Saturday, December 17, 2011

White Deer of Roanoke, the Lost Roanoke Colony - Roanoke Island, North Carolina

In 1584, Sir Walter Raleigh commissioned an exploration team to the outer banks off the coast of what is today, North Carolina.  They returned to England reporting that they had found a suitable place to establish a colony.  A party was put together of one hundred and seventeen men, women, and children including Governor John White and his daughter Eleanor Dare.  They set sail aboard The Elizabeth II for the new world and Roanoke Island, however, what they didn't know is that they would sail into history as the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Lost Roanoke colonist Virginia Dare is believed to still haunt Roanoke Island, North Carolina to this day as a white deer

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Le Griffon (The Griffon), Phantom Ship on Lake Michigan near Washington Island - Green Bay, Wisconsin

In 1679 French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle constructed one of the first full sized sailing ships to sail The Great Lakes, Le Griffon.  This distinction would be short lived as on her return trip during her maiden voyage, Le Griffon disappeared never to be seen again.  According to many eyewitnesses over the centuries however, this doomed ship still sails the waters of Green Bay.

Drawing of the Le Griffon which embarked on it's maiden voyage on The Great Lakes, never to be seen again

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Phantom Dogs of Pawley's Island, South Carolina

On the shores of Pawley's Island, there is a legend of a haunting at the Pelican Inn that is not your usual ghost story.  This one involves a pair of ghostly dogs that roam the beaches.

It is said that two phantom dogs roam the beaches of Pawley's Island, South Carolina

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston Hospital) - Weston, West Virginia

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum has seen a long history and some of it not so pleasant.  Some people who have visited the hospital claim that there are patients who have never left.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum or Weston Hospital is located in Weston, West Virginia and is host to many ghosts

Construction began on the Weston Hospital in 1858.  The original design was to extend sprawling wings to the main structure to allow maximum exposure of light and air circulation to better suit the patients.  However, when the Civil War broke out in 1861, construction on the hospital halted. Read the full story>>

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Phantoms of the Pony Express at Hollenberg Station - Hanover, Kansas

In the old mid-west around 1860, St. Joseph, Missouri was the end of the line as far as modern travel and communications go.  There was no way to get mail further west except by stagecoach or ship which would take many months.  Until that is, the invention of the Pony Express.  The express riders would brave the weather, Indian attacks, and animal attacks to get the mail through to the west. Many never survived the trip.  Some claim that these riders can still be seen and heard today along what was once The Oregon Trail near the only remaining Pony Express station that is still intact, The Hollenberg Station in Hanover, Kansas. 

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Headless Soldier of Cooches Bridge - Newark, Delaware

During the Revolutionary War, British and Hessian troops were advancing on Philadelphia.  Brigadier General William Maxwell led a small force on a mission to delay the British advance so that Washington could evacuate Philadelphia.  One of those soldiers still marches on the road to Philadelphia to this day.

Cooches Bridge near Newark, Delware long ago

On September 3, 1777 American forces met up with advancing British forces on Old Cooches Bridge Road in what some refer to today as The Battle of Cooches Bridge or The Battle of Iron Hill.  After several skirmishes, the Colonial forces pulled back to Cooches Bridge where another skirmish ensued.  During the battle, fighting was fierce.  It is said that one British soldier killed on the bridge, literally had his head blown off.  Subsequently, the American forces were overrun and the British forces eventually captured Philadelphia.  However, General Washington was able to pull out of the city before hand.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sioux San Hospital - Rapid City, South Dakota

The Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota was once a boarding school and then a sanitarium.  Throughout it's history many have died there and are still thought to roam the premises to this day.

Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota formerly a boarding school and a sanitarium

Around 1898, a boarding school was constructed in Rapid City for Native American children so that they could learn how to read, write, and learn more about English culture. It was called the Rapid City Indian School or School of the Hills due to the close vicinity of The Black Hills. However, most who were sent there were not happy to be there, being "forced" to learn a new way of life.  Read the full story>>

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Phantoms of Old House Woods near Mathews, Virginia

On the eastern U.S. Coast along the shores of Virginia just outside of the village of Diggs, there lies a stretch of woods that has been the center of many paranormal experiences since the late 18th century.  Legend has it that there are several different treasures that were buried here and then subsequently abandoned, unable to be retrieved by their owners.  Over the past two centuries there have been reports of phantoms of various sorts roaming these woods and waters.  

The road through Old House Woods near Mathews, Virginia
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ghost of Redstone Castle - The Spirit of Alice Crawford - Manitou Springs, Colorado

In 1890, high on Iron Mountain near Manitou Springs, Colorado, a Victorian style manor was built by William Davis.  It was by design, a model home that was to be the showcase of a planned luxury development on the mountain.  However, the development was a complete failure and none of the lots sold.  Davis lived in the house briefly however, for the most part the beautiful manor on the hill stood vacant. Over the years, it became known as Redstone Castle due to its magnificent stature on the hillside and the fact that it is made of red stone that comes from the local quarries.  The house may have been vacant for a good portion of it's existence, but many believe it to be haunted by spirits from the past.

Redstone Castle on Iron Mountain near Manitou Springs, Colorado

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Ghost of Emma Crawford - Manitou Springs, Colorado

In central Colorado in the shadow of Pike's Peak, the town of Manitou Springs lies nestled in between the surrounding mountains just west of Colorado Springs. The area boasts many mineral springs which for centuries, visitors have come to take in their waters and breath in the clean mountain air.  One such visitor by the name of Emma Crawford moved to Manitou Springs in 1889 to try and heal her tuberculosis.  Many say she still roams the mountain side over looking the own where she liked to take walks.

Manitou Springs,  Colorado in circa 1950s.  Red Mountain is pictured in the background with the incline track leading to the summit where grave of Emma Crawford was once located

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ghost Children of Iron Hill - Charles City, Iowa

Legend has it that around 1920 on a stretch of track near Charles City, Iowa, a train loaded with passengers was steaming along and there was an accident.  Some of the train cars still being made of wood in those days, as the use of the safer steel cars was just beginning to grow, caught fire and quickly spread through the train.  Many of the passengers became trapped, could not escape the blaze and perished.  A large number of the deaths were centered around a passenger car loaded with orphan children.  Some say they still linger in the woods near Charles City today.

Some rail cars during the early 20th century were still being made of wood which spelled disaster for many victims of railway fires such as the one near Charles City, Iowa in 1920

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Crescent Hotel - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

In the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in 1884, construction began on a grand hotel on West Mountain.  Eureka Springs, Arkansas was a popular spot known all over for the healing powers of its waters and the purpose of the hotel was to give these travelers a luxurious place to stay.  The building was completed in 1886 and hotel would become known as The Crescent Hotel. However, what people in Eureka Springs would not know is that it would become one of the most haunted hotels in America.

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas 1886

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Spirit of Edgar Allan Poe - Old Western Burial Ground and other places in Baltimore, Maryland

Edgar Allan Poe was a relatively unknown poet while he was living.  He had a somewhat tragic life which may have contributed to the morbid theme of his writings.  This also may be what has contributed to his spirit still walking the streets of Baltimore to this day.

The spirit of Edgar Allan Poe is said to haunt the streets and graveyard of Baltimore, Maryland where he spent a good portion of his life

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Waverly Hills Sanatorium - Louisville, Kentucky

In 1883 Major Thomas H. Hays purchased some land in north central Kentucky just south west of Louisville to serve as his new home.  Far away from schools, he decided to build a small school house on a hill in his property.  The school teacher he hired to run the school especially enjoyed the writings of Walter Scott through his Waverley novels.  So she named the new building, Waverley School.  Hays liked the name so he named the entire property Waverley Hills.  However, over a century later the grounds would have a more ominous reputation as host to what remains of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium circa 1926

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Palatine Light, Curse of the Princess Augusta - Block Island, Rhode Island

A Dutch sailing ship named the Princess Augusta sometimes referred to as The Palantine, left Holland in 1752 with 150 souls on board, many of them German immigrants heading for the new found territories in America.  Their destination was Philadelphia.  However, a terrible turn of events would prevent most of the passengers from reaching their destination except for the devilish crew.

The Palantine Light off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island is believed to the ghost of a burning ship from the 18th century

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Myrtles Plantation - St. Francisville, Louisiana

In 1796 by General David Bradford built an antebellum style plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana which is located near Baton Rouge.  He named his pride and joy Laurel Grove and moved in with his wife and three children.    However, later a tragedy would begin a long history of deaths and hauntings of this now famous plantation known as The Myrtles.

The Myrtles Plantation in the pre-Civil war era

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

St. James Hotel - Cimarron, New Mexico

When Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, Henry Lambert served as his personal chef.  When Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, Henry found himself out of a job.  He eventually decided he would travel out west and try his luck at finding some of the gold that there was so much talk about.  After not having much luck with striking it rich, Henry decided to try what he knew best and opened up a hotel featuring a restaurant and saloon in Cimarron, New Mexico.  Henry of course would never know that his place would become one of the most haunted places in New Mexico.

Haunted St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Ghosts of the Ashtabula River Bridge Disaster - Ashtabula, Ohio

It was December 29, 1876 during a bustling holiday travel season that the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Train No. 5, the Pacific Express left Erie, Pennsylvania bound for Cleveland, Ohio.  The express consisted of two locomotives pulling several passenger cars loaded with over 150 holiday travelers as it plowed it's way through a winter storm coming in off of Lake Erie.  The train and many of it's passengers would never make it to Cleveland. 

Artist's depiction of the Ashtabula River Bridge disaster in 1876

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spirits of Summerwind Mansion - West Bay Lake at Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin

In 1916 Robert Lamont purchased a lodge on West Bay Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin.  The lodge was built in the 1800s to house those who went on fishing excursions onto the lake.  Lamont however, had other plans.  He embarked on a project to extensively remodel and expand the lodge and two years later the former fishing lodge became known as Lamont Mansion, a summer home for Robert Lamont and his family.  And over a century later it would be known by another name, Summerwind, the most haunted place in Wisconsin as it was plagued by a series of troubles over its lifetime.

Summerwind Mansion before it burned to the ground in 1988

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Clinton Road - One of the Most Haunted Roads in America in West Milford Township, New Jersey

In northeastern New Jersey there lies a ten mile road that many people consider the most haunted stretch of road in the United States.  Stretching from Highway 23 in Newfoundland, New Jersey up to Upper Greenwood Lake ten miles north with not much in between, the road is very remote and dark, passing through many miles of forest.  This desolate stretch of road has the infamous distinction of being one of the dumping grounds for victims of the Iceman.  Many claim that the ghosts of these murder victims haunt Clinton Road to this day as well as many other strange occurrences...

Clinton Road in West Milford Township, New Jersey,  is said to be one of the most haunted stretches of highway in America.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Ghosts of Dromgoole's Rock (Gimghoul Castle) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

According to popular legend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1832 at the University of North Carolina there was a student named Peter Dromgoole.  Peter was in love with a girl named Fannie who was a fellow student at the University.  They used to take long walks and spent many hours at a popular place nearby called Piney Point where they would meet off campus.  As the story goes, the two love birds can still be seen at Piney Point more than one hundred and ten years later!

Gimghoul Castle circa 1927

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ghost Of Minnie Quay - Forester Park, Michigan

Minnie Quay was a young fifteen year old girl who lived with her mother and father in a community known as Forester along the shores of Lake Huron on the eastern Michigan coast during the mid 1850s.  Over 160 years later, Minnie still walks the shores and haunts the waters of the Michigan coast.

Ruins of one of the piers on Lake Huron at Forester Park, Michigan

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Grey Lady of Willard Library - Evansville, Indiana

In 1877 in Evansville, Indiana, construction began on the Willard Library, named after Willard Carpenter, a local well to do businessman who donated the land and financed the construction of the building.  After a stall in construction, the building was completed in 1882.  It is a Gothic style building reminiscent of a castle.  What makes this library different than most that one of the patrons of the 1800s still likes to use the facility.

The Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana circa late 1800s

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Madame Sherri's Castle - West Chesterfield, New Hampshire

In the 1920s, Madame Antoinette Sherri was a French costume designer who catered to the actors and actresses in New York City.  She moved there from France with her husband in 1911.  Madame Sherri also did a little Vaudeville acting, dancing, and singing on the side.  During the summers she would visit with an actor friend who spent his summers in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.  She liked the area so much that after her friend passed away, in 1927 she built a chateau style mansion in the area and would host very large extravagant parties of which most of the guests were the rich and elite from New York City.  The mansion had a grand stairway made of stone that led to a large red door which served as the entrance.  Local residents referred to her chateau as Madame Sherri's Castle.

Madame Sherri was a famous costume designer from New York who summered at her chateau near West Chesterfield, New Hampshire which today is known as Madame Sherri's Castle

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Legend of the Platte River Death Ship - Wyoming

Along the banks of the Platte River in Wyoming, a legend has been passed on since the mid 1800s.  A legend of an spectral nature.  Several witnesses have claimed to see a phantom ship on the Platte River.  They say that an eerie mist will begin to form on the river and slowly the mist will form a bank of fog that only covers a small area.  Out of the fog will then emerge a sailing ship from days gone by, appearing grey and unnatural, manned by phantom sailors.  This vessel has become known as, "The Ship of Death".

A old sailing ship is said to appear out of an eerie fog bringing an omen of death for the lone person that lays eyes on the vessel

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Blue Lady of Half Moon Bay - San Francisco, California

During the 1920s, some of the Hollywood elite would find escape from prohibition along the coast of California at an elite speakeasy known as Frank's Place which was located along Moss Beach on Half Moon Bay near San Francisco.  The club was owned by Frank Torez and although prohibition was in effect, his club would readily serve alcohol. For some reason Frank's Place was never raided by police and some of California's upper class including stars of Hollywood were often seen there.  It seems that one of these regulars however, still call it home.

The Blue Lady haunts Moss Beach on Half Moon Bay near San Francisco, California

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ghost of Hugh Hamblen and His Phantom Model-T - Kingsport , Tennessee

There is a notorious stretch of road in northeastern Tennessee called Netherland Inn Road.  It is known to become enveloped in fog very easily as it lies along the Holston River waterfront.  Back in 1922, five boys were in a serious accident caused by the fog.  Several of the boys died, but the others were in critical condition and hospitalized.  One of those boys was the son of Hugh Hamblen. The others had eventually passed away, but Hamblen seemed to be improving. However, the young Hamblen would not be the one who would lose his life to the fog of Netherland Inn Road.   Read the full story>>

One of the early model-T cars produced by Henry Ford

Friday, October 14, 2011

Spirits of Little Bighorn - Little Bighorn Valley in Southern Montana

In the plains of southern Montana in 1876, a long and bloody war between the U.S. Army and the Native Americans of the western plains known as the Black Hills War or The Great Sioux War culminated in a battle at a valley known as Little Bighorn.  The 7th Calvary Army forces which numbered over 700 were led by General George Armstrong Custer and were grossly outnumbered by over 1800 warriors of the combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes.  

Artist's depiction of Custer's Last Stand at Little Bighorn 1876

In the aftermath of the battle, 268 cavalrymen and over 100 native warriors and many horses lay dead on he field.  Many of the soldier's were mutilated beyond recognition while the warriors were gathered up by their tribesman and taken away for a proper burial.  The natives believed that these fallen soldiers would never rest.   Read the full story>>

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Phantoms of Witch's Bridge - Grand Island, Nebraska

On the outskirts of Grand Island, Nebraska there is a bridge that has become legendary over the years.  This bridge is part of the "Nine Bridges Road" and has it's torrid beginnings long ago when a it is said that a woman dwelled in a house at one end of the bridge.  It was suspected that she along with some of her neighbors were involved in witchcraft or devil worship and at the discretion of the townspeople, she was tied to a stake and her house set to go up in flames along with her.  This bridge has since become known as "Witch's Bridge" and it seems that things on and around this bridge have not been right since.  Many believe it is cursed or haunted by the spirits who died there.

"Witch's Bridge" near Grand Island, Nebraska is said to be haunted by many spirits who met their end there
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ghosts of Seguin Island Light - Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Originally commissioned in 1797 by George Washington, the Seguin Island Light lies just three miles off the coast of Maine in Boothbay Harbor on a small rocky island.   The light can only be reached by boat or helicopter.  The Seguin Island light has under gone reconstruction many times and has had many light keepers over the years.  However, the story of one particular keeper leaves a gruesome mark on Maine's history and there are still reminders of it to this day.

Seguin Island Light in Boothbay Harbor, Maine is haunted by more than one spirit

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

USS Lexington (The Blue Ghost) - Corpus Christi, Texas

The USS Lexington CV-16 was the longest serving air craft carrier of World War II.  The ship was painted in a unique Navy blue un-camoflagued color.  During the war, the Japanese reported sinking the ship multiple times only to have the US Navy to debunk the ship saying that it is still afloat.  Wartime Japanese radio announcer Tokyo Rose proclaimed that the US had a ghost ship.  The US sailors on board the Lexington like it and the name stuck and the ship became known as the "The Blue Ghost".

The USS Lexington CV-16 the "Blue Ghost" anchored in Corpus Christie, Texas is said to be haunted by spirits of sailors from WWII

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Black Phantom of Anna Maria Island - Bradenton Beach, FL

On the shores of Anna Maria Island along Bradenton Beach, Florida one can find the spectacular views relaxing as many other beach goers have.  However, there is also something else that roams the beaches of Anna Maria.  Read the full story>>

Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island is host to more than just beach goers

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ghosts of the Jerome Grand Hotel (formerly United Verde Hospital) - Jerome, Arizona

In 1926 the United Verde Copper Company began building a hospital for it's company workers on what is known as Cleopatra Hill in Jerome, Arizona. It open in 1927 as the United Verde Hospital and served many types of patients other than miners.  The hospital was built to withstand the blasts from the nearby copper mine and at the time was considered one of the most state of the art hospitals in the country. It had one of the original Otis elevators which were the first self service elevators not requiring an operator. The hospital served many, however, a good number of people died there including at least one supposed murder victim and their spirits remain to this day.

Jerome, Arizona as it appeared in 1927.  The United Verde Hospital on Cleopatra Hill can be seen in the upper left.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Faceless Woman of Wai'alae - Island of Oahu - Honolulu, Hawaii

There is a legend in Hawaii of spirits of the dead or demons that are shape-shifters in that they can lure victims in close by taking on the form of a human.  This legend carries over mostly from Japan where fox or badger like demons transform themselves into humans that are faceless.  These demons are commonly known as noppera-bō or sometimes referred to as mujina due to their badger like alter form.  In the area of Kahala in Honoluhu one of these demons has shown it faceless form...    
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This painting by Edwin Ushiro depicts a noppera-bo or mujina

Friday, October 7, 2011

Haunted Boyington Oak Tree in Mobile, Alabama

In the early 1800s in Mobile, Alabama, a man by the name of Charles Boyington and his good friend Nathaniel Frost for some reason, liked to spend some of their afternoons in the Church Street Graveyard on Bayou Street.  Whether they liked the serenity of the graveyard setting or liked to pass time reading the tombstones, it is unknown.  However, the two would forever be remembered by this location and would become permanent residents sooner than expected.  Read the full story>>

Church Street Graveyard in Mobile, Alabama home of the haunted Boyington Oak Tree