Portlock, Alaska in Kenai Peninsula County was named after Captain Nathaniel Portlock, a member of the Royal Navy, who landed in Alaska in August, 1787. However, Spain and Russia owned the land all the way up until 1867, when the United States purchased it.
Cicero, Kansas was founded some time during the late 1800s, lying just four miles north and two miles east of Wellington, Kansas in Sumner County. Originally, it had two wooden grain elevators, a town hall, around four houses, and a store with a post office. A one-room school house was located 1/2 mile west of Cicero.
In the northeast corner of the town, Tampa, Kansas has a Santa Fe Trail marker and a pointer to ruts created by the wagons of pioneers who were trying to get to California during its gold rush. The old grade school, despite being in near-ruin, was a spectacular sight in its day. In the 2000 census, Tampa’s population was 144.
Located in the ancient Italian town of Vestini, the ghost town Aveia has a few remaining buildings still standing. Paintings inside of the church date back to the 12th century. In 1902, a 3rd-century inscription was found in the town.
During the 1920s, Brownville was an extremely active town. Now, it is a haunted ghost town with only one remain building: the old church. Those who visit the town say you can hear the sound of children laughing from the church’s nursery.
Cahaba was selected to be Alabama’s state capitol on November 21st, 1818. By 1820, the town was thriving with large buildings inside of it. However, in 1825, Cahaba was struck by a major flood five years later that destroyed the state house. The catastrophe is attributed to being part of the low elevation of the area, as well as the fact that the two rivers surrounding Cahaba had a reputation of overflowing. Due to the disaster-proneness of the area, Alabama’s capital was changed to Tuscaloosa in January 1826.
After years of being semi-successful, the town began to fall apart. By 1930, only a handful of the original buildings were left. The town, no longer inhabited, is now an important archaeological site, and visitors may still go to it. Cahaba has been the setting of several ghost stories during the 19th and 20th centuries, among the true stories being that of a ghostly orb appearing in the now-demolished garden maze at the former home of C. C. Pegues.