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FRANKFORT MINERAL SPRINGS (Raccoon Twp., Beaver County) The first structure was built in 1772 over a natural mineral spring, and served as a local fort, protecting your health in more ways than one. In the 1800's, Frankfort Springs became a vacation spa and is still a resort drawing visitor from all around the region. It has long been considered a heavily haunted area, and paranormal investigators have found several psychic hot spots there, with the usual orbs, cold spots, etc.. Raw Fear

FRICK'S FRIENDLY GHOST (Downtown Pittsburgh, Allegheny County) Henry Clay Frick has a tortured history in Pittsburgh.  He was a Horatio Alger success story, and his old mansion, Clayton, is now a popular local museum. But after his heavy hand during the Homestead Strike, he became - and to many, still is - "America's Most Hated Man."  In 1892, anarchist Alexander Berkman decided to take out Frick to avenge the steelworkers killed during the strike.  He walked into the Grant Street Frick Building offices of Henry Clay, and fired three pointblank shots at him, winging him twice but not fatally.  It's said that a Carnegie Steel exec rushed in and deflected the third shot by grabbing Berkman's arm, saving Frick's bacon.  Berkman claimed that he misfired because of the bright sunlight pouring through the window, an impossibility because the sun was on the other side of the building.  But Frick knew who saved him.  The blinding light, HCF claimed, was from the spirit of his beloved daughter Martha, who was six when she died the year before and appeared to her dad in his moment of need.  Frick couldn't save his young girl, but she saved him - after her death.  This tale is part of the "Haunted Pittsburgh" ghost tour.

FRIENDSHIP HILL (Point Marion, Fayette County) This National Historic Site was begun by Albert Gallatin in 1789 with a modest brick house.  Friendship Hill is supposedly haunted by Gallatin's first wife, Sophia, who died suddenly five months after the Gallatins moved into Friendship. No one's exactly sure where her grave is, or even what she died from. Albert buried her on a knoll overlooking the Monongahela River, but later residents supposedly moved her closer to the house, where her monument stands. They found Sophia's bones, according to the tale, but no trace of her child (she was pregnant when she died). Today, park rangers can hear her walking around the upper floors of the house, where only staff can go. The home was later owned by JV Thompson, at one time one of America's wealthiest men. He died penniless. His granddaughter committed suicide in the house. Another owner, John Littleton Dawson, broke his neck falling down the stairs. Lifestyles of the rich and famous aren't always that fabulous. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review “A Look At Some Old Haunts In Western Pennsylvania,” October 24, 2004) Grave Addiction

FRITZ HOUSE (Whitehall, Allegheny County) Gloria Fritz's two story Cape Cod, built in the 1950's, is hardly the type of house you would expect to be haunted. But since 1996, she's heard music in the middle of the night, footsteps on her stairs, a motor running in the basement, knocking at her door, and alarm clocks going off at 3AM. A shopping bag filled with coffee was flung across the kitchen. She's seen a shadowy figure of a man in her bedroom, glowing eerily green. Her daughter Gennie's room was haunted by “Tinkerbelle”, an orb of light accompanied by music-box like melodies. So what do you do? Sell the house? Head for the hills? Nah, you deal with it by starting a web site or two where you and kindred spirits can get together and talk spooks as true believers. These two links are great chat spots for ghost lovers. Haunted Diary & Ghost Chatter 

GATES OF HELL (Uniontown, Fayette County) The Gates of Hell, located on Tent Church Road, look innocuous enough.  They're just plain, three foot high metal gates, painted blue, seeming for all the world like the entrance to a parking lot up the dirt lane.  But behind the gates once sat a small home further down the road.  The man of the house killed his wife, burned down the house, and then took his own life.  Since then, two spirits are said to haunt the gates, one placid and the other angry.  It's said that if you park by the gates, you can often hear laughter and many voices talking at once.  You can spot the spooks, who show as orbs, mist, and shadows.  Some visitors have claimed to have been touched by the ghosts, and strange mechanical malfunctions of vehicles (usually while trying to get away from the spot after some eerie happenstance) have occurred.  This tale is one of Uniontown's prized urban legends.  Haunted Places

THE GENERAL (New Brighton, Beaver County) People report that the ghost of a soldier dressed in a WWI uniform can be seen sitting on the steps of the borough building or roaming inside it. Nicknamed “The General”, no one knows who he is or what he wants. They inherited him from the days when the building was the National Guard Armory, where soldiers reported first seeing the specter. He makes plenty of noise and engages in various poltergeist activities, like moving furniture or dropping things to the floor. The Last Of The Ghosts 

ANNA GEORGE MANSION (Nottingham Twp., Washington County) Alas, this is a tale of ghosts past.  The mansion was built in 1839, with the original frame house left attached, in the area known as Ginger Hill.  During the depression years, it was the home of Anna George.  Her brother Joseph had died in his youth from a dog bite, and his portrait hung prominently in the house.  Anna told the help that every night, her brother's ghost would pop out of the picture and roam the house, checking up on everything.  George died in 1938, and the estate changed hands several times.  It eventually burned to the ground, probably some time in the 1970-80s.  The CPSI gang went to the site to check for spooks, but it seems like Joe gave up the ghost when the house was leveled.  CPSI 

GEYER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Scottsdale, Westmoreland County) Originally built in the late 1800s as the Geyer Opera House, it became the Geyer Theater in 1900.  It shut down for awhile in 1971, but was renovated  and ready for business by 1988.   Its spooks must enjoy the new digs.  The most prominent spook is that of John Bixler, one of the early owners of the Theater, who's been spotted in a natty white suit on the balcony, watching the stage (and probably counting the house.)  Another spirit has been dubbed Mary, a young girl that likes to create a bit of havoc with the lighting.  Other workers have heard voices calling their name in an otherwise empty building.  To boot, the group uses the old Scottsdale Bank Building for storage, and that place is supposed to have its own spook.  The Westmoreland and IUP Paranormal Societies investigated the place.  They both found cold spots and taped voices, but neither was ready to declare the Theater haunted quite yet. (Daily Courier "Geyer Theater Haunted?  Maybe." April 12, 2008)

GHOST OF THE STRAND (Zelienople, Butler County) This is another example of a manufactured spook tale. Actually, the stories are in the fertile minds of 7th-12th grade students, who are in a contest to create a good ghost yarn for the Strand Theater. The theater doesn't have a ghost to call its' own, and the group preserving it thought the Halloween season would be a good time to whip one up for PR reasons. They do offer a very sweet haunted tour, though.  One stop is at a railroad crossing between Harmony and Zelienople.  A mother and her two children were killed in an accident there in the 1940s or 50s, and still can be seen walking along the tracks. They have several stops with equally spooky tales to tell. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Strand's Nightmare Tour Is One Weird Ride," October 14, 2007)

GHOST TUNNEL (West Deer Twp., Allegheny County)  This circa 1897 tunnel is located on Dawson Road, between Saxonburg Boulevard and Quarry Road, under the old Bessemer and Lake Erie tracks.  We can't tell you why it's haunted, but the local urban legend is that if you sit in the middle of the short tunnel for a few minutes, a blue light will appear at its end.  A word to the wise - keep an eye on that rear-view mirror while you're waiting for the aura, unless you're on a first-name basis with your auto insurance dude.  Tunnels of Allegheny County

GIESY CABIN (Indiana Twp., Allegheny County) The cabin is thought to have been built in the late 1700's, and it stands as originally built. It's the oldest structure in Allegheny County still on its' original site. The spirit of farmer Giesy is still supposed to roam his Eisele Road property, now the home of Camp Deer Creek, although the current owner claims he's never met up with his shade. (The Herald “Giesy Home Throwback To When Farms Dotted Indiana,” January 5, 2006)

GOOD SAMARITAN SCHOOL (Ambridge, Beaver County) Reportedly, red eyes were seen by students in the cafeteria, and once a face was spotted in the girl's bathroom. The original school building is supposed to be closed now, although a Good Samaritan School still exists. It probably switched buildings when the parish reorganized.   The Shadowlands

GRAVITY HILL (North Park, Allegheny County) If you've ever stalled on McKinney Road in North Park, you'll notice something strange. Your car may start to drift uphill. Don't worry, you haven't run into a magnetic anomaly or a dark hole. You're just the victim of an optical illusion called a Gravity Hill. There are hundreds of them around the world and several in the region, caused when the layout of the land produces the illusion that a very slight downhill grade appears to be an uphill slope. The human sense of balance can be overridden by subtle visual cues, and this road provides the cue.  This Gravity Hill made the grade in Weird Pennsylvania by Matt Lake.

GREENE ACADEMY OF ART (Carmichaels, Greene County) The original building of the Greene Academy of Art was erected on North Market Street in 1790. Allegedly, security guards hear footsteps upstairs when no one else is in the building. They and neighbors have seen shadowy figures leave the building grounds and head towards a local cemetery. It seems there was originally a small cemetery 50 yards behind the building, but renovations forced the owners to relocate the bodies to nearby Laurel Point Cemetery, about a quarter mile away. It's as if the spirits are going back and forth trying to find out where their graves are really located, though maybe they're just time-sharing a plot. The Shadowlands

GREENE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM (Waynesburg, Greene County) Originally the land belonged to the Rhinehart farming family. A brick building built in the 1860's houses a county museum and was once the Greene Hill Poor Farm, a home and workplace for indigent men. The museum building has 52 rooms and has been maintained and operated by the Greene County Historical Society since 1970. As Stephanie Hoover, author of Hauntingly Pennsylvania, notes, the Society has a lot of company in the museum. Staff members have reported flickering lights, hearing moans, voices and unexplained sounds, seeing shadow figures, and finding objects moved from one spot to another. There have also been sightings of folk in 19th century garb, a wandering man, a red-haired boy, a nurse...well, quite the spectral crowd. The Society even sponsored an event (the "Ghost Hunt" raffle) where 10 lucky winners got to join a paranormal investigative group as they went in search of the building's spooky denizens. 

GREEN MAN TUNNEL (South Park, Allegheny County) This is one of the most enduring legends in Pittsburgh – and it's true! Sorta. I was raised in the South Hills and my high school babe was from Library, just past South Park, so I can speak with some authority on the Green Man. The story goes that a guy who was an electrician got struck by lightning while working in the area (ironic, no?), was horribly disfigured, and ended up with a greenish glow from the jolt. He roamed around South Park, and had his own tunnel on Piney Fork Road (It's just past Corvette Tunnel.) If you drove through slowly or stopped there and laid on the car horn, his green puss just might pop up and scare the drawers off of you – and hopefully your girl would dive straight into your strong, protecting arms. If you've even driven on Piney Fork Road, you know it's a dark, two lane drive running parallel to Piney Fork Creek. At night, it's a perfect lovers lane – or lair for an ax murderer. It's easy to imagine anything at all happening there once the sun's set. The Green Man's also been sighted in Brookline, River Road in Hayes, McKees Rocks, North Hills, McKeesport, even Washington County and Youngstown, anywhere it's dark, isolated, and teen imaginations can run free & wild.  But enough of the Green Man myth – the real Green Man was Ray “Charlie No Face” Robinson, from Big Beaver in Beaver County. When he was 9, he was gruesomely disfigured when he tangled with a high voltage line while climbing on a bridge with his playmates. He was left half blind, and his nose was burned off. He had to wear a prosthetic one and glasses for the rest of his life. He remained pretty chipper, considering everything. One of his favorite pastimes was to walk along the local highway at night, so no one would notice his deformities. Soon the local teens spotted him, and would stop to chat. Ray was a friendly soul, even posing for pictures. They brought him beer and cigarettes – once or twice his worried family found him sleeping in a roadside field. His legend grew by leaps and bounds across the region. By the time he died at the age of 74 in 1985, the Green Man's tale had spread across the face of Western Pennsylvania. They're even in the process of making a movie about him. One final thing - he earned the title of Green Man not because of his skin tone, but because he was fond of green clothing. (Beaver County Times “Charlie No Face: The Life And Legend,” March 10, 2007; Pittsburgh Post Gazette “Green Man's Legend Continues To Glow,” October 31, 1998)

GREENSBURG-SALEM HIGH SCHOOL (Greensburg, Westmoreland County) A ghost wanders around the wrestling room of the high school, even engaging the high school jocks in some grappling during practice. We'd be a bit wary of this one, especially as the spook is also supposed to be “hitting” on one of the schoolgirls there.  The Shadowlands

THE GREEN THING (New Kensington, Allegheny County) We're not exactly sure how to classify this sighting.  A four foot humanoid, walking upright on two feet, was spotted by some kids and their parents.  It was described as half human and half dinosaur.  One of the kids tried to light it on fire with gasoline (kids are so cruel), with no luck.  When one of the kiddies tried to grab it, the green critter let out a squeal and scampered away, through an open sewer pipe, never to be seen again. (The Valley News Dispatch "Green Thing Sparks Rumors,"  March 5, 1981)

GREER-CLAVELLI MANSION (New Castle, Lawrence County) The historic 19-room Colonial Revival mansion was built in 1904 by industrialist George Greer, founder of New Castle’s tin millsIt was lived in by the Greers until their death in 1926 then it became the home of their daughter, Amanda Greer Love and her family. Clavelli, who founded the New Castle School of Trades, bought the deteriorated mansion in 1965 and spent three years restoring it. He died three months after he and his wife, Margaret, moved in. In 1982, the Clavelli family donated their home on Jefferson Street on North Hill to the Historical Society to be transformed to a local history museum. Ghost hunters have captured both paranormal audio and video recordings in the museum, and there have been reports of ghostly encounters; all three sets of owners died in the home. It's on the itinerary of every ghost tour in New Castle.

GUFFEY CEMETERY (Sewickley Twp., Westmoreland County) The Guffey Cemetery is quite small, with 40-some graves. More than half are Guffey's; we assume the rest are related. The latest burial was in 1946; most are from the 19th century. It's said that a statue of Saint Francis comes to life and patrols the grounds at night, releasing his granite dove that circles the graveyard to ferret out anyone trying to desecrate a grave. If an evil doer is found, St. Francis runs them out. Not very Christian, but awfully effective. Strange USA - Guffey Cemetery

HAMMOND STREET (Sheraden, Pittsburgh) A mother heard sobs coming from her daughter's bedroom, night after night. But whenever she went to check on her, she was peacefully asleep. Finally she stayed in the room with her daughter one evening and saw a beautiful woman dressed in a flowing blue chiffon robe pass through the bedroom door. Her husband had his doubts about what his wife had seen, until he witnessed the spirit himself one evening, drifting along the upstairs hallway. The ghost wasn't a good omen for them. After a series of misfortunes, they sold the house. Researching the previous house owners, they found out that a young couple had renovated the house in anticipation of their wedding. Before the pilot husband could spend his first night at the home, he was killed in a plane crash while his bride was waiting for him, in her blue chiffon lingerie. Soon after, she committed suicide in the room the daughter had been sleeping in. The house still stands, and the daily visits by the Blue Bride to the bedroom reportedly still continue. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review “For What It's Worth – A Ghostly Story: The Haunted House On Hammond Street,” October 29, 1995)

HANKEY CHURCH ROAD CEMETERY (Plum, Westmoreland County) There are reportedly many phenomena exhibited here. Visitors have reported seeing ghosts and floating spirits, and many have complained of experiencing feelings of pain in their joints, numbness and burning, watery eyes and feelings of weightlessness. Demonic possessions take place in the cemetery, and headstones and trees glow. Misty apparitions have been seen. One of the spirits is supposed to be that of a lynched minister. The activity centers around a tombstone shaped like a tree trunk. It's also said that if the cemetery's gates are closed, the spirits are confined to the graveyard, but if they're open, the ghosts are out wandering the area. So make sure to close the door behind you when you leave. The Shadowlands

HARMONY INN (Butler County) In its' 160+ year history, the building has served as an inn, saloon, and restaurant. Inside, you'll be greeted by icy winds, lights going on and off, coins disappearing and reappearing in different places, furniture rearranging itself, and bodiless voices and whispers. The owners don't consider a touch of the weird to be bad for business, though. They proudly display clippings of the spooky activity in its' lobby and web page The Harmony Inn Folk Tales. Psychics believe the activity is centered on the second floor, and have even snapped a photo of a spectral image of a girl with a cat at the top of the steps. Spirits thought to be haunting the Inn include a patron who died in a bar fight in the 1920's.  There's another who died at the turn of the century, when he jumped on his horse to head home, and galloped full speed into a car. Other regular spooks are Louie, who was killed on the steps of the Inn, and a woman whom staff and customers have seen many times going between the bar and the dining room, still trying to decide on dinner or a drink. Older spirits include Barney, who broke his neck in a fall down the Inn's stairs. He allegedly levitates, and likes to move things around inside the building. Another spirit that psychics found is that of a little girl who moves around the Inn with a discernible limp.  One of the old owners is still haunting the Harmony, too.  The spooks are all considered friendly and sort of caretakers of the Inn.   (In Pittsburgh “Tales From Pittsburgh's Dark Side,” October 28, 1993;)  The Shadowlands

HARMONY SHORT LINE (New Castle, Lawrence County) A railroad conductor fell under the wheels of his train on October 30, 1904 and died while trying to catch a freeloader who hopped out of a freight car and ran into the bushes. His head was lopped off by the passing cars. It's said you can sometimes see him walking the tracks in late October, looking for the stowaway – and his head, one would assume. Great story, but the Harmony Short Line  was a transit company, running trolleys, and it didn't reach New Castle until 1908. We're sure other lines & railroads reached New Castle before then, but this tale needs a little polishing. The Shadowlands

HARTWOOD MANSION (Hartwood Acres Park, Allegheny County) The ghosts of John and Mary Flinn Lawrence have been loitering around their old residence, the Hartwood Mansion. The Tudor house, sitting in a 629 acre park, is on the National Register of Historical Sites. John Lawrence seems attached to his room, shutting the door when he wants privacy and pulling little poltergeist type pranks on the staff when they're in there. His presence is felt more than seen in the room. Mary Lawrence has been seen beside mansion visitors, and shakes the chandeliers when displeased. The county superintendent claims she's never experienced anything unusual, but her staff people have. She added that some psychics investigated the mansion and said the spirits leave her alone because they like her. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette “Haunted Hartwood?,” October 26, 2006) 

HAUNTED ROCK (Dunbar, Fayette County) In the area locals know as Irishtown, there's a rock that's home for a couple of spooks.  One is that of a man dressed in turn of the century work clothes, wearing a top hat and carrying a lantern.  Sometimes you can see the spirit, and sometimes just the moving glow of the lantern as he continues to seek whatever it is he lost.  The other is the White Lady.  She was tossed off the rock by her lover after she told him she was carrying his child.  She haunts the spot of her death, keening and wringing her hands.  She'd probably like to wring them around her beau's neck!  The Haunted Rock is part of Ceane O'Hanlon's County Chronicles.

HAZLETT THEATER (Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh) This Hazlett Theater was built in 1889 as the Carnegie Music Hall, and was the long time home of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. When they moved out in 1999, they left one member behind – the strike night apparition. The theater ghost would harass the PPT's stagehands backstage whenever they would tear down the set at the end of a show's run - “strike night”. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette “O'Reilly Theater: Not So Hazy Hazlett Memories Warm Hearts As New Memories Await,” December 5, 1999)

HEINZ HISTORY CENTER/CHAUTAUQUA ICE COMPANY (Strip, Pittsburgh) The John Heinz History Center is built on the site of the Chautauqua Lake Ice Company, which was gutted in a tremendous explosion and fire in 1898. 18 people died in that disaster. Building guards and staff members have reported some strange going-ons in the center (the fifth floor is reportedly the center of the building's phenomena). People have been seen in the building who disappear when approached. Alarms go off. Lights go out. It's said that the spooks interact with the exhibits – and what could be cooler for the center than some hands-on history? The Mon Valley Ghost Research Association took some readings, and found out that there is an icy column of air in the building, and photographs showed firefly-sized orbs inhabiting the center. They rated the building a 6 or 7 on a 10 point scale for paranormal activity. However, the spirits seem to coexist fairly well with the staff and guests, and as one staffer put it, “We welcome all visitors”. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette “Fire, Ice: A Chilling Tale,” February 3, 2002)

SARAH HEINZ HOUSE (Troy Hill, Pittsburgh) In 1912, Howard Heinz, HJ's son, opened the Sarah Heinz House, a youth activity center, naming it for his mom. Allegedly, Sarah Heinz keeps a close eye on the building. Staff members claim to hear her footsteps and faint voice, with the lights flickering as she goes by. We guess she wants to keep a hand in what's going on in her name, even though she died in 1894, nearly two decades before the building existed. A boy also haunts the gym, which is surrounded by overhanging balconies for the fans. He fell to his death from there, and to this day, people can hear his basketball bouncing in the empty gym. The Shadowlands

HELL'S TUNNEL (North Hills, Allegheny County) This tunnel on Thompson Run Road goes underneath the Union Railroad tracks. It's said that a boy hung himself in the tunnel, and that his noose can still be seen swinging at the end of the tunnel. The voice of his father can also be heard, calling out for his son. There are pictures of orbs in the tunnel. Another tale says that a local woman drowned her baby in the creek that runs underneath Thompson Run near the tunnel. GHOSTS

HILLSVILLE ROAD (New Castle, Lawrence County) On foggy nights, a ghost train can allegedly be seen running full throttle along Hillsville Road towards the twinkling spectral lights under the Mahoning River Bridge, destination unknown. The Shadowlands

HILL VIEW MANOR (New Castle, Lawrence County) Hillview Manor was built in 1925 as the Lawrence County Poor Farm. It became a nursing home in 1977, and closed it’s doors in 2004, but it sure as heck hasn't shut down for business - the paranormal business. Investigators have heard muffled voices, the sounds of people walking on the stairs, banging noises, lights going on and off, and activity from the deserted kitchen and nursing stations. There have seen physical phenomena, too - shadow forms, a flitting orange shape, and a woman in a doorway. Maybe it's the old home's most famous spook, Mary Virginia, a patient who had a liking for shiny objects. The skeleton crew that takes care of the building has reported sightings of full-bodied apparitions roaming the hallways, screaming voices and the ghost of a little boy named Jeffrey, who is thought of as a harbinger of death. The spirit of an old man supposedly haunts the boiler room. He’s known for slamming doors and demanding people to get out of his space. Other spirits include childen named Timmy & Jeffrey, an employee named George, and a elderly patient named Mary Ellen. The Manor has been featured on Syfy's "Ghost Hunters," Comcast On Demand's "Ghost Hunters" series and a WYTV news report. And it's private property, so you'll need permission to visit the site. Haunted Hillview

HOLMES HALL (Allegheny West, Pittsburgh) The property, which dates from 1790, passed through many owners and subdivisions before November 1868, when a wealthy widow and social activist, Letitia Caldwell Holmes, bought the Brighton Road home. It's the oldest survivor of a group of mansions known at one time as Millionaire's Row. John Desantis now owns the restored Victorian home. It's said that there's a spirit that climbs the stairwell and goes through a closed door. The owner says he's never seen the grayish mist himself, but had several visitors tell him about it. The staircase seems to be the phantom's focus. There are also other phenomena associated with the house. (Pittsburgh Tribune Review “Allegheny West Tour Shows Victorian Holiday,” December 6, 2002) 

HOMESTEAD POLICE STATION (Homestead, Allegheny County)  There's more than cops and crooks in the Homestead Police Station - there's some old spooks, too.  Police and staff had complained of hearing footsteps and voices, feeling watched, hearing doors slam and watching equipment turn on and start running by itself.  They finally talked the chief into allowing the Greater Pittsburgh Paranormal Society to check the former post office for eerie activity. Guess what? The investigators got tapes of a scream from the basement, another voice saying "Hey, Sam", and one even got a tap on the shoulder and her hair yanked for her troubles.  The GPPS got a vid of shadows flitting about where the traffic tickets used to be paid, a spot where officers have always sensed a presence.  They heard doors opening and footsteps.  Looks like the police were on to something. But the spooks will have their haunt to themselves soon - a new station house opened in 2009.  (Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Haunted in Homestead?" April 17, 2008) A group called Hauntings Research used a dowsing rod to communicate with the spirits after the building was deserted.  Among those they said they communicated with were a former mayor from the 1800s, a woman who said she died as part of a murder-suicide pact and assorted other ghosties who didn't give specific details about themselves.  One spirit was of Suze, the current Mayor's dearly departed white Maltese who used to accompany her to work.  They also got orbs on their vids and found a body-shaped shadow in one of the old cells. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette "Ghost Seekers Uncover Spirits In Homestead" September 3, 2010)

HOMEWOOD CEMETERY (Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh) Many of the rich and famous of Pittsburgh are buried in the Homewood Cemetery. The Greater Pittsburgh Paranormal Society found activity there, including orb and mist phenomena, and a touching of one of its' team members. So we know there are spooks bounding about.  We're just not sure whose spirits they are.

HOOKER HAUNTER (Concord Twp., Butler County) Hooker is a small town known for its rowdy ways back in the oil rush days of Pennsylvania. Now its claim to fame is its ghost. Bear and Buffalo creeks run past the town, and it's said that if you park by the old RR trestle, the spook of a drowned man will join you.  PA Researchers

HOTEL SAXONBURG (Saxonburg, Butler County) The Hotel Saxonburg was opened in 1832 as the Vogley House, then the Union Hotel, Laube House and finally it became the hotel at the turn of the 20th century. Among the eerie reports are sightings of a female apparition wearing an 1800's dress sitting in the dining room, voices and names being called, objects being moved including a chair in the dining area, the perch in an empty birdcage in the second floor hallway swinging by itself, and books being pushed off a shelf. A waitress reported being tugged and several other employees often feel as if they are being watched. Steel City Paranormal


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