The Flop House

When there were no rooms available at the old Goldville hotel, guests were told they could "flop" in the "lean-to" for the night. Nothing remains of either structure. 

Alabama Gold, pp. 48-58 of Lost Towns:

Arbacoochee, Gold Rush town, Devil's Backbone and others.



Author contact information:
Peggy Jackson Walls

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Publisher: the History Press, Charleston, S. C.



​Author: Peggy Jackson Walls

​Thank you for purchasing one or both books!

I appreciate your interest in Alabama history that includes stories of America's first gold rushes. Mining towns like Goldville sprang up overnight in the mid-1840s, where thousands of miners and their families lived, then disappeared as quickly as they had come. They joined the California Gold Rush in 1848, abandoning mining towns like Goldville. With no one to maintain the stores, hotel, and residences, they became ghost towns, with only the name and a few diggings to suggest one of America's first gold rushes ever took place in the surrounding hills and streams. A crossroad, a store, highway sign, and  approximately 50 households remain. Still residents of the little ghost town have much to boast of with their gold mining history and claim to having once had the largest post office deliveries of any other town in the state.  

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