ReMARKable Ohio! History


We talk about the history of this great state all the time. We visit many of it’s historical sites and see many places and every time we go somewhere new we look for the Historical Marker. Every time we learn something new. The information helps to put the area in to the overall larger historical picture. Yes, some of the plaques may be local, and the information may not seem relevant to the state as a whole, but it is the little things that add up to make the state the place it is today.

As the website states

“…Historical Marker program is administered by the Local History Services Department of the Ohio History Connection. Since 1957, the program has placed more than 1,700 markers that share our state’s history. Partnering with community sponsors, we help tell the unique stories of the people, places, things, or events that helped shape individual communities as well as Ohio and the nation. Approximately 20-30 new markers are accepted into the program each year.”

The Ohio Historical Marker program’s website is a great place to find information about the history of Ohio. Every maker is categorized, organized, and searchable. Every page has the text of the marker, photos of the marker in place, a relevant photos of the marker’s subject, and a map to the marker’s location. The site is a valuable tool for anyone doing research for a school project.  One can spend a while just seeings what in their area, or having a look at the strange things that have happened in Ohio.


Repost: CRYPTOZOHIO: Most Haunted in Ohio II

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This a continuing list of places that claim to be “The Most Haunted” in Ohio. The location itself might not make the claim, but the claim is made by many people. In our last post (click here) we covered The most haunted City, House, Government Building, Prison, and Cemetery. Today we cover a few more of Ohio’s “Most Haunted”

Most Haunted Museum:

National Museum of the United States Air Force

In our post about the Ohio’s haunted museums we touched on the stories from the museum. Dedicated to the History of a branch of the Armed Service and housing weapons of destruction, the museum is the perfect recipe for ghosts stories and urban legends. The NMUSAF is bound to have a few things that remain long after the battles are fought.

… In the WWII exhibit ghost are said to haunt the planes they once flew. The Lady B Good’s entire crew is said to haunt the area surrounding its memorial stain glass window. Near by the plane is also said to be haunted, but it could just be the crew from the Lady mistaking it , the same model of plane, as their own.  One or two planes have even been said to be “piloted” by ghost who are trying to finish their last mission. Additionally almost all of the Prisoner of War sections of the museum seem to have an eerie feel about them. Almost as if those who never returned have found away back.

This museum is more than just ghost stories though. On July 8th, 1947 something crashed outside of a farm in Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a spy balloon or something else? Some stories say that what ever was found was transferred to the base and stored in Hangar 18. The Base also has stories surround it and the technology it houses. It is said that it has reverse engineered alien tech and that the owners are coming back to claim it.

Most Haunted Island:

Johnson’s Island

Some people say that the “Most Haunted Island in Ohio” is South Bass Island, but with the size of land mass it is more of a haunted town than a haunted Island. Per acre Johnson’s Island is considered the “Most Haunted.” The island maybe small but it played a big role in the Civil War.

Johnson’s Island is located off the coast of lake Erie near Marblehead Lighthouse. The proximity to shore, about 1/2 mile away, made it a suitable location for a Civil War Prison and later Fort. The island is close enough to bring supplies, but far enough to discourage escape attempts. Despite the distance to shore making swimming a challenge in the warmer months, it was not much of a deterrent during the colder months when the lake would freeze over. The frozen lake would also make resupplying the prison a challenge. The harsh winter months were hardest on the prisoners from the south who were use to more mild winters. Disease and weather took a toll. Despite the problems, few prisoners escaped and only 200 men died, making it one of the lowest mortality rates of any prison during the war. But from that 200 men many may have not had easy deaths.

After the war the island was abandoned by the Army. Eventually it was used as a resort, farm land and a rock quarry. From the time the first civilians started to come to the island legends of the former inhabitants had started to be told. In the rock quarry a group of Italian immigrants, many who did not speak english, started singing a strange song one day. It was later found out that this song was Dixie. At the Confederate Cemetery voices can be heard. It is also said the Monument to the fallen soldiers has been seen to move around. The strange sightings are not just confined to the cemetery. While most were buried in the cemetery proper, graves have been found all over the small island. Most of the properties on the now inhabited island are said to be on top of a grave or two.

Most Haunted Inn:

Golden Lamb

Opened shortly after Ohio became a state The Golden Lamb is one of the oldest continually operating Inns in the nation. Over the years many famous people have spent the night there. While it was more famous during the 19th century, with every one from Mark Twain to every Ohio President stopping by, it still sees a good number of visitors each year.

With so many years of operation it is expected that tragedies and strange occurrences will happen.  Probably the weirdest accident to happen was that of lawyer Clement Vallandigham. While in his room trying to show fellow lawyers how his client’s “victim” could have shot himself accidentally, he accidentally shot himself. His client was found not guilty.  Vallandigham was not the only member of court to die in the inn. Charles Sherman, a Supreme Court Justice for the state of Ohio, while doing his required rounds of his district became ill. He was transferred to the Golden Lamb, which is across the street from the courthouse. He died a few days later. His death left his wife and children in dire straights, including future Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. The ghost that haunts the middle floors is said to be one of these two men.

Probably the most famous Ghost of the Inn is that of Sarah. She was the daughter of a former innkeeper and grew upon there.  Her room has been turned into a museum on the fourth floor. Some say this is to appease her, other say it is just a tourist attraction. It is said that late at night a young girl can be seen wandering around the halls near the room. Some say that the ghost is not that of Sarah however. Having lived to adulthood it is strange that she would come back as a child. The tricks the ghost play are not that of an adult but of childish youth. Many think it could be the spirit of Eliza Clay, daughter of famous senator Henry Clay, who died in the inn of a fever.

The Golden Lamb is open year round as a restaurant and working Inn. The Inn does not shy away from its history but celebrates it. This is one place that can be stayed in at night and one might get to experience the strange happenings. One can also visit during the day and see the historic rooms with a chance at a close encounter. For more stories of the Golden Lamb check out https://www.citybeat.com/home/article/13016077/golden-lamb-inn-ghost-hunt 

Most Haunted Park:

Wayne National Forest – Athens Unit

Wayne National Forest may not be a single park, but the parks within it can run together so much that it is hard to distinguish one from the other at times. The area of the forest that has been most cited in stories and legends is the portion surrounding Athens. This area includes Hocking Hills State Park and Lake hope State Park.

Moonville tunnel ror

As we wrote in our post on haunted state parks of Ohio, Lake Hope State Park  is home to Moonville Tunnel. This tunnel is an old abandoned rail tunnel that has seen it share of tragedies. Tales of former rail workers, citizens who fell from the bridges connecting the tunnel. Even without the stories the modern location is creepy all by itself.

… The tunnel is located off the Moonville rail trail. There is a high water trail down the road. This path will lead around the creek that runs high most of the warmer months. The tunnel itself is a run down popular area. The walls are lined with graffiti and trash. Even in the light of day the area is creepy and scary. The idea that the ghost of a lost railroad worker, or a local citizen, becomes almost a guarantee once one has visited the area. Well worth the hike.

Also located in this portion of Wayne National Forest is the ever popular Hocking Hills. This place is so popular that it draws citizens from across the state every weekend. Some stories are from first time campers who see or hear things that are natural in the deep forest of the region and attribute it to the legends of the park. While this may explain some of the tales told, so many more are told that there must be something lurking in the park.  From the natives who first inhabited the land to the Early explorers who are the name sake of the region, many a visitor has come to the place never to leave.

(These parks only contain a portion of the legends from the region see our post here for more)

Most Haunted Subway:

Cincinnati’s Abandoned Subway

Okay this is Ohio’s only Subway. The creepiness and the abandoned nature of it got it on our list. It is also one of, if not the, largest abandoned subways systems in the nation. The size of the thing has attracted many urban explorers ( We do not encourage trespassing), homeless citizens, and wild animals to visit the tunnels.

The subway system was very well-built and is in good order almost 100 years later. This in part due to the workmanship of the people who built it and in part to it supporting a busy road above. Like most projects of the time, a few workers deaths was not unheard of. But did the workers ever leave, or do they continue to stay and work on a system with little hope of becoming active. Explorers who have gone into the tunnels have said to hear creepy noises and even moaning. Many have also said to have found the camps of the homeless who have made the tunnels home. Most visitors come away from the Cincinnati Subway with an uneasy felling.

A documentary on the System has been produced and airs on PBS from time to time. It is available on Amazon. If you would like to visit the Tunnels of Ohio’s Subway, tours are offered on occasion. We recommend a tour due to the nature of the location and the legality of exploration. Visit https://www.cincymuseum.org/heritage-programs#subway-talk-and-walk for more information.



Repost: CRYPTOZOHIO: Most Haunted

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Some place seem to have residents that love the place. Really love it to death. Some places even have a lot of residents that seem to love the place beyond death. In Ohio a number of locations have decided to give themselves the title of “Most haunted…” Are they “The most Haunted”? Can anything really be the “Most.” We will let you decide. Here is a look in to some of them.

Most Haunted City:


The most haunted city in Ohio, or even one of the most haunted in the nation. Athens is located in the middle of the foothills of southeast Ohio. It is the hub of the area and most of the regions major services are located there. If people needed health care, higher education, or other things, they had to travel in to town. The Athens Lunatic Asylum was a mental health facility for over 100 years that served this purpose. It was known for performing lobotomies, electroshock therapy, hydrotherapy, and the use of psychotropic drugs. The hospital also had a cemetery on site. Around 1930 residents are buried in there. Many without names and just numbers. The facility is now The Ridges and houses the Kennedy Art Museum. As expected from a former mental facility, the location is said to be forever inhabited by many former patients.

The area that is Ohio University has more stories than rooms it seems. We have already mentioned the many stories and legends that the university holds. Some of these stories just don’t add up when looked into. This could be a case of students, wanting to believe in the strange, passing on legends to the newer crowd. Halloween is a big deal at OU with the Halloween block party being one of the largest in Ohio. Despite this large number of story that are made up, many more exist that are based in fact. This could be the former mental facility on campus, the area’s history as an American Indian village, or the fact that the school started almost 15 years before Ohio even became a state.  A place does not get the title of one of the “Most Haunted Universities in America” with a few things happening.

Most Haunted House:

Franklin Castle

Slightly outside of the heart of Cleveland is what some say is the most haunted house in Ohio. Built around 1883 this house was the former residence of Hannes Tiedemann and his family. About ten years after the house was built it saw its first death, the Tiedemann’s 15-year-old daughter. Soon after the family’s grandmother passed away. Within 3 years 3 more children had died. A year later Louise, the family mother, passed away.

Soon the house was sold and used as a German social club for many years. In 1968 the Romano family bought the castle. After a while the family complained of ghost. They performed exorcisms and had ghost hunting groups investigate, all to no avail. After years of hauntings they sold the property to Sam Muscatello. Muscatello had plans for the place but needed cash. To make money he offered haunted tours. Many say that the stories of the location seemed to increase during this time. Muscatello was known for inviting the media to the house and promoting its haunted nature. In one of the towers he even found human bones, which some wonder if he placed there himself. Despite

Over the years many rumors have been attached to the location. Stories of bootlegging, murders, and eerie happenings. Even if the stories are the work of an overactive promoter, many people say they have felt things in the house.

Most Haunted Prison:

Ohio Reformatory

Of course the most famous prison in Ohio is the considered the most haunted.  The Ohio Reformatory, Ohio’s official State Penal Museum. Opened to prisoners in 1896, the prison lasted almost 100 years. The Reformatory saw a large share of prisoners and was closed due to overcrowding.

With such a large population in a small area disease, accidents, and violence were bound to happen. During its time over 200 people died within the prisons walls. the East Cell block, the world’s largest free-standing cell block, was where most of the inmates were housed, but not the location of the most deaths. The 8 most haunted spots seem to be spread out all over the place. The most haunted being the location where men were left to themselves, Solitary Confinement.

Over the years many TV shows and movies have been filmed in the prison. The most famous being The Shawshank Redemption. The most popular thing to film however, besides music videos, is Ghost Hunting shows. Almost every paranormal show has taken time to visit.

Tours are given of the overall prison, the Hollywood history of the location, and the popular haunted areas. Tours can be booked from the Reformatory’s website: https://www.mrps.org/explore/paranormal-programs/ghost-walks

Most Haunted Government Building:

Ohio Statehouse

The cornerstone of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus was laid in 1839 and the building first opened for business in 1857. During that time many workers were from the nearby prison. Some even died during the construction. Throughout the lower levels and parking garage it is said that sounds of construction can still be heard. During the 1990’s restoration graffiti was found from the workers.

While many government building had been opened before it, the Statehouse is the most famous in the state. With all the people who have worked in the building, and the many famous visitors, it is also considered the most haunted. The most famous visitor said to revisit from time to time is Abraham Lincoln. He first visited in 1859. He returned in 1861 on his way to DC to be sworn in as president. It was inside the statehouse that he learned he had officially won the presidency. His final visit was in 1865 when he laid in memorial after his assassination. Some say that he can be seen wandering the rotunda. Sometimes he is seen with the daughter of Governor Samuel Chase. He is also said to dance with the lady in grey from the nearby Camp Chase cemetery. Along with the 4 working cannons the grounds of the Statehouse are guarded by Civil War veterans who never left their post. Some even say they are even guarding Lincoln to this day.

The most famous worker to have stayed is that of Thomas Bateman. Bateman was a clerk of the senate for over 50 years. Very studious and rule bound, it is said that at exactly 5 o’clock he can be felt moving from the senate floor to the hall way outside and the lights can be seen flickering to indicate the end of the work day.  Along with Bateman many other workers have been heard late at night. Some say it is just the echoing of the stone floors, others say it is lawmakers forever trying to get one last bit of work done long after they should have left.

The State house offers haunted tours yearly along with its daily tours. Ohio Statehouse event page has information on this popular tours and many more things to do at the Statehouse..

Most Haunted Cemetery:

Woodland Cemetery – Dayton

While most cemeteries have a story or two about something “living” among the non-living, this location has a few more than most in the state. We have talked about the many hauntings at this picturesque location before. The most famous is of a dog who is said to return to visit his young owner. The statue of the dog has been said to breath and move the many tributes left beside it. Victims of Jack the Strangler , The Cincinnati Ripper, and many who made their own victims all rest uneasily throughout the grounds. The electric chair is responsible for quite a few of the graves, even as the story goes, one who helped to build it.

Haunted lantern tours and most of the scenic fall tours fill up early in September. To book checkout their website. Many other tours are available throughout the year.  Even without the haunted aspect this is worth a visit.


Repost: CRYPTOZOHIO: Schools and Colleges

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Do we need to say get permission before going somewhere? We all know trespassing is illegal and we don’t do it.  

Colleges and schools always seem to have strange stories. Is it the students who are experiencing new things wanting to see something legendary? Is it their youthful imaginations acting up? Or is the students who had their best times there never wanting to leave?

Ohio University:
Athens is probably the most haunted area of Ohio, or so the legends go.  College pranks, good times, and the general age of the area have combined to make it seem as if everything there has a story.

Delta Tau Delta, as the legend goes, was said to have stolen a tombstone from a local cemetery. The fraternity had problems of the poltergeist variety until the tombstone was returned. The Sigma Phi Epsilon house is said to be haunted by a the ghost of Nicodemus, a slave on the underground railroad who never made it to freedom. Nicodemus is said to open and slam doors, turn on electronics, move stuff, and even touch some of the house’s residents. The Pi Beta Phi house is the roaming grounds of a small girl who drown in the pool out back. The girl is said to roam the halls and practice her ABC’S. Pools also play a part in the story of the Brown’s House. Millie Brown loved to sit and watch children play, and swim. It is said that she still sits in the window watching, and at times her children can be heard out back splashing in what was the pool.

Almost every major building on campus has a story or two. Washington Hall has an entire high school basketball team inside. The girl’s team died in an accident on the way back from the place and loved it so much they returned there never to leave. Jefferson Hall, Bush Hall, Shively Hall, Voight Hall, Perkins Hall, Crawford Hall, and Culter Hall’s bell tower all have something “living” in them. The College Green that they surround, which is some say is atop an old Indian burial ground, is visited by Stroud, a buffalo from the Civil War. Wilson Hall nearby is considered the most haunted of all. Featured on a few national tv shows, it is said to be at the center of the fabled “Pentagram of Cemeteries” in Athens. Even more haunting places lie outside the campus, such as the Ridges, in nearby Athens County.

The Ohio State University:
The school in Columbus that everyone knows is probably more famous for football than haunts but it too has its share. Mirror lake and Pomerene Hall are hunted by Dr and Mrs Clark. Dr. Clarck committed suicide and his body was found where Pomerene Hall is now located. His wife vowed never to leave his side and now is seen around Mirror lake nearby. She is not alone however, another woman is said to look out over the lake from Pomerene, while a skater is said to float over the lake at night. In Hopkins Hall a girl got stuck in the elevator over night and started writing things on the walls. She survived but was killed a few years after graduation. Students report finding notes related to the event written in weird places throughout the building. The Elevator is also said to be plagued with problems. Herbert Atkinson’s ashes are entombed in Bricker Hall. His spirit is never far off.  Oxely hall is visited every December 17th by a young girl who died there.

One of the most famous events is that of James Snook. Snook was a gold medal Olympic pistol Shooter, and professor. Snook killed his assistant, and mistress, Theora Hix. He was convicted of beating her with a hammer and slitting her throat. He was later executed. His remains are in Columbus’s Green Lawn Cemetery.

Miami University:
Founded in 1809 Miami University is one of the oldest universities in Ohio. Like most colleges has a history of unexplained stories. In Peabody Hall’s room 210 a student committed suicide. A few years later another followed suit. The window shade will blow violently with for no reason, and the ghost of the Halls namesake, Helen Peabody, has been said to roam the halls. May 9th, 1959, a Residence Advisor  was killed trying to break up a fight in Reid Hall. His bloody hand prints would appear from time to time before the building was torn down. Wilson Hall was the site of a former hospital and its residents are said to overturn furniture and move things around.

Haunted Local Schools:
It’s not just colleges that are haunted in Ohio. Some local school districts have haunted schools of their own. Poasttown Elementary School in Madison township was the site of 2 fourth of July train wrecks. The former school is now haunted by the ghost of the children who did not survive.  Williamsburg High School is said to be haunted by many ghost. The library is located where the counties final “Hanging Tree” was located.  A janitor is said to have hung himself, three students jumped out of a window, and a teacher shot himself, all on the third floor. At Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton a teacher that liked to swim weekly was found floating in the pool with a locket containing pictures of her parents and a torn picture of a man. The teachers student aide was not seen after the teacher was found. Some say he was responsible and tore out his picture to protect himself. Others wonder if both were victims of a third-party. To this day the sounds of the teacher can be heard and the classrooms that are now on top of the pool are said to be eerie and cold all the time.

The worst school fire to date was in Collinwoods Ohio. The fire took the lives of 172 students, two teachers, and a rescuer. The fire started when a heat pipe near a wood beam caused the beam to ignite. The tragedy was exacerbated by the fact that the school only had two exits, one blocked by fire, and the other by panicking victims. The school was burned to a hollowed out shell. The State of Ohio paid for the land to be turned into a memorial garden which stands to this day. The students of the tragedy also stayed till today. Smells of burnt wood can sometimes be found at the garden. Strange lights and school children dressed in old-time clothes will also been seen at the site. The bodies of many of the victims are buried at the Lake View Cemetery near by.

This is by no means a complete list. This is just a taste of what lives. or does not live, in the state. Ask any student and you will probably hear a tale or two about the school they go to.

Repost: CRYPTOZOHIO: Cemeteries

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Ever since Settlers have been moving into Ohio they have had a need to take care of their dead. The most popular option has been to bury them in local cemeteries. As the cemeteries filled up stories of strange happenings have been told. These are just a few of the more popular ones from Ohio’s  most well know cemeteries.

DO NOT GO INTO A CEMETERY UNLESS ALLOWED! As with all cemeteries respect for the past, present, and future is required. If you want to go at night take a tour.

Cincinnati’s Spring Grove:
One of the United State’s largest cemeteries with over 700 acres of land. This along with the other of Ohio’s large rural garden cemeteries is a great place to walk around. But be careful, this place is said to be haunted. One such story is of a bust in section 100 that is said to have human eyes follow visitors as they pass. The Deter memorial is said to visited by to glowing white dogs. Other stories include the groundskeepers seeing hand and fingers sticking out of the ground as they mow.

Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery:
With a president, one of the riches men ever, and the untouchable man who helped bring down Al Capone, the history of Lakeview is everywhere. James Garfield  was shot only four months after his inauguration as America’s 20th president. It took over two months for him to succumb, not to the bullet, but to the poor care he was given by his doctors. At the time people commented that he had  already left his body and gone wandering around at times. Even after his burial this is said to be the case. The cemetery also houses it share of Weeping Angles and moving statues. The most famous is “The Angel of Death Victorious.” The Collinwood Memorial, where 10 unknown children from the Collinwood school fire are buried, is also located here. Probably the most eerie stories from the place are that of the moving tombstones.

Columbus’s Green Lawn Cemetery:
Home to many famous Ohioans, and not just politicians. The most famous haunted site in the 360 acre grounds is Hayden Mausoleum. A knock on its doors is said to be returned, or even more, by one of its residents. James Snook, Olympic medal pistol shooter, and murderer haunts the grounds.

Dayton’s Woodland Cemetery:
Most of the cities most famous residents are buried here. From the Wright brothers to James Ritty the names just seem to pop up around every corner. So do the less famous and more infamous. Some even say the residence themselves seem to pop up. The most famous is that of Johnny Morehouse. Morehouse was a boy who drown in the local canal. His dog tried to save him but was too late. For several days the dog was said to watch over the boys grave site. Since then the dog has been said to return to watch over the site from time to time. The cemetery also houses a lady in white ghost who is said to haunt the tops of the hill near her grave. A more modern teen girl is also said to inhabit the hillsides. Victims of Jack the Strangler , The Cincinnati Ripper, and many who made their own victims all rest uneasily throughout the grounds. The electric chair is responsible for quite a few of the graves, even as the story goes, one who helped to build it.

Repost: CRYPTOZOHIO: Museums

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Museums in Ohio house some of our oldest treasures. With these treasures come other things. Memories, value, skeletons, intrigue, wonder, strange happenings just to name a few. From tales of people still attached to the artifacts to visitors who came but never left, museums in Ohio are more than just a little strange.

Skeletons, Death masks, Hearses and more:
13267469_1626496387670226_320170361_nQuite a few museums have skeletons on display. Not old bones of animals, but skeletons of once living people. The Massillon museum has Oscar. On display since 1934 little is known of the man except that he was donated by Dr. Fred L. Rhodes, who dissected him in medical school. Another skeleton is on display at the Ragersville Historical Society. Jeff Davis was a bad man, who would not stop being bad. The citizens of Ragersville decided to stop him themselves by carrying out mob justice. This event gave the town the nickname “Hangtown”, and the museum eventually got the skeleton of a the bad man.

Not only are skeletons on display, but death mask and all forms of funeral memorabilia. In the laundry room of an East Liverpool B&B is the death mask of  Pretty Boy Flyod along with other items from the funeral home that worked on him. In West Union is a museum dedicated to the funeral profession. The William Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection house a few hearses and tools of the trade.

In Lima is the Allen County Museum. This local history museum house many strange and wonderful things. It has a collection of objects that have been swallowed. The museum house a strange collection of preserved animals. The Noah’s Ark displays showcase many varieties of animals along a moving conveyor belt. It also has what was once, and may still be, the world’s largest collection of Albino Animals.

Ohio History Center:
The Ohio History Center house many strange and unusual things from Ohio’s checkered past. The large collection of animals in the back of the natural history section are probably some of the most well-known. Extinct animals that once roamed the land are next to specimens of ones that still do. This is home of the last Passenger Pigeon shot in the wild. Some of the strangest animals are however are not on display all the time. The museums two-headed cow, or the display in the open air village with a tiger and the more exotic fare. Every once in a while the museum will bring out some it’s more controversial items, such as the Electric Chair once used by the state. When on display, and put in the proper context, one can feel the history of the items all around them. Sometimes in a good way, some times not.

National Museum of the United States Air Force
A museum which house artifacts from war and is the national museum for 1/5 of the armed services is bound to have some ghosts in it. In the WWII exhibit ghost are said to haunt the planes they once flew. The Lady B Good’s entire crew is said to haunt the area surrounding its memorial stain glass window. Near by the plane is also said to be haunted, but it could just be the crew from the Lady mistaking it , the same model of plane, as their own.  One or two planes have even been said to be “piloted” by ghost who are trying to finish their last mission. Additionally almost all of the Prisoner of War sections of the museum seem to have an eerie feel about them. Almost as if those who never returned have found away back.

This museum is more than just ghost stories though. On July 8th, 1947 something crashed outside of a farm in Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a spy balloon or something else? Some stories say that what ever was found was transferred to the base and stored in Hangar 18. The Base also has stories surround it and the technology it houses. It is said that it has reverse engineered alien tech and that the owners are coming back to claim it.

Cleveland Museum of Art: 
This is one of those big, expanded art museums. The type where the new building is built around the old one. This is also one of those old art museums which just celebrated its 100 birthday. With that much history something weird is bound to happen.  In one of the galleries battery-powered lights will suddenly turn off only to go back on after they leave. The person in Portrait of Jean-Gabriel du Theil at the Signing of the Treaty of Vienna  has been said to stare at himself at night. The gallery in which this painting hung was said to have problems until the painting was put in storage. Finally former director William Mathewson Milliken has been said to visit the 1916 gallery from time to time.

Cincinnati Museum Center / Union Terminal: 
Union Terminal is being repaired. This is causing havoc to the Museum inside. The question that this leaves unanswered is “What will happen to the visitors that never leave?” The terminal has a long storied past, first as the original site of Pro Baseball, Then as a major train station for the armed forces leaving for war during WWII, and now as a museum center. In the back section, near the tracks, loved ones of those who never returned from war can be heard crying and waiting to this day for them to return. During a break in 1989 a security guard was killed. She is said to still patrol the grounds hoping to prevent another break in.

While extensive this is just a quick look in to the strange and wondrous sites around Ohio. Most museums in the state have some stories of their own.

Repost: Cryptozohio: by the waters

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Ohio was settled along the banks of it many lakes and rivers. Like the early settlers who stayed by the water, so do many of Ohio’s strange creatures.

Indescribable Octo-man: As the name says this Ohio River creature is a grey half man half octopus. The creature was first seen and reported in 1959. Some say it might have been just a tree branch floating down river. Some say it might have been a stranded alien. As the hysteria around the being grew the Cincinnati area fell into monster fever. Newspapers in the area reported more sightings and more sightings were made. Some might have seen the creature, some might have just seen a way to get famous.

Loveland Frog: One of the most well know creatures in Ohio. The “Frog” is a 4 – 6 foot tall creature that has the skin of a frog, but stands on two feet like a man. The creature was first reported in 1955 along the rivers of the Little Miami. The second time it was seen was almost 17 years later. A police officer witnessed the creature dart across the road in front of his vehicle. A few days later another police officer had a similar encounter, this time firing on the creature.

Crosswick Monster: A reptilian creature similar to the Loveland Frog, the Crosswick Monster also lives along the banks of the Little Miami River near Waynseville . First reported in the 1800’s, the monster was said to be 12 – 14 feet high, 30 foot long, with the appearance of a snake with legs. While creatures are still seen in the area, mostly around Ceasar Creek, they are believed to be mammalian. Some of the modern sightings are attributed to visitors not use to the animals of the area.

Charles Mill Lake Monster: A large, armless, hairless, creature with web feet. The creature does not live near the Little Miami, but almost 100 miles away. It was first spotted in 1959 by a trio of young men. Only spotted once more, in 1962, the creature was said to be one of the strangest ever seen.

Bessie: With a lake the size of Erie it is seems that a monster is almost a requirement.  Lake Erie’s Bessie seems to fit the bill. She hails from the southern shores around the islands and Sandusky area. As with most large lake creatures, Bessie is a serpent. The creature 30 – 40 foot long with a  grey – green skin. First reported in the 1793 and over the next 100 years. Sightings of the creature have died off but interest in the beast has not with a hockey team, a beer, and a cartoon creature from a hit tv show being named after it.

Repost: CRYPTOZOHIO: Bridges of Ohio

Cryptozohio - Stories from the Depths

It seems like stories about bridges have been around as long as we have been making them. Songs have been written about their weaknesses. Folk tales tell of trolls taking a toll to cross them. Everywhere there is a body of water that needs crossing and a bridge is made, a story seems to follow. The rivers and lakes of Ohio are no exception.

Cry Baby Bridge – this is one of the most famous of all tales. A mother is distraught for some reason and tosses her baby in to the water. Late at night the cries of the baby, or the mother, can be heard. This is such a popular tale in Ohio that almost every county has one or two. If you can find a teenage person, they can tell you where the nearest one is. Here is a list of just a few.

Jilted Lovers – From the famous star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare, to the modern angsty teens of today’s movies,  stories of love gone wrong has been around a long time. Ohio even has its own tales of love gone wrong over water. Hummell Bridge (Sugar Grove) is the haunted by a young woman who took her lovers head and her own life when the fighting got to be too much. Jonson Covered Bridge (Revenge,Ohio) haunted by a woman who killed herself after finding out about her husband’s infidelity. Bessie Little Bridge (Dayton) the site of a womans murder made to look like a suicide. The stories of jilted lovers and bridges is almost as numerous as that of cry babies.

Silver Bridge
– Once crossing the Ohio river at Gallipolis, Ohio was the famous Silver Bridge. During Rush hour, December 15, 1967, the bridge collapse. The bridge took with it 46 souls. The cause of the collapse was found to be just one eyebar in a suspension chain. The collapse was a tragedy, and a story in its own right, but the events surrounding it make it a legend. For almost a month before the citizens of the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia reported seeing a mysterious creature flying around. The creature, later named Mothman, was described as a man with 10 foot wings and glowing red eyes. After the collapse of the bridge, the sightings ended. This has caused many to think the bridge and the Mothman were linked.

The Y Bridge – As with most famous landmarks the Y bridge in Zanesville has ghost too.The Licking River ghost rattles the windows of the area and Dr. Isaac Fowler recreates his mis-fortunate ride, where he missed the bridge and went into the drink.

Many more stories of haunted bridges live across the great state. Some other site with great info are: http://www.forgottenoh.com/Haunts/roads.html 

AmeriaFlora ’92

In 1492 Christopher Columbus explored the Western Hemisphere and reported back to Spain, who had paid for the expedition. This event sparked of hundreds of years of exploration, lead to the creation of the United States, and overall changed the world. in 1992, on the 500th anniversary of the event, the largest city in the world named after the explorer decided to hold a party.

AmeriaFlora ’92 was not just another city festival. It was a 6 month extravaganza that changed the city, created a landmark greenhouse in an old park, and spanned an area larger than Disneyland. The event was the first international floral exposition in the United States.

The event’s aim was  flowers. Flowers were everywhere. Flowers were everything. One of the reasons Franklin Park was chosen was the Glass House conservatory that was already there. The building was based on the 1893  Chicago’s World Fair and Columbian Exposition Glass Palace. Finished in 1895, it was nearly 100 years old when the city decided to make it the center of the Expo. The Victorian Glass house was added on to and became the conservatory it is today.

Surrounding the new building were gardens. Tons (literal) of flowers were planted. 14,000 pounds worth were planted on the lawn of the Statehouse just to promote the event. The variety of flora helped to keep the number from overwhelming. One area was even dedicated to backyard gardens, including displays on recycling and environmentally friendly gardening.  Many other gardens were themed to many different ideas, such as a European Garden Maze. One garden was even full of topiaries by Disney. The only other time they had done topiaries outside of the parks was at the 1964 worlds fair.

It was an international event and made sure to include the world. One of the big attractions was a the community of gardens representing the Nations of the world. Each garden was a small plot with building. Inside the buildings were cultural displays, such as tea ceremonies or palace recreations, and shops.

The Expo was more than just plants. The Smithsonian had the “Seeds of Change” interactive exhibit. GM brought the 70mm film “World Song.” There was a full days worth of entertainment through out the venue. The large “America’s Showcase” stage had something going on all the time. The event promised over 50,000 entertainers over its 6 month run.

While the event was meant to be a massive influx for the city of Columbus, it was over-hyped and not the only event of its type that year. Over all it only received 1/2 the visitors it expected.  Whether it was a financial success or not it did have a major impact on the city. Over 25 years later it may be gone but Ameriaflora ’92 is still remembered.