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10 Most Haunted Places In The Country From Joanne Greco

Joanne Greco of Seasonal Family Fun shares 10 of the most haunted places in the country!

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1. The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio

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Built in 1896 as a jail, it was constantly overcrowded and had lots of violent fights. It closed in 1990 by a federal order citing “brutalizing and inhumane conditions,” Reports of angry ghosts attacking people violently and whispers down the halls have been reported. Sightings have been seen in solitary confinement as well.

2. The Red Onion Saloon in Skagway, Alaska

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Not as well-known as some others, during the gold rush this saloon was also a brothel. Although it was only in operation for the last few years of the Gold Rush, it didn’t stop tourists from flocking here. Rumors say some of the former madams still roam the rooms, Diamond Lil being the most popular. She has been known to caress men and whisper in their ear. There is also a violent male who attack guests and employees.

3. The Bell Witch Cave, Adams, Tennessee

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If you are familiar with the story of the Bell Witch, apparently a woman felt cheated in a land deal done by John Bell. On her death bed she swore to come back and haunt his decedents for all of time. His daughter is on the land now and has had many encounters with her, as have others who have visited.

4. Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, Kentucky

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Built to house those suffering from tuberculosis, there is a grizzly history of some experimental treatments, many resulting in death. Those that weren’t experimented on where left to have the disease take its course, suffering and going mad. Many have reported ghostly forms following them around, footsteps, and whispers. Most creepy of all is ‘The Creeper’ a human form that crawls walls and ceilings like a spider and stalks those walking around.

5. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

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The best-selling book, The Shining was written while Stephan King was staying here. On episodes of Ghost Hunters they have caught some amazing footage such as items moving across the room and more!

6. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – Weston, West Virginia

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Many of society’s unwanted ended up here such as murders and rapists. Many died here as well. Their souls have been rumored to be trapped inside the asylum. The most popular is of a child named Lily still wandering the halls.

7. The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California

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This famous haunted ocean liner is now stationary and embraces it’s haunted status. Many hauntings included children who are rumored to have drowned there, and a 17 year old sailor who died in a fire on board.

8. Alcatraz, San Francisco, California

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Many stories surround Alcatraz from the early American Indiana, to the military and of course the now famous jail. Many have heard prisoners in empty cells and seen figures rounding corners.

9. Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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One of the most popular battles of the Civil War. Over 10,000 men died here. Many have met and interacted with Civil War re-enactors only to find out there were none in the park that day.

10. St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, Florida

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This lighthouse brings in flocks of visitors every year. 3 little girls died on sight during construction. The result has been many hearing the girls voices yelling ‘Help Me!’ from inside the tower.


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