Poconos/I-80 East Haunts & History
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SAYMAN ROAD (Dashore, Bradford County) People that have driven on this dirt road report that you can see hanging bodies from the trees on the side of the road. They disappear as soon as you flash a light at them. You can also hear unexplainable noises coming from the woods, which are said to have had ritual sacrifices held in them. The Shadowlands
THE SCRANTON TROLLEY MUSEUM (Scranton, Lackawanna County) Hey, they have more than old streetcars at the Electric City Trolley Museum. The Museum includes a spooky passenger from a bygone era whose spirit is eternally trapped at the rear of car 46 that ran in the Philadelphia area. Accounts range from a presence being felt, a creepy feeling inside the car, items being moved on their own, to whispers coming from nowhere. Physic’s describe envisioning a lonesome woman sitting in the car, with stories ranging from a woman who became gravely ill while on the trolley to a lady who died while a passenger. Ask the staff if you don't believe us; museum personnel will confirm the stories. PA Halloween
THE SECRET OF OLYPHANT (Olyphant, Lackawanna County) This small borough of 4,000 souls is the center of the universe according to chemist John Peruka. His theory (formed after discovering an old slag pile that he says is actually a pyramid, the Great Sphinx shape of Olyphant's border, and the oddity that the area churches surround a synagogue and form triangles and Orion constellation designs) is that the borough is linked to ancient Egypt, UFOs, portals into other dimensions, and Harry Houdini. He speaks of special forces that control the townsfolk, sort of like the Village of the Damned. There's a secret door that leads to the center of the universe. If you'd like to know more, there's a lively chat at the link below. It was worth a chapter in Charles Adam's III book Luzerne & Lackawanna Counties Ghosts, Legends & Lore. NEPA Blog
SETTLERS INN (Hawley, Wayne County) The spectre of an elderly gent has been reported at the Settlers Inn bar late at night by employees. He's thought to be a haunt from the flood of 1936 which almost destroyed the town. (Pocono Record "Many Local Resorts, Parks Boast a Ghost," October 30, 2004)
SEVEN STEPS (Canton, Bradford County) There's an old railroad tunnel by town that has seven steps built into its' side, leading to the top. The legend goes that one day a boy was riding his bike through the tunnel and got hit by a train. His ghost has haunted the tunnel since, and his spook can be spotted occasionally. It's said that you can hear the sounds of train whistles, footsteps, and his laughter whenever you're in the tunnel. The Shadowlands
THE SHAWNEE INN (Shawnee on the Delaware, Monroe County) Originally opened in 1911 as the Buckwood Inn, the resort became the Shawnee Inn in 1943 when Fred Waring bought it. He and the Pennsylvanians did their radio show from there, and guests like Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, Art Carney, Perry Como, Dwight Eisenhower, George Gobel, Ed Sullivan and Arnie Palmer stopped by the noted golf resort. But its' most famous guest may be the woman spook that's reportedly haunting the Inn. She's been seen floating through the lobby into the Dogwood dining room. You can hear whispered conversation followed by screams in the bar, and the lady's restroom being used when no one is in it. She's thought to be the spirit of a lady that was murdered in the lobby. The Shadowlands
SHAWNEE RESORT VACATION RENTALS (Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, Monroe County) The time-share company is based in an old Fort Dupay building. The staff reports cold spots, disembodied footsteps, doors locking and unlocking, and sightings of a woman's spook. (Pocono Record "Many Local Resorts, Parks Boast a Ghost," October 30, 2004)
THE SHEPPTON MINE CAVE-IN (Hazelton, Luzerne County) In 1963, the Sheppton Mine collapsed, trapping three miners. One was separated from the others, and his body was never found. But the other two, Henry Throne and David Fellin, survived two weeks underground before being rescued. But they had some help, according to their tale, which they call "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told." During the first five days, they were accompanied by the spirit of Pope John XXIII, who had died ten weeks before. He illuminated the air pocket they had found with a bluish light and kept their spirits buoyed until the fifth day. That's when rescuers drilled a bore hole through the 330 feet of rock between them and the surface and the pope handed the duo over to their care. The two men also reported out of body experiences and seeing a large number of men in the cave who were neither miners nor rescuers. Hallucinations? Maybe, but both were interviewed separately after the rescue and had the same weird tale to tell. And Fellin allegedly told Throne not to mention the events just before he was hauled to the surface for fear that "..they'll say you're nuts." It's quite a tale, and we're glad he spilled the beans. Their story was told on TV by The Discovery Channel, which aired the special Coal Mine Rescue several times in the 1990s. Ed Conrad's Story
THE SIREN OF LOYALSOCK CREEK (Williamsport, Lycoming County) The local Native Americans tell of a beautiful Indian girl that was murdered by raftsman on the Loyalsock Creek in the mid 1800s. She's stayed around though, and her enticing song now draws rafters on the Loyalsock to their deaths in the rocks and rapids of the creek even today. But the Indians say that she doesn't sing her song for vengeance, but only because she's happy in the spirit world. Her alluring tune drew mention in Dan Asfar's book Ghost Stories of Pennsylvania. Spooky Williamsport
THE SKYTOP LODGE (Skytop, Monroe/Pike Counties) The Skytop Lodge offers elegance and scenic golf on its' 5,500 acre spread. It also offers some spooks. The first are a group of Indians that haunt Indian Ladder Falls on Brodhead Creek. The legend says that in the 1700s they escaped their captors by climbing the Falls and return to celebrate their freedom, according to the PA Researchers. The Shadowlands story is they they leapt to their death over the falls rather than be captured. Either way, their spooks still can reportedly be seen, sighted as lights above the Falls. The other ghosts, as told by the New York Times, belong to Marv and Marsha. Their ashes were strewn across the fifteenth fairway of the golf course, and they can be seen there, still enjoying a well played shot from the afterlife.
THE SMURL HOUSE (West Pittston, Luzerne County) This haunting was the Barnum & Bailey act of the 70s and still hasn't been laid entirely to rest. In 1974, the Smurls reported paranormal activity in their duplex. The TV burst into flames, there was poltergeist activity galore, and the apparitions of an incubus and pig monster showed up. They said the Scranton diocese sent an investigator, but the priest turned out to be a demon dressed in frock. Then they called in the Warrens, who's background consisted mainly of investigating the Amityville Horror. The Warrens said there were 3 ghosts and a demon in the house. They ordered up an exorcism by a priest belonging to an order that the Catholic Church didn't recognize. Surprise - it didn't work. The Smurls contacted the media and, of course, a book publishing company. (That worked - Robert Curran and Jack Smurl wrote a book, The Haunted, and a 1991 TV movie of the same name was shot. It's supposedly a pretty good spook flick.) CSICOP offered to investigate. They were turned down. The diocese said they had no evidence of any unnatural occurrences at the house, as the Smurl's claimed it did. The Warrens claimed to have tapes of paranormal activity, but they gave them to a TV station and dang, couldn't remember which one. So they couldn't come up with the evidence. How did it end? The diocese sent St. Bonaventure priest and exorcist Father Alphonsus Trabold to check out the house. He thought the Smurls were sincere and something did happen in the house, but it wasn't demonic. And there's where the story lies. You can check it out yourself. There are pages and pages of web tales centered on the Smurl House, pro and con, so you can make up your own mind. Suite 101
SONESTOWN SPOOK SOLDIER (Sonestown, Sullivan County) This legend centers around a Civil War soldier that died in battle. His ghost has been spotted at two places. First is his old home on Hoot Road, where he's said to return seeking his family. Voices and footsteps have been reported by a variety of owners. He's also been seen guarding the Sonestown Covered Bridge, still protecting his family and home. The Shadowlands
THE STAGECOACH INN (Mountaintop, Luzerne County) Here's one visitor's story: " I walked across the foyer area and felt a presence. It was telling me it’s time to leave, it’s time to leave and was angry that it was taking so long. As I looked towards the direction leading into the main dining area I thought it was a strange type of shadow that I attributed to the lights or lack there of playing tricks on my perception, but made it a point not to go towards the shadow. It was if I was being told do not come over here." Spooky enough for us to include the Stage Coach Inn here! PA Halloween
STARTING GATE SKI SHOP (Bushkill, Monroe County) This well known ski shop sports the spirit of a man that's been seen walking in the Indian Museum section of the store. It's also been said that the life sized statue of Mesingwah - better known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch - comes to life and roams the Poconos at night. PA Researchers
THE STONE COUCH (Eckley, Luzerne County) On the side of Buck Mountain Road near Eckley Miner's Village sits a white stone slab that seems by all appearances to be a roadside sofa. But think twice before you rest your weary bones on the Stone Couch. The legend is that if you sit on it once, bad luck will befall you. Sit on it twice, and someone you know will die. Sit on it a third time, and you will die. Hazelton Paranormal
STOUDSMOOR GENERAL STORE (Stroudsburg, Monroe County) Part of the Stroudsmoor Inn complex, the General Store was built on the bones of the old Highland Inn. There's ghostly activity on the third floor, manifested mainly through a racket. The sounds are thought to be caused by the Snowy Mountain ghost, which comes out when the fog rolls in and is thought to be a protector by the locals. It's story is told in Haunted Places: The National Registry by Dennis William Hauck.
SUGARLOAF MASSACRE (Conyngham, Luzerne County) In 1780, 15 German colonial militiamen were ambushed by a contingent of Senecas and Tories, and cut down to the last man at Sugarloaf, by the Little Nescopeck Creek just outside present-day Conyngham. They have a historic marker to commerate their sacrifice, and a little more. It's said that you can still hear the cries of the soldiers and the war whoops of the Indains playing out the battle to this day. Ghosts of America
SUICIDE/HANGING RIDGE (Ross Township, Monroe County) This part of Bonser Road has been the alleged site of at least five suicides, the first being a father and son who hung themselves on the roadside. Their spirits reportedly have been seen haunting the road. It was written up by Dennis William Hauck in Haunted Places: The National Directory.
SUMMIT HILL CEMETERIES (Summit Hill, Carbon County) If you drive out White Street, past Elm, you'll come across acres and acres of boneyards. There are three, laid out together (We think they're the GAR, St. Joseph's, and St. Mary's cemeteries.) The long time legend associated with the place is that of the headless spook. He crosses the cemetery acreage, holding a red lantern. His appears year-round, but is mostly seen in the fall and winter. Strange USA
THE SUSCON SCREAMER (Suscon, Luzerne County) Underneath the former Susquehanna Railroad Bridge (also known as Boo-Boo Bridge or The Black Bridge) that once crossed Suscon Road lurks the legendary Suscon Screamer. There's many a tale of just what apparition haunts the area. One story has it spooked by the ghost of a woman jilted at the altar who with a loud scream hung herself from the bridge. Another says she was a teen killed on her prom night who's still trying to hitch a ride home. Yet another says it's a mother and child who died in a car crash while rushing to the local hospital. One more claims that it's cursed by the ghost of a girl that escaped from an insane asylum and leaped to her death off the bridge. Whichever version you prefer, a spectral lady has been spotted floating in the nearby woods. Then again, some say it's not a human's spirit that haunts Suscon at all. Some believe the eerie sound is the roar of a lion that escaped from a traveling circus (or maybe its' spirit after all these years.) Others say it's a half human, half pig swamp monster from the bogs. A Times Leader newspaper story said that a hunter was in a tree stand off of Suscon Road when he heard something coming up over the hill. His companion in the next tree screamed, jumped down from his stand and started running. Then the hunter spotted a creature through his binoculars. He described him to the paper as “Being about 6' long with a long snout. It weighed about 200 pounds and was gray in color. It had webbed feet with long claws and had a huge head”. The hunter refused to take the Game Commissioner back to the scene because he was too frightened. The man added that “The ground was clawed up as if 100 turkeys had gone through”. He told the officer that he was sure it wasn’t a bear or a coyote; it was a “Monster”. In May of 1976 a family had a different encounter of the spooky kind with an odd critter. They were visiting a nearby lake and saw a family of four, 6' tall, hairy animals resembling “Bigfoot” wandering around. Maybe it's a Suscon Sasquatch. Whatever it is, it's supposed to have the most piercing, ear splitting shriek in all of spookdom. Just honk your horn three times when you get under the old bridge site if you need proof. A final urban legend. There's supposed to be 18 lights on Suscon Road. Eleven are always out - and every night, it's a different eleven. The Suscon Screamer's screech and story is featured in Charles Adams III and David Siebold's Pocono Ghosts Legends And Lore II. NEPA Blog
(The RR bridge doesn't exist anymore , so happy hunting trying to find the exact spot!)
THE SWETLAND HOMESTEAD (Wyoming, Luzerne County) The Swetland Homestead was built in 1803, and now is operated by the Luzerne County Historical Society. Visitors and staff have a sense of presence in the home, which they believe comes from the spooks of the departed Swetland family members who couldn't bear leaving their homestead, according to the Victoriana Lady. The spooks are often seen in a family setting, as reported in Strange USA.
THE SWIFTWATER INN (Swiftwater, Monroe County) The Swiftwater Inn was opened in 1778 and was on the National Historic Landmark Register. It was said to be haunted by several allegedly evil spooks of guests that never left the Inn. Unfortunately for ghost lovers, the spirits have been scattered to the Pocono winds - after 229 years of business, the Swiftwater was torn down supposedly after some politicking by a nearby company to put up spiffy modern digs for its' visitors and customers. The Swiftwater Inn was featured on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries in its' heyday. (The Pocono Record "Swiftwater Inn In Poconos To Close For Good After 229 Years," May 14, 2007) Pocono Paranormal
TALLMAN'S TUMBLING PORTRAIT (Williamsport, Lycoming County) Three year old Nellie Tallman, the apple of her father's eye, was sitting for her dad as he painted a portrait of her. She tumbled off of the stool and broke her neck, dying from the injury. Her heartbroken father hung the portrait of his adored Nellie in the house, but whenever he did, he would find it lying face down on the floor. He finally gave up and donated it to the Thomas Taber Museum. The same thing happened there. Nellie's portrait apparently has enough of the little girl's spirit in it to relive that fateful day, over and over. The painting's tale is told by Dan Asfar in Ghost Stories of Pennsylvania. Spooky Williamsport
TANNERSVILLE INN (Tannersville, Monroe County) The Tannersvile Inn began operation in 1825 as a tavern and stage stop. In fact, the town was built around the Inn and its' 98 acre property. It became the Tannersville Hotel in 1847. It picked up quite a few tales over the years. Its' most famous spook is a young black man, a former carriage driver, spotted in a second floor bedroom. He begins as a swirl of energy and eventually takes on the form of a man in colonial era clothing. He's usually seen at the foot of the bed, and is alleged to be the apparition of a driver who was injured outside the Inn, brought in for care, and died there. Mabel is the shade of a woman that roams the main floor dining rooms, blowing out candles. She was given the name because it's thought she's the spirit of Mabel Ulrich, an old owner of the Inn. Another tale, passed on by The Shadowlands, says that a man was hit by a car and left to die behind the Inn, much like the colonial driver. He's alleged to haunt a top floor bedroom, where he's been seen lying in bed or sitting on a couch. The Inn supposedly has closed off that area. Finally, an investigation by the Pocono Paranormal gang found the spirits of three youngsters in a bedroom on the third floor. They worked there, and one died of sickness while the other two died in a fire.
THE TRIANGLE (Berwick, Columbia County) This urban legend says that if you follow an isolated dirt logging road in Berwick, you'll come to a pathway in the woods that leads to a spooky clearing. Ghostly eyes watch you from the surrounding woods, and you can hear faint screams. It's said that three witches and several orphans from a now deserted home met their doom in the Triangle. This lore has a darker side. You'll see a glowing pyramid hanging suspended in the air. It's said that the clearing was a meeting place for the KKK, and if the Triangle turns orange, they're lynching someone. (The Voice "Ghastly Ghosts," October 31, 2002)
WASHBURN CEMETERY (Hyde Park, Lackawanna County) The cemetery was established in the 1800s and has a few famous residents. One ill-fated group are the 61 bodies of miners killed in the 1869 Avondale Mine Disaster interred at Washburn. Another well known resident is Hillary's dad, Hugh Rodham, who was born in Scranton and is buried here. He was a staunch Republican, and though not reported, you can probably hear him spinning in his grave. But Washburn's included here because of a quaint urban legend. It's said that if you're in the back of the cemetery by the woods and raise a ruckus, faint voices will respond "Be quiet!" Spooks like to rest in peace. The Shadowlands
WAYMART HAUNT (Waymart, Wayne County) The story goes that a mother and daughter burned the old man to death in a field by their house. His spook can be spotted there and by the now abandoned house on Little Keen Road. Jen Lynn reported this tale to Phantom Paranormal.
WEATHERLY CEMETERY (Kunkletown, Carbon County) This graveyard goes by a variety of names - Weatherly, St. Josephs, old St. Nicholas', or just the Haunted Cemetery. It's supposedly haunted by evil spirits who were buried in the cemetery's unconsecrated grounds, and became a home for the occult in that area of the cemetery. It's rumored that witches meet there under the full moon. Glowing red eyes have been reported from there, attributed to a Lenni-Lenape spirit. People have said to have seen ghostly hearses and vehicles drive by, only to disappear. A glowing white horse has been spotted galloping over the grounds. Visitors have the sense of being followed around the cemetery. Others have allegedly seen spirits dressed in anything from 1800s garb to a pirate outfit roaming the grounds. The ghost hunters and curious have forced the owners to close the graveyard at dusk. Because of the great amount of vandalism that's taken place there, we're not going to link the main source of the stories, which gives directions to the isolated cemetery. Enjoy the tale and skip the trip, please. Even spooks deserve a little respect. The Shadowlands
WEST HAZELTON SCHOOL (West Hazelton, Luzerne County) The school was built in the 1980s during Hazelton's school consolidation phase on the site of an old cemetery. The 2,500 bodies were relocated to Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, but there's some debate over whether all the coffins made the trip. The police say yes, but others suspect some still remained. There are reports of poltergeist activity such as doors opening and closing on their own and missing objects. It's been said the spook of a man can be seen roaming the halls at night and in the early morning. It's also alleged that every May 7th, the bodies of those who were left behind cry and moan at their fate. The Shadowlands
WEST MOUNTAIN SANITARIUM (Scranton, Lackawanna County) This old TB hospital was built in 1903, greatly expanded in 1932, and closed in 1974. It was a spa of sorts, and one treatment, considered novel for the times, was to force the patients outside, even in the dead of winter, for the beneficial effects of the fresh air. Several of the buildings are shells now, and the others are in pretty poor condition. It's a teen hangout, shelter for the homeless, a spot for satan worshipers, and allegedly still the home of some former patient's spooks that have been spotted roaming the grounds and buildings. If TB didn't get them, pneumonia probably did. NEPA investigated the old ruins, and came away with pictures of apparitions, faces, orbs, and mists, along with some EVP responses. The Shadowlands
118 WEST WATER STREET (Lock Haven, Clinton County) The story describes the house as a look-alike for the Addams Family manse, and its' spook is equally as harmless. The ghost of a young boy has been reported in the house, riding his bike up and down the long hallways. (The Eagle Eye "Downtown Shows Spooky Side," October 17, 2007)
WHITE HAVEN CENTER (White Haven, Luzerne County) The old county sanitarium, built in 1901, was taken over by the state in 1956 to use as a mental health annex for nearby Pennhurst State School. It was closed in the 1960s. There are several phenomena associated with the grounds, including the sighting of ghostly shadows and mists along with the usual spooky sounds of old, empty hospital buildings. But it has an urban legend connected to it. Steal something from one of the deserted buildings, and you'll die! We guess ghosts really like their stuff, although we'd suspect the custodians of spreading this rumor more than the ghastly vengeance of ripped-off spooks. Pennsylvania Hauntings
WILDWOOD CEMETERY (Loyalsock Twp., Lycoming County) The cemetery is home to the Crying Lady, a statue over a grave that reportedly cries real tears and sometimes shifts positions. Other spooky happenings here are voices allegedly heard in conversation in the mausoleums, - it's nice that the occupants get along so well - fairies gamboling across the grounds, and banshee cries. Matt Moran and Mark Sceurman dedicate some ink to the graveyard in Weird USA. Abandoned But Not Forgotten
WILKES-BARRE CEMETERY (Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County) This old cemetery was moved from its' original spot (now the site of City Hall) and was badly damaged in the 1972 flood, leaving the stones and grounds in disarray and some of the grave markers illegible. Even the spooks were left dazed and confused. The two most often reported are an elderly man's ghost, roaming around in search of something, and an another that is a form without features that radiates anger. The Shadowlands
WILKES UNIVERSITY (Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County) The University was named after radical British politician, journalist and all around gadfly John Wilkes. Founded in 1933 as Bucknell's Junior College, it became independent as Wilkes College in 1947. It achieved University status in 1990 and now has over 2,400 students. It also has quite a few converted mansions on campus, donations from the Wilkes-Barre elite who helped the school get on its' feet in the beginning years. They came as is, spooks and all.
- Chesapeake & Delaware Halls: These dorms once had a common facade as they were part of an apartment complex built in the 1880's. Wilkes bought them in 1967. Over the years, there have been reports of people being tapped on the shoulder and the sounds of low singing throughout the buildings at night and especially during the weekends. Bill Lewis, Wilke grad and Luzerne Historical Society member, believes he has the answer. The site was originally a Baptist Church, built in 1847 and razed for the apartments. He thinks it's just the congregation worshiping through the ages by still holding their regular services. (The Beacon "Wilkes-Barre Abounds With Ghostly Lore," November 1, 2004)
- Kirby Hall: Kirby was one of Wilke's early donated halls, and its' history stretches back to a log cabin built on the site in the 1770s. There have been many sightings reported there of a spook seen roaming the halls and classrooms. Some believe that it's the spirit of a man nicknamed Poker Dan who was allegedly killed in a gambling dispute in the building at the turn of the century. There's also supposed to be spooky happenings in the basement wine cellar, especially during the day. Other phenomena include women sobbing on the staircase, a shadowy figure of a women moving through the one-time family residence which is now used as classrooms, and a grandfather clock that's supposed to have a spooky aura, even though it doesn't work anymore. Kirby was renovated a while ago to house the English and Communications departments, and the spirits seem to have calmed down since. (The Beacon "Valuing Our Past: Kirby Hall's Rich Historical Significance," September 22, 2002)
- Sturdevant Hall: Sturdevant is an old building, dating past the 1840s, and is described as a maze of halls, closed off doorways, and countless stairwells. It's now home to a variety of offices. It's also home to some poltergeist pranks. It has reports of scratching sounds from the walls, creaking footsteps, objects being moved, pens rolling uphill (a gravity desk!) and the odor of cigar smoke in the morning. The spooky shenanigan we like the most is the electric stapler that shoots out its' staples at unsuspecting profs - even unplugged! (The Beacon "Mystery Shrouds Historic Building - Mysterious Happenings Linger In Sturdevant Hall," December 6, 2001)
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WILLIAMSPORT MASSACRE (Williamsport, Lycoming County) The spirit of a Native American is said to ride along Sutton Avenue during the wee hours. Don't try to stop him; he'll ride right through you. He's thought to be associated with Plum Thicket massacre of June 10, 1778 when the Indians and Tories ran roughshod over the settlers in a battle waged roughly at Fourth and Cemetery Streets, a block from Sutton Avenue. It was part of the overall Wyoming Valley massacre, leading to the desertion of the area in what's known as "The Big Runaway." Ghosts of America
WINSOR BUILDING (Milford, Pike County) Visitors and town residents said they've heard the ghosts of children who supposedly inhabit The Winsor building on High Street. The structure used to be an orphanage many years ago. People reported hearing children’s laughter and footsteps on the property. Connections
WITCH TREE OF DRIFTON (Drifton, Luzerne County) There's some debate over which tree is the witch's own, but it's generally agreed to be on St. Ann’s Drive. It got its name from the hideous form of the trunk, deformed from the car crashes it's absorbed over the years, mostly from teens out for a joy ride - and for many, it was their last. Legend has it that touching the tree will bring the same fate as those who crashed into the tree. Pa Halloween
WYOMING STREET SPOOKS (Hazelton, Luzerne County) The small shop on the corner of Wyoming and Green Streets was supposedly the site of a mass murder in the late 1930s. It's said that you can the ghosts of the victims walking through the storefront, and in the kitchen and cellar. The Shadowlands
YOUNG WOMANS CREEK (Chapman Twp., Clinton County) Young Woman's Creek was named by the local Indians, and has two legends associated with it. The first is that the Indians killed and scalped a female prisoner and threw her body in the creek to cover the crime. The other says that an Indian girl's hand was sought by a chief from another tribe, but her father refused the match. She then leaped into the creek, never to be seen again. Either way, the native lore says that a woman's ghost appears floating over the surface of the water, and when you see her, you better vamoose. If you're not gone in 24 hours, you'll meet their doom. Chapman Township History