Local Legends

Good afternoon paranormal enthusiasts. I'm a little late with my post today. My phone wouldn't stop ringing this morning. But that means I got to have a lovely chat with my big sister and then with my husband while he was on break at work. Anyway... I love traveling and wherever I visit, I try to stop in and visit one or more local "Haunts" in the area. I love local community legends and ghost stories, and lets face it, every town has theirs. Whats a local ghost legend you grew up hearing about? Feel free to share a link to one of your home town or current community's most haunted locations!
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Meave
Amy H. - over a year ago
When I was growing up, it was the old Denton Road in Canton Michigan, the next town over from me. Some claimed the road was haunted and an abundance of spooky stories when along with it. According to the online stories I've come across about Denton Road, The bridge is said to be haunted by a woman who's child was killed by a car, she walks the bridge and you can hear the baby cry. The story I always heard growing up was that the woman drown her child in the creek beneath the bridge and if you park on the bridge you can hear a infant's cry. Another story online is that dark figures chase your car, that is another one I've never heard. However, everyone in the area for generations told about the Denton Road lights that would chase your car. Some say it was spirits and some said it was swamp gas. The Denton Road Cemetery is still there, but the original haunted bridge has since been rerouted, the road paved and widened. What was once grassy swamps and woods and fields when I was a kid is now luxury cookie cutter houses and condos and trendy businesses. The area is completely unrecognizable as that creepy old dirt road from my youth. I have fond memories of driving down there in the dark with friends trying to catch a glimpse of the Denton Road lights, or parking on the bridge, rolling the windows down and listening for the baby crying. There is also the Soop Cemetery in Belleville which is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area. I myself have never been there. It is said to be the final resting place of many early settlers to the area and even has a very infamous "witches grave" towards the back of the cemetery. I've never been there but perhaps I'll go check it out someday.
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Ellen Bales - over a year ago
CENTRAL STATE HOSPITAL
In the early years of the hospital, 1848-1894, the treatment of mental illness was in its infancy. Many of the drugs used today to help patients control their symptoms weren't invented yet. So it isn't surprising that the use of restraint was heavily relied on for patients prone to violence. However, the conditions where the most difficult patients, like the violent, criminally insane, were held in basements of buildings or dark rooms off the vast tunnels which connect various buildings with chains and shackles on the walls. The patients were in dark, inhuman conditions, and "retraining practices" were deemed to be barbaric. The worst inmates who never stopped screaming and /or attacked staff or other patients were warehoused there in the early years of the Hospital.
After public awareness of these horrid abuses, sweeping reforms were made in 1894, which started the long history of improving care which involved actually treating patients instead of warehousing them. The use of restraints was curtailed. Vocational rehabilitation and social activities were planned. The Hospital made an effort to be on the cutting edge of treatment until the place closed.
1) The Old Power House Basement - Maintenance workers have to go down to the basement and shovel out the ashes twice a night.
a) A screaming of a woman was heard coming from a corner of the basement.
b) Shadows of entities were seen moving from cement post to post.
c) An employee on a break took a nap in a room in the basement, near the pumping station. He awoke as he was being choked by unseen hands by a menacing presence. He broke the grasp and ran to the light switch and no one was there. There were deep red marks around his neck where he was choked.
d) The coal conveyor belt which brought coal to the Boiler, turned itself on and off.
2) In the Pathology Building - bodies of deceased patients were examined closely to learn more about mental illness.
a) Noises coming from the basement have been heard by the living when no one was there.
3) Administration Building - Some entity is going about his or her business in running the hospital.
a) Foot steps were heard coming across the lobby to the window in front of the main desk and went back again.
4) Tunnels or catacombs which connect the buildings.
a) A patient, Al who lived on a non-secure wing, went missing. Neither the police or hospital workers found him anywhere on or off grounds. It was assumed that he had made a successful break. Imagine the surprise of a nurse when she figured out that a female patient was going down the steps to the tunnel to talk to an entity named Al, whose body was found soon after realizing what had happened.
b) Another hospital worker heard moans coming from a dirt-floor room off a tunnel, which had chains and hand restraints in the walls.
Starwriter
Ellen Bales - over a year ago
Continued . . .

5) Dormitories
a) Maintenance workers have heard the cries and screams coming from the dorms, similar to what was heard here when patients stayed here. Mental illness is painful and scary to the people living with it.

b) On the second floor of a woman's dorm an entity dressed in a bathrobe has been seen running down the hall, from the outside and the inside.

6) A few patients managed to slip away from their caretakers sometimes harming another or themselves.

a) Under a grove of trees, a violent patient killed another patient. The living can hear the cries and groans of this victim coming from this area.

b) Entities dressed in robes have been seen running across the grass in their bid to escape.
Meave
Amy H. - over a year ago
That is awesome, so glad you shared it! Abandoned hospitals are just the creepiest places for ghost hunting! We had the Wayne County Training School for Feeble Minded Children here in Southeast Michigan... at least that's what it was originally called when it first opened in 1926. We just called it The Northville Tunnels since it was long abandoned when I was a young girl and located in the town of Northville. Also because it had miles of tunnels beneath, which connected all the buildings. It was closed in 1974 and a very creepy place that us kids back in the 80's used to go poking around in, looking for a good scare. I have no doubt a place like that was haunted, but I don't know of any specific stories surrounding the place and was always with a group of teenagers who claimed to hear, see and feel things, but I never had any experiences in this place, which was demolished back in the late nineties and frankly I'm much too old to go poking around in abandoned places but I'll always be glad I got to see this place for myself before it was gone!
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Ellen Bales - over a year ago
Here is what they had to say about the Central State Hospital, aside from the hauntings:

"In November of 1848, The Indiana Hospital for the Insane opened its doors for patients, who suffered from a variety of mental illnesses, ranging from depression to various forms of psychosis, admitting 5 people. The mentally handicapped, called 'Simple' also wound up being committed here. The criminally insane also were housed here. The Hospital at this point consisted of one brick building sitting on over 100 acres of land. After 1926, the hospital was renamed Central State Hospital."

Don't you just love those archaic euphemisms the media used back then? "Insane, simple, feeble-minded, lunatic." How sensitive!
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Meave
Amy H. - over a year ago
Yeah really! My grandma always called it "touched." I'm liking this thread hope you guys keep these haunted places and local legends coming! :D
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Ellen Bales - over a year ago
WHEELER-STOKELY MANSION

3.8 miles from the center of Indianapolis, IN
Witnesses tell of an apparition of a man walking a dog and another ghost of a brunette woman who runs out a door and jumps into a phantom carriage. Some folks say they have been nudged off the dog walk, or had unexplained chills or uneasy feelings. Other apparitions have been seen here as well.
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Ellen Bales - over a year ago
This one is too long to copy, so here is a link to the most haunted property in Indianapolis.

hauntedhouses.com/...annah_house.htm
Meave
Amy H. - over a year ago
Very Cool Ellen!