We're all familiar with the American spirit. But what
about America’s spirits? Here is an entertaining
and informative guide to haunted places throughout the
Usually, haunting is a private affair. The people whose
homes are so afflicted generally do not want publicity,
and frequently live in silence for years with their eerie
secrets. Often, only family and close friends are aware
that something unearthly shares the home of their loved
ones; invitations to outsiders may be very rare indeed.
But many public places around the United States have
their quota of haunts, and so must share them with their
patrons. In Haunted Places in America,Coulombe
describes some fifty places accessible to the public,
which are reputed to be haunted. These hotels, historic
homes, restaurants, and outdoor locales are each covered
in chilling detail . Featured sites range from McCandless
Hall in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Golden North Hotel
in Skagway, Alaska, to Fairlawn Mansion in Superior, Wisconsin,
and the Sheridan Inn in Wyoming. You will also find out
why it is believed that:
- Some guests never leave Alaska’s Golden Hotel.
- Colorado’s Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King,
but has ghosts of its own.
- The governor shares his mansion with the unearthly
- Florida’s Biltmore Hotel is still a refuge
for one of Al Capone’s men.
- A serial killer’s victim haunts a church-turned-theater
- Antoine’s Restaurant in Louisiana sometimes
offers supernatural events à la carte.
- In Ohio, a priest haunts his church.
- In Vermont, a local socialite holds forth in her
home—long after her death.
Whether you are planning a spine-tingling trip, or
just psyching yourself up for Halloween, this haunted
itinerary makes for an armchair journey worth taking.