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Centennial Hall

Nebraska, United States, Valentine

Centennial Hall in Valentine, Nebraska, is the oldest standing school building in the state.  Today, it’s a museum and a member of the National Registry of Historic Places.

One such tale dates back to the 1940s when a female student was poisoned on the reed of her clarinet, and suffered a heart attack.

Former teachers have shared their experiences working there and have said they’ve encountered cold spaces, odd noises and even sightings of an apparition.  Locals have reported hearing musical sounds coming out of what once was the “music room,” even though the hall hasn’t been used as a school since the late 1970s.

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Kaimuki House

Hawaii, Kaimuki, United States

Hawaii is known for its beaches, beautiful scenery, and friendly nativesâ?¦but did you know itâ??s also one of Americaâ??s most haunted states? There are countless stories telling of ghosts and demons, including a particularly nasty one located at the famous Kaimuki House in Honolulu, Hawaii. Many families have moved or vacationed there over the years, only to be thrown out by strange and usually dangerous occurrences. On one occasion, a young couple bought the property and moved in. Within a short time, people next door started hearing loud bangs and crashes. Thinking it was a domestic violence incident, the neighbors called the police. But when the police arrived to investigate, nobody could even begin to explain what had been happening. All the couple could gather was that it felt as if they were â??being attacked by something they could not even see.â?

The creature said to reside in the Kaimuki house is called a â??Kashaâ?, a man-eating ghost from Japanese folklore. Other interpretations of this monster include a ghoul who lives around crematoriums and feeds on the dead, and a cat-like demon from the sky who steals away bodies. However, all three versions have one thing in common: its insatiable hunger for blood and corpses.

Sometime during the summer of 1942, the police were called to the house again for another incident. A woman had been repeatedly screaming, â??Sheâ??s trying to kill my children!â? which they heard upon pulling up to the front of the house. After entering, the police could only stare for over an hour as the three kids were hurled across the room, slapped, and levitatedâ?¦all by some invisible force. This event (which was published in the local newspaper) inspired Arthur McDougal to write a fictional, much more violent account. In his story, the children were literally ripped apart by the entity right before the motherâ??s eyes.
In the spring of 1977, another young couple moved into the Kaimuki House, oblivious to its creepy history. Nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary until they returned from having a traditional Hawaiian Motherâ??s Day dinner, and retired for the night at about 8:00 pm. Around midnight, the bedroom became increasingly chilly, although there was no wind blowing through the curtains. Having woken up, the wife saw a white figure of a large woman standing at the foot of their bed. However, there was nothing visible below her waist, and she appeared to have no arms. Once the wife got up to use the bathroom, the figure disappeared. A little shaken by these events, the couple made an appointment to see their reverend. He told them that their visitor was simply a wandering, harmless spirit who needed a little help moving on. He then advised them to put some food and water on a table every night in the general area where they had seen the ghost, and toss it out the window at dusk as an offering. After the couple repeated this for a whole week, the woman never appeared again.
A possible explanation for these spooky happenings may be the two murders allegedly committed in the house. The first one is a twist on the story mentioned before, about the children being brutally killed. However, the case states that it was actually a father who murdered his two kids, along with his wife. He buried his son and wife in the backyard, but the daughterâ??s body was never found. The second event tells of a lesbian couple, where one of the women became involved with a man. After discovering his girlfriendâ??s secret, the man proceeded to kill her, the other woman, and himselfâ?¦all within the walls of the Kaimuki house. Today, villagers still tell stories of the terrifying occurrences, and many books and newspaper articles have been written detailing the haunts.

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Fort Huachuca Officer’s Quarters

Arizona, Fort Huachuca, United States

Fort Huachuca, a military base located in Arizona, has historical value and large commanding, training, and space shuttle centers. But, if you look a little further into its past, youâ??ll find an old secret not yet covered up by modern technology and advanced programs. The fort was first built around 1877, and played an important part in Americaâ??s Indian wars as a headquarters and supply base. Later, it was used for African-American â??Buffalo Soldiersâ? and then as an advanced testing center for electronics and communications after World War Two. By 1976, it was even named a National Historic Landmark.

Carleton House, the oldest building on the property, was constructed to be hospital. Finished in 1880, it was named after a famous Civil War General: James H. Carleton. Over the course of time, it was turned into an officerâ??s quarters, a mess hall, a post headquarters, a post chapel, a café, and a schoolhouse. In fact, for about four years, it was even used as a vacation retreat by two Arizona governors.

However, the most famous visitor to the Carleton house was Colonel Roy Strom. He was a deputy commander, and moved into the house with his wife Joan and their children. Almost instantly, weird things started happening. The contents of boxes would be found strewn about, and the doorbell would ring constantly with no apparent cause. The lights also blinked randomly, and wall hangings were never quite straightâ?¦but these things were more annoying than creepy. At least, at the start.

As the Strom family continued to live there, they were eventually lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the ghost who became known as Charlotte. (Although Charlotte does a thorough job of making her presence known, actual sightings of the woman are rare.) Early one morning, Joan thought she saw her daughter Amy walking down the hall. However, Amy ignored her greetingâ?¦and was fast asleep in her bed when Joan checked her room. Intrigued, Joan began to research who her visitor could be.

The story tells of a young woman who, over one hundred fifty years ago, was a critical patient in the Carleton House when it was still a hospital. She gave birth to a stillborn son, and she herself died a few days later. Angered by the fact that her child never received a proper burial, she continued to haunt the Carleton house even after it changed from a hospital. But her actual identity remained a mystery, and it was the Strom family that finally named the ghost â??Charlotteâ?.

According to another report, a boy had been trying to deliver a message to the people currently living in the Carleton House. After ringing the doorbell to no avail, he spotted a pretty blonde woman with long hair and a flowing dress walking through the hallway. But she appeared not to hear the ringing, and later, the family in the house insisted that nobody had been home. In addition, the daughter of that family claimed to have seen Charlotte in the hallway after returning home late one night.

As mentioned before, the young ghost certainly isnâ??t secretive about her haunts. Many strange happenings have been reported by residents over the years, such as their pets going crazy at night, and stuff randomly moving around. One section of the house is significantly colder than the other, and has a light that never works properly. Joan Strom dubbed this â??Charlotteâ??s Cornerâ?, which it is still affectionately called today.

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Dungeon

Cumberland Island, Georgia, United States

A wealthy couple and their friends were in the midst of a huge dinner party when suddenly, the house burst into flames. Everyone managed to escape except the owner of the mansion. After a large funeral service, the victim’s charred remains were laid to rest. The house was abandoned, but a few weeks later, man was seen having another dinner party. As the house burned for a second time, several went to inspect the scene and found the man’s body�again. When investigators went to see if the body was still in the casket, it was gone. Since that time, visitors have reported mysterious sights and sounds at the mansion.

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Rotherwood Mansion

Kingsport, Tennessee, United States

Located over the Holston River in Tennessee, this impressive brick mansion was built in 1818 by Rev. Frederick Ross. Since then, it has been plagued with misfortune and death brought on by the old Southern culture.

The first legend, though there are many different versions, centers mainly on the reverendâ??s beloved daughter Rowena. Being a rich plantation owner, he was able to provide her with lavish gifts and an expensive education. His memoir states she was beautiful–petite with black hair and brown eyes. Two years after finishing school, she fell in love with a young man from a neighboring town. However, tragedy struck when he and his friends went fishing in the nearby river the day before the wedding. They hadnâ??t even made it out of Rowenaâ??s sight when the flimsy boat capsized. Some say she witnessed the accident, and ran frantically down to the river. Unfortunately, there was nothing she could do. All the passengers made it safely to shore except for her fiancé, whose body was found an hour later.

Affected deeply by the sudden loss, the beautiful Rowena disappeared from public sight. There are no mentions of where she spent these couple years as a hermit. When she emerged, healed and still eligible, a wealthy man from Knoxville proposed. They had not been married even a year before he died from yellow fever, and Rowena again faded into seclusion. This time it was ten years before she remarried. This led to Rowena giving birth to a daughter, whom she named Theodosia, after her mother.

Six years later, the still unhappy Rowena drowned herself in the same river near her home. Nobody is sure what finally caused this. It may have been that she never fully recovered from previous losses, but other stories claim it was her daughterâ??s death that put Rowena over the edge. Some even say she had heard her first love calling to her from the river. Not long after, Rotherwood became home to â??The Lady In Whiteâ?. The name comes from the long white nightgown she supposedly wears as she strolls along the river holding a lantern, still searching 125 years later.

The reverend also faced misfortune when he became bankrupt trying to break into the cotton market. Faced with little choice, he sold the mansion to an infamous slave owner named Joshua Phipps. The town hated him, as his cruelty caused slaves to scream loud enough for the neighbors to hear. Phipps even went so far as to build a whipping post inside the house. As karma would have it, he fell ill with an awful disease that confined him to bed in his carriage house. A young male servant, whose job was to fan his cruel owner, was the only one to witness Phippsâ?? death. As he was sleeping, an enormous cloud of black flies entered the room. They filled his mouth and nostrils, eventually suffocating the man to death.

Joshua Phippsâ?? reign of terror lasted even after his death, when he joined Rowenaâ??s spirit in the haunting of Rotherwood. Obviously much less polite, he is known to tear covers off beds and laugh at sleeping residents, peer eerily through windows, move objects around, and laugh maniacally through the halls. Scarier yet, an enormous black dog lurks around the property and often howls. The dog is said to be another manifestation of Phipps, first sighted jumping out of his coffin at the funeral and shocking guests. For good reason, Rotherwood is still private residence, and therefore no live visitors are allowed.

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Carson City Mint Building

Carson City, Nevada, United States

Ground was broken in 1866 for the Carson City Mint Building and opened as a national mint in 1869.  This mint produced $49,000,000 of gold and silver coins from 1870-1893.  In 1899, the mines had dwindled and the U.S. Treasury closed the mint down.

Later on after several remodels, it became the home of the Nevada State Museum and the Historical Society.

There are 2 such ghostly entities who still roam around the building.  Osborne Parker was a worker there and crushed to death in the basement when equipment fell on him in 1872.  Many believe that Parker still hangs around and works as a guardian, keeping a friendly eye on the staff.

Another entity who has presence in the old building is of Abraham Curry.  He was one of the men in charge of planning and building the mint, who later became Superintendent of the Nevada State Mint.  He enjoyed his job very much, and ended up dying in 1873.  Curry’s spirit is said to be of a friendly, fatherly one.

Other paranormal occurrences noted at this site: the sound of unexplained footsteps and the elevator operating on its own.  Whether  these are by Parker or Curry, you can be sure that the staff never feels alone and always has a watchful eye over them.

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