Bayview Bridge, Minor, Ala

by Cassandra West
(Mulga, alabama, jefferson cty)

The old Bayview bridge was a cast-iron bridge, over a man made lake. Before the bridge was rebuilt many years ago, a school bus crashed and was taken hostahe ny the lake. Noone survived. Many wrecks have happened on thay bridge since then. Not too far from the lake, a bulding caught fire amd leaked into the lake. Killd al form of life and was later replinished. Not only that, the entire city of Bayview, now considered Mulga, is on top of old mining grounds. Unmarked graves rest around Nayview dam. stories of glowing lights and voices have been reported from hunters from the town. To top all of that, there is a cemetary, Village Falls Cemetary, there are headstones marked from as early as the 1700s. The giant tree in the center was used for KKK members to hang slaves on. Noone has been brave enough to stay there after dark.


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Jun 28, 2014
Get Your Facts Straight NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't know where some people get their information. Phyliss Carver's funeral service WAS held at the Church in Freewill and not the community center in Bayview. How do I know? I was there. I was also at her house when her casket was there for visitors.I belonged to a small kids group at the community center when I was a child called "the sunbeams" (It was never a church-They sometimes held live plays there that had nothing to do with religion. Sheriff Clemon's little office was close to it. On the otgher side of the sheriffs office was the opening to Bayview mine which had played out years before. we boys used to go down aways pretending to be miners. The brick house on the hill up from the commissary was a doctors office where I received my first vaccination.When Phyliss was killed her teacher was Mrs. Hamrick at Bayview Elementary. My teacher was Mrs. Patrick.My father was on the search party looking for Phyliss. She was dropped at the Ensley Theater by her movie to see the movie "Angels With Dirty Faces". Her mother and younger sister went on to see another movie in Fairfield.I can take you to the exact spot where her body was found. I remember her parents were in an awful way at the funeral (which was natural) my father was one of the men who walked from the church in Freewill to the grave-site with her father.

May 28, 2014
PLEASE have a bit of respect... NEW
by: Anonymous

Phyllis Carver was BURIED at FreeWill Cemetery in West Jefferson, but her funeral was NOT held at the church there. Her funeral was held in a TCI company building that was serving as the church in Bayview at the time. This church was located next to the current parking lot across from the Bayview ball park. If you face the old Bayview Store while standing in the road between the ball park and the parking lot, there is a two foot high concrete foundation to your immediate right that joins onto the parking lot, and this is the foundation of the old church building. Because there were two congregations, Methodist and Baptist, but only ONE building, the Meth and Bapt met together every week, and swapped preachers each week. one week, the meth pastor would preach, and the next week, the Bapt preacher -would preach. This went on until TCI closed the mines, and the Baptist church purchased their current building, and the Methodist built their current building.

That is a great community...It has really changed in the past ten years because all of the original people have all moved away or died and those who move into the homes do not have quite as much pride as they did so many of the homes look trashy...but I STILL love it !

May 02, 2014
PHYLISS CARVER NEW
by: Dennis Smith

I went to school with Phyliss Carver. She was one grade ahead of me. I was also at her funeral in West Jefferson (Freewill Baptist Church and cemetery). The story of the young girl haunting Bayview Bridge had been going around for years before Phyliss died.

May 02, 2014
PHYLISS CARVER NEW
by: Dennis Smith

I went to school with Phyliss Carver. She was one grade ahead of me. I was also at her funeral in West Jefferson (Freewill Baptist Church and cemetery). The story of the young girl haunting Bayview Bridge had been going around for years before Phyliss died.

Feb 17, 2014
My visit NEW
by: Shirley Graves-Owings-Childress

Today was an emotional one for me; my daughter and I visited after so many, many years, my old home place at 307 Pine Avenue, Bayview, Alabama. We stopped at the cemetery and looked at some of the folks buried there: many I knew away back in the 40's and until 1951, when my dad passed away. It would have been wonderful if I could have just spoken to the folks at 307 Pine Avenue and 302 School Road. The houses have been updated and look nothing like they did when I was a kid playing in the old coal streets. We often looked forward to the popsicle man who would push his cart down those streets. We were too poor to buy anything. It was so nice to see the serenity that prevails in the Bayview Camp and to see the old commissary where I would walk to get groceries for my mother with the grocery stamps. The old ice house is not there anymore. I would pull my red wagon to that old ice house to get ice for our "ice box". And, the old bridge is not there, but the aura is still the same. I comment because this has been a wonderful emotional trip for me to go back into the past. Thank you for the site whoever is responsible.

Feb 13, 2014
My home town NEW
by: Anonymous

My parents, Maggie and Charles Graves, moved to Bayview when I was just a little child. We lived on what used to be Pine Avenue and then moved to 302 School Road. I have fond memories of the old Bayview bridge, and remember very vividly when Phyllis Dean Carver was killed. I was only her age and lived not too far from her. My daddy worked at Fairfield Steel Mill until his death in 1951 at which time mother and the siblings at home moved to Childersburg. Daddy would take me to singings and we would have to take a bus all way to where we went, and never did I hear of any weird reports of ghosts, etc. near the bridge. I do remember a house being on the left side of the highway immediately after crossing the bridge and cannot remember who lived there, but it was always scary to cross the lake. It has been my intention to go back and visit where I used to live. My sister, Nell, and I would walk to Mulga to get our mail from the post office. It always terrified me to think that we walked alone but nothing ever happened to us as did Phyllis Carver.

Jan 26, 2014
close but not exactly... NEW
by: Anonymous

The ghost is of a 9 year old girl named Phyllis Carver that was killed in 1949. She had gone to the movie theater in Ensley with her family on Sunday April 10, 1949. Found the next morning at the edge of the lake raped and mutilated. 3 years later her cousin was arrested & spent 7 years in prison before being exonerated. the actual killer was never brought to justice. The haunted cemetery is the old Lakeview cemetery, not the newer Village Falls cemetery at the walking track across from the Masonic lodge. You dont believe the lake is haunted go on the anniversary of the murder and call out the right name!

Oct 26, 2013
it is true about bayview lake NEW
by: Anonymous

I KNOW THAT THE LAKE HAS A GHOST AND YOU CAN GO DOWN TO THE LAKE ON RAINNING NIGHT ABOUT MIDNIGHT AND TRUN YOUR CAR LIGTHS OFF AND YOU CAN SEE A WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE SHE IS LOOKING FOR BABY THAT SHE LOST WHEN SHE WENT IN THE LAKE SO IF YOU ARE BRAVE GO DOWN TO LAKE THE NEXT RAINNING NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT AND SEE HER LOOKING FOR HER BABY.

Oct 26, 2013
it is true about bayview lake NEW
by: Anonymous

I KNOW THAT THE LAKE HAS A GHOST AND YOU CAN GO DOWN TO THE LAKE ON RAINNING NIGHT ABOUT MIDNIGHT AND TRUN YOUR CAR LIGTHS OFF AND YOU CAN SEE A WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE SHE IS LOOKING FOR BABY THAT SHE LOST WHEN SHE WENT IN THE LAKE SO IF YOU ARE BRAVE GO DOWN TO LAKE THE NEXT RAINNING NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT AND SEE HER LOOKING FOR HER BABY.

Oct 26, 2013
it is true about bayview lake NEW
by: Anonymous

I KNOW THAT THE LAKE HAS A GHOST AND YOU CAN GO DOWN TO THE LAKE ON RAINNING NIGHT ABOUT MIDNIGHT AND TRUN YOUR CAR LIGTHS OFF AND YOU CAN SEE A WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE SHE IS LOOKING FOR BABY THAT SHE LOST WHEN SHE WENT IN THE LAKE SO IF YOU ARE BRAVE GO DOWN TO LAKE THE NEXT RAINNING NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT AND SEE HER LOOKING FOR HER BABY.

Apr 09, 2013
WHAT A STORY NEW
by: Anonymous

I think this is the craziest thing I have ever read in my life. The cemetery is very nice and I have been out in in many times after dark when I was a teen "parking and necking" so the deal of noone there after dark is a lie. If you are bold enough go give it a try yourself and the old bridge was not haunted either. I was put out one night and dared to walk across it at 1 am in the morning and I did and haunted???? that is a laugh! why write lies about a nice communtiy like mulga leave us alone!!!!!!1

Apr 04, 2013
Jesus god learn to spell NEW
by: Anonymous

Who wrote this entry? Kill them with fire.

Jan 21, 2013
bull crap!!!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

im sorry to say but i grew up around there as did my whole family almost 6 generations back. my family is the one who owns that and most family members are buried there but if you did know as much as you act like you would also know that the whole cemetery has been remodeled from teenagers destructing property and the tree you are talking about isnt true either bc one of my 3 great grandmothers planted that and that was after the whole slavery act!!!! sorry to ruin your little story but the lake also isnt true so who ever tells you things you might want to do some hard research on i think the own thing you got right was the wrecks on the bridge bc everything is just bull even about you rambling on about the whole town its not true. sorry to tell ya

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