Sunday, September 25, 2011

Phantom Loggers of Sumner Falls - Hartland, VT

In the late 1800s to early 1900s, loggers along the northern head waters of the Connecticut River would cut timber in the winter time and drag them to the tributaries to await the spring thaw.  Hundreds of men would wrangle the logs down the river and every drive dozens would die.  Many hazards along the way put the loggers in peril as they made their way down river.  Ghost loggers and shadow men have been spotted along the Hartland Rapids for over a century... Read the full story>>

Connecticut River loggers in 1914

Molly's Hollow in Jackson Park - Atchison, Kansas

Long ago there was a young African American girl named Molly who lived in Atchinson, Kansas.  Molly mostly led a normal life, however some of the racist locals found out that she was dating a white boy from the area.  At this point in our history, this was unacceptable to a lot of folks.  Molly's life ended violently shortly thereafter and some say that Molly's spirit still haunts the wooded area where she was killed.  Read the full story>>

Entrance to Jackson Park in Atchison, Kansas

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Haunted Standrod Mansion - Pocatello, Idaho

D.W. Standrod was a well to do lawyer and business man in Pocatello, Idaho which is just south west of Idaho Falls.  With his wealth, in 1902 he built a beautiful Chateauesque  style mansion which was modeled after it's French counterparts. He lived in the mansion with his wife Emma and his two children, daughter Cammie and son Drew.  Many believe that several of the family members still reside in the home, even though they have all passed away from illness over the years.  Read the full story>>

The Standrod Mansion - Pocatello, Idaho in the early 1900s

Restless Spirits of Dove Creek Camp - Kelton, Utah

In the late 1800s from 1863 and 1869 to be exact, laborers toiled so that the Eastern and Western United States was joined via railway for the first time.  This culminated at Promontory Point, Utah just north west of Salt Lake City. 

The golden spike ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869 finalized the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Most of the workers that built the transcontinental railroad were Chinese immigrants.  When these workers were not working on the railway, they spent their time at their base camp which was near Kelton, Utah in the Dove Creek Basin which is not far from Promontory Point.  Thousands of Chinese workers died while laboring on the transcontinental railway.  Some claim their souls remain and let themselves be known.  Read the full story>>

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Singing River of Pascagoula, Mississppi

Many years ago, a tribe of Native Americans used to dwell along the Gulf of Mexico.  They were the Pascagoula tribe who dwelled along the banks of a river in what is now south eastern Mississippi.  The river is now called the Pascagoula River, named after the tribe who vanished into extinction in it's waters long ago in the early 1800s.   Read the full story>>

Read the story of the singing river, the legacy left by the Pascagoula tribe of south eastern Mississippi.

Monday, September 12, 2011

House of the Seven Gables - Salem, Massachusetts

In the year 1668 in Salem, Massachusetts, sea captain John Turner built a home at 54 Turner Street that would be later immortalized in a book called The House of the Seven Gables.  The colonial mansion was later sold to another sea captain, Samuel Ingersoll after being in the family for more than 100 years.  

The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts circa 1915

On one of his ventures out at sea, Captain Ingersoll died at sea, never to return to his beloved mansion.  Samuel willed the home to his daughter Susanna. Some believe that she still resides there, even in death.  Read the full story>>

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ghosts of Wellington on the Iron Goat Trail - Skykomish, Washington

In the late 1890s The Great Northern Railway completed a rail line through the mountains of Washington State that cut through Steven's Pass deep in the Cascade Mountains, linking Seattle with the Mid-west.  Engines had to labor up the mountain pass through switchbacks, sharp curves, and steep grades with the assistance of helper engines as well.  A tunnel that emerged on the western side of the pass at Wellington eased the burden on the engines, however one thing that the railway had a hard time conquering was the winter. 
Tons of snow would hold up trains on their travels through the Stevens Pass as the passage would become over burdened with the accumulations coming off of the mountains.  It was in March of 1910 that the winter weather in the pass would show the Great Northern Railway exactly what it could be capable of.  Read the full story>>

The destructive power of the Wellington avalanche can be seen in this photo taken shortly afterward.  Workers can be seen working through the mangled train cars, trees, and snow looking for survivors.