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Abandoned historic school, buildings in Eastaboga, Ala.

Last night, I came across some old photos of an abandoned school and other buildings from Talladega County, Ala., and decided to share. They showcase one of the numerous rural Alabama settlements that are little more than ghost towns, remnants of days gone by. Don’t get me wrong, there are still people living in Eastboga in pretty homes with well-kept lawns … but its glory days appear to be behind it.

Old Eastaboga School in Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)

Eastaboga, a small unincorporated community near the Calhoun county line, is one of those areas we find where abandoned buildings are plentiful, evidence of a once-thriving town. Eastaboga was settled in the 1850s as McFall. It was incorporated in 1898 and unincorporated in 1901 after only three years as a city. The post office closed in 1906.

According to the book “The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States,” by Henry Gannett, the name was originally spelled Estaboga, which is a Muscogee word for “where the people reside.”

Building in Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)

I couldn’t find history of the old school, which has been abandoned for years.  

Rivers Langley posted a photo of an abandoned property on the community’s Wikipedia page, saying it is the old Jemison House and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hopefully, it can be saved.

The Jemison House in Eastaboga, Ala. (Rivers Langley | Wikimedia Commons)
Old Eastaboga School in Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)
Old Eastaboga School in Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)
Old building in Eastaboga, Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)
Historical marker in Eastaboga, Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)
Old building in Eastaboga, Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)
Old building in Eastaboga, Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)
Old building in Eastaboga, Talladega County, Ala. (Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com)

3 thoughts on “Abandoned historic school, buildings in Eastaboga, Ala.”

  1. When I was growing up in Stemley, (right down the road and due south west) back in the 1970 and 1980s , that school was thriving with kids. It probably is still registered as a Talladega county school, but closed when the army left .
    Oh, and there are at least a thousand Old Jenison houses in all of Talladega county. 😂

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