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NORTH FORK DAM (Ben's Creek, Somerset County) This earthen dam on Ben's Creek forms a reservoir for the Johnstown Water Authority. People have alleged to have been shot and hung in the area, and ghosts have been spotted by the small cemetery near it. One man reported seeing a radiant ghost of a very old man wearing a nightshirt with buttons walk past him there. We can't be sure of the cemetery – it's supposed to be very small. But it's reached by a bridge, and there's a Kimmelton Bridge on Cemetery Road in the vicinity, but we can't say whether those places are involved in the tale or not. The Shadowlands 

OLD BEDFORD VILLAGE SCHOOLHOUSE (Bedford, Bedford County)  In the back of the Village sits an oddly shaped old colonial school building. Quakers built the eight-squared building so that there were no corners where the devil could trap the children, in accordance with the mores of the time. The design also afforded the people in the building a nearly unobstructed view of the area surrounding the structure, constructed at a time when enemies were everywhere and even children carried guns to school.  But the school was a gathering spot for the kids, too.  Patty Wilson of The Ghost Research Foundation found a story of a man dressed in colonial clothing that some people could see sitting in the doorway, presumably an old schoolmaster.  She placed a recorder overnight in the building, and when she played it the next day she could hear the sounds of children laughing and a man's voice in the background - maybe the school master himself with his students.  Haunted Old Bedford Village

OLDE SALT RESTAURANT (Saltsburg, Indiana County) The staff complained of eerie occurrences such as ricocheting ketchup bottles, sudden cold breezes, and silverware trays sliding across the counter and crashing to the floor. The owners called in Ghostseekers of Pennsylvania, who confirmed the events are due to the supernatural. (The Penn “Ghosthunters Share Spooky Stories,” October 29, 2004)  The Olde Salt moved next door, and guess what - it got even spookier!  The basement is home to a spectral family of runaway slaves, two men, a woman, and a child, that supposedly date back to its days as an Underground Railway stop.  Located on Point Street, a historic district that dates back to the 1700s, the restaurant also sports the spirits of a man dressed in black, an old caretaker, and a small girl.  And it still has its poltergeist activity.  Real Ghost Stories 

OLD FARM HOUSE (Cramer, Indiana County) The Allegheny Mountain Ghosthunters investigated this farmhouse, built in 1850. It's exact location is undisclosed to protect the privacy of the owners. They found the spirit of an elderly lady, and a bedroom with a foul odor that gave them a sense of extreme dizziness & disorientation. They're believers. Allegheny Mountain Ghost Hunters

OLD HERSCHBERGER ROAD (Hollsopple, Somerset County) The ghost of young Henry haunts the road. He was allegedly burned to death in a schoolhouse boiler accident. We can't find any school that was there, but Hollsopple was a coal patch town, and Henry probably attended a one-room schoolhouse that could date back to the turn of the century. The Shadowlands

OLD LOG CHURCH (Schellsburg, Bedford County) The Old Log Church was built in 1807, and used until 1852 when the congregation moved on to bigger digs.  It is an actual log cabin edifice, measuring 25'x30'.  It's kept by a preservation society, and is the main feature for the cemetery that received its' first body in 1806, a little girl named Whetstone.  It still gets a couple of dozen burials every year. A ghost was found outside the church by a member of the Ghost Research Foundation, when an icy hand gripped his arm and took a stroll around the grounds with him.  With all that history, we wouldn't be surprised to find a few more spooks lurking about the area of the Old Log Church and Cemetery. Ghost Research Foundation

OLD MANNER HOUSE (Somerset, Somerset County) The old Victorian mansion was once owned by the Manner family.  They wondered why they got the manse so cheaply.  Well, it soon became apparent.  They reported the house as being haunted by at least three spooks.  One pair was an elderly, nattily dressed couple, thought to be the former owners of the house who had died there.  Noises and strong floral scents also filled the home.  But the third spook wasn't so easily explained; it was a burly, blood covered guy who tried to pull himself up the stairs.  They left, but the home is still a private residence off Highway 281.  The story was told by Dennis William Hauck in Haunted Places: A National Directory.

OLD MAN OF THE MONUMENT (Bedford, Bedford County) In 1890, a Civil War monument was put up in the town square of Bedford.  It's the site of many of the town festivities.  One event you don't want to miss is when the bronze soldier statue on top of the monument's pedestal jumps down and starts to walk around the square, as the "Old Man," as he's called, has been known to do some lonely evenings.  Mountains of Attractions

OLD SOMERSET COUNTY JAIL (Somerset, Somerset County ) The old jailhouse was built in 1856 by John Mung, and was in use until 1981, when it was converted into county offices. A unique feature of the jail that remains to this day is the double gallows. Like many old jails, hangings were done in the building, and in Somerset, they could have a two-for-one if they pleased. Seven convicts were hung in all, and the double hanging was used for the Nicely brothers, executed for murder in 1891. There were many escape tries from the jail. It's alleged to be haunted, maybe by the not-so-Nicely boys. (Tribune-Democrat "Somerset Visitors Take Haunted Friday The 13th Hike," October 13, 2006)

OLD STONE PIKE (Armagh, Indiana County) John “Yank” Brown was a horse thief. He hid his horses in a cave off of Old Stone Pike and kept them there until he could safely sell them. After his death, it was rumored that he had left behind stolen money stashed away in the cave. No one ever found any of it, but people searching the Pike for it swear that they can hear the thundering hooves of horses as Yank drives them to his cave through eternity.  Old Route 22 goes past Armagh, which dates back to 1792, if you care to join the search. John Brown - BBC 

ORMENIA MINERS (Ormenia, Blair County)  Ormenia is now an old abandoned mining town.  But it's said that if you visit the mines, you'll see the glowing figures of the old miners still at work. PA Researchers

PACKSADDLE GAP (Blairsville, Indiana County) The Conemaugh River's Packsaddle Gap cuts its' way through the Laurel Ridge.  It's a scenic vista, and popular with recreational boaters and nature lovers.  It's also haunted by a man, Tom Skelton, who accidentally shot his girlfriend, Maria McDowell, in the early 1900s, killing her.  They were out together, he hunting and she picking flowers and herbs.  It seems he mistook his dear for a deer and shot her.  It's been reported that you can see him, still carrying his rifle, by the RR tracks, staring sadly at the mountains.  There were also odd sightings when Torrance State Hospital patients would escape the grounds and wander through the woodlands before being found, which helped add fuel to the legend.  (Indiana Gazette "Many Local Legends Based On Fact" October 31, 2007)  Hot Spots (click "Packsaddle Gap" in the index)

PAPER MILL BRIDGE (Roaring Springs, Blair County) The bridge by the old paper mill hosts a trio of ghosts.  The first pair are a couple that were killed by a train.  Sweethearts to the end, they can be sighted on the bridge, walking together and holding hands.  The other spook is a guy that hung himself.  You can hear his voice, and local lore says that if you park in the middle of the bridge, you can see him pacing back and forth at the end opposite the mill.  He's even been known to sometimes walk up to the car and give it a whack.  Strange USA

PHILLIP'S RANGERS MONUMENT (Tussey Mountain, Bedford County) Captain William Phillips and a small band of militia numbering a dozen in all were sent to Bedford County to quell an Indian uprising. They marched on July 15, 1780, over Tussey Mountain and into into Woodcock Valley, finding nothing but deserted cabins. The settlers had already fled for safer ground. They choose one of the empty cabins to stay in overnight. Imagine their shock when they discovered in the morning that they were surrounded by a large band of warriors. They didn't seem to know the Rangers were there, but eventually a shot rang out and the battle was on. It was a fight the Rangers couldn't win, and Phillips went out to surrender after the cabin was set ablaze by flaming arrows. The deal was that they would lay down their arms if their lives were spared. But the Indians welshed on the bargain. They separated Phillips and his son – they would be worth something in a trade – and a small party took them away.  They eventually ended up as British POWs for the next two years. The Rangers, though, were tied to trees, cut open and tortured, and finally put to rest with arrows. It was a slow and savage way to die. A relief column led by Colonel John Piper cut the bodies down and buried them at the spot. While building a monument in the 1930s for the men at the site of the massacre, 9 of the 10 bodies were found and interred in a common grave incorporated in the parklet dedicated to their memory. It's said that they relive the anniversary of the slaughter, and the Rangers and Indians show up every year late at night on July 16. There's also supposed to be a solitary black shadow that watches over the grave who can be felt and sometimes seen. Is it Phillips? Is it the Ranger whose body they didn't find? No one knows for sure. Ghost Research Foundation

PITT – JOHNSTOWN (Richland Twp., Cambria County) Founded in 1927 as a branch campus of Pitt, the Jolly J now offers its' own four year programs to 2,700 students, served up with a little taste of the eerie.

  • Briar 2: Computer printers start churning out pictures of the girls in the hall, faucets turn on, and the voice of a man talking can be heard, according to reports. The first floor has had repeated occurrences of ghost sightings. The Shadowlands
  • Briar Lodge, Living & Learning Center, Woodland Townhouse: Reports from people in the buildings of apparitions and strange sounds. The Shadowlands
  • Laurel Hall, Living & Learning Center: These buildings are haunted at night by a boy, a woman, and an old man who likes to yell and wake up the students. This nugget was found in The Complete Idiots Guide To Ghosts And Hauntings by Tom Ogden.
  • Laurel & Oak Halls: Supposedly built on Indian burial mounds, the sounds of drums and chants can sometimes be heard. Laurel Hall was allegedly exorcised in 1986 after a knife flew through the air and stuck in a door. At Oak Hall, a voice can be heard to whisper the names Allison and Abby, although we don't think we can blame the Indians for that one. The Shadowlands
  • Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center: Psychics discovered the spirit of Jenny, a tall, 20-ish girl with reddish blonde hair & freckles. She had blotches on her wrists, perhaps indicating that she slit them. She was seen most often at the PPAC, but was also spotted walking in the woods by the Living & Learning Center. Shadowlands Post
  • Soccer Fields: Native American spirits are reported in the area. Yep, you guessed it – the rumor is more Indian burial mounds were graded to lay out the fields. The Shadowlands 

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PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL (Punxsutawney, Jefferson County) We'd be remiss if we omitted this statewide legend. It started because of a shared European tradition that goes “If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come Winter have another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Go Winter and come not again.” The Romans introduced this bit of lore to the Germans, who spread it to the English Isles. This famed prognostication was celebrated by the earliest settlers, and it became official in the 1886, when the Punxsutawney Spirit called February 2 Groundhog Day.  The first bona fide trip to Gobbler's Knob made the following year. Phil once threatened 60 weeks of wintry weather on the area during Prohibition if he wasn't allowed a little nip. He also announced in 1958 that the satellite circling the planet wasn't a Russian sputnik, but a good ol' American “Chucknik.” He's met with President Ronald Reagan and Pennsylvania governors Dick Thornburg and Ed Rendell. There's a movie named after his holiday, and he's been shown in Times Square. Phil's been on Oprah. Not bad at all for a country bumpkin groundhog from Punxsutawney, we'd say. Why a groundhog? Why not? Punxsutawney Phil

RAILROADERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM (Altoona, Blair County) In 1882, the Pennsylvania RR built the Master Mechanics Building as an office. It later became an infirmary and HQ for the railroad police, and today it's the Railroader's Museum. Hauntings and weird events are an everyday happening there. In the guest shop, toys, books, and models will be taken from their shelves and left in neat stacks on the floor. Frank the spook is often seen clambering on the train engine that sits in the lobby by the entrance to the museum. Frank's picture is hung in the hall – from the 1920s, when he was a live member of the rail crew. He's also been seen roaming the lobby and the elevator. Frank is especially visible among children, and he's been known to strike up conversations with them, while their parents are wondering who they're chatting away to.  Big band music can be heard on the second floor, coming from Kelly's Bar, where the old railroaders would stop after their shift and wash down the track dust. One museum staffer rips the filters off of his cigarettes and leaves them for the spooks whenever he visits there (they smoked unfiltered Camels back in the day). When he returns, the cigarettes are either moved or gone, and the smell of tobacco smoke fills the room, even though it's now a strictly no-smoking building. We guess that's one habit that really can't be broken. A spirit by the name of “Big Boss” hangs out on the fourth floor. Two men in flannel shirts have been seen walking the halls, looking disorientated.  You can see right through them. The curator has seen RR'ers walk right through the walls.  The spirit of a man wearing rubber gloves and a lab apron has been seen heading to the testing room.  Figures that are invisible to the human eye can be spotted on the security screens.  Orbs have been photographed many times throughout the building. Old railroaders must have a hard time giving up the ghost - and the good times at Kelly's Bar. The museums spectral inhabitants are featured in Haunted Pennsylvania by Patty Wilson & Mark Nesbitt.  RR Ghosts - Mountains of Attractions 

THE REAPPEARING HOUSE (Ganister, Blair County) A mountainside house that was demolished long ago keeps popping back up, at least in image, much to the surprise of passer-bys.  Hey, if a person can come back and haunt a place, why can't a house?  PA Researchers

ROARING SPRING (Blair County) Roaring Spring is named for a geyser gushing from Morrison's Cove's underground lake with such force that it created a roar that could be heard for miles. It's claim to fame is its' paper mill – and ghosts, it seems. It's said that a pastor that once lived in town was in reality a devil worshiper. His house was supposed to be filled with potions, satanic books, and an attic that had icicles hanging from the ceiling no matter how hot it was outside. He had a foster daughter that disappeared one day. After he died, a girl's hipbone was discovered in the back yard. A hole will appear and then disappear in the garden, and it's said nothing will grow in that spot. A missionary allegedly came to visit the town in the 1960's, and refused to enter it. He said the place was too filled with evil spirits. The Shadowlands

ROYER MANSION (Williamsburg, Blair County) The limestone Royer Mansion was built by ironmaster Samuel Royer in 1815, replacing an earlier house that burned to the ground. There are several ghost stories associated with the house, now operated by the Blair County Historical Society. The first involves the springhouse. The sound of children playing was allegedly heard there, and then the children would appear. One very young child, 3 or 4 years old, climbed down the banks of the spring. Next, the screams of a woman were heard, and she was seen carrying the child's lifeless body from the water. Now there's no record of a child drowning at Royer, but the sighting is hard to explain away. It's said a white mist rises from the stream even when there's no fog anywhere else, and women get uneasy to this day around the springhouse. Maternal instincts last forever. Carrie Hartman's spirit has also been seen there. Carrie was the wife of one of Samuel's grandchildren, and she had a great love for her home. She was its' last resident, dying in the house. It's said she even greeted some tourists and took them around the house one day when the guide missed the appointment. She makes sure all the doors are shut, except for the one in her small upstairs bedroom, which the staff can't keep closed. And when Carrie was alive, she said she saw the spirit of Sara Royer roaming the house. There's also a ghost that centers on the staircase. It's said when you're on the steps, you can feel a presence trying to rush you along. You might want to take the elevator if you'd like to avoid a tumble down the stairs. There's also been sightings of eerie lights shining from the locked attic. We have no word on who's up there that's afraid of the dark. Ghost Research Foundation   Royer Mansion - Mountains of Attractions

RUSSELL HOUSE (Bedford, Bedford County) This report was filed by a 12-year old ghost hunter, but sounds pretty professional to us.  The Russell House was built in 1816 by James Russell, and is a historic funeral parlor in the area.  While investigating the old building, our intrepid spook seeker heard strange sounds and spotted a shadow on the stairway.  And sure enough, when the photos were developed, there were orbs and the outline of a woman on the staircase.  You're never too young...  Mountains of Attraction

SELDOM SEEN MINE (Patton, Cambria County) In the early 1900s, according to the story, three men robbed an elderly widow. They stashed their loot in a closed section of the Miller Run Mine, later renamed the Chest Creek Coal Mine in 1942 and now known as Seldom Seen Mine. They got drunk, bragged about their deed, and were arrested. But without any evidence, they were set free. They returned to the mine, and while digging to uncover the hidden swagger, they started a mine flood. (Or a cave-in, take your pick.) They drowned or suffocated, and the money was never recovered. It's said you can still hear digging in the shaft and then voices screaming for help. There's no record of a flood or cave-in for the mines that we can find, but if it was in an unused or closed shaft, there would be no need to record it for posterity. Seldom Seen Mine is tapped out, and now it's a tourist site. The Shadowlands 

SHORT CUT ROAD (Williamsburg, Blair County) A girl was hit by a motorcycle on this road and killed in the 1980s.  Her spook has been spotted wandering along the road, and whenever a motorist stops to help her, she disappears.  PA Researchers

SOMERSET TRUST BUILDING (Somerset County) There are reports of squeaking elevators and slamming doors, but the star of this spook show is the shade of Anna Scull, family member of the bank's founder Edward Scull. She wears her hair pulled back and dresses in a long skirt with a white blouse. Petite Anna even scared away a burly construct worker who was on the job in the building when he spotted her floating along. The tour staff of the historic building speculates that Anna likes to check out how the business is going from time to time. (Tribune-Democrat "Somerset Visitors Take Haunted Friday The 13th Hike," October 13, 2006) 

SLYHOFF'S GRAVE (Jefferson County) Richard Slyhoff was an infamous man in early Jefferson County. He was a well-known drunk and "Cain raiser."  On his deathbed, Slyhoff may have had a vision of what awaited him beyond this earth and made his family swear to a strange request. His final wish was to be buried under a large rock near his home. Slyhoff's reasoning was simple - he didn't want the devil to find him on judgment day.  With a lot of sweat, his buds hollowed out a space under the huge boulder and slid his coffin underneath it.  A few years later, one of the burial party returned, more out of curiosity than remembrance, to the grave under the rock. What he found surprised him. The coffin he and his friends had worked so hard to conceal was no longer under the rock. Somehow the huge boulder had moved. Instead of covering the grave, the rock had moved uphill, leaving Slyhoff exposed. Over the years the rock has continued to recoil from Slyhoff. Will the devil come calling on Judgment Day? If he does, Slyhoff may find out you can never hide from your past, even in death. 1Historic Brookville

STONE BRIDGE (Johnstown, Cambria County) This span across the Conemaugh was the site of complete horror when the South Fork Dam let loose in 1889. A thirty foot high pile of debris stretching over 30 acres collected behind the Stone Bridge, with an estimated 3,000 people trapped in it. A surging mass of trees, rubble from houses, and even railroad engines were intertwined with barbed wire, mixed in when the river overran a factory that manufactured the stuff. If that wasn't bad enough, the oil saturated material then caught on fire. People worked feverishly to rescue those poor souls, but up to 300 of them perished in the flames and many more disappeared, their bodies never found. Supposedly, the area is haunted by their spirits, and their cries for help can still be heard.

THE TREASURE OF CHINKLACAMOOSE (Clearfield, Clearfield County) A long lost map of the "Treasure of Chinklacamoose" was found in an old vault.  The map says "For all those who lust for the hunt for lost gold and silver, the Treasure of Chinklacamoose will reward its finder with fame and fortune.  Solve all these clues and the HUMMINGBIRD AMULET is yours."  Want to try your hand at it?  Here's the treasure map.  Get to it and claim that Hummingbird Amulet as your very own.  Chinklacamoose is the site of the old Delaware Indian village that present day Clearfield was built on. This was taken from the book Legends of Clearfield County by Melvin Lingle.

TYRONE RAILROAD TRACKS (Tyrone, Blair County) The story goes that a woman's family was hit by a train on the Pennsylvania RR tracks in Tyrone, killing them all. Their bodies were never found. The distraught woman hung herself. It's said that the specter of an old woman can be seen searching the tracks for them. The now decrepit wooden house she hung herself in has blood stains that can't be cleaned off of the floor.  The Shadowlands

UPMC - BEDFORD: (Everett, Bedford County) There's alleged to be two spooks in the former Memorial Hospital of Bedford County.  One is an old patient that haunts the ER.  The other is the spirit of an OB doc that's been seen in the Maternity ward.  Haunted Places

THE U.S. HOTEL (Hollidaysburg, Blair County) The U. S. Hotel was built by John Dougherty in 1835 to serve the thriving Pennsylvania Canal traffic. Destroyed by a fire in 1871, it was rebuilt by German immigrant Englebert Gromiller in 1886, who added a brewery next door. The building changed hands several times, and began deteriorating. The brewery was razed. But the hotel has been restored, and the ghosts there are now enjoying the comfort to which they were formerly accustomed. It's said that there are quite a handful of them to deal with. There's a girl with chestnut hair, laying in a hotel bed, writhing in pain and holding her head. She disappears before anyone can help her. Then there's the man that runs around carrying an ax. There's a woman that hovers by the doorway of a guest's room. A contractor saw a footless woman in a white gown floating above the floor. A ghostly boy has been spotted sitting on the front staircase. The  Allegheny Mountain Ghost Hunters checked out the Hotel, and found a mean-spirited (and smelly!) ghost they called Spiro on the upper floors. Another investigator, Patty Wilson, said she also met an apparition that was grumpy and kept telling her to get out, likely the same surly spirit. A friendly woman ghost who stays on the first floor that the staff calls Sarah was found by the AMG to actually be the spirit of a girl named Mary. And sometimes it seems like the spooks know more about their hunters than the psychics do about the ghosts.  Al Brindza, after an investigation, played back his recorder for EVPs and claims that a spirit voice not only called him by name, but asked where his wife was!  The manager has heard people celebrating upstairs, even when he was alone in the building. The hotel's owner said that once he also heard people talking and clanging dishes upstairs when he was closing shop alone.  As he left, he realized he had forgotten his keys. When he went back in the hotel, the ghostly party had moved downstairs. Discretion being the better part of valor, he left the building by the back door. The ghosts partied on. Haunted Hotel - Mountains of Attractions

WATTS HILL (Indiana County)  Just west of Indiana, there's allegedly a spirit of a hunchbacked boy roaming the roads by Watt's Hill. He was a homeless waif adopted by a farm family that abused him.  One day he ran off into the woods and was never seen again - except for his ghost.  His spook has been reported as far back as 1869. Another tale involves a peddler that was hung on the hill in the early 1800s.  A group of travelers passing the hill reported seeing his ghostly figure.  They said it was 9 feet tall and floated 6 feet of the ground.  So if you're motoring down Route 422 and in the area, keep your eyes peeled.  (Indiana Gazette "Society President: Many  Local Legends Based On Fact," October 31, 2007)

WHITE LADY'S HOUSE (Dysart, Cambria County) Three teens took a midnight trip in 1986 on Richland Road, between Route 53 and Wopsy Road, to visit the White Lady's house.  The windows were out, and the inside of the empty home was covered in grafitti.  As the trio stood in the middle of the house, they caught a glimpse of the White Lady, floating between rooms, followed immediately by their flashlight going out.  They skedaddled.  We don't know if the deserted home is still standing and home to to the White Lady, but we thank Big Al for posting his tale and keeping the local lore alive.  Mountains of Attractions

THE WHITE LADY OF WOPSONONOCK MOUNTAIN (Bedford/Blair County) This is a classic ghost legend. The tales start with a young couple heading along the narrow, twisty mountain road on their way to the Wopsy (that's what the natives call it) Hotel atop the peak. To give you an idea of the age of this story, the hotel burned down in 1903, never to be rebuilt. In one version, they crash and the husband is killed. In another, they both meet death. In yet another, a baby in the carriage is thrown out in an accident and dies. In another tale, they're eloping and being pursued by the bride's irate father.  In version five, the ghost roams nearby Buckhorn Mountain. At any rate, they all converge at Devil's Elbow, a nasty curve on the road, where they meet their fate. The Lady In White is seen along the woodline of Wopsy Mountain roaming the road, dressed in a long flowing white gown.  She's carrying a candle or a lantern, searching for someone. Many people have stopped and given her rides. She's described by these kindly souls as beautiful, smiling, and quiet. When they look in the rear view mirror, they can't see her.  But as they turn to check their eyes, she's still sitting in the back seat. When they reach Devil's Elbow, she disappears.The old hotel is now a lover's lane at the historic Wopsy lookout where you can see 6 different counties when it's clear outside. There's a couple of tales involved with that, too. First, there have reportedly been multiple suicides there from spurned lover's taking the leap, perfect fuel for a ghostly tale or two. The other is that if you park at the Lookout on a clear, dark night, the streetlights below will spell out “Altoona.” Personally, we'd be more impressed if they spelled out "Wopsononock" instead. If you want to take the trip, the mountain road is now called Juniata Gap Road (known locally as Wopsy Road), and runs up the mountain from Altoona. If you're approaching from the opposite direction, we believe the route is along Colonial Drake Highway (known locally as Buckhorn Road), which leads over Buckhorn Mountain and up Wopsy from the other side. Please make sure to drive carefully. White Lady of Wopsy

WINDBER HOTEL (Windber, Somerset County)  The Windber Hotel dates back to 1897, and it has the remains of its history still roaming the building.  At night, you can hear disembodied steps pacing the halls.  The bar has its own spook, a spirit that shows up wearing a top hat who disappears.  The star of the show is the supposed apparition of John Sharky, who was shot to death in the basement in 1911 and whose spirit is still down there.  He's supposed to be aggressive, talking to people who come downstairs and even grabbing them.   Shadowlands Post by Jeff

JAMES WOLFE SCULPTURE TRAIL/JOHNSTOWN INCLINED PLANE HIKING TRAIL (Johnstown, Cambria County) On July 10, 1902, 112 miners lost their lives in an explosion in the Cambria Iron Company's nearby Rolling Mills mine.  There have been sightings of a lone miner on the trail who disappears as you approach him, and of a pair of miners holding their lunch buckets at the base of the Johnstown Inclined Plane, still waiting for their ride home. The spook of a young boy has been reported from there, too.  The sightings date back even further.  It's alleged that there was an Indian burial ground near the top of the Plane, and floating lights have been seen dancing around the native's final resting place.  This popular hiking trail winds past the Incline and along the Stony Brook River. Haunted PA - Visit PA    Real Haunts 

WOODBURY MINE (Royer, Blair County) In the fall of 1940, five miners began to pick away at the ore in Woodbury Mine shaft #124.  The shaft hadn't been worked before, and the miners punctured a wall, flooding the shaft.  They drowned while their coworkers scurried for safety.  If you go there today, the shaft looks like a pond, and equipment lays scattered and deserted from that fateful day.  And the tools weren't all that was left behind.  The spooks of the five dead miners are said to haunt the whole area of the Woodbury Ore and Clay Mines complex.  Psychosylum


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