44 imagesGhost towns of Alabama. Photos shot for the New York Times. I visited Cahaba AL, South of Selma, on west side of Alabama River. Off Alabama Hwy 22. P REMAINS: Ruins, monument, cemetery First Alabama State Capital 1820-1826. Site of Castle Morgan Prison during Civil War The town died after 1860 from flooding and yellow fever. Claiborne AL, South of US Hwy 84 on east bank of Alabama River. Exhibits at Perdue Hill REMAINS: One old home and cemetery, old stage coach road Settled about 1811 around Fort Claiborne when Federal Road was extended southwest to St. Stevens. Once a sizable river boat town and home to notable politicians of the era. Claiborne had a population of 2500 when visited by General Marquis de LaFayette in 1825. Home still standing of US congressman James Dellet built around 1841. Home of Colonel William B. Travis of Alamo fame and town hall in which LaFayette was entertained has been relocated about 4 miles east to Perdue Hill on US Hwy 84. Claiborne died with the loss of Steamboat traffic in early 1900's. St. Stephens AL Off US Hwy 43 north of Mobile near Leroy Alabama, on west bank of Tombigbee River. Paved road to town of St. Stephens old town and fort is dirt road. There is now an historical/recreational park there. They have a web site at http://www.oldststephens.com/visit_st_stephens.htm REMAINS: Ruins of Fort, reservoir, monument and graveyard, Fort erected by Spanish in 1769 came into possession of US in 1802. Government Land office 1807. First Territorial Capital of Alabama Territory 1817. Newly developing park 1998.