09/17/17

The Ghosts of Antietam

On September 17, 1862, the Battle of Antietam raged near the small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action during the four-hour battle, making Antietam the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Given its tragic history, is it any wonder soldiers’ ghosts reportedly haunt the former battlefield?

Now, visitors at Antietam National Battlefield report smelling gun powder and seeing men in Confederate uniforms. At first, visitors assume they’re witnessing a reenactment. That is, until the uniformed men abruptly disappear. Other eerie events include blue balls of light that zip around and wink out and the faint sounds of drums beating in the distance.  An area known as “Bloody Lane” is particularly active.

Today, marks the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Do you think slain soldiers still haunt the area?

09/15/17

7 Haunted Places in New Mexico

A cigar-smoking nun, a doughnut-eating boy, a bereaved mother. New Mexico is home to several spirits. Here are seven places to find them in the “Land of Enchantment.”

Inn and Spa at Loretto – Santa Fe

Sister George taught at the Loretto Academy, a Catholic Girls’ School that was located where the hotel presently stands. Hotel guests have reported smelling the distinctive odor of cigar smoke, and have credited it to Sister George. She also leaves money in the till and levitates clothing racks.

Dawson Cemetery – Cimarron

Dawson was a flourishing coal mining town. That changed with two major tragedies: a massive explosion in 1913 that killed 263 men, followed by a second disaster in 1923 that took the lives of 121 additional miners. They are all buried in Dawson Cemetery, with a simple cross marking each grave. Almost 400 miners died violently, and now their ghosts remain.

KiMo Theater – Albuquerque

In 1951, a young boy named Bobby was killed when a water heater in the lobby exploded. The ghostly child now roams the historic theater, causing havoc. Theater guests have taken to leaving small gifts for Bobby so that they may watch performances in peace. On opening night, actors leave a doughnut backstage so he does not disturb their show!

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09/11/17

7 of Colorado’s Most Haunted Places

Colorado is famous for its snow-peaked mountains, stunning river canyons, and picturesque cities, but legend has it ghosts also call the The Centennial State home. From historic hotels to healing hot springs, here are seven of the most haunted places in Colorado.

Cheesman Park – Denver

Cheesman Park was originally a cemetery, but officials eventually decided the location would be better suited as a park. So in 1893, the governing board hired undertaker E.P. McGovern to move the bodies interred there. Disorganized and greedy, McGovern and his crew cut corners and eventually sunk to the level of grave robbers. Many unknown bodies were still in the ground when construction of the park began in 1902. Approximately 2,000 souls remain there today, and legend has it some haunt their final resting place.

Confused, restless spirits reportedly wander around the cemetery, while disembodied moans and whispers frighten visitors. Tales of mysterious children who play in the dark and intense feelings of dread are also common. People who relax on the grass may find that an unseen force will prevent them from getting up.

Molly Brown House – Denver

Margaret “Molly” Brown is known for surviving the Titanic sinking in 1912. The house she and her husband shared now stands as a museum, and rumor has it the couple is still around.

Guests often smell cigar smoke, which is odd as there’s no smoking allowed in the historical museum. Could it be J.J. Brown enjoying a smoke? Molly Brown’s old room is plagued by cold spots, and her apparition has appeared creeping around corners of the house. The Brown’s daughter, Catherine Ellen, died young, but the blinds in her room reportedly raise and lower on their own.

And it’s not just the Brown family that lurks around the museum. A female apparition in Victorian dress also likes to sit at the dining room table, and even rearrange its chairs. Meanwhile, the face of a grumpy manservant appears in a mirror hanging near the first floor stairs.

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09/1/17

7 Places in Michigan to Find Ghosts

Ghost hunting in Michigan? You won’t have to look far. From historic restaurants to properties cursed by witches, the Great Lakes State is full of haunted hot spots. Here are seven places to search for spirits.

Seven Gables Road – Dansville

The ruins of a cursed home reportedly lie at the end of Seven Gables Road, just beyond the gate. The home once belonged to a witch that cursed the property. Soon after the witch’s death, a large family moved in, but their lives were cut tragically short. Driven mad by the curse, the father hanged his wife and children and then set the house ablaze before taking his own life. Now, people who investigate the property hear blood-curdling screams, spot faces in the trees, and smell the stench of burning flesh.

The Masonic Temple – Detroit

Architect George D. Mason reportedly haunts the enormous Masonic Temple. Legend has it Mason leaped to his death from the top of the building and now makes his presence known by slamming doors and switching off lights. Security guards in the historic building also report cold spots and eerie shadows. Some say they see Mason’s ghost climbing up the stairs, just as he did before plunging off the building.

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