Trussville Civitan - Alabama's First Cache
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Trussville Civitan Park.
The first Cache in the Grand ol' State of Alabama, and only the 294th cache ever listed on geocaching.com.
It was originally hidden by WJ ( http://bit.ly/WN4zxv ) has been maintained over the years by Bubbacache, TheAlabamaRambler, and now by Wheresdib.
The cache is located just outside the boundary of Trussville Civitan Park near the foundation remains of the early-1900s Jefferson County Prison Work Camp.
If you have any trouble call Ed, TheAlabamaRambler, at 205-914-6814 from 7 a.m. to midnight.
The entire park is open to the public. The partial fence and gates along the highway side are to block car access from construction zones while the new Veterans Memorial obelisk is installed and the park is remodeled.
Warning! Watch for ghosts if you hunt this at night!
Trussville Civitan Bridge is a few hundred feet from the cache. This is a haunted place with a very dark history!
The story goes that in the winter of 1802 two young lovers lived nearby and met when they could at this bridge. Their families were rivals who absolutely despised one another, and thus the young couple was forbidden from meeting. Young love is much to be reckoned with, however, and they found a secret way to get together.
The girl, a beautiful brunette at the age of 20, was named Belle Victors. Her beau Dominic Kingsley, a strong and handsome man, was 21.
The couple developed a signaling method for their forbidden night-time meetings. When they were to meet one of them would light a candle lamp near the center of the bridge. When the other saw the lamp burning they would soon endeavor to meet at 'the spot'.
Things started to get rough for Belle - food was scarce, and Dominic’s family and hers were fighting worse than ever. So one dreadfully stormy night she went off to light the lamp. Despite the foul weather she wanted to see and hold her lover, and perhaps forget life's travails if just for a while. While bending over to place a candle in the lamp she lost her balance and fell from the bridge. Moments later she had drowned.
Dominic saw the lit lamp and hurried to their secret spot. He waited there for hours, but Belle never showed. Disappointed and thinking that she had been called back home he too went home for the night.
Next morning her body was found downstream by a fisherman. Wearing her simple white dress, her icy blue eyes were open, seemingly staring, as if looking for her lover left behind.
When Dominic heard this news he rushed to her body. Inconsolable, he felt that his life was over. His soul-mate was gone. Later that night he went to the bridge, lit a single white candle, and hung himself.
Thus ends the tragic story of two young lovers who’s lives ended too soon.
Or does it?
Since that terrible night numerous accounts of ghostly activities have been reported. At night you may see a woman in a white dress wandering the river's edge. If you try to talk to her she disappears, but one thing is always reported to be the same... people who have seen her spirit all speak of her hauntingly beautiful icy blue eyes.
Dominic's ghost is a bit scarier than Belle's. Reports of his ghost tell us that on stormy nights you will see a pale young man lighting a white candle near the center of the bridge. When spoken to he will turn to face you, only to reveal a black void where his eyes should be. Then, like his lost love, he vanishes.
Many strange things have been reported here. Voices can be heard, dim lights have been seen, screams have been heard, crying has been heard, and sometimes, late at night when couples are on the bridge they look over the railing into the water and see a ghostly woman looking up from the bottom of the river, staring forever with those icy blue eyes at what might have been.
You may also want to log the Waymark for this location at http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM29D9_Happy_Hollow_District_Bridge_Trussville_Alabama
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Last Updated: on 5/11/2013 4:33:56 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:33 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum