Ghostly Roads and Haunted Locales


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It’s that time of year when everyone is trotting out stories of ghosts and hauntings. So let’s join in the fun.

Digital City has an article listing ten of the creepiest roads in America, reportedly haunted by everything from ghostly children to spectral dogs, Civil War soldiers to star-crossed lovers. Check out the ghostly locales at Unexplained Happenings on America’s Creepiest Roads. I’ve seen some of these dramatized on various tv shows over the years, specifically the one in Texas where the cars roll themselves off the train tracks and tiny, child-sized handprints are found on the powder-coated bumper after the fact.

There is another article on the sidebar, which purports to be about haunted houses. Fair warning: It’s mostly about fun house attractions, although it does cover the Winchester Mystery House in Santa Clara, CA. I’ve been to that, and it is indeed a bizarre place. The rest of the “haunted houses” in the article are tourist attractions, complete with actors and animatronics.

Ghost cams are fun, too. There are scads of them all over the Web. A quick search on Google brought up 140,000 hits. Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana, seems to be capitalizing on their resident ghost, the Grey Lady. They offer ghost tours, and she’s been seen so often she’s considered part of the staff. Luckily, whoever she is, she is not out to do harm. She seems to like to make her presence known, but beyond that folks are left alone to go about their business.

Even a local theater here in the town I live in is purported to be haunted, and was staked out over the summer by a professional ghost hunting team:

IPRG, which itself has allied teams in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Germany, is recognized by The Atlantic Paranormal Society. TAPS, for fans of events that defy scientific explanation, is the group behind the Ghost Hunters show on the Syfy network.

They got a little bit of weirdness, rapid temperature changes, and some EVPs (electronic voice phenomena). I must head down there sometime to see if I can have my own ghostly encounter. It seems to be a very active ghost, or ghosts.

Other local ghost hangouts are a haunted hall at a local university, and the McMenamins Grand Lodge, both in Forest Grove. McMenamins is a local chain of brewpubs which specialize in buying up interesting properties and converting them to bars and theaters. They serve their only own beers and wines (although full bars offer everything else). I’ve been to the Grand Lodge many times and have yet to have an paranormal encounter, darn the luck.

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8 thoughts on “Ghostly Roads and Haunted Locales

  1. What fun! I don’t think it’s a question of being psychic or not, I think it’s more about timing. You just have to be there when the ghosts manage to cross over into our plane. It can’t be easy or I would think we’d see a whole lot more of them.

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    1. But I think there’s an issue of whether the ghosts want you to see ’em. I get the impression that the other plane is watching me, and either saying “jeez, she’s got her hands full with THAT existence” or “let’s just keep quiet and have a giggle over what happens next” At least nobody sees the point in trying to scare me 😉

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  2. hehe, that’s always a good thing. I think they must know it wouldn’t take much to give me a stroke if they decided to just appear or started doing ghostly prankish things like those disembodied shoes in that article.

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  3. I saw a TV documentary once on the Winchester Mansion. The place is utterly amazing.

    I’d also like to tour the Lizzie Borden House one day. Not surprisingly, that one’s supposed to be haunted.

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  4. The Winchester mansion is SO STRANGE. All the weird little staircases going nowhere, some with steps only a couple inches high each. Windows looking onto nothing. There’s so much leftover in the way of doors and stained glass that never was installed. It’s supposedly haunted by all kinds of spirits, including Sarah herself. Sadly, none put in an appearance when I was there.

    The Borden House, I’m not sure I’d want to go in there. Here’s another one I don’t think I’d want to enter:

    Villisca, Iowa

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  5. Do they allow people to take photos inside the Winchester Mansion?

    Regarding the Borden House, people book up to a year in advance to sleep over night in it. (the owners turned it into a Bed and Breakfast). I think it would be the absolute perfect place for me to write. Not only because of the nature of my stories, but because I doubt I’d be able to sleep much.

    Never heard of the Villisca case before. *shudder* That had to be the work of a psycho. I just can’t imagine someone going on a bloodbath like that just to steal money or just because they were angry at the father.

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  6. I don’t recall exactly if photos were allowed in the Winchester house. I was there a very long time ago, with two small children in tow, and have no photos of my own. It may be that they weren’t allowed then, but are now as there are tons of photos all over the web taken by random visitors.

    I have heard of that about the Borden house, and I saw another one like that on some show. People often don’t last the night before they run out in terror 😉

    Yeah, the Villisca house story is truly horrifying. It was featured on one of those ‘psychic investigation’ shows I saw about a year ago, I don’t think I’d heard of it before that either.

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