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During the 1880s around Carbon County, Utah, the coal mining industry began to boom after the railroad opened up between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah.  This caused the explosion of many small mining communities springing up around the area, especially in the area that became known as Spring Canyon.  The towns have since withered away into ghost towns, but the spirit of one particular woman still walks the area known as Latuda.

The White Lady of Spring Canyon roams the area where the ghost towns of Latuda and Helper, Utah used to be.         Photo: © Photographer: Juice Team | Agency: Dreamstime.com

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There are two stories that revolve around a stretch of woods west of Lincoln, Nebraska known as Wilderness Park.  One regarding rail disaster in the late 1800s and the other regarding what people claimed to be a child murdering witch.

Wilderness Park in Lincoln, Nebraska is thought to have many spirits that haunt it's woods and trails.
Wilderness Park in Lincoln, Nebraska is thought to have many spirits that haunt it’s woods and trails.

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Marie Lavaeu was a hair dresser in 19th century New Orleans.  However, she had a mysterious side that would become well renowned around the bayou. She was a Voodoo priestess on the side and some say she still walks the streets of her burial place.

The ghost of Voodoo Queen Marie Lavaeu is said to walk Saint Louis Cemetery #1 where she was buried in 1881.
The ghost of Voodoo Queen Marie Lavaeu is said to walk Saint Louis Cemetery #1 where she was buried in 1881.

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President Abraham Lincoln was such as charismatic person and was influential to many.  Many Southerners liked him as well because he wanted to be lenient towards them in post war reparations to help rebuild the Nation. Upon his death the whole Nation came to a halt and mourned his loss.  He was a very spiritual man and attended séances on a regular basis. Lincoln actually had a premonition that he would die shortly before it happened. It seems that his ties with the spirit world were great indeed as many have seen him wandering about The White House even to this day.

The spirit of former U. S. President Abraham Lincoln is said to haunt various rooms throughout The White House including the Oval Office and the Lincoln Bedroom.
The spirit of former U. S. President Abraham Lincoln is said to haunt various rooms throughout The White House including the Oval Office and the Lincoln Bedroom.

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From a time when a settlement at the mouth of the Hudson was known as New Amsterdam instead of New York, there have been tales of a strange sailing ship bearing no recognizable flag sailing into the Hudson River from Gravesend Bay, all the way up to the northern most reach of the Hudson Highlands.  With the majority of the sightings in the highlands themselves. It was believed that this ship brought a warning and death.

When the Storm Ship appears on the Hudson River, it is an omen of bad weather according to Dutch legend.  Painting: Ship in a Storm by Ivan Aivazovsky  www.wikipaintings.org
When the Storm Ship appears on the Hudson River, it is an omen of bad weather brought on by The Heer of Dunderberg according to Dutch legend.  Painting: Ship in a Storm by Ivan Aivazovsky  www.wikipaintings.org

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Index of Haunted Ships

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This haunting originates back to the 1950s when the only road between Barbourville and Corbin, Kentucky was a narrow, winding, dangerous road over Gilliam Hill, known locally today as Booger (Bugger) Mountain because of some terrible things that happened there years ago.

A ghostly truck haunts "Booger" Mountain on the highway between Barbourville and Corbin, Kentucky.
A ghostly truck haunts “Booger” Mountain on the highway between Barbourville and Corbin, Kentucky.

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In an open field in Somerset County, New Jersey, stands a centuries old tree that is has built up an ominous reputation over the years.  It began it’s notorious history back in colonial times.  Legend has it that when slaves became unruly for some locals, they made examples out of them by hanging them from this tree.  Thus began a history that would tarnish this unworldly looking oak for all time.

Some decades later, folks tell of a man who went insane.  One dark night, he went about murdering his entire family.  Realizing what he had done, he went to the hanging tree and proceeded to hang himself from it.  During the post Civil War era, the Klu Klux Klan members were s no stranger to the hanging tree.  Their favorite activity?  Lynching a number of African Americans from a very large branch that stuck out of the side of the tree at the same time.  After this horrible era, and the KKK was on the decline, the lynchings pretty much came to an end.  However, the reputation of what would become known as The Devil’s Tree had just begun.

The Devil's Tree along Mountain Road in Somerset County, New Jersey is thought to be haunted by former slaves and others who were killed there over the years.
The Devil’s Tree along Mountain Road in Somerset County, New Jersey is thought to be haunted by former slaves and others who were killed there over the years.

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