16.10.11

Haunted Pittsburgh

For all of you Halloween fans out there....here are some sites around the Burgh that are supposed to be haunted.  Have fun....if you dare!













2.  Covette Tunnel
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   South Hills
  Town / Location:   South Park
  Description:   Located just before the infamous Green Man's Tunnel, this spot is haunted by the spirit of a girl that shuffled off this mortal coil when she slammed her 'Vette into another car while drag racing.
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3.  Green Man's Tunnel
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   South Hills
  Town / Location:   South Park
  Description:   This "out-of-the-way" tunnel near Gill Hall Rd., outside of South Park, is allegedly the home of the "Green Man", a disfigured recluse that is not welcoming of visitors. This legend actually has it's roots in Beaver County, where "Charlie No Face" roamed the roads at night many decades ago…
  Additional Resource:   Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania

4.  The Ghost of Dormont Library
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   South Hills
  Town / Location:   Dormont
  Description:   Allegedly haunted by a former librarian named Alice, who died in the 1980s. Books have a tendency to disappear and reappear, or fall from shelves. A man and woman laughing can sometimes be heard.
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5.  Blue Mist Road
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   North Hills
  Town / Location:   North Park
  Description:   This isolated stretch of Irwin Road near North Park has been attracting attention for years. Irwin Road is an unlit, unpaved lane dotted with some scattered homes along it. There are too many legends and rumors associated with this place to mention here, making this a classic "haunted" location.
  Additional Resource:   Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania

6.  Gravity Hill - North Park
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   North Hills
  Town / Location:   North Park
  Description:   Located at the intersection of McKinney Road @ Kummer Rd. Drive up McKinney toward the golf course and stop at the stop sign at Kummer Rd. Put your car in neutral and you will drift backward up the slight hill. Optical illusion? You decide…
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7.  Congelier House
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   North Side
  Town / Location:   Manchester
  Description:   Once noted as "The Most Haunted House in America", this home on Pittsburgh's North Side is still creating chills, even though it is long gone…
  Additional Resource:   Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania

8.  John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   Golden Triangle
  Town / Location:   Downtown / Strip District
  Description:   This building, in the Stripped District of Pittsburgh, was once site of the Chautauqua Lake Ice Co, which exploded due to fire on February 9, 1898. The building has since been renovated and now houses the John Heinz History Center. Several staff members, including night security guards, have witnessed strange sights and sounds there. Most activity seems to center around the 5th floor (used as storage/archives) and the loading dock area. Spirits have been known to occupy and interact with the exhibits there. The History Center is open to the public 7 days a week from 10AM to 5PM (holidays excluded).
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9.  Carlow College Room 947
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   Oakland / East End
  Town / Location:   Oakland
  Description:   Late at night, students have reported seeing misty apparitions. They also hear scratching noises on the walls. Lights have also be said to turn on by themsleves.
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10.  Carnegie Library
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   Oakland / East End
  Town / Location:   Oakland
  Description:   This library was built over a old cemetery and believed at night spirits haunt it.
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11.  Frick Mansion / Historical Center (Clayton House)
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   Oakland / East End
  Town / Location:   Shadyside
  Description:   Most people suspect that the ghost of Clayton House is that of Helen Clay Frick continuing to watch over her childhood home. The home was opened to the public in 1990 and since that time, security guards have reported hearing someone walking around on the third floor of the building late at night when no one is there.
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12.  13 Bends
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   Upper Monongahela Valley
  Town / Location:   Coultersville / White Oak
  Description:   There are several "13 Bends" sites near Pittsburgh. One is in Coulterville near Elizabeth and Boston, the another near Harmarville. Both seem to have the same story: An orphange burned down many years ago, and visitors today (usually at night) will encounter a great sense of sadness as they drive by. Childlike handprints can then be seen all over the vehicle. Other stories persist around the area involving curvy, winding roads with "13 bends down the hill, 12 bends up", or similar claims.
  Additional Resource:   Legends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania

13.  Restland Cemetery
  County:   Allegheny County
  General Region:   Eastern Allegheny
  Town / Location:   Monroeville
  Description:   Restland Cemetary has been the location of many wierd sightings. Keep an eye out for Walkin' Rosie, who is buried in the cemetery and will stroll the grounds at night.
  Additional Resource:   Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania

14.  Harmony Inn
  County:   Butler County
  General Region:   Southwestern Butler
  Town / Location:   Harmony
  Description:   The Harmony Inn, located in a National Historic District, was the residence of Austin Pearce, a prominent banker, mill operator and railroad executive. He built his Italianate-style home in 1856. There have been innumerable media reports (KDKA, WPXI, Pittsburgh Press and Post-Gazette, radio stations and newspapers from all over Western Pennsylvania) on the haunting of the Harmony Inn.
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15.  Haunted Slippery Rock University
  County:   Butler County
  General Region:   Lake Arthur / Slippery Rock
  Town / Location:   Slippery Rock
  Description:   Sites include Miller Auditorium, North Hall and nearby McConnell's Mill State Park
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16.  Snyder Cemetery
  County:   Butler County
  General Region:   Central Butler
  Town / Location:   Moraine State Park
  Description:   Snyder Cemetery is an old family graveyard located in what is now Moraine State Park. According to local lore, red eyes will chase you out of the area. They say that Conrad Snyder is haunting his family's resting place. There is an account of a green glowing light that comes from a small headstone, and white flashes of light and a weird fog have been reported there as well.
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17.  Quaker Church & Cemetery
  County:   Fayette County
  General Region:   North Central Fayette
  Town / Location:   Perryopolis / Fayette City
  Description:   Situated on a scenic hilltop near Perryopolis, the Quaker Church at night is extremely spooky. There are many legends of many ghosts, but the main legend relates to a "cursed tombstone" which, if read, will cause bad luck on you or your companions. I have had first-hand experiences at this one, and if a place ever was haunted, this would be the spot…
  Additional Resource:   Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania

18.  Connellsville Carnegie Library
  County:   Fayette County
  General Region:   Foothills
  Town / Location:   Connellsville
  Description:    Inside the library, there are reports of bodiless footsteps and the sighting of an elderly lady in a bubushka seen through the window of the now shuttered building.
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19.  Mount Washington Tavern
  County:   Fayette County
  General Region:   Chestnut / Laurel
  Town / Location:   Farmington
  Description:   Mount Washington Tavern is located off the National Road and is part of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield Park. It is one of many taverns that were built along the National Road. These taverns gave weary stagecoach travelers a place to eat and rest. Today a museum, there have been reports of unexplainable footsteps and laughing at the tavern after the park has closed, along with other chilling accounts.
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20.  The Legend of Polly Williams (White Rocks)
  County:   Fayette County
  General Region:   Chestnut / Laurel
  Town / Location:   Fairchance
  Description:   "Polly Williams, 1792 - 1810: Behold with pity you that pass by, Here do the bones of Polly Williams lie. Who was cut off in tender bloom, By a vile wretch, her pretended groom."
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21.  Shades of Death Road (Avella, PA)
  County:   Washington County
  General Region:   Nothwestern Washington
  Town / Location:   Avella
  Description:   This is an actual road just north of Avella, PA. It appears to be just another beautiful country road in the wooded countryside of western PA… the mystery remains how it got it's name.
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22.  Collectiques Shop
  County:   Washington County
  General Region:   Monongehela Valley
  Town / Location:   Monongahela
  Description:   Located on 808 West Main Street, the antique shop hosts the spirit of a young girl in the building's upstairs “green room,” whose voice can sometime be heard and is accompanied by an overwhelming chill.
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23.  Ghosts of West Overton
  County:   Westmoreland County
  General Region:   Youghiogheny Valley
  Town / Location:   Scottdale
  Description:   This Abraham Overholt family estate dates back to 1800, and still has 18 of its' original buildings, including the mansion and distillery. The estate is haunted by 2 Overholts: Jacob & Clyde. One Overholt hung himself from a tree on the property, and another died in a room now used as a storage area. People say they can see his face looking out the room's window…
  Additional Resource:   Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania

24.  Glowing Tombstone of Hoffman Cemetery
  County:   Westmoreland County
  General Region:   Youghiogheny Valley
  Town / Location:   Smithton
  Description:   From a viewpoint along Stahl Road, looking across the valley at the cemetery, one tombstone in particular appears to glow against the night sky. This has been known for at least 20 years, and in recent years corn has blocked the view, not sure about the current status… Some say it is a reflection, I am not so sure…
  Additional Resource:   Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania

25.  Shades of Death
  County:   Westmoreland County
  General Region:   Jeanette / Greensburg
  Town / Location:   Level Green / Penn Twp.
  Description:   A well-known wooded area near Level Green, PA, one legend suggests that the area is haunted by man who committed suicide. Definitely spooky at night, the area was popular for four-wheeling at one time. There have been several areas given this name throughout Pennsylvania and elsewhere, most of which are dark, damp and usually not attractive for physical development.
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