According to local lore, there have been 68 deaths to take place on Jack Cole Road, which has been called the most haunted roadway in the State, located outside the small town of Hayden in Blount County, Alabama. Most of these came as the result of a cholera outbreak around the turn of the last century, when a hospital—let’s put that in quotations; “hospital”—sat at the end of the road. Then there was an old woman who died, and it was a few years before anybody discovered her body. She was declared a “witch” by local folklore. There have been reports of murders, suicides, and unexplained disappearances taking place along the road. Most intriguingly, people have claimed to have sighted a Dogman. Thus reads the folklore.
I tried to verify all this. I was able to confirm that a cholera outbreak did occur, although I couldn’t find documentation that patients had ever been housed on the road. As for all the other stuff, I couldn’t find any independent documentation for any of it. It all comes from sources chronicling “haunted” locations.
This past weekend, I visited Jack Cole Road. The tales of a long, winding road leading into deep woods are horseshit. The road is unpaved and does lead into the woods, yes, but it’s short, terminating in some dude’s driveway. I didn’t see the Dogman. If one was ever there, I expect it has left the area. I would have. The only thing frightening I saw out there was a singlewide trailer with a huge Trump flag hanging outside. Severely haunted? I don’t know. The person with me, a sensitive, picked up on nothing. Was there ever a hospital there? I don’t know. Ghosts? Werewolves? I don’t know. Gun-totin’, tobaccer-chewin’ Rednecks? That I can swear to.