stood here in the 19th century. Yes, nowadays Cahaba is a ghost town – and one with lots of frightening stories to tell, too.
It’s worth noting, however, that debate rages about exactly what constitutes a ghost town. Some believe, for instance, that such places shouldn’t have any remnants of the buildings that once stood there. Others say, by contrast, that a settlement isn’t deemed worthy of being called a ghost town if it doesn’t contain clear ruins.