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Goose River Bridge

Looking for a good drink? You may give Goose River Bridge a try. Now, I'm sure you're asking yourself "Why go to a bridge for a beer?". A very hospitable ghost has been known to offer mugs of ale to visitors.

Goose River Bridge is located in what is now known as Rockport, Maine. During the American Revolution, a man named William Richardson played his part in aiding an American privateer who stole a British ship by guiding him to safety and away from the British. Feeling proud of playing his part in winning the war, Richardson decided to throw the biggest party in 1783.

He drank heavily throughout the night and made certain everyone else did as well. Richardson made the rounds, making sure everyone's glass was always filled. Sometime during the night, he wandered off from the party and continued to entertain the good people of Goose River with his singing and dancing. It would be a mistake he would not live to regret. The road led to the bridge where he came across three horsemen.

It was his misfortune that these men weren't allies but Tories or British sympathizers. They beat Richardson, hitting him with the butt of a rifle and rode over him as they left him to die.

Ever since, people visiting the Goose River Bridge have been met by "The Pitcher Man" as he is known as. Pitchers of ale appear in open car windows before disappearing. The bridge has since been replaced but he remains perhaps looking for someone to share a drink with.


Sources:

Haunted Places - Pitcher Man - Goose River Bridge

Prairie Ghosts - The Goose River Bridge

Suicide Bridge

Many of you know of the Aokigahara Forest in Japan as the location to take their lives. Here in the United States, we have The Colorado Street Bridge a.k.a. The Suicide Bridge in Pasadena, California. Since being built in 1913, over 150 people have relinquished their lives from this structure. The bridge spans 1,486 feet over the Arroyo Seco and sits on the original Route 66. It's known for its distinctive Beaux Arts arches, light standards, artistic supports and railings.

A suicide barrier was added to reduce the number of suicides. After the Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California of 1989, the bridge was declared a seismic hazard and closed to traffic but reopened in 1993 after a substantial retrofit. The Suicide Bridge was thrown in to the spotlight thanks to film, music, and TV. It's first onscreen appearance was in Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp and was later used in Alias, Seabiscuit, NCIS and The Mentalist. A monument with so much history makes one wonder, why does it attract the attention of the depressed and desperate?

Six years after the construction the first suicide took place on November 16, 1919. However, the majority of suicides taken place on The Colorado Street Bridge was during the Depression between 1919 and 1937. Seventy-nine people leaped to their deaths in the 1930s and more occurred over the years as recently a couple of weeks ago. A 25-year-old Covina man jumped on April 17, and a 49-year-old Altadena woman dove to her death on April 21. Police continue to respond to impending suicides each month. Is the bridge curse? Some believe so.

Legend has it that the first death to occur at the bridge was not a suicide, but an accident when a construction worker fell into wet concrete and his co-workers weren’t able to reclaim his body from the thick mass. It’s believed by many his spirit continues to haunt the bridge, luring others to their deaths. They say whenever he is present the street lights turn blue. Another legend involves a mother and child. A mother intended to kill both herself and her infant daughter. When she threw her over the side, tree branches slowed her fall. She landed relatively unharmed. Her mother was not so lucky. Her spirit is believed to haunt the bridge, searching for her child. With over 150 deaths occurring at the Colorado Street Bridge, they may not be alone. A male spirit with wire rimmed glasses and a woman wearing a long flowing robe are also seen.

Of course the bridge itself may not be the only thing being visited by spirits. Witnesses have heard strange sounds and cries from unknown sources originating from the river bed. The homeless have often seen and heard ghostly spirits under the bridge including someone who says "Her fault" whenever someone runs across the bridge.

Sorry For the Delay

I know Ghost Stories has been lacking new posts as of late. I have no excuse other than the lack of time. I'm in the process of giving the blog some much needed TLC. I'm hoping to have some new stories posted soon. Thanks for your patience.


Andrea

Spearfinger

Long ago, in the woods, there was a woman named Spearfinger. This Cherokee witch was feared among her people along the eastern side of Tennessee and western part of North Carolina. She was described as being forty feet tall with skin like rock that no weapon could penetrate. With one long razor sharp finger, she would sneak up behind you, stab it through your back and yank out your liver, eating it in one gulp.

More than anything, she loved the flesh of young children. Spearfinger could transform herself in to anything or anyone. You never knew if your friend or neighbor was actually them or the witch until it was too late.

One day, an indian village knew Spearfinger was fast approaching them. They developed a plan to dig a huge pit, surrounding the village, and cover it with branches and leaves. When she fell in, they would strike and kill her. The whole village came together, putting the plan in to action. One particular boy had trouble pulling his weight. His clumsy nature hindered their progress and his father told him to get out of the way. While feeling sorry for himself, he noticed a bird caught in a honeysuckle tree. Without realizing it, he gently freed the bird, but it didn't fly away.

Instead, it landed on the boys shoulder. The bird thanked him for his kindness and in returned, told him a secret about Spearfinger. It relayed to him that the witch's heart was not located in her chest but at the tip of her razor finger. He was so excited. He ran to his parents to tell them of this newly acquired knowledge. Before he could pass the secret on to his Mother, a horrible scream came from the forest.

Spearfinger was coming fast and was hungry. As she approached the village, she fell in to the pit. Everyone threw rocks at her, but she kept climbing to the top. They used bow and arrows but still she remained unharmed. Remembering what the bird told him, the boy ran to a warrior. He told him to aim straight at her spearfinger. The warrior raised his bow and arrow, aiming at the razor sharp finger and shot. The arrow went through Spearfinger's heart and she fell over dead. The people celebrated her demise with singing and dancing. From that day on, all the people listened when the little boy had something to say.

Ghostly Thirteen



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Ghostly Thirteen was inspired by the Thursday Thirteen meme. You list thirteen paranormal-related things, for example your top 13 posts (if you have a paranormal blog), mythical creatures, gods, haunted houses, etc... All is welcomed to participate by either leaving a comment or posting on your own blog. Theme is up to you as long as its paranormal related.

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1. Chernobyl
2. The Legend of Lucy Keyes
3. Robert the Doll
4. Mandy the Doll
5. Kellie's Castle
6. Clinton Road
7. The Devil's Tree
8. Manly Quarantine Station
9. Island of Dead Dolls
10. Preston Castle
11. Aokigahara Suicide Forest
12. Carey Mansion
13. Windsor Hotel


Reader Submission - The Creeper

There is a true life story, about a little boy at the time called Richard. Richard was baker/acted into the Waverly Hills Sanatorium WHGC way back in 1967. The two doctors and three nurses that were present in the ECT room on August 20th 1967 9:32 am, all signed and swore it to be true. The Creeper actually manifested inside the ECT room, and shrouded the child from electrocution. They also say the child had entities all around him while in his stay. Richard was said to be one of the most powerful Clairsentient Empathetic children, to ever walk threw the Waverly Hills Sanatorium doors, and the same goes for the St Albans Sanatorium.

My father and his friends have been collecting files, along with me and my team on this child for over 50 years now. All this broke in May 20th 2015 when one of the last living WHGC nurses was found alive in California. She had some how found this child in order to give him a case files she stole over 50 years ago out of the Wood Haven Geriatrics Center in September 1967. Pat died two months ago in June 2015. But before she died, it was said she wanted to ease her conscience by sending this man his records she had stolen and kept all these years. Pat was one of the nurses in the ECT room that day. The one that fainted when the Creeper manifested. She all had a picture of Richard B Rollins standing in the 4th floor lobby inside the Wood Haven on August 18th 1967. Along with two pictures of the Creeper standing in the door way of the ECT room that day. There is so much to this story. But here is where we are all at with him today.

After finding that he was still living, everyone thought he died back in 1968 was blown away. None of them can get threw to him. Only three people have his information, Tina Mattlings owner of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Pat Holland the one nurse who died, leaving only one more contact, a nurse named Cathy Gales. Cathy Gales has a face book page. And I have been trying to get her to give us his email or way to get in touch with him. But she is not talking, and still protecting him from the public's eye. He has lived life as a recluse. And will talk to no one. So as of now we are still unable to secure an interview with this man. There have been so many paranormal investigators that have tried and failed.

Adam Hastings

Hot Lake Hotel

Hot Lake Hotel was originally built in 1864 in La Grande, Oregon during the gold rush. It resembled that of a shopping mall. Businesses located in the wooden structure included barber shop, dance hall, post office, blacksmith, and bath house. In 1903, the original building was demolished and construction began on a new brick hotel. Dr. William T. Phy first became involved in the project in 1904. Construction was completed in 1908 containing 100 guest rooms.

It became THE place for vacationers as the 205 degree sulfurous Hot Lake were thought to have healing properties. Phy bought the establishment in 1917 and turned it in to a state-of-the-art medical facility known as the Hotel Lake Sanatorium or the "Mayo Clinic of the West". It came equipped with medical wards, offices, and a kitchen/dance hall. The Mayo Brothers (founders of the Mayo Clinic) and Wild Bill Hickok and his Wild West Show also visited Hot Lake regularly. Prior owners and investors include Governor Walter M. Pierce and Senator Parish L. Willis. There Dr. Phy practice along side his son Marcus until his death in 1931 from pneumonia. Marcus committed suicide a couple of years later.

On May 7, 1934, a fire destroyed the ballroom and library and the wooden structures of the hotel. The remaining brick buildings survived. However, the hotel began to decline in business until the hospital on the third floor was the only functioning portion of the hotel. During World War II, a flight school and nurse training school was established on the property. It's use further declined when it was converted into a nursing home and asylum in 1953. In 1975, ownership switched hands and a nightclub and restaurant was opened, but only lasted for two years.

The same railroad that brought Hot Lake business was rerouted, the new highway bypassed it and the Depression further led to it being abandoned in 1991. It fell prey to vandals and the elements. David and Lee Manual purchased the hotel and began restoration in 2003. Although a slow progress, it re-opened as a 22-room bed and breakfast in 2010 complete with museum, art galley, spa, bronze foundry, and restaurant.

Witnesses have seen an apparition of a man in work clothes believed to be a former gardner who committed suicide. Other spirits seen are that of old vacationers and former patients from its sanatorium days. Some people have reported hearing music from the third floor where an old piano formerly owned by Robert E. Lee's wife use to be. Former caretakers have heard footsteps on the wheelchair ramp, crying and a screams from the old surgery room. Other reports include rocking chairs moving on their own, objects move, disappear and reappear, and equipment malfunctioning.

Sources:

Wikipedia

Hot Lake Springs

Seek Ghosts

David Finney Inn

Built in 1683, New Castles, Delaware's David Finney Inn began as a law office for David Finney, lawyer and soldier. The building was connected by a secret underground tunnel to the nearby Amstel House Museum built by his father John Finney's to serve as his personal home. David Finney not only practiced law but also educated new attorneys. One of his most famous students was his cousin Thomas McKean, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence.

In 1794, Judge James Booth Sr. purchased the building and expanded it. He lived on the property until 1825. Then, it was converted in to a boarding house before transforming in to the Hotel Louise in 1895. It continued to go through architecture transitions before becoming a bed and breakfast known as the David Finney Inn which has since closed its doors.

The inn may not be welcoming new guests but one could still be occupying the rooms. One resident spirit (identity unknown) prefers hanging out on the third floor. It opens and closes doors and windows even if they have been locked. The ghost is also known to move objects. Thanks to the tunnel, this spirit likes to venture to the nearby Amstel House Museum which experiences the same type paranormal phenomena on their third floor.

Sources:

Haunted Places

Dinner and Spirits

History Pin

 
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