Elyton Land Company

The Elyton Land Company – Part 1

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I was planning on writing a short article on the Elyton Land Company, but as I started digging through the stacks, I realized that this is better suited to a series of articles – with some being more extensive than others.  So here is the first bit about the founding of the corporation that built Birmingham, Alabama.   The Elyton Land Company is the company that was formed to found and promote the new city of Birmingham, Alabama.  It was organized on January 26, 1871, which could be considered the city’s birthday.   The Founding Fathers of the city were a diverse group and will be covered in later posts, but they were all in some way connected to the railroad that was being proposed through the Jones Valley (where Birmingham is now).  In 1870 several of them gathered in Mr Josiah Morris’s bank in Montgomery and proposed to purchase land in the area, and through various deals managed to buy 4,150 acres of land – small portions of which have never been developed and are now owned by The Real Estate Company of the South (the successor of the Elyton Land Company).  All of this land was transferred to the control of Josiah Morris.   December 20, 1870 the following notice was recorded The State of Alabama, Jefferson County — To the Probate Judge of said County: The undersigned respectfully represent unto your honor that they have formed an association for buying lands and selling lots with a view […]

Personal Stuff


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I’m terribly sorry for not getting the Birmingham history post up yesterday as scheduled. There was a bit of personal trauma, because the dog my best friend and I raised from a pup passed away yesterday…. There is an explanation of the cause on my personal Facebook page if anyone is intrested.   I should get the delayed post up this afternoon…   Rest In Peace, Cutie.  You were a good dog.

Tour Info

Winter Tour

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The Ghost Walk Winter Tour is a shorter (one hour) version that acts as a preview of the upcoming 2018 season, and includes a discount code that can be used off the full length tours. It is a bit less than a mile and includes bits and elements of all three of the upcoming Ghost Walks, a bit of the Taverns and Brothels tour, and a bit of the Civil Rights Experience. Wolfgang

Misc Notes

(12/2/2017) Site rebuild

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We are engaged in a total site demolition and rebuild. The new site will be more informative and dynamic for all guests to learn about all of our offerings. Please bear with us during this process and check back often during the process. Thank You Wolfgang


(7/11/17) Tour Updates

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The default tour is the Birmingham Ghost Walk – Hotels, Churches, & Riots Tour, and is the one that is generally available every single evening. The other tours are scattered throughout the month and have varying availability. Please click on the “Book Now” button and sort by calendar to see the total months worth of events or you can sort by item and save when a specific event is available.   We are currently working on the final details of the Civil Rights Experience and will be scheduling it shortly. The various history tours are going as planned and will be scheduled during this month also.   Thank you   Wolfgang