Hotel Highland - Pickwick Hotel

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Formerly the Pickwick Hotel, a 1950s creation named after an even older historic spot, the Pickwick Club, the Hotel Highland may have a ghost that comes from its historic past when it was a medical building. Witnesses say a ghostly nurse haunts the hotel.

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1023 20th St. South
Birmingham, AL 35205
United States

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33.5017135, -86.79686319999996
Jefferson County, Alabama
Nearest Towns:
Birmingham, AL (1.3 mi.)
Homewood, AL (2.1 mi.)
Hollywood, AL (2.1 mi.)
Mountain Brook, AL (2.6 mi.)
Vestavia Hills, AL (3.7 mi.)
Cahaba Heights, AL (4.6 mi.)
Irondale, AL (5.7 mi.)
Tarrant, AL (5.8 mi.)
Hoover, AL (6.7 mi.)
Fairfield, AL (6.7 mi.)

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  1. There have been many times over the yrs people have seen ghostly figures in the rooms they were staying in. On the main floor in waiting area by the reservation desk employees have seen & heard the sounds of a little girl playing with jacks & the ball bouncing, a woman in a long flowing opaque gown entering the elevator, and a man

    sitting in the dining rm wearing a dark suit, overcoat & hat, then there have been sightings of two women in a rm on the 4th floor, rm 505 has a friendly woman spirit in it. Then when filming a scene for JackAss the director was told to get out of his rm by a man (unfriendly ghost) on the
    8th floor, while one of the females with the same crew was staying in the rm right next door felt the presence &
    saw the same man standing over her while sleeping just seconds before. Needless to say they both asked to be
    moved to a different rm on a different floor. This Old hotel also had a morgue down in the basement back in the early 1900’s when it was a Medical Bldg. There was a real eering feeling while working out downstairs in the gym, the rm would get cold, have odd (some gross & some sweet flowery) oders would come & go passing in front of your face, a soft breeze would pass by like someone was there
    Touching & watching you . All in All it’s still a great fun
    & friendly place to stay. Always a full house. No pun intended… If you are ever in Birmingham you should Ck the Hotel Highland aka The Pickwick Hotel out.

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