The Most Haunted Places in the US


Alaura Lucero (9th), Reporter

Over the last decade or so ghost hunting TV shows have become extremely popular. In a result to that, people have been taking more tours and visiting more places that are said to be haunted.

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Famous author Stephen King based his book, The Shining, on this hotel. During King’s stay in room 417, he experienced a number of unusual things consistent with stories told by other Guest. There have been reports of people’s belongings being unpacked, lights turning on and off, hearing ghost children laughing and giggling in the halls, music coming  from an empty ball room, and kids running and playing on floors above the guest.

Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The most told legend  about this place is about Chloe. Chloe was a slave forced to be her owners mistress. When he grew tired of her she baked a poisons cake that killed his wife and two kids. The other slaves than hung her from a tree, and she has haunted the property since. People have reported being pulled out of bed, watched pianos play by themselves and heard invisible children laugh. In 1871, lawyer William Winter was shot dead on the porch. There have been reports of hearing Williams footsteps around the house.

Whaley House, San Diego, California. This house was built on the site of San Diego’s first gallows in 1856. The house’s most famous ghostly resident is Yankee Jim Robinson, a drifter and thief who was hung four years before the house was built. He can be heard walking in the halls, opening and closing doors, making chairs rock and having chandeliers swing to their own accord. There have also been reports of feeling sad emotions which could most likely be caused by Whaley’s daughter who committed suicide in the house.        

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia. In a prison meant to hold two hundred fifty people, one thousand seven hundred people inmates were tortured by sadistic guards who soaked them in freezing water outside in the middle of winter, kept in solitary confinement for days, forbade any conversation between inmates, looped chains from inmated tongue to wrist then bound them behind their back. The prison eventually shut down in 1971. There are now tours and people often hear giggles, weeping, and whispering, throughout the prison.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia. Treatment here meant being locked in chains that are chained to walls. They could also be given lobotomies or electroshock. The overcrowded building was built for two hundred fifty people but by the 1950s, it contained more than two thousand four hundred patients who suffered from ailments ranging from epilepsy  to alcoholism to “women troubles” as one of the building signs read. In this building the fourth floor is the “hot spot” for ghost. There have been reports of thumping, banging, rustling, eerie cakles, crashing sounds, whispering, and many ghost sightings. The main ghost in this building is a soldier named Jacob.