CAHAWBA, Dallas Co.,
Located at the end of State Highway (SH) 9, 3.5 miles southeast of a point nine miles southwest of Selma on SH 22.
When Alabama was established as a state in 1819, the
search for an ideal location to establish a capital city lead to the confluence
of the Cahaba and Alabama rivers. The
centerpiece of the
A listing of the various sessions of the state legislature that convened in Cahawba include:
o October 25 - December 17 Huntsville
o November 6 - December 21 Cahawba
· Special called session 1821
o June 4-18 Cahawba
o November 5 - December 19 Cahawba
o November 18 - January 1 Cahawba
o November 17 - December 31 Cahawba
o November 15 - December 25 Cahawba
o November 21 - January 14 Cahawba
o November 20 - January 13 Tuscaloosa
Realizing that the site
was susceptible to flooding, the state legislature voted to move the capital,
and in 1826 it was relocated to
In 1864, a 2000-man prisoner of war camp was located here. Neither Cahawba nor the P.O.W. camp lasted much longer as Union troops routed protecting Confederate troops, and Cahawba's townsfolk buried their wealth, shuttered their windows and waited for the human storm to approach. They watched nearby Selma get reduced to a smoking ember, but before Union troops could arrive in Cahawba, a third flood destroyed the city.
That was it.
The citizens packed up and left, abandoning the town. The county seat was transferred to Selma, and Cahawba was a memory.
Today it is a rubbled site, and part of a state-owned
This was our Ghost Town of the Month for February 2005.
This is one of the towns featured in my newest book, GHOST TOWNS: Yesterday & TodayTM.
This historic site also has its own website at: Old Cahawba.com
· SW¼ Sec 32, T16N, R10E
· Latitude: 32.3168056 / 32° 19 01 N
· Longitude: -87.1013793 / 87° 06 05 W
Also visit: Ghost Town
Ghost Towns of ALABAMA
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FIRST POSTED: February 03, 2005
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