Outlaw House is just a memory, new book sheds light on unique sites in Alabama

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) – A Mobile County landmark is no longer. The outlaw house caught fire last summer and was torn down weeks later. It’s one of two Mobile County landmarks featured in a new book that highlights unique old buildings in Alabama. Other than a few stones from the front wall and the outline of an old driveway, there is nothing in an eerily green field on Highway 45 to indicate that this was the site of the historic Outlaw House.

“It’s sad and I hate to hear it, this place is unique,” said Abandoned Southeast blog writer Leland Kent. We spoke to him for the first time in 2021 following the fire. He was among the last to explore the house on his blog. It’s one of 11 state landmarks featured in his new book abandoned alabama.

“Be aware of historic preservation, look around, document these places as you see them, they won’t always be there and I think that’s important,” Kent said. “It is important for me to document these places because they will not always be there. They are part of the story and they are unique. Another Mobile County site he features in his book is Searcy Hospital. It’s a place that’s been closed for almost a decade that’s slowly decaying.

“It’s kind of a sad scenario with this place where you have 200 years of Alabama history sitting right there,” Kent said. News 5’s Peter Albrecht last visited Searcy in 2019. While places like the Outlaw House feel like they’ve been around forever, it only takes one unfortunate event before places like this one won’t go away forever.

You can see the abandoned southeast site here.

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