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Have you ever observed a ghost at the former Dallas Mill area in Huntsville at night?

Dallas Cotton Mill, in Huntsville, Alabama burned in the summer of 1991. It operated from 1892 to 1949 and ghost stories about a man wandering the site still linger.


Dallas Mills was a manufacturer of cotton sheeting. The company was chartered in 1890 by T.B. Dallas, and began operation in 1892 as Alabama’s largest cotton mill, manufacturing sheeting. In 1891 the company announced that the Dallas Cotton Mill was to be located in Huntsville. At the time Huntsville’s population at that time was 7,995 citizens.

Closing hour, Saturday noon, at Dallas Mill. Every child in photos worked in that mill in 1910 when photographed by Lewis Wickes HinePeople working in Dallas Mills3 1910People working in Dallas Mills2 1910

People working in Dallas Mills 1910

Homes, Medical care, Churches were provided

The mill village extended from Oakwood Avenue, South to O’Shaughnessy Avenue, and West to Dallas Avenue. Employees were provided homes, medical care, churches, library, lodge building, YMCA, concerts, a kindergarten, and schools.People working in Dallas Mills6 1910People working in Dallas Mills5 1910People working in Dallas Mills4 1910

Genesco Shoe Company owned the Mill until 1985

The mill closed in 1949. Dallas Village was incorporated into Huntsville six years later in 1955. Genesco Shoe Company then used the mill building for a distribution operation until 1985. After that the mill was vacant until the building was destroyed by a fire on July 24, 1991 that lasted three days.

Ghost Stories persist

A ghost story persists that at the time of the fire there was a homeless man that was living in the vacant building. It is said that his ghost is seen in the area at night. His footsteps were heard in the halls of the old mil and his face was seen peering out of the windows.

Another story is told that a man died while he was cleaning the smokestacks and his ghost has been seen in the shadows as he wanders around the area at night.

Dallas Cotton Mill
Dallas Cotton Mill, Huntsville, Alabama

Here is an old map of the village. Dallas Mill village map.

Today, the site of the old mill is being revitalized and homes are being renovated in the former Dallas Mills area. Many commercial developments have also opened new businesses in the once busy location.

SOURCE

  1. Wikepedia.org
  2. Library of Congress

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  2. Vicki Chandler

    Stop posting so many interesting articles. I am going to be late for work today!

    1. LOL – I’m sorry – Hope you made it to work on time.

  3. Sue Wilbanks Presnall

    Some of my family worked in this mill. I remember it very well.

  4. Susan Lambeth Bryan

    Its a shame we can’t get a good sheet to sleep on anymore. Most are made in china now and its like sleeping on sand paper .

  5. Sherron Hayes

    LOL VICKI Chandler…. Good thing I’m retired!!!!!

    1. You can accept it as a part of history in the South, or skip the story.

  6. Emily McDaniel

    I miss that place. I remember it burning a ashes as big as my head landing in my dad’s yard.

  7. My maternal grandparents, great-aunt and Uncle and kids left TN mountains and came by muke and wagon to Huntsville to work in Dallas Mill. Anither if my great-aunts lived in the “mill village” on Oskwood until she passed away in the 70’s.

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