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Witch’s Castle

Portland, Oregon

Once a stone trading shack during the 1600s, this haunt is located at the crossroads of two trails leading to the coast of Oregon. At the site, it is said that there are “ghost wars.” If one happens to be there during one of these rituals, it is almost impossible for him to get away.

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Dnorthstar says:

July 27, 2005, 3:13 pm

Strange. Very strange. Two trails leading to the coast of Oregon in the 1600s…..so they must have been Native trails. But then, I didn’t realize that Native Americans in this part of the world built stone structures. Or did their trading in such. But maybe i’m being too literal. I guess trails leading to the ‘coast of Oregon’ could start anywhere! Say in England! In which case this makes so much more sense. But of course it is very difficult to see how trails in England, passing under the Atlantic and emerging in North America on their way to Oregon would really qualify as ‘trails’. Like I said….very strange. Is this a ghost story or was that a somewhat lame shaggy dog?

Dnorthstarisafag says:

December 27, 2005, 6:27 am

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

lexigirl007 says:

February 2, 2006, 7:38 pm

Total piece of ****!!!!!!!!!!

usmccuz19 says:

February 6, 2006, 6:04 pm

This is kinda kool and kinda strange at the same time…

savanna says:

February 16, 2006, 3:46 pm

this is funny and stupid at the same time wait a minute this is stupid and the person who wrote it is even more stupider

Ella says:

February 22, 2006, 11:28 pm

i think this is so kool and scary

Ella says:

February 22, 2006, 11:29 pm

i think this is so kool and scary iwould not like to be left there

Dave King says:

February 24, 2006, 7:11 pm

Funny, I used to go to Keggers down at that old thing in Highschool… Didn’t seem to haunted to me, and the 1600’s seems a little old to me… It is a trippy little building, All stone, and very old presumably. I’d like to know what exactly it is tho and what it was for. Untill then I call BullS**T.

Destiny says:

June 7, 2006, 8:20 pm

Savanna,

Destiny says:

June 7, 2006, 8:21 pm

Savanna, “stupider” isn’t even a word. It’s “more stupid.” (Looks like some one didn’t pay attention in English class.)

David Vanderwerf says:

June 9, 2006, 10:33 pm

I used to goto keggers there also! The old stone house w/o a roof. It was in forest park back in the trail area but it was good for 1600 era cement! lol

kadarius says:

June 24, 2006, 3:24 pm

i seen a witch be am antlieing

Timmy says:

June 29, 2006, 4:46 pm

“I already told you to fax the paperwork, you son of a *****! Fax it!” The agents words tore into my soul like a butcher’s knife through meat. I knew I had only one choice at that point. I had to email the paperwork to him ONE MORE time. I was getting tired of doing the same old ****.

Rose says:

August 9, 2006, 4:51 pm

I have been to Witches Castle. And let me tell you the ignorance i see in another people who leave commetns here really pisses me off. People are just so not awake and attune to whats going on around them.
First of all the Building is very old. And there was a man hung there. the first man to be hung in Oregon. Also
in Forest park where it is located there have been murders and Bodys found there as well.

Let me tell you i have been to alot of places but this was one of the most haunted EVER so FAR.
I was blown away by the amount of Activity that goes on here. It was a Very haevy feeling and VERy DARk.
I was very overwhelmed by the things i felt and some of them were not so good.
I have heard story also from friends who have been there who have seen faces in the water, who have seen red eyes glowing, have heard walking when no one is there, and another friend of mine was there in pure day light and she saw about twelve spirits coming down a hill at her, also one other friend said that somting chased her out of there and cut her leg. Plus the EVPs i got there were intense. I Am going to go back and get more next week with some friends of mine.

Needless to say everyone who has walked in here that i know has experienced somthing unerving and overwhelming.

Thanks

Rose

Carmyn says:

August 16, 2006, 8:11 pm

Hey Savana…just so you know stupider isn’t a word…it would be “even more stupid”…haha

y do u want 2 no? says:

August 23, 2006, 7:16 pm

“Ghost Wars?” that is messed up bad

Hinata says:

September 30, 2006, 8:47 pm

LAME!!!!!!! whos gonna belive that!!!!

Brandon says:

October 5, 2006, 5:56 pm

Er, the place you’re talking about was once a bathroom. It was built in the ’30s but was hit hard by weather and finally shut down after the Columbus Day storm in the early ’60s. Lots of rumors surround it but, yeah, the witches house is just an old, freaky-looking bathroom. You can learn more here.

Sweetpea says:

October 6, 2006, 3:52 pm

My friend tomarrow was murdered there about 8 years ago.
It was very tragic!
May she rest in peace!

JeepersCreepersGStudy says:

October 11, 2006, 1:56 pm

Rose,

Would you please contact me? I would love to discuss this area with you!

JeepersCreepersGStudy
GhostStudy.com

NASH says:

October 13, 2006, 10:29 pm

If you live near Portland, and have never taken the walk up Balch Creek in Lower Macleay Park you are missing out on one of the advantages the city has to offer. There is a strange stone ruin about a mile in that some people call a pioneer era trading post. Itâ??s also been called a stone fort, a pioneer cabin, and many have referred to it as the Old Balch Place. If you sit there for more than a few minutes, invariably some kid will walk by and tip you off to its nickname. “Hey Dad, look! Itâ??s the Witch’s Castle!”

On October 1, 1850, Danford Balch and his family took a donated land claim near the settlement of Portland (population 2,500) of almost 350 acres- everything along 22nd Avenue from Lovejoy to Vaughn, and up the West Hills to the top. He built a cabin on his land and proceeded to do well for himself- with the exception of occasionally drinking too much. By 1858, Mr. Balch and his wife, Mary Jane, had nine children- five boys and four girls. The oldest, Anna, was 15 years old.

Mr. Balch hired a young man named Mortimer Stump to help clear the land, and since the Stump family lived in Vancouver, Balch let him stay with them. Mortimer and Anna fell in love with each other while he lived with the Balch Family, and one day Mortimer asked Danford for his daughterâ??s hand in marriage. Danford Balch vehemently refused.

On November 4th, 1858, Mortimer and Anna eloped. Since Annaâ??s family would not allow the marriage, they ran off to the Stump clanâ??s homestead in Vancouver where they began a new life together.

Over the next two weeks, Danford Balchâ??s mental state deteriorated. He drank heavily and was constantly nagged by his wife that he had earlier promised to kill Mortimer Stump if the young man eloped with their daughter. There is some question as to how much psychological influence Mary Jane had over her husband in this period of time. She apparently offered him legal advice that he would be justified in shooting Mortimer since he had eloped with his daughter; and used various tactics to antagonize him into a state of confused, drunken rage. Although no one at the time pointed the finger straight at her, Danford hinted later that Mary Jane drove him over the edge.

On November 18, 1858, Mortimer Stump came to Portland for supplies with his brother, father, and new bride, Anna. In a random encounter outside Starrâ??s tin shop, Danford Balch exchanged words with Old Man Stump and followed him to the Stark Street Ferry where the family had begun their return home. Balch, armed and drunk, intended to retrieve his daughter then and there from the Stumps, but proceeded instead to “accidentally” shoot Mortimer Stump in the neck and face with a shotgun, killing him.

Danford Balch was “used pretty roughly” as he put it, by several bystanders who disarmed him and turned him over to the Sheriff. He promptly escaped from imprisonment and disappeared, but didnâ??t go far. After eluding the Marshalls for almost a year, he was captured in his home on July 23, 1859.

During his trial, many people testified against Danford Balch. While there was no evidence of prior wrongdoing, it was hypothesized that he was involved with the murder of a person found in Balch Creek Gulch three years earlier. It was also rumored that he had been involved in a plot to throw off the search for him by faking his own death and having his wife identify a drowned corpse as being his. It almost worked, but ended up lulling Danford into a false sense of security right at the moment the Marshalls were moving in. Many people appeared at the trial and testified that they had heard Mr. Balch threatening to kill Mortimer Stump in the weeks leading to his murder. In his confession after the trial, Danford denied ever meeting these people; but during the court proceedings, he seemed to be taking advice not to put up any defense in order to appear less threatening. He was genuinely surprised at the sentence handed down… death by hanging.

On October 17, 1859, Danford Balch was hung for the murder of Mortimer Stump. His was the first execution in the state of Oregon. To the outrage of many, his daughter, Anna, sat with the Stump family and watched the public execution. Two witnesses also saw Mary Jane Balch watching the execution with the Stumps- although a third witness denies she was present.

Knowing that the court would break up the family and send the children off to live with court appointed guardians, it was the wish of Danford Balch that his wife give half of the land claim to their children. She did, technically. She portioned off the land according to whether it was considered valuable or useless, and gave the useless portions to the children and their guardians.

In 1897, Donald Macleay, a real estate developer, had possession of the upper portion of the Balch property. He became frustrated about the property tax burden imposed on him by this piece of undeveloped land, and insisted that he would rather give his land to the city for use as a park than to pay so much, an invitation taken up by the assessor, L.S. Maxwell. Macleay left the courthouse and returned later with his deed, turning the steep gulch of Balch Creek into Macleay Park.

The Witch’s Castle itself was built during The Depression by the Works Progress Administration- as a restroom- alongside what had been Balch Creek Road. It was maintained until heavy vandalism persuaded park officials to abandon it.

Since then, stories have been told about activities around the ruin contributing to its nickname, the Witch’s Castle. It is said that on certain nights- exactly at midnight, a horde of ghosts rise up and take possession of the ruin. Shortly thereafter, another group of spirits, arrive from the forest and a spectacular ghost battle ensues. Voices have been heard uttering the names of both Danford Balch and Mortimer Stump, along with a cacophony of other chatter.

None of the witnesses to this battle stayed to watch the outcome, so weâ??re left to speculate on the nature of the battle. Is Mortimer Stump coming back from the grave to heap vengeance upon the spirit of Danford Balch? Is Danford Balch cursed to kill Mortimer Stump over and over? Is there a third party, tugging at both their strings?

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The sign at the trailhead in Macleay Park declared the park closed after 10pm. It was 11pm and no one else was in sight. Everyone who had been offered the chance to join this adventure had joked about the Blair Witch Project, laughed for a moment, then stopped abruptly and decided to skip this one. The mission was clear: take pictures of the Witchâ??s Castle at night- at Midnight, when the ghost wars were supposed to begin.

The short hike began with a bag full of camera equipment and an uneasyness over thoughts being accosted by police patrolling the park. In the eerie green light from a couple of glowsticks, the path wound its way through the dark woods leading right up to the stones of The Witch’s Castle. A jacket hung on a post outside the storeroom on the lower level, a warning that someone was sleeping inside. A quick flash with a light verified the presence of someone curled up in a sleeping bag. He didnâ??t stir… he was probably used to hearing noises outside.

To account for the dimness of flashlights and glowsticks, the shutter of the camera had to be left open for four minutes in each photo. Hours stretched by in the darkness- the night sky looked uncannily bright through gaps in the branches overhead. Every sound was magnified enormously, every rustle of the bushes signaled the approach of something huge coming through the trees. Crack. Rustle. Crack. Something gigantic fought its way down through the brush, nearer and nearer until a gentle nudge on my foot signalled that it had reached me. The temptation to illuminate the area became overwhelming, and with the flick of a switch, a brazen mouse little larger than a walunt revealed itself to the flashlight.

One o’clock, the end of the witching hour. Glowing watch hands ticked off the seconds until the camera shutter would be closed. Pointed into the upstairs through a doorway, the lens was perfectly placed to record a mysterious flash of light. There was no sound- nothing had come near the Witch’s Castle since the mouse fled earlier. The sleeper in the storeroom had not stirred. There was nothing in the structure that would have been able to emit light on its own. Dim green lightsticks lit the edges of the arched doorway, and a tiny point of white light was recorded where the flash originated.

Drea says:

October 17, 2006, 2:55 pm

I really believe in the supernatral I like the story I live in Oregon.

kayla says:

October 28, 2006, 11:31 pm

A couple years ago me and my friends little brothers and my brother noticed this house that was empty for some time and there was these white curtins that you could see up stairs and it had like a dark red stain. So i decided to try and “scare” my brother nd friends little brothers and told them it was blood. So they belived me and said the gate was unloced to we walked around to the back yard and looked through the the windows and it looked like some1 was living there but everything was spotless and the grass was always cut short and there was flowers in the yard. But it was getting late so we had to go home. BUt then a couple years later a sherif moved in and you never saw him only his car….its so weird because you NEVER see a light on even when its dark u NEVER see one on.

Dan Powell says:

October 30, 2006, 8:38 pm

Please someone reply and let me know where forest park is. Reply at pw5d@aol.com

Tamara says:

January 30, 2007, 5:29 pm

So I actually read on and on to find that this really is an old historic “bathroom”!!! Maybe some strange things have happened in the area, but the structure it’s self is not even 100 years old. I would like to visit this place myself, the only thing I won’t be looking forward to, is the horrifying sight of vandalism! We have got to respect the history of our ancestors!

Alicia Elifritz says:

February 27, 2007, 11:16 pm

That is real crazy talk if you want to see a real haunted house go on line to Organ.com and look up the “Rock House” you will piss your pants. Dont get scared, haaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S You will find out what haunted houses are
really about!!!!

kyle says:

February 28, 2007, 11:18 am

man that is some really spooky stuff and it is really freaky…….

Ambyr says:

March 25, 2007, 8:22 pm

That is so cool… I have been looking for some things in our area. That is cool. Wow! I would love to be a ghost hunter and these things just WOW! It is Awsome!

crazy fool says:

March 27, 2007, 11:50 am

im really interested in haunted houses, there is a house called the flavel house in astoria, oregon (where i live) and its so beautiful, its not haunted but just the history behind it is awesome, Fort Stevens is really cool too. tell me where the witches house is at please youthalive21@yahoo.com. where can i find good pictures of haunted houses?

zaara says:

July 7, 2007, 8:53 pm

destiny on the top your true. someone didn’t pay attention in English class. Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

michelle chapman says:

August 18, 2007, 5:38 pm

OMG its true there r some ignorant c***s in the world .

kayla phelps says:

September 13, 2007, 7:30 pm

i really dont belive this im 14 and i do alot of ghost huntings an paranormal stuff and me an my step mom are going to check this out!

blackirishdahliya says:

October 8, 2007, 8:29 pm

I actually went to check this site out with a ghost hunting friend a few months ago. went were there after 10pm and didn’t see a thing..took quite a few pictures with no luck..The trail head is approx. 1/2 mile from the castle and is VERY wooded. during the hike I did hear a very deep, wild sounding growl pretty close to the trail that freaked me out. It could have been almost any wild animal since we do encounter coyotes, cougars, raccoons, etc..

It was a fun if nothing else

yoyo says:

October 17, 2007, 3:08 pm

Umm, sorry it’s not that exciting. The Witch’s Castle is in Forest Park, Portland and is an old restroom facility (!) that flooded.

Mcpoo says:

October 31, 2007, 1:55 am

During the late 80s and early 90s that place was a skinhead and trancient mecca. Lots of kids drinking and whatnot. I have to admit, although I’ve never seen anything spectral there, it’s a great short night hike — complete with glow worms and a creepy old roofless structure. Guaraneed to freak your girlfriend out, whether it’s ghosts or bums.

Jen says:

November 26, 2007, 5:46 am

I tend to do a bit of paranormal studying, am a history major (focusing on the 1100 – 1700 time period) and have been known to ‘feel’ things. Having lived in the area for a very long time I am shocked and appalled that anyone would publish “Witches Castle” as a structure from 1600’s or a trading post of any kind. Have you ever been to or even seen the place? Apparently not. Though it is ‘haunted’ (but the whole ghost wars thing? please)it cannot even remotely be ascribed to earlier than twentieth century. It is, as others have said, an abandoned bathroom. PLEASE do even a little bit of research or just look at the place before posting such incredulous attempts at looking cool. You really just look like ignorant, lazy fools who have no reliability whatsoever. On that note, it is a GREAT place to go if looking for TRUE supernatural, though not necessarily spectacular, experiences.

loco says:

November 30, 2007, 4:47 pm

First of all the story said this building was erected in the 1600’s, then we find out it’s a g***amed bathroom built in the 1800’s!!! What?! Were there that many people that had a heart attck and croaked on the crapper and now haunt the holy s**t out of the woods? What are these “ghosts” fighting about? **** territory? If your going to tell a story then get YOUR s**t straight!

Jbean says:

January 4, 2008, 8:41 pm

Where is Forest Park located

Jbean says:

January 4, 2008, 8:43 pm

Try Oaks Park went there last night no bullshit

scott_OR says:

January 5, 2008, 10:26 am

This is not an old building, there were NO whites in Oregon in the 1600’s nor was this the site of the first hanging in Oregon, that actually took place in Oregon city which was the territorial capital of Oregon. Let me tell you the REAL story. I researched this structure for an architecture class at PSU and what I found out that this building was constructed in the 1930’s under the Public Works Project under FDR’s first administration. This was constructed for the use of a rest stop and bathroom for the middle of the trail that ran from near Thurman St. to Cornell Rd and the autobahn society which was at the time a new road that helped to connect Washington County with downtown. Most of these public works projects were done in teh Gothic Style such as the bridge at Newport or the old gorge highway. The building was destroyed by a massive storm in the 1960’s called the Columbus day storm. This site is not haunted because no one EVER lived in a bathroom. WOW tourists are funny I dont know why people feel the need to attach fables to this building other than the fact whenever people see architecture that appears old they assume it must be old and then they create a whole mythos around it.. If you want to go to a really haunted place go to lafeyette Or north of McMinnville, go to the old masonic cemetary there, its over 150 years old and the town is the 3rd oldest in the state.

E-rated says:

January 6, 2008, 11:13 pm

This story is bull **** ok! America did not have midevail castles and **** ok!

Amber says:

January 10, 2008, 5:40 am

Just so you know the bridge in Newport is called the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

ambria says:

January 26, 2008, 10:15 pm

Tottaly not true!!I ussed to live in Oregon and never heard that D.U.M.B story!

DevonCram says:

February 8, 2008, 5:13 pm

need some one to write me letters and write them to PO BOX 311 LAPINE,OR 97739.. and be a man that is gay and send me porno pics of you ty

scott_OR says:

February 14, 2008, 10:58 am

yea man its just someone trying to play ghost investigator and make up fancy stories about an old bathroom being a spooky castle.. hahaha In my 14 years living in Portland that was probably the dumbest **** ive ever heard of.

Colleen says:

March 4, 2008, 5:16 pm

This is Alicia. I tried to look up that website you were talking about and there isn’t a Rock House that I could findso, I was wondering what is the real website you are talking about?

Staci says:

March 6, 2008, 8:06 pm

I am interested in the website also…doesn’t look like I’m in the right place?? Thanks Staci

Trevor says:

April 11, 2008, 8:53 am

the huantings have nothing to do with the bathroom at all.I’ve known many paepole that have had expeirences there they cant explain.
when i first went there i was a kid and took annaul sunday walks there as a family activity knowing nothing of the history of the land and never expeirenceing anything unuasal.fast forward to a few years later and now I’m living in vancouver.My friend kaiden one night wants to see something cool and on a low budget so i talk to my parents and get directions to forrest park to walk the circuit at night to pittock(the veiws mind blowing at night).
the drive goes well we suit up in are rain gear cause it was early dec. (07) in the N.W.! at the beggening of the walk we encounter a group of teens around 17 to 20 or so maybe a quater mile in.I stopped to ask if they wanted to smoke abowl.the first and smallest of the group replied “theres nothing back there!” while shacking his head and looking directley at the trail ahead while making an expidous retreat out the woods. the group of about 5 or 6 was spooked by something there was no denying that and it couldnt of been us 2 skraunny 145 pound hippies.
Kaiden and i shrug it off with a few jokes and countinued on are merry way.there seemed nothing out of the ordianary till we got to the foundation and started are little inspection.We found some cinnamon and a little rock figurine that looked as if used in a saounce(never spelt that before hope you can sound it out).thats when i heard some innocent giggling off in the woods behind the structure,it sounded as if it was that of a tennaged girl.I hushed my friend and the giggling ceased, pausing we listened to are sorrounding envoirment for a few moments.nothing,so we made the call to carry on.After passing the creek and starting are accent to pittock’s when sh#$ got a little weird.the trail at this point becomes rugged with loose softball sized rocks littered about.We decided to take a breath and load the bowl in my pocket,checking the time it was shortly after 11,We smoked the bowl and agreed to walk side by side, so we’d both have adaquatt light to see with are only flashlight.Nearing a bend were the trail cuts back to the right I peered ahead and an arms length ahead of me stood a woman in white,black and maroon undergarmets and a black cloak completly concelling the face so that all you saw was black.Imediatly i droped to one knee.It had felt as if i was dropped out of an airplane with no chute.My heart felt as if it would burst i’d never been so scared in my life.and as quik as that there was nothing there.Kaiden asked if iwas alright wondering what had gone one.I told him i had seen agirl arms length away wearing a cloak in mid 1800 apearal,and nothing more discriptive about what i’d seen htan that.A few moments later we reached the road half way to the mansion.Smoking another bowl of some killer green to calm my nerves,we used the portapotty and carried on the rest of the journey with jokes of how if we saw acop we’d be like **** you buddy and take off(i mean what the **** would a cop be out here for).we reached a bench at a fork in the trail.Stopping to grab a snack out of our packs.the whole time we spent on this bench we kept hearing what sounded like foot steps of an approaching person from the trail to the left,we called out a few times and received no answer.
At this point i told him we’d later find a bloody history to this plot of land,which we did the whole incodent involving the balch fammily.
We carried on the last leg of the trail were i spotted her siloutte this time near a stump to the right,it was there a good ten seconds but by the time i had snagged the light to point out the siloutte it was gone.Finnaly we had made it to pittock another minute later,and to the saftey of the light.After taking in the veiw we oppted to take a way threw the neighboorhoods back,randomly finding our way to the car.
the haunting has nothing to do with the bathroom,Its everything that happened anna.I mean put 2 and 2 together,her dad killed her husband,so her dad was hung,and her husbands family found retribuition in killing her oldest brother.thats enough f^%*ed up s*$t to make any of us haunt are own back yard.
On the drive back Kaiden started to describe the in detail the arrangment of her clothes statting were the maroon had been and that her hood was up and how you couldnt see her face.All details I never mentioned.
We gave it 2 weeks and decided to go back.At this point i was doubting myself before this i didn’t beleive in ghosts.So I had some internal conflict with in myself.We decided to grag a friend shane along how had heard the story and wanted to see for himself.
We were about a quater mile in this time when Kaiden started gasping as if he had a frog in his throat.I asked “are u alright man?”.
he responded with”Trevor i got some crazy sh** to tell you!”
“Save it dude nows not the time tell me when were at the car.”I didnt need to hear anything at this point i couldnt beleive i was dumb enough to actualy grag us back,I mean this was my idea to return.
Random rustling came from the bushes here and there and the water had an eerie qulity to it.This trail reminds me of tim burrtons sleepy hallow,like a scene stole straight out of the movie.
By this time Kaiden was paniking and a having short rapid brething pattern.Stopping to see if he was alright we decided to carry on to the foundation.
Only when we came to the spot were it should be there was only an empty patch of dirt were nothing grew.At this point all rationality went striaght the f**k out the door.Right in front of our eyes ther was a definite out line of where the foundation should be and nothing growing within.
This is were we began are expidious retreat.Shane was lagging behind,while Kaiden and I were side by side.Every once in a while i’d give Shane an order to look behind for anything following.He didnt respond to any of the commands.So finnaly i stopped walking shouting “Shane!(pause)Fu***ng Shane!”.He was neering now about twelve feet away and emoitoinless which if you knew shane he was always babbling or doing some dumb sh**.”Dude,fu***ng Shane”.Nothing now within arms reach fear flarred up in me, heres some one i’ve beat up on several occasions but it wasnt the same i was scarred sh**less.I threw the flaslight up 3 inches away from his face and turned it on.Normally you would instantly slap the mag light out of your face.”Dude,Shane”,nothing.I **** my fist back and ready to let fly,I practice mma and was going for lights out and at the last moment possible he litterly snapped out of it and finnaly swatted the light out of his face like he should have done moments ago.
he later told us that he was looking at the ground mumbling cause he didnt get to go all the way to pittock.But Kaiden can testify that he wasnt mumbling anything and that he was starring straight ahead blankly.
At this point Kaiden and I took off at a run for the last half mile with shane on our heels bitching all the way.But man was it good to hear him talking a minute ago I was about to lay out one of my best friends.
When we made it out Kaiden told me what he had been waiting to.He said he had seen a older guy with a white beard and mustache,and a younger fellow of about 16 to 20 in the bottom of the creek looking out at him.What he had seen affected him so much that it caused him to hyperventalate.
Since then i have only returned once and in the day the only time of wich i will return.The hauntings have nothing to do with the bathroom only the land that once belonged to the balch fammily.And for the ghost wars that sounds like a load of bs. who evers posting that **** needs to stop.and peapole who have had authentic expeirences need to share their stories cause there is something going on in the west hills of portland thats alittle hard to explain.
I’d like to end this by saying thanx to anyone who sticks threw the whole story and that I’m not joshing ya this really happened to me and has changed who I am and how i see things around me.If you plan to take the walk at night come prepared and make sure somone knows you waent and when you should be back.Maybe for you nothing will happen thats the way i would have preffered it but be prepared in case something does!Better safe then sorry!And dont put your nose were it doesnt belong!

fifi says:

June 14, 2008, 2:41 am

I’m seeing so many bogus stories about places like this. I think that with the popularity of shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State, folks are just antsy to get in on the paranormal business. There are so many “Paranormal Research” groups in Oregon now that it’s ridiculous. Most of these are a bunch of folks that happen to have purchased equipment..made a cool website and then go around to cemetaries photographing bugs and then renaming them orbs because they’re so desperate to be certified ghost hunters. With all of the phony stories and paranormal groups it’s just taken all of the credibility away from the honest,active groups and the real ghost stories around the northwest.

chris says:

August 6, 2008, 9:24 am

Actually according to a historical review of Portland Or. written on an official parks and Rec site for portland, they refer to this house as the old Baltch homestead. They also named the creek the Balch creek. The story is correct according to the city of Portland Parks and Rec that the property was originally owned by a man named Danford Balch. and the report is that he was a man who was angry over a land dispute and a love affair involving his daughter and according to reports, he was in fact the first man hung in the state of oregon.
Maybe you should check your facts before you label another person as spewing BS. that is the grizzly facts of this structure and there is no former bathroom involved. except maybe the one used by the family.

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balch_Creek

Report by independant researcher
http://www.bluesweatshirt.com/essays_and_stories/
danford_balch.htm

AND THE BIGGY>> Portland Parks and Recreation
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?
action=ViewPark&PropertyID=246&subareas=2

Ghost P.A.R.T.I. says:

August 22, 2008, 12:32 am

We did a Investigation there about 2 weeks ago and got some cool pics and video. YES it is a pretty freaky place.The place is a must see.

Daniel
Ghost P.A.R.T.I.
bulldogginc@gmail.com

mike says:

September 6, 2008, 11:57 pm

chris: you are full of fail, the wikipedia link stated the structure a bathroom and the parks and rec page did tell of the origins of the land there was no indication nor possibility of the wytchs castle to have been the destination of Mr. Balch’s egress.
I used to live behind the wytchs castle for a couple different summers I have never once seen the building to be haunted by anything other than squatters, hikers and wood land critters. I had made contact with other unseen denizens in that park but none the husk of some dead thing at least not human.
There have been at least five times while camping near the castle that I have seen people performing witch craft there. weird and funny too

Daniel Lundquist says:

September 19, 2008, 5:00 pm

I am owner of Ghost P.A.R.T.I. Paranormal Investigations. We have investigated this place a few times and each time it’s a positive Investigation. Pretty creepy place. and ACTIVE…

Daniel Lundquist
503-928-0400

dudestupid says:

October 4, 2008, 10:23 pm

ok sorry but this sounds so stupid but real i know this is ok so i believe you

joe says:

October 7, 2008, 6:00 pm

Yeah, it’s a bathroom, I don’t know how anyone could say that it’s from the 1600s. Though, it’s still alarming to see the first time you walk there. This site does a little review and has pics and directions:

Witch’s House at Macleay Park

Britney says:

October 21, 2008, 2:20 pm

for the girl who lrft the comment about Organ.com your dumb. It’s a music downloading site.Stupid ***** dont waste peoples time.

Patrick Doyle says:

November 3, 2008, 2:43 pm

I did an episode of my show, Haunted Hoax, at the Witches Castle. You’ll be surprised to hear and see what it actually is. If you believe in this legend you don’t want to miss my investigation. http://www.youtube.com/HauntedHoax

Hedo says:

November 3, 2008, 4:04 pm

Lets just say i am in tune with the paranormal. I have experienced many things in my 38 years of life and i can say there is some activity located in this place. As far as the history goes the stone building was a rest stop built in the 1930’s. However, it is near the location of the old Balch estate. Yes Danford Balch was the first man legally hung in Oregon but it was not in this location or anywhere near it. Over the years many bodies have been found at or near this location, some where murders and others where the homeless that just died. There have also been many reports of witchcraft in this area over the years as well. For whatever reason there is paranormal activity in this area, i felt the presence from the first bridge we crossed and at the old stone building we were being watched by at least 4 entities, one followed us almost the entire way back to our car and at times would make noises behind us. You can come to your own conclusions about who or what it is but there is something there.

spzodiac says:

November 7, 2008, 3:45 pm

This place is nothing more than a old restroom.

Germ Nation says:

December 11, 2008, 2:37 am

copy and paste directly from
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewPark&PropertyID=127

The 30-mile Wildwood Trail in Forest Park is part of the regionâ??s 40-Mile Loop system that links Forest Park to pedestrian and trail routes along the Columbia River to Gresham, through southeast Portland, along the Willamette Greenway, and back to the Marquam Trail in southwest Portland. A landmark on the trail is the Stone House. This structure was built in the mid-1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a public restroom. The infamous Columbus Day storm on October 12, 1962, took out the water line. Because the structure had been heavily vandalized over the years, the decision was made to gut the building rather than embark on costly repairs. It remains as a favorite spot to rest along the trail.

Bill says:

December 17, 2008, 4:31 am

I have hiked all over forest park and spent a lot of time partying(when I was young) at what some people call witches castle, and let me tell you it is not haunted.I have spent hours there in the pitch black, alone,looking at the stars and listening to the sounds. First of all the structure was not built in the 17th century it was built somewhere between 1950 -1955 and no person was every killed there or hung there in its history.

I have several times heard strange noises coming out of the little room on the ground level but soon discovered it was someone sleeping there, usually someone drunk or homeless. Another time I saw several groups of young adults partying there throwing beer cans all over the trail and making a rather large mess.

The ghost stories are all hype and bogus, I have visited it literally hundreds of times years ago. However there are groups of satanist that do come out to the structure to carry on there imaginative role playing and immortality striving, they are comical at best, rather harmless and childish people.

I have personally experienced occurrences that were beyond the laws of physics, rather up close experiences of a metaphysical nature so I don’t rule out the existence of ghost, but I can tell you all the stories about witches castle are hyperbole.

RussG says:

January 12, 2009, 3:02 am

LOL LOL LOL this place is nothing more than an old rest room built in the 20’s or 30’s … it was damaged in the columbus day storm so they just left it there … over time any wood that was left on the building was burnt up due to fires being set there … lol lol 1600’s give me a break too funny. If you want just go look up the records about the land lol lol … no ghosts in that place … just a cool looking old crapper

Scott says:

February 11, 2009, 4:09 pm

EPIC FAIL! Sorry but you fail Sir, witches castle is total BS! The funny thing is that you think Europeans lived in portland in the 1600’s … Historical Ignorance is funny to me. Let me Enlighten you Sir…. THIS IS A BATHROOM! YES! I said it.. its a bathroom built in the 1930’s and destroyed in the Columbus Day Storm in the 1960’s! congrats you revered castle LOL is a whopping 70 years old! HAHAHAHAHA *pats you on the head*

Hedo says:

February 11, 2009, 4:53 pm

It is not a castle, only referred to as such. The building was a rest stop built in the 20’s and put out of service in the 60’s. This does not change the fact the entire are was refereed to as the Balch and the creek is still named after him. The activity has nothing to do with the building, that is just a coincidence. You can have spiritual/ghostly activity anyplace for many reasons. Ignorance must be bliss! People pull your heads out and think before you speak of or about something. Ever heard of residual hauntings? The haunting has nothing to do with whats going on today, what building is standing there now, ect.ect. DUHHHHH!

Neva Johnson says:

April 14, 2009, 7:45 pm

Would someone please tell me how to get to the witches castle

will says:

June 5, 2009, 8:40 pm

This original post in this thread is complete ****. The “witch’s castle” was built in the 1930’s as a restroom- it was not used as a trading post in the 1600’s. I’ve hiked the trails in this area, many times alone- for 17 years without anything strange happening. I have experienced the paranormal in my life, but not at this location. Also, the trails around this structure do not lead to the Oregon coast either, the coast is a 2 hour drive away and this trail does not connect.

Arie says:

July 29, 2009, 11:14 pm

I believe that people should be able to believe in what they want. Other people who have no beliefs in the same things should not hate, but go on with their lives. Quit trying to find things to be hateful about, plus how would you know what somebody else has experienced. That’s all have a fabulous day. :)

Jenn says:

July 31, 2009, 9:09 pm

History Revealed
Debunking the Myths of the Witchâ??s Castle

(See below for actual reports of paranormal activity.)

The Stone House, AKA – The Witch’s Castle
Portland, Oregon – Forest Park
Lower Macleay Park Trail to Pittock Mansion

This story was first posted published by a blog site that claims to report “real haunted houses” and other places. However, this story was quickly debunked by the local area residents!

The blog author was eager to post the story, and didnâ??t take the time to check out the facts of the story from other sources. But a short time after posting the story, readers submitted a flood of comments in attempt to put the story straight.

The tainted version of the story describes a Native American stone â??trading shackâ?, and claimed that its existence began during the 1600â??s. It went on to say that the trails were leading to the Oregon coast from the site, and that they are haunted by â??ghost warsâ?. The site claimed that if one is caught in one of these “ghost wars”, they would not be able to escape.

Some readers immediately questioned the possibility of stone buildings being erected in that area by natives in that time period, as well as who they would have been built by, seeing as how Native Americans did not typically build with stone. For others, the mere thought of a ghost war ending the life of a living person sounded too unbelievable to take in. In all, it sounded like a tall tale, grown with fertilizer from inflated egos and the desire to instill fear and excitement in others.

But soon, the truth began to trickle out. Local residents who are familiar with the buildings, the trails, and the haunted stories â?? all had their own version of the story. The local version of it rings with a little more truth, even to a paranormal investigator, who regularly hears stories that sound highly improbable.

The area of debate, and much paranormal activity taking place nearby, is the old stone building that stands near the halfway point of the Lower Macleay Park Trail (the trail leading from Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion) in the Balch Creek area within Forest Park in the the West Hills of Portland. Nestled in the downtown vicinity, the park runs from approximately Thurman Street to Upper Macleay Park and stretching to Cornell Road.

The building in question was originally constructed through a Public Works Project under the WPA during the 1930â??s. But the structure was not a witchâ??s house, nor was it the actual site of Oregonâ??s first hanging, nor has it been standing since the 1600’s. It is merely a restroom and a resting area. The plumbing was washed away in the Columbus Day Storm in the 1960â??s, leaving the stone building standing in ruins, and prone to vandalism. While there are many reports of paranormal activity in the area, most have nothing to do with the old bathroom and rest area.

Visitors to the area, as well as those who know the history of the land, feel that any paranormal activity would be connected to the propertyâ??s violent history, and the events that took place between two families, including several murders. Since the trail also leads to the Pittock Mansion, some have speculated that any paranormal activity could be a combination of the two “haunted” places, and could leave an imaginative explanation of the nature of the “ghost wars”.

In 1850, when the population of the settlement of Portland was a mere 2,500, Danford Balch claimed a near 350-acre parcel, spanning the distance from the top of the West Hills down to 22nd Avenue, and all the land between Vaughn and Lovejoy.

He built a cabin to house his wife Mary Jane and their nine children, and by 1858 the family had settled in. Other than a tendency to drink, life seemed good. But things would soon turn deadly, when their oldest daughter, Anna, fell in love with the hired-hand, Mortimer Stump, who was staying with and working for the family.

Danford refused to allow permission for Mortimer and his daughter to marry, since his daughter was only 15 or 16, but on November 4th, 1858, the two decided to elope, and move to the Stump family homestead in Vancouver.

Danfordâ??s drinking increased, and on November 18, 1858 in a chance meeting with the Stump family, Danford attempted to take his daughter back â?? but instead â??accidentallyâ? killed Mortimer by shooting him in the face and neck with his shotgun, near the area of the Stark Street Ferry. He would later imply that Mary Jane pushed him into it, and drove him over the edge.

Danford was disarmed by witnesses, and handed over to the local Sheriff. Although he soon escaped, he was later recaptured in his home on July 23, 1859. He was sentenced to death by hanging, and was hung on October 17, 1859 for murder. Danford is said to be the first man officially to be hung in the state of Oregon. The Stump family is said to have retaliated by murdering Annaâ??s brother, the oldest Balch son.

Against her will, Mary Jane was forced to divide the land, giving half to the children she shared with Danford Balch. She divided the land unfairly, giving the children and their guardians the least valuable portions of land, keeping the most useful and highly valued portions to herself. In 1897, Donald Macleay, who owned a portion of the land, gave his land to the city for use as a park, in order to avoid taxation. The area is now knowns as Lower Macleay Park, along Balch Creek, within Forest Park.
Paranormal Activity Reported in the Area

How did the story of the â??ghost warsâ? originate?

It has been said that on certain nights precisely at midnight, a group of ghosts is said to gather at the site of the ruins. Shortly thereafter, another group of ghosts is said to arrive from the forest and a spectacular â??ghost battleâ? takes place. At that point, it is said that voices have been heard uttering the names of both Danford Balch and Mortimer Stump, along with other ghostly chatter. Since none of the witnesses to these battles has ever stayed to the end, we can only let our imagination complete the story.

The stories that have been told involving paranormal activities around the buildingâ??s ruins contribute to the nickname of the Witchâ??s Castle.

One night, a mysterious flash of light was spotted. They said that the flash of light made no sound, and that there was nothing in the buildingâ??s structure that could give off light. Because they were using a long exposure time, the result is a small pin-point of white light in the place where the actual flash occurred.

There have been reports of seeing faces in the water of Balch Creek. Also, other reports of seeing an older man with white beard and mustache, and a younger man of about 16 to 20 in the bottom of the creek looking out at him.

A young group once reported that a member of their group began a rapid breathing pattern on their trail-hike. After a series of unexplainable events, they decided to head back out, the same way they came.

On their way back, the friend began breathing even more rapidly, and he was asked to check if anyone was following them. He didn’t respond, and when he remained unresponsive, the others shined bright lights in his face, expecting him to react to the harsh light. When he didn’t, they decided to attempt to punch him, but before doing so, he pushed the light out of his face, complaining.

The group reportedly ran the rest of the way out, saying that their friend never quit talking the rest of the way, but that they didn’t mind one bit hearing him complain – he was at least talking again!

One man reports that as he and two others stood at what should have been the site of the stone structure, was the distinct outline of a foundation, but no structure. Instead there was simply a perfectly shaped area with absolutely no vegetation or growth within the area.

Two hikers passed a group of young adults, who – when they passed, said “There’s nothing back there…” and seemed to be in a great hurry to leave the area. Could they have also seen the empty place where the stone structure should have been standing?
Another account describes a group of three hikers reports seeing an apparition twice in separate places, involving a woman dressed in white, black and burgundy garments, with a black cloak.

One woman described the area as the most haunted area to which she had ever been, and claims to have seen over a dozen apparitions coming down the hill.
Some have reported hearing voices, footsteps, or glowing red eyes, unexplained experiences, and a few have claimed to obtained EVP recordings.

Some people report a very â??heavyâ? feeling in the area, and describe some of the feelings as â??not goodâ?, describing it as unnerving and even overwhelming.

Have you, or has someone you know, had a paranormal experiecne in the Witch’s Castle area? We’d love to hear about it. You can post your “Stone House” story in our FORUM

BigToddBoogie says:

August 10, 2009, 8:55 am

Ya that’s an old Visitors Info Center type place. When Built in 1937 it had a Rangers office and two bathrooms open to the public. My Great Uncle who worked for the State of Oregon at the time was one of the supervising authorities during the building project. When I told him about the 1600s trading post story he laughed his A** off and even fell out of his lazyboy recliner. He said “no son, i’m sorry to say they didn’t have Concrete products in the 1600s and even if they did in the middle of the forest it would have long since fallen apart. I asked why the roof was missing and he said it was extensively damaged during the columbus day storm and sat with the roof caved in until 1966 when it was cut up and distributed to ranger stations as firewood.

Thomas says:

August 11, 2009, 4:56 pm

The place you are referring to is actually an old park building that fell into disrepair. Nothing but old bathrooms. It can be found on old maps of the park.

Kevin Jonson says:

August 31, 2009, 3:29 pm

Its just a effin bathroom thats from the early 30’s. it’s just old and abandoned. I’ll make sure i bring my proton pack.

Kevin Jonson says:

August 31, 2009, 4:20 pm

yeah it looks cool. but get your story straight. holy macaroni’s!!! it’s a 30’s style bathroom. witch castle get the f*** outta here

Becky T. says:

September 16, 2009, 12:13 am

Just a quick note.. if this was a “Public Bathroom”,
1. Why is this a 2 story building?
2. Why are there no signs of plumbing to the building?
3. If the Balch’s had “8” children, where did they sleep? Waaay too small..
4. And last but not least, Why isn’t there any internal access from room to room ?
Yes it is a spooky place.
Yes there is alot of weird S**t that goes on up there.
I have been there after dark and during the day, heard and seen some things that cant quite be explained with out sounding crazy. but its all in fun. Thats what everyone should remember, its all in good fun.Theres nothing like a “legend” to make you think.

Kevin Jonson says:

September 18, 2009, 3:29 pm

It’s a bathroom okay damn!! Let it go. I’ll bring my PKE Meter. The plumbing was probably salvaged after the columbus day storm.

Dearbhail Marquis says:

October 21, 2009, 3:45 pm

Becky, your questions were addressed elsewhere. It originally had a ranger’s office as well as restrooms open to the public. It was not the Balch’s house. The building was flooded and damaged in the Columbus Day storm and has been unused since that time. There may or may not be paranormal activity connected with the site, but it would more than likely be unrelated to the building itself since a restroom is about as mundane as it gets. Although the North Portland library ghost has been known to turn on the hand dryer in the ladies’ . . . but that’s another story.

P-Diddy says:

December 29, 2009, 4:27 pm

Hey guys, yeah me’s ben to da witches castle 4 lyfe man, it was sick, well scary.
I mean, who wouldn’t be scared when they come face to face with Gollum?
It’s quite disturbing when he uses the phraze “My precious!” ova n ova again!
Did any peeps notice me on CSI MIAMI? In a few episodes? Yeah, i was a lawyer, sick
Keeep flexing. *******

Bulldogg says:

January 28, 2010, 9:27 pm

Hello,
Ghost P.A.R.T.I. investigated this area and have Still pictures, Video and EVP from this very, very haunted place. I think you all really don’t know how much.
I am Dan from Ghost P.A.R.T.I. Investigations and I (oh boy) do know…

Jackson Stone says:

March 2, 2010, 3:38 pm

If u want to defeat a ghost just bring a radio and play “There’s got to be a morning after” backwards. It will send them back to hell

Shelby says:

April 20, 2010, 3:54 am

Went there today after reading up on its sordid history. It was a nice spot, about 15 minutes away from the Audubon society, where I volunteer. Here’s a picture for those who are curious:
http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv182/sunnyandzorro/IMG_0515.jpg
Note the orb, heh heh. I don’t believe for a second that this place is haunted, and it’s not even that creepy really (it’s a BATHROOM), but it still cracked me up that the first picture I took had a big ol’ orb in the middle of it. It was raining very lightly, so it was probably caused by a small water droplet on the lens. (I even simulated this at home out of curiosity and got nearly identical results a couple times.) Still, you’ve got to admit, that’s a nice looking little orb. Almost as funny as the notion that this building was built in the 1600’s… ah America. Only here can an outhouse become a haunted castle after a little flooding and about 80 years

The Terminator says:

May 3, 2010, 4:25 pm

**** you *******

diana says:

May 3, 2010, 4:30 pm

man ur all ***** stupid 4 realz datz summ really fuked up **** but i guess **** yall hoes

Rick Hamell says:

May 27, 2010, 7:48 pm

Was just up there today and took pictures. Not haunted at all. The entire trail up there is obviously a WPA project if you know what to look for. http://www.1nova.com/photoblog/?p=660

Lynn says:

July 31, 2010, 5:21 pm

Prettiest haunted toliet in Portland.

Lynn says:

July 31, 2010, 5:22 pm

Prettiest haunted toilet in Portland.

Jelo says:

August 16, 2010, 2:45 am

As other commenters noted this is just a restroom built in the 1930’s. Even without that little bit of information how could you possibly believe this was a trading post built in the 1600’s? There are so many flaws in that it’s ridiculous! You shouldn’t have to be exceptionally smart to notice them either. Although there was some European exploration of Oregon’s coast in the 1600’s the “Witch’s Castle” is far from the coast. There were only Native Americans in that specific area at the time and as far as we know they did not build structures like this. Why would there be a trading post on a small trail in the middle of the woods? The trails in the park weren’t even created until the last century and do not go all the way to the coast.

Jim says:

September 27, 2010, 11:39 am

I’m sorry, but I live in portland and that place is on what is called the wildwood trail in forest park. It was not even there in the 1600’s because there was no white people in this area in the 1600’s. And in fact the “witchhouse” was built in the 1930’s and was a mens and womens restroom! So, get your freakin facts strait.

adrianna says:

October 1, 2010, 9:45 pm

I don’t think this is even real in fact, I think this is stupid.

Rick Hamell says:

October 1, 2010, 9:56 pm

No, it exists. Pictures I took of it in May: http://www.1nova.com/photoblog/?p=660

Shelby says:

October 2, 2010, 3:11 am

Nice pictures, Rick… but I have to point out, just to avoid confusion, that the plaque denoting the place as the Balch homestead is NOT located near the “stone house.” The land it is on once belonged to the Balch family, but the facility itself was certainly not part of their living quaters… and definetly not the site of Balch’s hanging, as some sources suggest.

Joseph says:

February 22, 2011, 1:46 am

I’m from Oregon and I’ve never been there. I plan on visiting there now and learning more about my great states rich and history. Where are the hotspots i need to visit? Who knows more about paranormal areas?

Greg says:

April 25, 2011, 6:12 pm

This was never a trading shack, it was a bathroom built in the 1930’s and abonded/destroyed by a storm in the 60’s. It sits NEAR the original cabin of the Balch family, but no one was ever hung at the location. But it is creepy looking I’ll give ya that.

adam gauge says:

June 3, 2011, 3:27 pm

Portland Local Haunts investigated the witches castle using inferred cameras, evps,and cameras and in the process of our investigation of the castle from 7:00 till 11:00 and came up empty. the history of the building was that in fact the public and parks department built the structure on land that was donated by the family of the first man hung in Oregon, but he was not hanged there. we decided to stay until midnight to see if we could find some evidence of the native battles at the head of the fork in the trail next to the castle. according to myth at midnight two native tribes meet there to relive a battle that once happened there. during a group evp session we picked up some strange evps and some of the members could hear clambering in the woods and others felt very uncomfortable. i believe there is something happening at this location i just don’t know whether the haunting has anything to do with the castle as much as the location.

Thomas says:

June 26, 2011, 3:52 am

Well today I went there and got drunk as ****… no ghosts, but a juicer

Wendy says:

July 1, 2011, 2:37 pm

This is a Portland landmark with many stories surrounding it. However, it was never the home of a witch, nor was it a trading post! The actual structure dates only back to the 1950’s. The story of the family which owned the land IS quite interesting & perhaps the claims of hauntings in the area are true… Check out the REAL story of “Witches Castle”:

http://northwesternghostsandhauntings.blogspot.com/2010/11/witchs-castle-portland-oregon.html

slt says:

July 12, 2011, 9:14 pm

creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy!!!!!!!!! but cool!!!!!

Chris says:

July 28, 2011, 7:40 am

1600’s huh? That is impressive since European settlers didn’t arrive on the continent until late 1600’s (bringing the concept of “witches” with them) and Oregon wasn’t settled until around 1842 and cement wasn’t widely available until the 1800’s. This shack is truly magical.

Freakdaddy99 says:

September 24, 2011, 2:17 pm

Do your research people!!! this building is NOT from the 1600’s, it was actually built in the 1930’s ss a PUBLIC RESTROOM!! the storm of 1962 flooded it out, so the parks dept. simply gutted it and left the stone structure. the top floor was the mens and womens bathroom, and the bottom “allegedly haunted” room was nothing more than a janitorial/ maintenance closet….sorry to poop on your parade :-)

CarrieFouts says:

October 11, 2011, 10:55 am

the witches castle was actully a bathroom built in the 1920’s. Buuuut make believe is still fun right?:)

nicki says:

October 24, 2011, 6:45 pm

I’ve been there multiple times and weird stuff happens every time. Just a creepy place to be especially at night.

dog says:

March 31, 2012, 2:23 am

All u haters just have too much time on their hands. Destiny! Ur a *****.

MLR says:

July 11, 2013, 1:35 pm

um…the “witches castle” used to be a bathroom, built in the 1930’s, is was damaged in the Columbus Day Storm of 1962 and gutted instead of repaired….where the writer got the ridiculous story of a trading post from the 1600’s is the question. There were no trading posts in this area and it had not even been explored.

hazz says:

April 7, 2014, 12:30 pm

In the 1950â?²s a stone structure was built to house restrooms and a ranger station for the park near the site of the old Balch cabin. Over time this structure deteriorated from vandalism and was abandoned in the 1960â?²s. This has since became known as â??The Witchâ??s Castleâ?.

Not an old trading post at all.

Rob says:

May 2, 2014, 1:21 am

I live in Portland and have been here all my life. The truth behind the structure is that in the 1950’s the city built it as a restroom and park ranger office and then it was abandoned in the 1960’s. It has nothing to do with the 1600’s, there’s no trails other than those built by the city. It’s creepy, but if it’s haunted, it’s a haunted toilet.

tru says:

September 8, 2014, 8:08 pm

i think this is real because i have seen a real live ghost at my grandmas house it was white and flying

wannabe joe dirt says:

March 5, 2015, 5:08 pm

OMG THIS IS SOOOO FETCH!

Kim Kardashian says:

March 5, 2015, 5:10 pm

Does this website make my butt look big?

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