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Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

This building, now used for administrative purposes, was once a stop on the “Underground Railroad.” Today, the words of many African spirituals are heard throughout the building.

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momma says:

April 15, 2006, 11:51 am

I have lived in Bloomington my whole life and have never heard of this, Are there any details to the story or the name of the building? I know many people who work for IU.

Mr. Obvious says:

April 18, 2006, 8:31 am

Of course they won’t give you the house or location. That way you can’t come on here and bash their made up bullshit.

sweet and rough says:

May 9, 2006, 11:08 pm

If the place is sooooo haunted how come they put it on internet to say it is and not on live television i mean like yea they have books and stuf like that about slaves and say that they died cause they were beaten 2 death i realy dont no wat 2 beleive!!!!i think that they make books about haunted places and they never mentioned that slaves were killed and underground railroad was haunted!!!!!!!~

Joseph Clark says:

May 23, 2006, 12:16 am

I agree with Mr. Obvious on this story. This is the greatest website on hauntings I have ever found. Some of the stories are really scary , some are far fetched to say the least. Great website!!!!

jesse says:

November 1, 2006, 7:10 am

I went to IU for a few years, and although I heard of a few haunted areas and houses, i never heard of this one..

not sure about it? But, I believe that it could have been used for the transportation of the slaves

Norma says:

January 4, 2007, 2:28 am

I also lived in Bloomington, while growing up, and then there dozens of storys going about, what gives ?

Ha Ha ! let me remind you of the typical lovers lane
murderer ( you know the fella that pops out with the hook ? ) anyways it’s the traditional story boyfriend
gets slaughtered and his girl friend runs to the Holiday inn by highway 37( my mother worked there for years ) if anybody would like more info let me know
I happan to have a book written on urban ledgands,by a professor who worked for IU

noneedforname says:

October 7, 2007, 5:28 pm

ive lived in bloomington for many years, ive never heard of any stories of IU being haunted, i do however know that at night before the union building closes, if your on the comons level (basment), and walk the stairs up to mezzinine level (lobby)(set of staird that lead to the brian room and the small balcony area that overlooks the mezzinine) it isnt hard to tell somethings goin on there. i dont get into paranormal stuff, im not even superstitious, but when you hear footsteps behind you and your in an area no one can hide behind anythign, then its kind of hard not to think so. and im sure that HAUNTED INDIANA didnt help matters anyway …. oh and rosehill cemetary stories ARE true, especila aroud the old circle of trees and where the water fountian used to sit, before they moved it to 3rd street park….

loco says:

December 27, 2007, 12:24 pm

What a load of ****! Support your story by some documentation and some real facts!

Tina says:

March 12, 2008, 2:05 pm

Well, I have heard that the University’s Main Library is a little haunted. Mostly up in the “stacks” (i.e. the highest floors of the building). It IS very creepy up there b/c it’s so quiet, but I’ve only been up there during the daylight…haven’t mustered up the courage to go up there in the middle of the night. I’ve also heard that the building sinks a little bit each year, too. Don’t know where I heard it and have no proof to back it up either.

neko says:

May 14, 2008, 7:22 pm

I haVE LIVED IN BLOOMINGTON FOR LIKE EVER AND i have heard this

Ex IU Resident Assistant says:

June 3, 2008, 2:43 am

Check the stories surrounding the office building that used to be a restaurant known as “Porticos”.

If you don’t believe in ghosts…you will!

Townie says:

July 12, 2008, 3:47 pm

I have never heard about the Underground Railroad story. However, many places around campus are said to be haunted. Where is the old Portico Restaurant? I would love to check it out. The Irish Lion is also said to be haunted. The story is that it was originally a brothel, and the upstairs was divided into the rooms. You can actually see how this would be if you go up there and look at how the wall is sectioned. Apparently, some of the ladies were hung out the windows in the alley, and they are said to haunt the place. Having been up there with only one or two people many times, I can vouch for the oftentimes odd ambiance, although I have never seen or heard anything specific. Could just be the power of suggestion.

Daniel says:

October 9, 2008, 2:53 pm

I haven’t heard of this particular story, but I am curious who wrote that book on urban folklore Norma was reading? My grandpa was a professor at IU and the head of the folklore institute. He supposedly been sighted at least twice there that I know of since his death in 1981. I don’t live in Bloomington, so if someone has more information on this I would love to know.

stranger says:

October 19, 2008, 3:25 am

portico’s is on walnut a couple of blocks north of the square, it’ a yellowish victorian style house across the street from square donuts. if you walk up the alley behind sometimes you’ll see a kid’s face in the upstairs window.(do this when you know there is noone there working just so you know it’s not an employee.

Craig Dalrymple says:

October 29, 2009, 9:01 pm

Regarding the comment by “noneedforname,” who claimed “rosehill [sp.] cemetary stories ARE true, especila [sp.] aroud [sp.]the old circle of trees and where the water fountian [sp.] used to sit…”: 1) Hey, learn how to spell or use Spell Check!; 2) I walked through Rose Hill Cemetery tonight and my friend and I did not see, hear or sense any ghosts, supernatural beings or paranormal activity whatsoever; and 3) I walked through the circle of trees by the location of the old fountain and I did not notice anything unusual or supernatural there; 4)I agree with “loco”‘s comment about the allegedly haunted Underground Railroad station: “What a load of ****! Support your story by some documentation and some real facts!”

Cheryl says:

May 30, 2010, 1:41 am

My father’s mother used to clean Portico’s when it was a private residence in the 1940’s and he swears that one time when no one was there (but him and his mother) and she was outside beating hte rugs and he heard sounds and saw a little girl in a dress wiht white socks and a boy in a plaid shirt, knickers and a cap were standing on the staircase. He thought it was some kids who weren’t supposed to be there so he was going to chase them out and when he ran towards them, they disapeared. Both he and my grandmother told us about this years ago and I wonder if something might have happened there. Anyone know anything about the history? I’ve always been curious about itand would love ot see some pics or hear from someone with similar experiences. I live in New Mexico now and really miss Indiana

Cheryl says:

May 30, 2010, 1:47 am

My father’s mother used to clean Portico’s when it was a private residence in the 1940’s and he swears that one time when no one was there (but he and his mother) and she was outside beating the rugs, he heard someone running and saw a little girl in a dress with white socks and a boy in a plaid shirt, knickers and a cap were standing on the staircase. He thought it was some kids who weren’t supposed to be there so he was going to chase them out and when he ran towards them, they disappeared. Both he and my grandmother had told us about this many years ago and I wonder if something might have happened there? Anyone know anything about the history? I’ve always been curious about it and would love to see pictures or correspond with people who have had similar experiences.

unknown says:

October 23, 2010, 4:33 pm

you guys are full of poop i dont beleave it till i see it and thats the truth and only the truth!!!!!!!

Cheryl says:

October 24, 2010, 12:20 am

Dear “Unknown”
You are so mature… People may not have ever seen a million dollars either, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Fact checking is a good thing says:

December 4, 2010, 6:54 pm

Whether one believes in the supernatural or not, this story is absolutely false. The land upon which Indiana University currently sits was farm and grazing land purchased from Moses Dunn in 1883 with the first buildings being erected the following year– well after the existence of the Underground Railroad. The buildings at Seminary Square were destroyed by fire and the original campus land has long been a park with no structure to haunt. The Paris Dunning House, at the entrance to Prospect Hill, has been rumored to also have been a stop along the Underground Railroad. Built as a hunting lodge by Enos Blair in 1845, this structure would at least have existed during the time the Underground Railroad was used.

janice says:

April 13, 2011, 6:53 pm

I LIVED HERE IN BLOOMINGTON ALL OF MY LIFE AND I DO KNOW THAT ALOT OF PLACES ARE VERY HAUNTED IN FACT RIGHT NOW I LIVE IN AN APT THATS HAUNTED AND THE ONE NEXT TO ME IS TOO AND THE FIRST APT IN THE NEXT BULIDING IS ALSO VERY HAUNTED .. KNOW PEOPLE HAS TO HEAR AND SEE THINGS FOR THEMSELVES BEFORE THEY’LL BELIEVE IT’S TRUE… THE LAST APT COMPLEX I WAS IN NOW THAT APT WAS MORE HAUNTED THEN THIS ONE IS NOW…

Jamie says:

August 10, 2011, 3:12 am

http://indianaparanormal.com/porticos.html Here is the website for the portico’s haunting and the history of the places this is the location of the underground railraod stop in bloomington it was not any where on IU campus.

MAP says:

October 17, 2011, 2:39 pm

I worked at Porticos for a few months in 1984–yes, it very much is haunted. I never saw the ghosts, but I certainly heard them (you could hear them–and I don’t know who they were–talking) and many of us caught shadows, movement and very cold spots all over the house–it’s real.

shytana says:

January 12, 2015, 3:40 pm

I believe them …. how and why would they make it up… some people say the old hospital in Richmond Indiana is haunted at night…. I haven’t been 2 check it out but I wanna

ndncrk says:

January 18, 2015, 1:11 am

Porticos is now the Pinnacle law office a fire killed some kids in the house (unsure the year)they haunt the house. As far as slaves haunting btown never heard that and my family has been here since 1830s.

Jb says:

October 21, 2015, 11:05 pm

This building is not an Indiana university building. It is a privately owned building built in the 1800s.

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