Although most US cities likely have at least one resident 'ghost,' or a creaky building that no one goes into, some places are steeped in haunted history. The most haunted cities in America are all over the map, with paranormal mythology and urban legends flourishing in every US state, often intertwined with real-life historical events in interesting ways.
This list of the most haunted cities in the United States features places with a rich history of creepy lore, legends, and hangouts for shadowy souls and spirits.
Apparitions Lurk In The Lunatic Asylum Building In Athens, OH
Athens, OH, is home to such attractions as breweries, wineries, and even a hot dog museum. It's also home to the Athens Lunatic Asylum, which treated patients using psychotropic medication, electroshock therapy, and lobotomies for more than 100 years. Patients who lived there suffered from afflictions that were reportedly treated with intense cruelty by staff and physicians.
At Athens' Simms Cemetery, visitors have reported seeing the ghost of the cemetery's namesake and former city official, John Simms, watching his victims being hanged from a tree near the property.
Wilson Hall at Athens University, which has been closed and sealed, is said to reside in the middle of a geographical pentagram with a cemetery at each point. The building is rumored to have been built over a Native American burial ground, so spiritual unrest is prevalent at the site.21017Creepy?
The Spirit Of Abby Borden Can Be Heard Weeping At The Lizzie Borden Bed-And-Breakfast In Fall River, MA
Fall River, MA, might appear to be just another lovely northeastern US city near the coast, but residents and visitors claim to have witnessed the presence of spooky inhabitants.
Lizzie Borden is said to have bludgeoned her father Andrew and stepmother Abby in the town in 1892 while they slept, although she was acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence. Her family home still stands in Fall River as a testament to the brutal slayings, and is now a bed-and-breakfast. Many guests have reported flickering lights, a woman's cries, and a ghostly woman dressed in clothing true to the era. Visitors have also reported a strange light in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River, where Lizzie Borden is buried.
Fall River is also reportedly haunted by a renegade Native American who, in 1675, was thrown by fellow Native Americans from the enormous Abram's Rock in Fall River - a drop of over 40 feet - three times, with a promise that he would be released if he survived. It's said that he lived through the first two falls, but perished on the third plunge. Legend persists that wooded areas around the rock are haunted by his spirit.20424Creepy?
Around 35,000 men were lost at the battle of Gettysburg, PA, so it's not surprising that some of those spirits might still roam the grounds. The worst of the fighting took place at a rock formation called the Devil's Den, which seems to be the most prominent location within the battlefield for paranormal activity. Cell phones, cameras, and paranormal investigation equipment often stop working there, and ghosts in uniform have been reported as far back as 1939.
Gettysburg National Cemetery, Little Round Top (another battle site), and a former orphanage are other top destinations for spectral sightings.16821Creepy?
San Francisco is home to all sorts of wonderful attractions for tourists, some of which are brimming with haunted history.
The city's infamous island prison, Alcatraz, boasts lots of reasons for hauntings. Before Alcatraz was a federal prison, it served as a Civil War military prison, in which many prisoners perished due to horrendous living conditions. There are nearly too many haunts here to count, but one of the more notable is the sound of Al Capone's banjo.
Another creepy place is Mount Sutro Forest on top of a 900-foot-high hill. Sutro Forest is a wonderful site for exploring gorgeous woodland scenery, but in the early 1900s, the foggy, secluded spot was also apparently a place where numerous people took their own lives, so you might hear them moaning as you hike.21042Creepy?