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Inclined Plane Hiking Trail

Johnstown, Pennsylvania

During the early part of the twentieth century, this trail led to a mine. One day, the mine exploded, killing over one hundred miners. Many have reported seeing miners walking along the path. They disappear quickly, however.

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Colin Overland says:

November 22, 2005, 3:55 am

Hello fellow ghost story buffs—let me say that Johnstown, which I have visited 3 times in the last 16 years, is A VERY HAUNTED PLACE!
With the floods, mining disasters, and Indian burial sites, you don’t have to look far or for very long to experience something!
The anniversary of the flood of May 31st, 1889, is a time of heightened activity, especially downtown. When something really traumatic happens, a trace of it remains….of course, when something very pleasant happens, that leaves a trace too. Keep your sense of humor at the ready; it helps keep the atmosphere from getting too heavy and scary!

Ali says:

January 29, 2006, 10:00 pm

I’ve heard of this haunting, but don’t forget alot of people have seen the ghost of alittle boy. Some have seen it while standing at the top of the incline looking down, he’s dressed as a little boy working in the mines would have been.

Bobbetta says:

March 12, 2006, 2:01 am

I have heard of many stories about Johnstown I want to know more.

peter smith says:

March 12, 2006, 5:14 pm

I go up to Johnstown every weekend and I never see anything up there.I went on the Inclined Plain Hiking Trail and I never saw anything up there.I heard about the floods and everything and I know a lot of people died.I also know that there is no mine shafts up there so you are all lying.

Crystal Anskis says:

May 8, 2006, 7:52 pm

I’ve heard about that place!i’ve visited it and when i went up there i did see a boy!Freaky!he was dressed like you would in the mines and was looking straight at me…………………………….

Jason says:

May 10, 2006, 12:01 am

The stories about the inclined plane are mostly fictional. They were created to generate interest in the tourist site….seriously.

ican_beyourz says:

May 14, 2006, 4:27 am

sounds cool

Danielle says:

May 29, 2006, 5:58 pm

Actually, there are mine shafts up there. That’s why the inclined plane was built.

Skeptical says:

June 6, 2006, 8:53 pm

Personally, I think youre all lying and making up this ****! How does that grab ya?

rs says:

June 7, 2006, 2:42 pm


Genne says:

June 8, 2006, 12:55 pm

This is an interesting story and would be even better if it were true. Unfortunately it isn’t. If it were I would visit it frequently as I live in the area and I love a good scare/encounter. The inclined plane was built in 1890 to carry people, horses and wagons up to the new hilltop community of Westmont. From everything I have read there was no mining up on the hilltop. This was an upperclass neighborhood with very large houses many of which are still there. Although it is true thousands have lost their lives during the 2 major floods that have devastated the town, I have lived in some local apartments and have not experienced any supernatural events which is not to say that they don’t exist or happen. Congrats if you have experienced any supernatural events!!!!

Shannon says:

June 26, 2006, 4:54 pm

I lived in Johnstown all my life. I was in the 70’s Flood, it was horrible. Not as many lives lost as the 1800’s Flood, but bad enough. I lived in South Fork, a little coal mining town, very old. At the top of the inclined plane there used to be an indian cemetery, which you can get a good orb photo every now and then. They used the incline plane to take people to the top during the flood, then once all the deris jammed against the mountain it caught fire (the debris). At the bottom of the plane you can get some good pics as well.

Ed says:

August 11, 2006, 5:06 am

With the GOP controlling congress and cutting money for mine safety, you can count on seeing alot more ghost miners.

BB says:

August 13, 2006, 5:52 am

Regarding the Incline Plane it started operating June 1st, 1891 and was built by the Cambria Iron Works for an escape route in case of subsequent floods and it was also used as a transportation vehicle for survivors of the 1889 flood who decided to build homes on Yoder Hill instead of in the valley and they would use the Incline to go to and from work and to go shopping and such in the City.

I’ve walked along the Wolfe Trail and have never encountered any ghosts or anything out of the ordinary, but have heard others who have said they had seen what looked to be disheveled men carrying lunch buckets and walking away from the direction of the Incline along the trail towards the West End.

Mike Haman says:

August 23, 2006, 1:29 pm

Hello all. I live in Johnstown currently but I’m originally from the St.Michael area, which if any of you are aware has more of a ghostly feeling than Johnstown itself. Now, I’m gonna clear this up for you all. The Inclined Plane…unhaunted. The Wolfe Trail…haunted. The little boy you all claim to see and hear of…untrue. These stories get unearthed and started for “scares” if you will. You all want some real scares and want to see some goofy **** happen? Go to New Ashatola,Pa… not far from Johnstown. Go visit the house wear a man went crazy and slaughtered his family and pets. 20 years later and you go into their house and there’s still scent of perfume…Blood stains are fresh even though its been scrubbed and cleaned….Yelps of the dogs are heard as they are getting butchered with the hatchet he used to kill them with…. and around the house itself is where alot of cult happenings occur. It’s a freaky place… and YES this story is true. Search for it if you will. I personally have friends who have recordings of voices, whispers,tapping, and weird “noises” from the area….. So forget the Inclined Plane, unless you enjoy chasing fabricated stories. Go to New Ashatola. It’s private property but nothing is posted so if you were caught trespassing, nothing would hold up in courts. Another warning also, thisd place isn’t to be taken lightly. Theres some serious doings in the area that even other trespassers will come after you for interrupting what they are doing(cult activities). It’s an adventure to say the least. Wear good shoes for walking and long pants. It’s a hike.

BB says:

September 9, 2006, 5:34 pm

With regard to New Ashtola (notice the correct spelling)only thing there is the Krum Cemetary from the Civil War era, been there and while very interesting didn’t have any type of paranormal feelings whatsoever.

The man killing his family is a hoax, as is the supposed “Dead Zone” mansion…someone had a little too much Stephen King, LOL…there’s no mansion to be found…only thing around there is a shack that probably was used by hunters from years gone by.

Didn’t find anything in the area that would relate or reflect any type of “cult” activity.

But, like I said the area is interesting to visit if you are into Civil War era cemetaries.

BB says:

September 9, 2006, 5:43 pm

And, to add, to my comment above, please disregard my wrong spelling of cemetery…they really should have an editing feature here! :)

brandon says:

September 23, 2006, 9:06 am

I have studied the johnstown sites of hauntings for 5 years now some of them are a hoax and some are true. the little boy is true his picure is in the first flood memorial you see coming into town. His name is donald ghellnet. His father couldnt work so he sent his only son to the mines 5 days after he was sent he died of black lung.
post more stories i would like to check them out

john says:

September 27, 2006, 2:10 pm

Where the hell do you find the chiques road haunted house?

Scott says:

October 3, 2006, 2:33 pm

I grew up in Indiana, about 27 miles away from J-town. I have however spent many nights in Johnstown. Although Johnstown can seem a bit dreery, I habe never seen or have known anyone that has had paranormal encounters. Personally I think it’s just a tired town that has had too many tragedies come down on it.

Matt says:

October 15, 2006, 12:46 pm

The inclined plane was not built becuase of the mine shafts, it was built because if the Little Conemaugh flooded again they could transport people up to Westmont out of the flood. During the annual AAABA Baseball Tournament, There are people called the Bomb Squad who stay up on the Inclined plane trail, I know a few of the Bombers, They have not seen any miners or a little boy in their four years of service… No ghosts there.

brooke and bree says:

October 20, 2006, 7:16 pm

Hi, my family’s lived in p.a for years, and ive never even heard of johnstown. If you ppl want some actual ghosts, head on over to pithole, its a ghost town but ive personally seen the white lady who walks up and down the streets. not lying. there are other ghosts too, try drake well too. both burntout oil towns but there are alot of stories about the hauntings. ooh, and if u really want a totally wet ur pants good scare, go to the new jersey pine barrens. ever heard of the jersey devil? : P

PR Mathias says:

October 27, 2006, 8:37 am

I grew up in Johnstown, and have heard many of these stories. I have never known, or heard of anyone knowing someone who has experienced the Inclined Plane activity. I would like to investigate it myself, but as it is outdoors, that makes it nearly impossible. There are a few, I must assume, houses or buildings in Johnstown that have paranormal activity, but I have yet to be in one. So if you own one of these houses, or know someone who does, please e-mail me at and we will come investigate it.

Good luck, all.

Semper Fi!

Rawket says:

November 6, 2006, 2:03 pm

Another life-long resident of the area here and as some have already correctly noted, the Inclined Plane was built after the big flood of 1889 to transport people out of the valley should another devastating flood occur. I’ve never encountered any kind of paranormal activity around Johnstown– except for Grandview Cemetary, where all the Unknown dead from 1889 are buried. Seriously… if there is anyplace for a chance meeting with a ghost, visit this national memorial (but please– be respectful and remember that you are in a cemetary, not an amusement park). The cemetary is very old and is BIG (this is not just a national cemetary but a public one as well). Park your car and walk through the area. It’s eerily quiet and the mausoleums give me chills every time I see them.

Dan says:

November 13, 2006, 1:37 am

Though I have never encountered anything along this trail, there are several spots in the general Johnstown area which are haunted. My personal favorite it Crum Cemetery, in/around Windber, Pa. From Johnstown this is maybe a 30 minute drive. Defintiely a creepy place.

Also, nearby Crum Cemetery is an area dubbed ‘The Dead Zone’. This story is rumored, and I have yet to ever check this place out. But story has it that a man killed his wife and kids, and went to the garage and hung himself. There are several back roads blocked off near Crum Cemetery and I have been told this is back a blocked off road, about a 2 mile hike. I am unsure which road it is unfortunately.

If you want to discuss any ghost hunting experiences, or anything, feel free to contact me via email at:

Brad says:

November 20, 2006, 8:35 pm

Crum cemetery is the craziest place in Johnstown. Everytime I am there I get chills.

Andy says:

November 21, 2006, 6:58 pm

Alright I live in Johnstown, and i was very interested in this Krum Cemetery….WHERE IS IT!!

They say its in New Ashtolia(spelling), i went up there the other night and couldnt find anything, if any 1 has any information on this please contact me at

Btw, yes there are mine shafts down on the Incline Plane trail, ive been there before, i live about 5 min away from them, VERY dangerous to go in, i dont expect you to try …..


x Courtney x says:

November 27, 2006, 1:53 pm

wow that one is freaky!

Frankie Broome says:

December 24, 2006, 4:33 pm

jhonstowns is spooky at night going on them back roads up there by hicksons run damn also stackhouse park at night if u wanna rush go to stackhouse park at night and please dont go by yo self i live in ohio noww but everthy chance i get to go back to jhonstowns i walk thru da woods juzz to get a peace of mind holla back at me

hntr06pa says:

February 3, 2007, 2:58 am

first of all crum cemetary is in new paris which is in beford county. the distance to it from johnstown is like 30 miles. the inclined plane was also built because of the 1800’s flood, it was a means of evacuating the people of johnstown in case of another flood, however now its just used for tourism there realy isnt a significant purpose anymore. just to further back up other peoples points. crum cemetary was created almost 150 years ago and started out as the crum family cemetary and the dead zone thing aint true the closest thing there would be gravity hill and that is a place where you put your car in neutral and it will drift uphill. think about it people didnt have garages back then that they could go out and hang themselves in cause they didnt have cars in the late 1800’s the closest thing would be an outhouse. that area, which im familiar with because i live in somerset county, is farming and mountain country. yeah its creepy and im sure stuff does happen there but unless your willing to exept that crazy stuff happens you wont have anything happen to you. also keep inmind that cemetaries arent natural places to see ghosts because they’re put to rest there they didnt die there. unlike crum cemetery, at gettysburgh cemetery the people actually died there which makes the place really haunted. i can say i see ghosts cause im sensitive to the spirit world unlike many people who claim they see stuff just to draw attention to themselves. questions comments subject line ghosts or it goes to spam

Jim says:

February 4, 2007, 1:07 pm

I go to UPJ in richland and laurel hall where i lived my freshman year is supposed to be haunted, the room right down the hall from where i was. one night while i was half in half out trying to go to sleep i heard this awful noise from the corner of our room that i dont know how to describe…..about made me throw up, odd enough my roomate didnt hear it.

Blue says:

February 12, 2007, 10:45 pm

I grew up in Johnstown. It is a very haunted place indeed. I have seen some VERY strange things at both Hinckston Run and Stackhouse Park. Also, I get a very distinct feeling of uneasiness and being watched at North Fork Dam. Does anyone have any info on the history of the one room schoolhouse, Saylor School, or know anything about a haunting at North Fork? I have heard rumors, but nothing solid.

Katie Box says:

February 13, 2007, 4:24 pm

I have lived in Johnstown mostly all my life and i’ve yet to experience any paranormal activity here. Johnstown isnt that bad of a town but its not that haunted either. Im not saying this is true nor false. Im not saying there isnt any paranormal activity her either. But all im saying is that i havent experienced it. But i do hope to!

Harry says:

February 26, 2007, 3:35 am

Some of the people burried in Crum Cemetery are past family members of mine. I personally knew some of them and for the others I’m told they were decent people also. I visit this cemetery as frequent as I can and I have never seen a ghost yet. If anyone does see ghost there, just talk to them and I,m sure you will get quite an education of how life was in those days. Don’t fear the darkness of death but what life itself can do to you.

Ana K. says:

March 3, 2007, 6:35 pm

I could tell you all stories about these things I’ve seen growing up in the hills above Johnstown…and it would show you how haunted the area really is.

My family is from a tiny town called Vintondale, near the Camrbia/Indiana border. During the 1800’s, they moved from their old town to Vintondale. The old town is called Wehrum. It still exists this day.

Take Wehrum Road from 22. Go past the golf course and through Dilltown. Keep going and the road gets narrower as it follows the Blacklick Creek. Eventually, on your left, there will be a large road going up the hill to a place called Lower Laurel Road. Make a left up this hill and drive for 300 yards. Get out of your car. Walk into the woods on the left and you’ll see an abandoned graveyard for the town. It used to have hundreds of residents but now only close to 20 or so headstones remain. I should know…my great great grandfather is up there.

Oh yes, and the town itself. Boarded up in the 1920’s due to a large mine explosion. Close to 50 people were killed in a massive mine explosion. The tippled where the happened is located on the Ebensburg & Blacklick Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, one mile west of Vintondale, on the north bank of Blacklick Creek. Close to 30 people were killed there in two seperate explosions. After this happened, the town was sold for scrap and bulldozed. Now the only thing left are foundation holes, the fanhouses, and a small jailhouse.

Andrew says:

March 21, 2007, 1:04 pm

Well, this comment, is to everyone that doesnt believe any of the ghost stories, i actually live in johnstown in the west end part of town and i was born and raised in this **** hole place…the only thing thats good about this place is that it has alot of history behind it…There is a mine trail thats haunted and if you not from here, then you werent on the trail…and there are mine shafts, the are closed up with cement but there are little ducts on the sides that you can fit in, the inclined plane is not haunted however…the trail is…there is a set of woods beside my house that are haunted…by d st. and norton rd. my house in fact is haunted, my neice who was 6 at the time said that she seen an older woman walking across the porch and me and my mother seen the shadow dissapear right into the wall…My high school is haunted, the high school down the road is haunted, crum cemetary is haunted and so is becky’s grave…and the turn around, i have been to all of these places, because i love to get a good scare, but the scariest place i seen was the turn around!, the best way to ever see anything is just to come out here have a few beers with my friends and i, then we will have a journey to see if yinz see anything, well if you would ever like to contact me, and you have a myspace then drop by and give me a friend request

crystal says:

March 28, 2007, 9:37 am

I just wantd to note that I am from Johnstown,Pa.I’ve lived here all my life (30years) and I honestly havent even heard of the “ghosts” by the inclined plaine. I’m not saying there arent I just haven’t heard of it. But I also wanted to note that someone above said there was no mines,they should look a little better there are mines. The one this story talks of you can see as you cross the bridge by the point stadium.Now it just looks like a big cement wall where the mine opening use to be,Before the exsplosion that did kill I beleive around 100 men. There are also other mines on the opposite hillside witch I am sure of because my father who is 74 years old worked in them with his father as a teenager.

Dawn says:

March 30, 2007, 4:22 pm

Reading these comments about Johnstown (haunted or not) is very unsettling. I myself was born and raised in Jtown and although I would LIKE to see some activity, I never have. But my main concern is how you people are talking to each other…YES IT IS…NO IT ISN’T…YES IT IS…NO IT ISN’T!!!!! Like I’m right and everyone else is wrong. What the HE**???? Some people may have experienced things and some people may have NOT. that’s not to say that Johnstown doesn’t have it places of interest. People…you’re giving Johnstown a bad name. KNOCK IT OFF ALREADY!!!!!!!!

loco says:

June 20, 2007, 5:12 pm

Bar-B-Que anyone?

loco says:

June 20, 2007, 5:14 pm

KA-BOOM! Never (coal) mine… ‘er, mind!

Falesha says:

October 7, 2007, 11:04 am

I live about 20 minutes from Johnstown but I grew up throughout Johnstown because alot of my family is from there. I personally haven’t expierenced anything but I love to go and do a little ghosthunting once in awhile. I think that everyone should take a look at the series “Ghosthunters” you can learn a lot from there and things you THINK that you have expierenced and things you HAVE. For another place to explore there is Livermore up a little past Blairsville exit on 22west. The cemetery was actually in the 1st scene of night of the living dead.

BedfordChic says:

October 14, 2007, 8:50 pm

So is it or not haunted?? Sounds to me like each of you are trying to out do the other. Hard to beleive any of them. I’ve always wanted to see a ghost. Although now it would probably scare the piss outta me…lol

colleen says:

October 17, 2007, 1:01 pm

I lived in “Old Westmont” next to the Inclined plane and the mound “indian burial grounds” thru mu entire child hood. Played in the woods on the trails.Still have family in town that I visit often Never have I heard any of these stories?????

Shari says:

October 19, 2007, 10:35 am

I grew up in New Ashtola. My family roots there go back several generations. I’ve traversed that mountain by foot, dirt bike and horseback. My ancestors are buried in Crum Cemetary. I’ve heard stories of hauntings and cult activity, but have never witnessed any of it. Beer parties, yes. Cult activity, no. Furthermore, the “Death Zone” story is news to me. As much time as my family (six siblings and large extended family) spent in those woods over the years, surely one of us would have had a personal experience if there was something paranormal out there. Crum Cemetery is an historic place. Please be respectful if you visit. Unfortunately, Gamesa recently cut down a bunch of trees in the area, intending to put up windmills. Personally, if the place does have spooks, I hope they direct their hauntings toward the Spaniards.

Angie says:

October 20, 2007, 7:03 pm

I live in Windber, just outside of Johnstown. I also work in Johnstown. I never heard this story before. But there are the popular spots like Becky’s grave that people go to even in the summer time.

I’ll tell you I’ve seen the movie for the Johnstown flood at the museum and that gave me nightmares. I think I really got chills because all those people died right here. It freaks me out sometimes.

greg says:

October 28, 2007, 2:07 pm

Umm i live in johnstown theres nothing scary about it

Ed says:

October 29, 2007, 12:53 pm

I also grew up in Johnstown. I’m familiar with the trail at the top of the Inclined Plane. There most certainly was a mine disaster there- the trail goes right up to the closed-off site of the mine entrance, and there’s a big historic marker that tells the tragic tale. I went there recently with my family and took a few photos, half wondering if we might catch something spooky in the pictures, but nothing unusual showed up, sorry to report.
Johnstown probably should be haunted with all of the tragedy of the floods that took so many lives, but I never heard any stories of hauntings while I lived there, or in the many years after that when I made frequent visits to the folks.

Justin says:

November 3, 2007, 1:08 am

First off I’ve lived in Windber my whole life and Crum Cemetary is a 5 min drive from the center of Windber. Crum is not in bedford county like some people said. In the past two days i’ve visited Crum and the Dead Zone. Both places are definetly freaky and we got some weird pictures and ruled out everything that could have caused them. The Dead zone is not a 2 mile hike, its not even a mile and is not back a blocked off road. The story about the man killing his family and himself is false. I have connections to the family that owns it and it is old farmhouses and nothing mmore. There is also a hunting cabin nearby these houses. As for haunted, you’ll have to personally check these places out for yourself. I know if you go lone your gonna get freaked out easily by the stuff you hear and see.

Cdg says:

November 5, 2007, 2:54 am

I would have to say that Johnstown has to be a very haunted place. Crum cemetery must be becoming more popular do to the desecration of the headstones there. I don’t know how people think that’s funny but you wouldn’t believe how many headstones are ruined there. As for haunted im not sure I’ve been there just to sit and watch and nothing has happened however its not to say there isn’t ghosts there. If your from somerset and are looking for this crum cemetery take 30 to 160 north follow thru central city you’ll see a gas station on your left and flashing lights make the first right after that. Follow that road for like 5 or 10 miles till you come to an intersection of three roads make the left and its prolly two miles up the road on the left hand side but please be respectful people still burry loved ones here.

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Forrest Greene says:

November 19, 2007, 5:21 pm

“…Many have reported seeing miners walking along the path. They disappear quickly, however.”

Would that be the ghostly miners doing the disappearing, or those who see them?

Jonathan says:

January 6, 2008, 4:11 pm

I’ve lived in the Windber/Johnstown area all my life. I’ve personally been to Crum Cemetary, Wolfe Trail and several other places. Crum, while freaky, didn’t seem haunted. Its creepy mostly because its back a dirt path and you travel over an old, one-lane bridge. (The Iron Bridge) I did get a somewhat weird feeling when I looked at a section of graves that were all graves of children mostly under the age of 4. Also when there were trees all around it, there was a more isolated feeling to the place, now with the deforestation it’s lost some of that luster.

Remember if you are traveling to see this or any cemetary to be respectful of the graves.

nikki says:

January 8, 2008, 6:07 am

I have lived in johnstown all my life. On yoder st all my life. Im now 27. At the end of my street is woods, if you enter those woods, it starts the trail to the inclined plane. As kids me and my cousins used to walk that trail very often. The trail starts on Yoder st, and goes the wholeway through downtown, under the inclined plane and to brownstown. I dont believe ive ever seen anything paranormal but sometimes we got an eering feeling. Once there was a rabbit stuck to a tree, the head was on one side of the tree and its body on the other side of the tree. I dont believe it was anything due to paranormal activity. We also had an incident where me and my cousin were walking the trail, we had a very weird feeling and thought we heard something so we turned around and starting running back twoard home, after running about 5 min we heard some strange crackling sounds so we stopped and were looking up in the woods to see what it coulda been. after a few minutes of looking we saw a black bird fly from an old tree then out of the blue the tree just fell over directly in front of us. within 20 feet. if the tree were higher it would of landed on us. which i cant say that was to paranormal activity either. However i have had 2 strange encounters at quemahoning dam. it was very late one night and me and 3 friends were sitting in a car off the side of the road getting high. we sat there for a little bit and then up head we saw what looked like 2 red lights coming twoard us and turned into the hillside and disappeared. we thought wed better go just in case it was a cop, so we drove twoard where we saw the lights. there were no other cars around for miles so it couldnt of been a car, because theres not enough room to turn ur car around there. and there was no turn there, and car lights would be white not red. yes maybe we were high, but high or not, theres no way that 4 people could see the exact same thing at the exact same time, unless it was really there. another thing that happened at que was me and a different friend used to drive around the dam all the time, we were all into paranormal stuff and were very into the ouija board. we had the ouija board in the trunk of her car driving around. as soon as her car reached the green bridge, it sounded like something attached itself to her car and we were dragging it. i cant say what it sounded like cause i really dont know but it was like a scraping sound that didnt stop un less we stopped the car. of course we were scared unsure what it was so we were just gonna leave the dam and not stop for nothing. after about 20-30 minutes of driving i knew we were coming up on the 2nd bridge away from the dam, and i said to her wouldnt it be weird if it just like stopped when we reach the 2nd bridge. and sure enough as soon as her car reached the 2nd bridge the noise had stopped. we were no longer dragging what ever we had been dragging under her car, it was a more lighted area so we pulled up a little bit to see if anything was on the road behind us. but there was nothing there. of course we were both too scared to get out of the car. and for this incident we were completly sober. what was it? if anyone has any suggestions please repost.

Brandon says:

January 17, 2008, 4:11 am

Hello. I am from the area(Altoona,P.A). When you think about it this area has had a lot of untimly deaths attached to it. From the floods to coal mine disaters. It is a very depressed area with a high rate of suicides. Talk to any Paranormal expert and they will tell you these instinces create a lot of activity. Out of towners who come here say what a sad felling this area gives off. It could be more than economic depression maybe a curse?I have had many paranormal experiences in a varity of places around here.I find it hard to pin point one area .I think there is a lot of activity no matter where you go.There are a lot of sad souls with unfinished bussines around here.

Ryan says:

February 15, 2008, 5:59 am

I live in Windber, PA as well. I never really heard of those Johnstown ghost stories but I think they are interesting. And not everyone there has to see something to make it real. I believe some people have seen weird things and some haven’t. With all the disasters that have happened in Johnstown it’s very possible that it’s haunted. I still have yet to see Krum Cemetery, Becky’s Grave, or any of the trails but there’s definitely something in the woods behind my house. One day when I was a young teenager I went into those woods with my brother and friend. They noticed something on the ground. As they were looking at it I looked up and saw a freaking dog sled riding through the woods. There were about 6 or 8 dogs pulling a person riding the sled. Then it just vanished before my brother and friend could see it. Believe me, I know it sounds ridiculous. If I read this story on here I would laugh too. But it’s true. I know what I saw. Wish I didn’t see it. I’ve tried researching it and looking up things about it but can’t find anything. If anyone knows of anything weird in Windber let me know!

Caitlin says:

February 28, 2008, 6:55 pm

This story is very true in my opinion.
I’ve lived in johnstown for most of my life,and me and my friends decided to walk that trail starting in westmont and going downtown.
my friend got pushed down the hill going downtown from westmont, we felt something enter our bodies, we got orbs in pictures, and we saw this one thing looking like a coal miner standing beside a tree.
after that, we decided to take a recording, and when my friend was asking questions we heard something in the recording say clearly “I hear you”.
If I find someway to download the pics and recording I will.
ever since that day its creepy to go down there, but we still do to see what else might happen

Erika says:

March 4, 2008, 9:49 am

OMG….me and my friend Caitlin, the girl who posted the one above, went to that trail and it was very coldd and windy. When Caitlin looked inside the coal mine through the metal bar there was something wrapped up. It looked like a body. We got so freaked out and went up back the incline. That was a day i’ll never forget.

This is Caitlin now. yepp thats a true storyy beeatchs!

Ann Rozsi says:

March 7, 2008, 7:01 am

I grew up in J-town. The mining disaster was the Rolling Mills Mining Disaster. I am including a link to a website that a J-town priest has put together.

Secondly, I personally have witnesses 2 episodes that I consider haunts. The first occurred back in the early 1970, when my grandmother and I were approaching the singing bridge (that connects Cambria City with Minersville). It was about 10:00 at night. As we approached St. Stephens/St. Mary’s to cross the bridge I saw 6 nuns emerge in double file from between the St. Mary’s church and rectory. These were in the old days when nuns wore full habits, and as a school kid, you realized that you could hear them coming a mile away because of the click-clack of the long rosary the wore at their waste. Anyway, these nuns were in white (something I’d never seen nuns wear-all our teachers had the long black habits). They sorta glided across the street to the shrine that was along the river. I’ll never forget the fact that they glided and there was absolutely no sound. I asked my grandma who they were-she grabbed my are, told me to keep quite, and to walk faster. What were they? To this day I wonder.

The second episode involved a house on Broad Street. At different times myself, my sister, and our friend each saw a little girl entering the top bedroom. She was wearing a “granny-type” nightgown. The wierd thing was that our girlfriend saw her first, and it was not until she told us about the little girl she saw in the bathroom that my sister stated she had seen a little girl. All 3 of our descriptions were similar. Was she part of the second big flood (on St. Patricks Day)? The house had belonged to a doctor, so was she a patient that died? We’ve always wondered.

Mark says:

March 18, 2008, 10:23 pm

I live in Westmont (suburb of Johnstown), and me and my friends bike on the Incline Trail and in Stackhouse Park almost every day. I have never experienced anything more frightening in Stackhouse than the ranger kicking us out because it was 3 in the morning, or looking down and knowing that I live in the most boring place on the face of the planet. (not for much longer, fortunately!)

And about one of the older comments… You’ve lived in PA all your life, never heard of Johnstown, but have heard of Pithole? That’s odd.

Yayo says:

April 25, 2008, 10:48 am

i live in johnstown and me and my friends have been to crum cemetary hundreds of times….we even camped out there over night..its creepy as hell cuz it has ppl in it from the civil war…..ive never found the dead zone…if it exists…but there are gated off roads back there that ive never explored. if anyone noes anything bout houses or such back that way please let me no…i no of one house that ive seen…its got an outhouse and everything…but i dont no if its jsut a hunting cabin or not

if anyone noes anything bout a guy that killed his family back there let me no

Jim says:

June 18, 2008, 11:47 am

i ahve lived in Johsntown all my life and its allot more haunted than what people think. I ahve researched the Paranormal for several years now. I can tell you what stories I have heard about Johsntowna dn the surrounding area. I heard of a boy that is seen fulled bodied at a downtown business, the workers see him so ofter he was given a name Tommy or something like that. It coule be the boy that died from black lung, I don’t know. Conemaugh Valley HS my ALma Matter is haunted, lockers slam shut, maintenance workers get tapped on the shoulder. An apparation is seen in the student parking lot and of the football field. Stone bridge from the floods, EVPs have been captured there by Dave and Sharon Oester of of International Ghost Hunters Society. Also at Grandview cemetary. The pink house in Westmont had the ghosts of a little girl and mother there. The girl was always seen by a person in the upper bedroom window, when this lady finally met the woner of the home she said what a lovely daughter you have and the owner said I have no daughters it was the ghost. The trail along the hillside where the Inclined Plane is located is haunted by a couple of miners that died in the big explosion years ago. Like 200 of them died. They say if you walk the trail two of them will come up behind you. The Incline Plane itself I don’t know some say it is while others say it isn’t. Forest Lawn Cemetary, people see a woman in white walking there at night. ALso the surroudning woods are said to be haunted. Becky and Beacky’s grave is true. There is a fram house in Newtown in Conemaugh Twp Cambria County that is haunted. The owners hear footsteps and voices. This case was on a cable TV paranormal program. The Arcadia Threatre in Widnber. Other palces that have to have something going on is City Hall, other older office buildings, Oh yes the Feeder Canal Building is haunted my brother and nephew were working in the basment and they seen ashodws and heard a bunch of things, freaked them out. ALso the steel mills, tradegy happened there to so I’ll bet those buildings or land still has activity going on.

Ron says:

June 18, 2008, 7:09 pm

I’ve lived in Johnstown all my life. I’ve obviously heard my share of stories but have never validated any of them. However, I can share a very, very serious story that I received firsthand while at St. Francis College (located about 30min. from Johnstown, in the small town of Loretto.) I was a student there in the mid to late 80’s. My dorm(St. Agnes Hall), had an RN (or RA) whatever they were called, I forget. His name was Brother Stephen Sarah….great guy. One night he got to telling us all about the history of Loretto, and of St. Francis. He conveyed to us a story of an exorcism that had taken place at the College in the 70’s. He remembered the Exorcist’s name, Father Damian Scotto….I’ve looked many times for further information on this but to no avail. He shared information about the Schwab Estate…located across the street from the College (I think it has since changed names). He said that he could take us right now, across the street, into a room where you would immediately get the cold feeling that all is not right. We said thanks….but HECK NO!. He shared with us the existence of a book called Bethany’s Revenge….Yes, I’ve looked but could never find such a title. The book is supposed to contain the history of Loretto and its relation to the demonic. Brother Steve told us about St. Michaels Church in Loretto. I’ve pretty much forgotten all about this over the years….but maybe someone else can shine some light on this further. I came across this site for the first time today….the wife and I have an interest in the paranormal….even been to Connecticut to see the Warrens. Anyhow, just thought i’d share the Loretto story with you folks. Take Care, Ron

Ashley says:

July 7, 2008, 12:48 am

I have lived in Johnstown my whole life..i have seen many ghostly things my whole 18 years! Well I know that in windber crums cematary is very haunted. Me and my friends went back there and took many pics. I got a pic of a foggy substance on my camera but it wasnt foggy i took another pic at the same place and it was GONE. I seen all the houses back there and they are haunted! I also been to beckys grave in richland! She was a witch that was hung. About 7 of us went back there around halloween and my aunt and I was the only one who went into the grave site. When we went into there something tripped her and we took a pic really quick and when we looked at it a orb of sometype poped onto the screen really cool. We also got figures one man with a lattern and a girlish fig which was prob becky.I am also a graduate from Conemaugh Valley and there has been many time where the lockers would slam and the teachers would look at and no one would be there! Also in the girls locker room in the closet we heard someone in there and the door started to shake a little!

Rich Lehman Sr. says:

July 11, 2008, 6:17 pm

i’m from Somerset; Pa. i have lived here for 23 years. i was wondering if I could get the REAL directions for Crum Cemetary. I saw that some guy said that it is thru Central City after Goga’s gas staion first road on the right?? someone please tell me the REAL directions to there and to Becky’s grave? is it in Richland? if so; exactly how do i get to both places?? thank you.. I am somewhat of a paranormal semi-expert and writer. any information wil be helpful….thank you

Lila says:

August 2, 2008, 3:00 am

As for Crum Cemetary, I’ve only ever heard/experienced one haunting. When me and my brother were little kids (like 4 and 6 yrs old) my parents used to take us camping every year VERY near Crum Cemetery. Well they heard a story that if you go up to the cemetery at night and go on the cemetery road, that a hearse would chase you. Well being the ghost loving family we are, we HAD to try it. I was too you to remember exactly what happened. I remember people freaking out and my mom putting me in the cab of the truck with my dad, and also i remember when we got back to the campsite my mom made us kids go to bed while they sat out by the fire and talked. They sounded really scared and my brothers friend kept saying “it isn’t going to get me!! Ill kill myself! ill do it!” (he did commit suicide many years later).

My mom told me that when we got to the cemetery road we went to turn around and got stuck, she said she turned around and saw lights at the top of the hill. Just then we got unstuck and she looked back again and there was a white hearse RIGHT behind us. The windows were pitch black so u couldnt see it, on ALL the windows. She said it chased us all the way to the end of the road. and when it hit the bottom the lights disappeared and reappeared in an instant at the top of the hill, and continued to come down the hill to the end of the road and repeat itself all night. In the morning it was gone.

I tell her that i dont believe it, but she just laughs and says “i know what i saw, you dont have to believe me, but i KNOW its true!” She wrote a paper about it when she went to college at Allegany College of Maryland in Somerset. Im still not sure if its true, but she sticks by it, and wont let anyone tell her any different!

Lila says:

August 2, 2008, 3:01 am

if you want to chat about cool stories, i have more. Add me on myspace!

brittany says:

September 24, 2008, 2:36 pm

i once experienced something extremely frightening at the north fork dam.
on one of the back roads there is a “haunted cemetary” taht supposedly witches go do witchcraft at. anyhow, one night my friends and i decided to go out there and find the cemetary…so we found the trail and started walking it when we noticed that in the road ahead of us was black figure. we stopped in our tracks and watched as the figure started to stand…
needless to say we didn’t stay long enough to see what it was but i know i’ll never go back there unless it’s daytime.

caitlin says:

September 28, 2008, 8:27 am

Hey Rich Lehman,
becky’s grave is on that street past the galleria, by jari drive (where planet ice & the red cross are), and you keep going back that main road where all the woods are, and its back there.
sorry i cant give a specific place to where the grave is, because when your going back that road its all woods.
hope i helped!


Andrew says:

October 13, 2008, 12:39 am

Well to everyone who wonders about the hiking trail of the incline plane, it is definitely not haunted i lived in johnstown for 18 years and not one time have i ever seen anything on the mountain, nor heard of anyone seeing anything. so to everyone who wonders and is interested none of things you hear are true!!!

Trina says:

November 3, 2008, 2:58 pm

I live in Johnstown and most locals know that the Rolling Mill Mine at the base of the Inclined Plane is not haunted. This was a story generated in the ’80s to try to drum up interest in the Inclined Plane. But the mine is the scene of a creepier, real life tale. Racist serial killer John Paul Franklin shot an interracial couple as they walked along the street below. Franklin, who also tried to kill Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, was never caught for his Johnstown murders, but is serving a lifelong prison sentence for other white supremacist murders he committed elsewhere in the country.

Melanie says:

December 3, 2008, 12:04 pm

I have also lived in Jtown my whole life (31years) and I can’t say that I believe or not, but one night me and my husband was coming home from a party in Ebensberg and we always came down Dishong Mountain. Well at the top it was very foggy about 2 in the morning and I could see from my passanger side window this glowing figure. It had a long white robe on and a hood almost like a monk would wear. I asked my husband if he could see that and he said yes. As we got closer I was all up in the window trying to see what it was, well when we started going past all it had was a black face. We both had our jaws to the floor in shock. I then turned around in my seat and what ever it was it was floating. The really strange thing is. My friend was coming from that same party about a half hour after us, and her and her friend saw it too. I go to tell her about it the next time I saw her and she started telling me.
Also my brother was in Grand View cemetary one night with a friend and the friend was making fun of the people that got killed in the 1889 flood and his friend got pushed so hard that he knocked out a tooth from hitting his face so hard on the ground. My brother said that they ran down Mill Creek road so fast and never stopped untill they got to town.

Tony says:

January 15, 2009, 2:33 pm

As for all you skeptics about the ghosts at the inclined plane and the mine! Well the mine DOES exist!! I’ve been there. it’s along the trail at the foot of the inclined plane just to the right. And yes over 100 men died in that mine on one day. The story is TRUE. Check it with the local newspaper THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT. No Bull!! I’ve been to the mine. It is a small opening covered by an iron fence which is easy to squeeze through. I
only ventured just past the entrance. there was a rope extending down into the mine.. but the better angels or my apprenhension told me not to go there. The air coming up from the mine was very cold and this was in Mid July. Of course we’re talking about air from way down in the ground that may account for it…or perhaps NOT.. in any case you get a real eriey
feeling being there.

Theresa says:

January 22, 2009, 4:29 pm

I’ve lived in Johnstown all my life and I often hike the Incline Trail. It’s a very neat place. I’ve never seen anything weird, but then again I don’t believe in ghosts or the supernatural. However, there was a mine cave in/explosion in the mine at the end of the trail. The mine entrance is barred off, but there is a plaque with the history of the accident. You have to take the path under the tracks and past the sculptures and you will come to the old entrance.

Deborah says:

February 11, 2009, 11:32 am

I was born and raised,and have lived in Johnstown all my life,and I have to say that I never heard of the ghost of a little boy at the incline plane,but I know that there are haunted homes in Johnstown,because I lived in one from age 12 to 17 in the Moxham section of J-town. Every member of my family had different experiences that scared them to death. My Mother woke up from a sound sleep with something trying to strangle her,and my Sister said that something held her down on her bed and wouldn’t let her go. My Brother had nightmares of beings with multiple arms and legs tormenting him. And onetime when I was home sick from school heard footsteps comming upstairs,(which I thought was my mother comming up to check on me) and when I got out of bed to see if it was her, looked out of my bedroom door,and there was on one there, just the footsteps. let me tell you, I was so scared that I slammed the door shut, and pushed my dresser up against the door, jumped in my bed, and pulled the covers over my head, and prayed. It was just after I prayed the noises stopped, and the house was quiet again. I know that people want to believe in ghosts,because it brings out the romantic in them. But, I myself I don’t believe in ghosts! I am a christian,and I know that it says in the bible that there are demons that disguise themself to look like people who once lived on this earth. they are referred as “familiar spirits”, and it also says in the bible that even satan comes as an angel of light to deceive even the very elect of God. I think that people need to be carefull when they seek out these ghost or spirits to be entertained, they have to realize that they are opening themselves to evil, and that can possible be harmed by these demons or familiar spirits. People need to first check out what God’s Word says about entertaining demons before they open themselves to harm. I do understand why people want to check these things out, and it’s only out of curiousity. when I was young, I used to explore old mines and caves in the hills of J-town, and I wasn’t aware that I was putting my life in danger, (according to my dad) I found out later that these old caves and mines had sink holes in them and,through the years a lot of kids were either hurt or lost in the sink holes these caves and mines. I thank God that I wasn’t one of them.

Walter S. Hutsky Jr. says:

March 30, 2009, 4:26 pm

I’m from a paranormal research group based out of Johnstown called The Southwestern Pennsylvania League of Apparition Technologists (S.P.L.A.T.). We’ve done a lot of research into the Incline Plane and the neighboring Rolling Mill Mine disaster to try and gather more information about the area being haunted.

It seems the main claim for it being haunted was from an 10 year old boy who reported seeing phantom miners walking the James Wolfe Sculpture Trail behind the Incline. The trail leads back to the former Rolling Mill Mine entrance. An underground gas explosion occurred there in 1901 killing 112 miners, mostly Eastern European immigrants. It is said the boy knew nothing of the mine or the disaster there.

We interviewed workers on the Incline and contacted the Executive Director of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association to try and uncover more information. Unfortunately we were unable to come up with any other accounts of paranormal activity occurring there.

Please search for SPLAT Investigations on Google to visit our website and get more information and documents about The Rolling Mill Mine, Becky’s Grave, Crum Cemetery near Windber and other well known haunted locations around the Johnstown area. I can’t directly post the link to our site here due links being checked for spam.

MarkRW says:

April 20, 2009, 6:21 pm

I have had experiences at night near the rail road tracks behind the mills along Iron Street. A donkey pulling a cart with two workers wearing steel hats. Has anyone else had a similar experience. This was about two years ago.

Christian says:

May 8, 2009, 2:28 am

What IS the Wolfe Trail? I’ve been looking for info but I can’t find anything! Please e-mail me!

Breanna says:

May 31, 2009, 12:01 pm

i have heard of this house before and yes it does creep me out!! once when i was little i live by that house and saw tons of miners walking DEAD in the street and yes i was terrified and hope to never experience it again!! i am still seeing them however they disappear easly and noone believes me cuz they think i am crazy but i have seen them and still being haunted in my own house!! :[

Kayla says:

June 8, 2009, 11:17 pm

I’m a little late on this discussion but considering it popped up on google i figured people (like me) still read the site. I’ve lived in johnstown my entire life and have never seen anything… then again maybe I havent looked hard enough. I’ve heard stories though so Im going to to crum cemetary wednesday night to try to get a scare.

jack says:

July 8, 2009, 4:56 pm

I live in johnstown currently, i deffinately believe it is haunted. however, i have never personally encountered any paranormal activity. my friends and i (being as were only 13) live about 10 minutes via bike away from the top of the incline plane. we sometimes follow the wolfe trail down into the city of johnstown from westmont. infact, today we traveled there and checked out the mine again. there is deffinately a mine, the rolling hill mine. looking at the mine today sparked our intrests and checked out some sites on the internet. july tenth is the 107th anneversary of the tragedy of the explosion. my friends and i plan on teveling the trail on that day and documenting the journey. the mine gate has a very cold draft, probably not because of spirits, but because the mine is isolated and recieves little light. you can easil climb through the bars on the gate, i highly suggest NOT going in. walking back up the hill, or taking the inclined plane ($2.25 fare) you seem to have some very eeriy feelings… maybe its just the adrenaline or something, i dont know. but you seem to walk just a bit faster back up the hill. johnstown MAY be haunted, I”m not sure, but i do believe in paranormal activity… there have been reports of miners wearing mining clothes, and a small 10 year old boy named donald ghellnet. believe what you want to… s

Cody says:

July 8, 2009, 11:05 pm

I have also lived in Johnstown, PA all my life. I’m “Jacks” friend. His name is really Stephen. lol. So yeah. We went on 2 hikes down the wolfe trail, yesterday and the day before that. I heard about this trail on some website, and always wanted to check it out myself. I honestly don’t believe anything paranormal is on that trail, the incline plane, or the mine. The only thing that might set off some people was the chill air coming from the mine, which is just because most mines, caverns, and caves are always up to 40 degrees cooler. Although I felt like we were being followed coming back up the trail(we didn’t have any money to take the incline plane back up) But I’ll bet the only reason for that was because we were talking about horror movies and stalkers. haha. I do have to say the mine had something creepy about it though. I haven’t been in it, but I’ve heard it’s very boring. But truefully, I believe the only thing evil was all the trash thrown to the side of the trail. I’m not saying I don’t believe there could be something paranormal. With all the floods and tradgedies in the area, you’d think it would be ghost city. I guess it doesn’t matter because I just read in the TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT that the city is going to completely seal off the entrance of the mine so nobody can ever get in. I suggest that if anyone wants to really prove to themselves that the place is haunted or not, they should go soon. If anybody has any questions or experiences on that trail, the mine, or the incline plane, I’d be happy to hear them.

Cody says:

July 8, 2009, 11:09 pm

woops. To my last comment, my email is

stephen says:

July 9, 2009, 2:04 pm

yeah, cody and i and a couple of other buddys travel the trail every once in a while now. we plan on going tomorrow. the anneversary. like i said.

If you have any experiences yourself about the inclined plane trail, stackhouse, grand view cemetary, or other JOHNSTOWN related paranormal activities… feel free to E-Mail me at

Angel says:

July 11, 2009, 2:07 pm

I live in northern ohio and I am doing a book on paranormal activity in the U.S.. However, I am having difficulty finding newspaper articles for this area. If you know where to find articles on the area or anyother material or you have personal experiences( photographs would be greatly appreciated) sned me a message at Thank you.

Rich Lehman says:

July 27, 2009, 7:19 am

I investigated Crum Cemetary in New Ashtola. took pics; evps; my daughter who is 16 felt someone whisper in her ear; and became nauseated also and had to return to the car. I felt a tug on my pant leg and felt a young child whisper to me… nothing showed on pics. need directions to Becky’s grave and Grandview Cemetary from Somerset… or just street names please? anyone interested in tagging along for an investigation email me at thank you….

TheGhostWhisperer says:

July 28, 2009, 8:10 pm

I’ve lived in Johnstown fpr the last 20 years and have hiked the trail numerous times. The stories I read here are close, but not quite correct. If you’re ever walking the trail and you hear a deep raspy voice, like someone with a serious case of asthma, look out. You stumbled on one of the ghosts that hang out on the trail. This one is a Sleestak, who were used heavily by the mining company back then. Because of their large eyes, they required minimal lighting. Although they still used gas lamps, far fewer were needed, saving the company money. Plus they liked living in th emines in addition to working there, so the company got more money out of them. So why are they ghosts? Well the big mine explosion killed them all. The true story of what happened: a little boy named Will Marshall found some crystals outside the mine. He started twositing them randomly. For some reason this caused all Sleestaks to simultaneously flatulate, and that was enough gas release to blow the mine. It, unfortunately killed the little boy also. So, if you’re lucky, you get to see the Sleestaks roaming the hillside in search of beano, and the little boy, Will, seeking Cha-ka. Make sure you call out his name. If you tell him you have crystals, he’ll come twist them for you.

Anne says:

January 16, 2010, 2:25 am

My father grew up in Brownstown and he lived in a haunted house there around 1930. One of the ghosts our family reported seeing was a coal miner. The house was so haunted, and the ghosts so unfriendly, they moved within 60 days.

Rich Lehman Sr. says:

January 16, 2010, 10:18 am

anyone interested in joining on a haunted expedition; let me know of any reported haunted destinations.. i will investigate anything.. everything taken seriously…. have investigated Crum Cemetary; Gravity Hill; numerous other places.. email me at>>

Vicki says:

January 22, 2010, 3:17 pm

I have been reading the comments about the mining disaster in Johnstown. I have even read a few that say there is no mine in the area of the Inclined Plane. I was born and raised in Johnstown and I can assure you there is a closed up mine. The stone slab that covers the mine shaft can be spotted on the hillside opposite the Point Stadium. It was called the Rolling Mill Mine and there was an explosion there on July 10, 1902. Most of the miners were foreigners of Polish, Slovic and Croatian decent. I cannot say that I ever saw a ghost there, but there is something about that area that gave me the creeps when I lived in Johnstown and still does when I think about it. So, this message is to all who think there is no mine shaft in that mountainside. There is, check out the stone slab if you are ever in Johnstown, or look up Rolling Mill Mine. Happy Haunting!

Rich Lehman Sr. says:

January 22, 2010, 7:14 pm

yeah i had heard of that disaster… have u ever investigated there? or would u like to?

Mike says:

May 5, 2010, 11:48 pm

Ok first off you people are a bunch of ball bags. Becky’s grave is a load of ****. Tribune democrat did a story on it and truth be told the place were people believe “Becky” is buried isnt where she is buried. Becky is buried in the big cemetery across from the old suzie q ice cream place. As far as that kid seeing the ghosts of a dog sled team… seriously ur a *** that didnt happen. and for that chick that says shes sensitive to the spirit world… no ur not and never will be grow up skank

Rich Lehman says:

May 11, 2010, 7:52 am

why in the world would someone get on here and leave comments calling people names? thats really intelligent.

Rich Lehman says:

May 11, 2010, 7:54 am

what is the purpose of leaving a comment where you call people names? thats really intelligent..

Jamie says:

May 31, 2010, 6:13 pm

I have been a resident of the Johnstown area all of my life, and I can tell you that there are some very haunted places around here. I have been a paranormal researcher and investigator on an amateur level (not a part of any famous ghost hunting group) for 14 years. I have my own small group of ghost hunters and am looking for those that really have a solid interest in seeking out paranormal activity. I would love to hear and swap stories of anything paranormally related in the area.

Autumn says:

June 23, 2010, 9:40 pm

I have lived in johnstown since i was 6. There is some pretty weird stuff here…

Rich says:

June 24, 2010, 8:37 am

you say weird stuff? like what in particular? i am a investigator.

shane says:

July 2, 2010, 1:21 am

Been up to the incline and the mine exist up there, was at it! Havent seen or experienced anything yet up there but plan a few trips to go on the trails and check out the mine again.

Mr. Blank says:

July 20, 2010, 1:51 am

I have lived in the area for a long time and have heard my share of ghost stories. I have gone to most of the eerie places mentioned in the posts above and have been creeped out and even chilled to the spine in some cases.

There is one story that is little known in the area but my dad has been visiting it for years. He has done a ton of research on the matter and even visits the murder sites every anniverary. I have been to the sites of the murders (on the anniversary) and have seen lots of creepy pictures with orbs and mists that my dad has taken over the years.

What I am referring to is the double murder of Polly Paul and Cassie Munday back in 1865. The link I posted details the entire story, from the brutal murders to the hanging of the convicted.

The basic jist of the story is that two drifters came threw the small settlement near New Germany/Summerhill (close to where the South Fork Damn that crushed Jtown stood) and brutally murdered two women.

I havent personnally seen anything when I was there (except what was in the pictures) but I always feel uneasy while I am there (like someone is wathcing us – possibly the little girl or something else) and I am sure to be in my car and on my way home well before the sun starts to set.

Jamie says:

July 20, 2010, 4:21 pm

@Mr. Blank > Thats an interesting story. I am an amateur ghost hunter and would be very interested in checking that place out if you could share some details.

Mr. Blank says:

July 21, 2010, 12:04 am

If you click on Mr. Blank on this post it will take you to a site that details the events of the story. Like I mentioned before my dad has been studying this story for a long time and would know alot more about everything then I would. In fact he is even planning (may have even started already) on writing a book about it. Another interesting tidbit about this story is that the little girl who witnessed the two men actually died in the 1889 Johnstown flood.

keri says:

August 16, 2010, 5:27 pm

i know about the inclined plane…i live almost by it…i seen a ghost walking up the tail…so it’s all true..

Maree says:

March 28, 2011, 3:32 pm

Ladies and Gentlmen… i frikkin LIVE in johnstown… Yeah it’s creepy as all hell and its boring beyond all belief but i have never heard of this story… if you really want a good story out of johnstown i would look up Becky’s grave.

josh says:

July 31, 2011, 12:26 am

There has been tons of tragedy in johnstown over the years. There are areas that are active, there are areas said to be that are not.(no kidding)I wish all the stories were true but a small part of me is truely glad some are not. Growing up and still living in Johnstown I have heard them all. I’ve even chased most of the stories myself. I have never seen any evidence of the miners from that explosion….I hope with all my heart they are at rest, or at least they finally got that coffee break the boss promised them. All joking aside there are several active spots worth checking out, Roxbury Park, the empty Steel Mills, the remains of the South Fork Dam. Make sure you get permission but they’re worth looking into….trust me.

Vicki says:

October 21, 2011, 4:03 pm

To all of you non believers who say there are no mine shafts in that hillside by the Inclined Plane, just let me say that I was born and raised in Johnstown and you will see no mine shafts because they were sealed after the mine explosion. If you don’t believe there was an explosion, or a mine; try looking up Rolling Mill Mine Explosion July 10, 1902, Johnstown, PA on the internet, that should straighten up any confusion. As far as ghosts, all I can say is I’ve had my share of unexplained happenings in Johnstown. Happy Ghost Hunting.

Jennifer says:

February 10, 2012, 11:59 pm

I’ve lived in Johnstown my whole life, I’ve had experiences but I had never seen a ghost until this pne day. My friend and I were on our way to school, an as we passed the point stadium/ incline plane trail we noticed a man (his back turned towards us) wearing a red flannle shurt, carrying I guess a pail? I don’t know. We laughed and thought, what the heck is he doing on the trail at 7am? Well, I told my dad about it because I just thought it was odd. That’s when he told me the story of the haunted trail. I seen the man clear as I could see any person. Was it a ghost? I still wonder…

james says:

October 17, 2012, 9:22 am

I grew up in Johnstown, and the house that i grew up in was one of the very first house built. It was used as a miners boarding home. as kids we saw alot of crazy and unbearable things. we would smell coffee being made with baked goods, and everyone would be in bed. Growing up in a house like that was a experience. The most scariest thing was when i sall My first ghost. He was a tall man that whore a long rags that went to his feet he had a long white beard. He would stalk me as a child. I would have nightmares as akid of a shadow following me, and seen ghosts walk right throw walls as i was wide awake. You ask is Johnstown pa is haunted..YES an will continue to have unrest

Lala says:

July 19, 2013, 11:46 am

My school ontop the hill is haunted. 😛

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