AUGUSTA, Ga. – A huge part of Augusta history is destroyed.

A Ford Taurus hit the “Haunted Pillar” early Sunday morning.

It has become a tourist attraction with many people taking a picture with the pillar but never touching it, unless you were “brave.”

According to Augusta history, the pillar was part of The Lower Market” which was the center of agriculture and livestock trade during the middle 1800’s.

The structure was destroyed in 1878 and the local citizens moved the only column left standing to 5th and Broad Streets in downtown Augusta.

According to tradition, a wandering “exhorter” predicted that anyone who pulled down the pillar would be struck dead by lightning.