It is a picture permanently etched inside of our subconscious. The abandoned house sitting high atop a hill at the edge of a desolate town. Forget the blood sucking, widow-peaked night crawlers from Transylvania. Ignore those European castles filled with humpback henchmen and lavish laboratories. There are plenty of eerie phenomenas in our own backyards with some dating back before our country started.
Join me on a road trip of horror as we explore haunted houses, hotels, theaters, roads, lakes, beaches, bridges, cemeteries, churches, warehouses and prisons throughout the United States. We kick off the ghost stories in our October edition. Happy Halloween!
Huntsville, Alabama – The life of Sally Carter was cut tragically short while visiting her sister, weeks shy of her sixteenth birthday. Carter passed away inside of Cedarhurst, a mansion built circa 1823. She was buried on the premises.
Fast-forward to 1919, a young man staying at the residence claimed Sally Carter came to him in a dream. She asked him to straighten her tombstone that had fallen over during a storm. Once inspecting the grounds, he noticed the tombstone was exactly as she described!
Ongoing vandalism on the grounds forced property owners to exhume her body and move it to an undisclosed location. Those involved with the property today said the relocation did nothing to curb ghostly activities. Oddly enough, the 15-year-old ghost of Sally Carter still haunts the stately Cedarhurst!
Scagway, Alaska – Gold and environmental treasures have lured many a fortune seeker to the dark wilderness and unbridled coastlines of our fiftieth state. Scary Mary tops the list of spine-chilling phantoms obtaining legendary status. The would-be bride of a prospector met an untimely end, but still lives on in the minds of many.
According to the story, Mary set up housekeeping in the Golden North Hotel awaiting the arrival of her fiancé, Klondike Ike. Alas, her fiancé never arrived. Heartbroken, Mary eventually locked herself inside the hotel room. It was too late when the staff finally realized what happened! They found her dead body wearing the gown that never witnessed a wedding.
Scary Mary is still an active resident of the Gold North Hotel. Some surprised female guests have seen her hovering above as they sleep, allegedly making sure Klondike Ike hasn’t returned to the wrong bed. Others claim to see the betrothed staring out the hotel window, pining for her lover who has yet to say, “I do.”
Devil’s Highway, Arizona – The highway running through four states, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona was destined for urban legends. Its original, official name was Highway 666, but most referred it as the Devil’s Highway or the Highway to Hell. Although it was renamed Highway 191 in 1992, Devil’s Highway remains a source of much mystery and intrigue. Desolate during the day and mind numbing at night, tourists report strange shenanigans. Some of those stories include a strange black sedan that chases drivers in the dark, supernatural “hounds of hell” that can run as fast as a vehicle can speed, mysterious car problems followed by an evil semi-truck driver that seems bent on hitting stranded travelers.
The stories don’t stop many from traveling the highway either out of practicality or in a search of a paranormal adventure. Here is a list of dos and don’ts when traveling this part of the southwestern United States:
- Do keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel.
- Don’t pick up hitchhikers!
- Do watch for crazy drivers sneaking up behind you.
- Don’t swerve and crash trying to miss animals, objects or other visuals in the road.
- Do keep your doors locked and your windows shut tight.
- Maintain your vehicle before the trip to make sure it doesn’t overheat.
Little Rock, Arkansas – The Mount Holly Cemetery is widely known for activity occurring on and beyond the grounds! It’s the final resting place for many high-ranking Confederate soldiers and an Indian chief’s wife. Final is the operative word, as for some curious reason, many people were reburied there in the early 1800s.
Graveyard visitors report hearing flute music. Some swear certain statues move around the premises. These restless monuments sometimes end up in different parts of Little Rock without explanation.