Brownville, Alabama

Brownville, also known as Brownsville, Hog Eye, Red Valley, and Sulpher Springs, is a ghost town formerly located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States.

Brownville, Alabama
Brownville, Alabama is located in Alabama
Brownville, Alabama
Brownville, Alabama
Coordinates: 33°23′33″N 87°45′12″W / 33.39250°N 87.75333°W / 33.39250; -87.75333Coordinates: 33°23′33″N 87°45′12″W / 33.39250°N 87.75333°W / 33.39250; -87.75333
CountryUnited States
259 ft (79 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)205, 659
GNIS feature ID115026[1]


The community was originally called Sulpher Springs, named for the nearby mineral springs. Later known as Hog Eye due to its small size, then known as Red Valley for the fact that most houses in the community were painted red. Finally known as Brownville in honor of W. P. Brown.[2] In addition to the Brown Lumber Company, the Brown Wood Preserving Company was also located in Brownville.[3] A post office operated under the name Brownville from 1926 to 1966, and Brownville Rural Station from 1966 to 1972.[4]


  1. ^ "Brownville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Foscue, Virginia (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 24. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X.
  3. ^ Daniel J. Leab (1 January 1985). The Labor History Reader. University of Illinois Press. p. 366. ISBN 978-0-252-01198-6.
  4. ^ "Tuscaloosa County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 December 2015.