(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

Looking for the history of this little ghost town in North Alabama. Can you help?

Sweetums and I moved a few months ago from mid-city Huntsville, Ala. (near Village of Providence) to rural Madison County, about 12 miles out into the country. We have an acre lot and we’re surrounded by farms and we love to drive around and get accustomed to our new surroundings. Recently, we came across a little ghost town about three miles from the house. It’s more of a crossroads, really, but there were several buildings so we were curious as to what this used to be. The buildings were at the intersection of Old Railroad Bed Road and Baites Road.

Old Railroad Bed Road, as the name implies, did once follow a rail line, the Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway, so it’s likely the little store was just a whistle stop. None of the rail line remains. I did discover mention of a former community known as Dan that had a store but the online history said all the buildings except a house and grist mill were destroyed by a 1913 tornado. So was this little store (likely once a general-store-post-office combination) part of Dan or another community? If you have any info, please email kellykazek@kellykazek.com.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy our photos.

The old store and another building at the corner of Baites and Old Railroad Bed roads in Toney, Ala. Remember this is private property and view from the road. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
The old store at the corner of Baites and Old Railroad Bed roads in Toney, Ala. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
The old store and another building at the corner of Baites and Old Railroad Bed roads in Toney, Ala. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
This is an old ghost town (crossroads, really) in what is now Toney, Madison County, Alabama. This view looks down Baites Road from the interesection at Old Railroad Bed Road. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
Buildings along Baites Road behind the old store. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
As I mentioned above, this is private property so DO NOT TRESPASS. Buildings are visible from the road. This truck is located in front of an old house several yards down Baites Road from the store. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
An old house on Old Railroad Bed Road near Baites Road. Love the old red door. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
Another old house. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
An old house on Old Railroad Bed Road near Baites Road. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
Just for funsies, a look at some of our adorable new neighbors, a mama and baby fuzzy cow! They are called Scottish Highlands. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)
Another adorable cow. (Photo by Kelly Kazek)

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