The most haunted places in America

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The most haunted places in America

Maya Black, Staff Writer

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On a dark and stormy night…


It’s that time of year again, when the shadows seem a little darker and black cats a little more sinister. The firelight dances, changing the known into something almost incomprehensible, and the wind howls through the trees. At least, you hope it’s the wind. So grab your flashlights and leave your reason, for I have a ghost story to tell.


  1. The Riddle House

West Palm Beach, Florida

No only did this house used to be a funeral home, but it’s also reportedly haunted by the spirits of a nearby graveyard, the first one in West Palm Beach. On top of that, one of the caretakers supposedly hung himself from the rafters. It was slated for demolition in 1995, but instead the city donated it to one of the descendants of the original owner of the house who had it dismantled, moved, and reassembled near by.


  1. Stanley Hotel

Estes Park, Colorado

The real life inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel (The Shining), guests have reported bags being packed and unpacked, disembodied laughs of children, and the sounds of a raucous party in the empty ballroom.


  1. Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

Midlothian, Illinois

Originally founded in the 1800’s, the graveyard has been the source for many legends, including (but not limited to) a house that comes and goes as it pleases, a speeding automobile, a horse plow and driver who surge up from a small pond, cross the street, and disappear into the trees, a little boy looking for his lost half-dollar, and a woman dressed all in white cradling her baby.


  1.  Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Louisville, Kentucky

Opened in 1926 as a treatment center for tuberculosis, but like with many other “treatment centers” at the time most of the patients would never leave. Rumors are all over the place as to what exactly went on or who supposedly haunts the site, but the most common report is that of an indistinct man in what appears to be a doctor’s coat wandering the corridors.


  1. The Crescent Hotel

Eureka Springs, AR

Reportedly having as many as eight identified ghosts, The Crescent is widely believed to be America’s most haunted hotel. It opened in 1886 as a resort for the wealthy, and reopened as a cancer treatment center in 1937. Unfortunately for many of the patients treated there, the supposed “miracle cure” was nothing more than a scam, and many who checked in never checked back out. Now it’s a fully functioning hotel and spa with nightly ghost tours.

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