45 YEARS OF LOST LUGGAGE
In 1970 Doyle Owens headed to Washington D.C. with an idea, a borrowed pick-up truck and a $300 loan to pick up his first load of unclaimed baggage. Selling the contents on card tables in an old rented house, the venture was an instant success.
Starting from that first load of unclaimed baggage, the company, run by Doyle, his wife Sue, and their two boys, grew into a thriving business that would eventually become the only lost luggage store in the United States.
Over the next four decades, relationships with airline and other transportation companies across the country were forged. Regional magazines and newspapers began featuring the ‘land of lost luggage’.
Products from around the world began pouring into Scottsboro, Alabama, from the ordinary to the amazing.
Media and curious visitors quickly followed from every corner of the globe to see the one-of-a-kind store.
Today Unclaimed Baggage Center, which was purchased by Doyle’s son Bryan in 1995, covers more than a city block.
Unclaimed Baggage Center is now one of Alabama’s top tourist attractions hosting over a million visitors a year from every state and over 40 foreign countries.