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15 Creepy Stories And Urban Legends From Pennsylvania 

Isadora Teich
Updated February 4, 2020 41.7k views 15 items

Filled with sites of incredible historic importance, Pennsylvania could be home to some fairly high-profile ghosts. With the likes of George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe, there's no shortage of famous deceased people who've reportedly been spotted wandering around Pennsylvania. From dark woods to historical buildings, from weird weather phenomena to eerie roads, these Pennsylvania ghost stories are really something else.  

Pennsylvania is known as one of the most haunted states in the country for a reason. Whether you want to take a stroll through one of the most famous abandoned prisons on Earth, sit in a chair that's rumored to end people, or take a selfie with a ghost bride, you can do it all in Pennsylvania.   

Some of these urban legends from Pennsylvania are even based in fact or have turned out to have real-life twists even more bizarre than the tales that sprung up around them. If you want to know all about the goblins, ghosts, gateways to hell, and weather-controlling hags lurking in Pennsylvania, read on. 

The Seven Gates Of Hell
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Hellam Township is a quiet corner of York, PA, surrounded by forests. It's also the rumored site of the Seven Gates of Hell. According to legend, there are seven remote gates which, when crossed in the right order, open a doorway to hell. The first is visible by daylight and the rest become visible only at night.

Allegedly, no one has passed through more than five of them and returned to tell the tale. 

Charlie No-Face
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Pittsburgh's Charlie No-Face (also known as the Green Man) is one of Pittsburgh's best-known local legends. According to different accounts, a man can be found lurking by the roadside at night and emitting a green glow, or perhaps he is horribly deformed. He can be seen blowing cigarette smoke out through the holes in his cheeks.

This urban myth is actually partially true. From the 1920s to the 1980s, a man who had suffered a severe accident that destroyed his face would walk a lonely stretch of road under the cover of night so he could get some fresh air and exercise while avoiding comments about his appearance. His name was Raymond Robinson and he was actually a nice and entirely non-murderous guy

Blue Mist Road
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Irwin Road is a stretch of desolate road in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, called Blue Mist Road for the eerie blue mist which covers the road at night. It was rumored to have been a KKK meeting place and the site of lynchings. There are scary stories of every kind attached to this spooky road, from a witch's abandoned house to levitating glowing orbs - and of course, murder.

According to one story, a jealous husband slew his unfaithful wife and their children, then dumped their corpses into a septic tank beside his house on Blue Mist Road. Their ghosts will haunt the road. They are joined by a ghost dog and a mutant deer-human hybrid: "One story says a bold teen honked the horn of his car to alert the critters he was coming and later he was found dead, dripping blood, dangling from the 'hanging tree.'"

The Wandering Bus
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Millions of people use the Septa transportation system in the Philadelphia area to get wherever they need to go. According to legend, there is also a bus which appears only to those who truly need to leave their current circumstances but have no real destination in mind.

This bus has been spotted all over the Philadelphia area and according to legend, some ride it for years, only to eventually disembark right where they need to be.