Whether you believe in ghosts and spirits or not, you’ll agree that there are a few places that are just spooky. Places where a lot of violence and hatred took place many years ago, have a scary feel to them which even the most skeptical of people can’t ignore. Maybe it’s just our mind playing tricks on us because we’ve heard so much about these places. Or maybe there really is some paranormal activity going on there. It’s left to you to make up your own mind. So if you’re ready to take your step, approach these haunted places in America known for their rattling reputation.
10. Alcatraz, San Francisco, California:
Alcatraz is the most notorious prison in America. It was famous even before Nicholas Cage made a movie based on The Rock. It was always a very brutal place to be imprisoned in. It drove many of its inmates insane and many inmates died in their cells. There is no wonder such a place is going to be haunted. There have been many horror stories of inmates dying of inexplicable causes while in solitary confinement that point to paranormal phenomenon.
9. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:
Gettysburg is a prime location for haunting because of the battle of Gettysburg in which many people lost their life in violent and tragic ways. With so many deaths the place is bound to be haunted and many people have seen ghost like apparitions in Gettysburg. One famous one is “the Sentry” who guards the cupola at the top of Pennsylvania Hall at Gettysburg College.
8. Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California:
William Winchester was the famous manufacturer of the Winchester rifle. After his death, his wife was haunted by the ghosts of the people who had died due to the Winchester rifles. The ghosts ordered her to build a house if she wanted to live. She followed their orders and from 1884 to 1922 non stop construction was carried out at their house till she finally died. There are stairs that lead to the ceiling and doors that open into walls. And many ghosts including that of Mrs. Winchester now haunt the mansion.
7. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky:
Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a stereotypical haunted mental institute. 63,000 people have been said to have died there until 1980 when it was closed. It used to house tuberculosis patients and in 1961 it closed for renovation and was opened as a geriatrics center. Today many ghosts and paranormal activities can be witnessed and flashlight tours are arranged for tourists.
6. Salem, Massachusetts:
The Salem witch trials are notorious for the stupidity with which the town imploded on itself and everybody tried to kill everybody. Due to such a violent history and alleged involvement in witchcraft, this place is known to be haunted till today by the ghosts of the dead witches. Even today it’s known as Witch City.
5. Bell Witch Cave, Adams, Tennessee:
John Bell moved to Roberson County in 1804 with his family. In 1817 the family members started seeing strange animals on the farm and there were knocking heard outside and inside the house and other strange sounds and voices. The poltergeist revealed itself as the witch of a neighbor woman names Kate Batts. She wanted to kill John Bell and since then the place is named Bell Witch Cave and even though John is long dead, the place is still haunted.
4. The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri:
One of the most haunted places in America
, the Lemp Mansion has been the location for many deaths and suicides. The whole Lemp family found great misfortune in this house. The family members kept dying either of unexplainable reason or they committed suicide. Other people have also died here and the place is still haunted even though now it’s used as a hotel. Visitors frequently claim to have observed paranormal activity in their room.
3. Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts:
Mr. and Mrs. Borden were killed in their house in 1892 by a hatchet. The only suspect was their daughter Lizzie Borden who was arrested but later on released. She was still accused of the murders when she died in 1927. Some say she haunts the place as a revenge of the indignation she had to face all her life for something she didn’t do. Or maybe she was crazy and did kill her parents and now haunts the place just for fun.
2. Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois:
The Bachelor Grove Cemetery
looks like a normal old cemetery that has been ravaged by time. The place is coming apart and has been vandalized excessively. It is also the most haunted cemetery in the United States as many ghosts are seen on the property. Especially near a pond which was used by mob bosses to dump dead bodies into.
1. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado:
The Stanley Hotel is famous for haunting and paranormal activities. Kitchen staff have heard parties going on in the ballroom after hours when the room was empty and other staff have heard the piano being played in the lobby when there is no one around. People often see ghosts in their bedrooms in the middle of night and one ghost in particular has been known to steal jewelry and other costly items as well.