38. Pennsylvania — Gettysburg Battlefield
Not surprisingly, one of the bloodiest battlefields of the American Civil War is said to be littered with military spirits.
A number of people have reported their cameras as failing while on-site, and seeing orbs of blue light, particularly around the cemetery. Here is a first-hand account from Weird Pennsylvania:
I am a huge Civil War buff, so I travel to Gettysburg a lot. I always stay in the same hotel downhill from the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Last October I went there with a friend of mine. Around ten at night on our second night there, I decided that I’d take a trip to the cemetery. I climbed up the muddy hillside and got about 500 feet into the cemetery when I heard this weird chiming noise. I looked around for its source, and about 150 feet to my left was this pulsing, shimmering blue ball of light. It started floating towards me about four feet off of the ground. I got to the hill and slipped all the way down it on my butt. I heard that noise again, this time really close. I picked myself up and made my way running to the hotel room. I was pounding on the door. My buddy Dave opened the door and I pushed my way past him into the hotel room. I’ll still go back to Gettysburg but I won’t stay in that hotel or go back to that cemetery again. –Lucas Reeves
39. Rhode Island — The Biltmore Hotel
The Biltmore might be one of the most haunted hotels in the world. YouTube is literally littered with videos of people experiencing the paranormal. Apparently one of the hotel’s original financiers was a Satanist, who used the completed hotel as a place for his rituals and sacrifices. A chicken coop was actually kept on the roof as a convenient place to draw animal sacrifices from.
The building was also a hot spot for prohibition, and more than a few people were killed to make them keep their silence. According to Ghosts Of Providence, booze was free for law enforcement and high ranking officials, which is probably why, “between the years 1920 and 1933 six police officers were implicated in the murders of eight people within the walls of the Biltmore, along with one governor (at least six rapes, one murder) one mayor (one murder), and a cardinal (one eleven year-old prostitute drowned in a bathtub).”
Some people shared their own stories at the hotel:
40. South Carolina — Herdklotz Park
Where the Herdklotz park is located once stood an insane asylum, hospital, and prisoner work center. Unsurprisingly, it is dotted with paranormal occurrences. When entering the park at night, people are said to be consumed by an eerie feeling of unease, and people often feel as if they are being watched. A first hand account of a haunting at the park is below:
41. South Dakota — Bullock Hotel
Originally built in 1876 by Seth Bullock, this building was originally a hardware store before Seth refitted it as the nicest hotel in the western territories. Seth was incredibly proud of the hotel, so proud that he may have never left. Visitors have claimed to see a figure with his likeness wandering the halls of the hotel. People have also reported voices echoing throughout the halls, lights turning on without prompting, and alarms going off even while unplugged and turned off.
42. Tennessee — The Hermitage
The Hermitage is the historic home of President Andrew Jackson. After the Jackson family left the property, the deed was turned over to the Ladies Hermitage Foundation. Quickly, members of the foundation began refusing to stay overnight at the house, saying that it was haunted by the ghost of President Jackson himself.
In modern day, people have reported seeing apparitions of slaves walking through the house and hearing the sounds of chains clanking through the night.
43. Texas — Houston Spaghetti Warehouse
Built in the early 1990s, the Houston Spaghetti Warehouse has been no stranger to tragedy. In 1920 a company manager fell down the elevator shaft to his death two floors below. People have claimed to see both him and his wife (perhaps looking for him?) wandering through the warehouse long after closing.
A commenter on YouTube shared their experience:
44. Utah — Rio Grande Train Depot
Constructed in 1910, the hauntings began here not too long after. The station is said to be visited by the “Purple Lady” a woman who was crushed by an oncoming train as she tried to retrieve her engagement ring from the track. People have encountered her in the restroom after experiencing an angry, violent feeling. There is also said to be the ghost of the “tunnel man” who was killed during the train depot’s construction.
45. Vermont — Emily’s Bridge
The bridge is named after a teenage girl who was supposed to wed her lover on the bridge. When he got cold feet and didn’t show up, she hung herself from the rafters.
The bridge has now become one of the nation’s most infamous sites of ghost tourism. People come from all over to see orbs and feel pokes and scratches from “Emily.” Others have experienced camera anomalies where the figure of a girl — unseen when taking the photograph — appears after developing it:
46. Virginia — Aquia Church
This church is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who was murdered within its walls, and her corpse hidden in the belfry. It was years later when her remains were discovered, and since then people have reported hearing footsteps in the ceiling and the image of a horrified woman looking out the belfrey’s window.
One person describes their experience in the church:
47. Washington — Starvation Heights
In the early 1900s this Sanitarium was established for the treatment of illnesses. The founders, Linda and Buzz Hazzard, believed that most sicknesses could be cured through extreme starvation. Of their first 50 patients, at least 30 of them died and their bodies were burnt on the grounds. Even though the “treatment” obviously wasn’t effective, the Hazzards kept up the act to loot money from patients after they deceased. The government eventually shut her down and the Hazzards fled to New Zealand.
Linda Hazzard eventually died while fasting herself.
It is now said the the ghosts of her patients haunt the campus of the old building. Two boys, “Jeff” and “Kyle” are said to run around the area, and many people have reported eerie voices echoing through the area at night.
48. West Virginia — Trans-Allegheny Asylum
The large gothic-style building opened in 1861. This new institution was supposed to herald in a new era of ethical treatment for the mentally-ill, but the exact opposite came to pass. Designed for only 250 patients, up to 2,400 people were crammed into the facilities and they were subjected to bizarre electrical procedures and experimental brain surgeries. Both patients and staff were frequently murdered before the asylum finally shut down in 1994.
People walking through the building today gave claim to see the apparitions of doctors, patients, aides, orderlies, and a whole assortment of other people who once worked in the facility.
49. Wisconsin — Summerwind Mansion
In the far north of Wisconsin exists Summerwind, an ancient mansion that boasts a creepy history from the very start. The home was built by Robert Lamont, and he dismissed early complaints from the building staff about “strange noises” or events.
One night, however, Mr. Lamont chased down an intruder in the house only to discover nobody was there. Seeing proof of the paranormal himself, he and his family booked it out of there and never looked back.
The house switched owners several times and was left empty for much of the time before 1970 when the mansion was purchased by Arnold Hinshaw. While living there, the entire family experienced deeply disturbing paranormal events. They would hear mumbling voices, see doors open by themselves, and feel random pockets of cold air. Indeed, one day Mr. Hinshaw’s car caught on fire — for no apparent cause — right before his eyes.
Legend goes on to state that Mr. Hinshaw found a human corpse lodged in a hidden compartment in this closet, and soon after became possessed. It is said that for weeks on end he would play the piano loudly and erratically all through the night as a means to pacify “the demons” that threatened to consume them.
Mr. Hinshaw was eventually committed, and multiple people attempted to develop the house after, all to fail for various reasons. The house was struck by lightening in the 80s, leaving only the chimneys and basement structure standing today.
50. Wyoming — Francis E. Warren Air Force Base
As the oldest continually operating air force base in the continental United States, Warren Air Force Base is rife with rumors of the paranormal. Many people have sighted old cavalry soldiers walking about the facility. Apparently their call to duty lasted long after the end of their lives. Others have reportedly heard the sounds of “galloping” from horses off in the distance.
Many of the homes on base are also subject to paranormal activity, with a family divulging to the Rocky Mountain Paranormal association in 2005 that they were visited by various apparitions while living in a home on-base. Military officials later told the family that such sightings were not unusual.