Gurney Manufacturing Company

Prattville, Alabama

BUILT: 1846
OPERATION TIME: 1846 to 1997
STATUS: Open as luxury condominiums


Gurney Manufacturing was opened as a cotton and textile mill in 1846. During the 1890s, a ten-year-old boy named Willie Youngblood fell down an elevator shaft to his death from the spinning room on the third floor that he worked at. Oddly, it is his mother that haunts the mill in search of her son. Workers have seen her shadowy apparition patrolling the rows of machines silently without interacting with people.

On several nights during the 1920s, she materialized to the workers of the spinning room where her son died as well as the first-floor living room. Many of the living operators watched her through the window as the distraught mother glided and disappeared across a pond. The Gurney Manufacturing Company is also believed to be haunted by a dye mixer named Moe.

In 1997, the company closed after more than one-hundred years in business. It is partially believed that Gurney Manufacturing Company was subject to arson in 2002, though it is unknown for sure.


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