Friday, December 31, 2010

The Bridge to Bowman's Cemetery

 Everyone knows that Bowman's Cemetery is out in the middle of nowhere.  It is nestled quietly in the forest, surrounded by trees and right by a little stream.   In order to get to it, you have to cross this bridge.
I have driven across this thing multiple times over the years.  Until this week, I never bothered to look at the bridge itself.  My goal was always the Cemetery.   Since G12 has added Historical Research to our title (Ghosting 12 Paranormal Investigations and Historical Research) I have been looking at all kinds of things, items, and places a little differently.  Like this bridge.  Briana, Will, and I actually went and looked at the bridge itself for a change, and then the cemetery.  (Couldn't not go to the cemetery.  We are ghost hunters!)
 I know nothing about bridges.  There is a website I seek council at from time to time about them.
They have listed many of the older bridges in Columbiana County.  There is a bridge listed on  this web site that looks like what tthe Bowman Bridge might have once looked like:

This is the right side of the bridge  up close.  See where it looks like timber was used to shore it up?  How old is that?
The left side of the Bridge is in even worse shape and harder to see with the fallen tree.  Beneath the metal pipe that the water is running through is another metal pipe.  The newer one was just set right on top of the old one.  It almost seems like this bridge was built layer after layer of different bridges.

This small section of stone work caught my eye immediately because it looks like the locks for the canal system, complete with a facing.  When was this bridge built?   According to the cemetery books, it is referred to as "remnants of a steel truss bridge with a cut stone foundation on an abandoned road."
Bowman's Cemetery has no beginning date that is known and since many of the grave markers are wooden crosses, it is difficult to tell how long the cemetery has actually been there.  One of the oldest grave stones  is for that of a man named Moses Dickey who died in 1835.  He fought in the Revolutionary War.  Has Bowman's been there since 1835? (I only ask such an obvious question because it was a common practice for family members to dig up relatives and move them to other cemeteries for various reasons.  i.e. to be layed to rest with other family members or when cemetery grounds are sold and the cemetery has to be moved like the 5th Street Cemetery in East Liverpool) The 1835 time frame  would fit with the little piece of wall pictured above. That was around the time  the locks were being built.  Perhaps the makers of the locks built this too. 
However, there was at one time, or so rumor goes, a Mill around here called Bowman's Mill.  Of course.   Perhaps this piece of wall was once part of that Mill?     I did email the guys on the Historic Bridges web site and asked if they knew anything about this bridge or by the pics, around when bridges like this were made.  I hope they can shed some light on this interesting puzzle.  Here lays more history long lost in Columbiana County.  It is a mystery waiting to be solved.  Well, we're working on it.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Little Jane

 Briana, Will, and I visited Bowman's Cemetery yesterday.  It is, of course, blanketed in white.  It makes this little cemetery look even smaller.  I rarely come here during the day.  I see it mostly from a night time view point.
We came out here to check out the bridge you drive across to get here.  That is tomorrow's story.   Today I wanted to talk about Little Jane.

I am always drawn to the farthest left hand corner when I go there.  Sitting by itself is a small grave stone that belongs to a little girl named Jane.  It is hard to read, though her first name really stands out.  She may have been one of the first to be buried in Bowman's.  Not sure though.  As I was looking at her little marker, I realized there was writing on the other side of her inscribed name.
It turned out to be a poem.  A very eerie little poem that gives you a glimpse of how she died.


Because it says "the first to die"  does that mean others died after her of the same affliction?  It would seem she was sick in bed and experienced a lot of pain.  And then she died.  It makes me curious about her and her story.  I went to Find-a-Grave  but they don't even have Bowman's in their records.  Genealogy Pit Stop doesn't either.  G12 will be looking into how we can change that.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 28 Midnight Run to The Grist Mill

 The Grist Mill has few visitors in the winter and makes it an excellent time for the serious investigator to do some work.  It is quiet and in most cases, uninterrupted.  There was a time when the activity in the Gretchen's Lock area was outstanding.  You would hear things, see apparitions, even be touched.  It has not been that way for a couple years now. 
 G12 rarely goes down here because it seems there is nothing remaining.  But on the really cold, quiet nights, you find they are still lingering and will make themselves known.   Our mood is usually lite and inviting when we come here.  Our efforts at communication are usually met with success, I feel, because we are sincere.
  Tonight, we did several EVP sessions as a group, and then we put two in the center of the mill, while everyone else  manned a specific corner.  Only the two in the center did the EVP session.   We paired different people up to see if we would get a better response.  We are still analyzing the recordings.  That will take a couple days.   The usual faces appear again and again in my midnight run crews and they are getting very good!  They are imaginative and professional.  G12P will be out there looking and gathering information to further our understanding of the Paranormal world.  We are looking for other areas to explore.  If you know of any, please let us know!  

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Christmas Eve Investigation At The Grist Mill.

 There are many  ghost stories about Beaver Creek State Park.  Gretchen's Lock is the most infamous with stories about Jake the night watchman, Gretchen Gill, Lucy Cobb, and Esther Hale.  Some characters, like Esther, have several stories about them.  Esther either starved herself to death or hanged herself on the third floor of the Grist Mill.   Some say she haunts the bridge and appears on Aug 12, the anniversary of her supposed wedding.   And then there is the story that we investigated. 
 According to the Sandy and Beaver Canal Association, of the two stories, Esther and Gretchen, they believe that Esther Hale was actually a real person and Gretchen is a myth. What they know of Esther is that she was a Quaker preacher and she was engaged to be married.  Her love enlisted to fight in the Civil War and Esther promised to wait for him by the Grist Mill every day until he returned.  He never did, being killed in the war. 

 Yet for years afterward, Esther continued to wait by the door of the Mill (not sure which one) in the hopes that he would return.  She is also supposed to appear in the doorway of the Mill on September 29, St. Michaelmas Eve.  (Guess where G12 will be on September 29, 2011!)
The story goes on to say that on Christmas Eve, Esther is supposed to write the word "COME"  somewhere on the wall of the Mill, begging her love to "COME" back to her.
 There were 9 of us who went down to the Mill.  We met at 11:45pm.  We first walked around the area to make sure there was nothing written on the walls anywhere before we started.  I had visited the site earlier in the day and took several pics to have something to compare our night time pics to.  My crew was Briana, Will, Dan, Sammi, Caitlynn, April, Brooke, Jon, and me.  Briana, Dan, and Will took the inside of the Mill, while Jon, April, Brooke and myself watched the four walls on the outside.  
At Midnight, we all had recorders and started our own EVPs, and took pics and video of the area for 5 full minutes.  We then entered the Mill and did several more video and EVP sessions.  While we have not gone over all the evidence yet, so far we have captured nothing that suggests the word COME was written anywhere.   We did get some nice orb shots and heard some noises coming from the woods which turned out to be two deer.  But for the most part the area was quiet and calm.
 The whole crew did an outstanding job on this Christmas Eve investigation. 
Brooke and April took up their positions in the rear of the building.  April watched the clock for us and Brooke was monitoring our EMF detector.  They also did EVP sessions.  Jon manned the front of the building, taking pictures and EVP.  I was on the lower right side doing the same. Dan was inside taking pics of the second floor, an area that actuallly had a floor 150 years ago.  While the Grist Mill was rebuilt in the early 1970's, the stone used was from the original building. 
So far, we have collected no evidence that anything gets written on the walls on Christmas Eve.  No one saw anything nor had any major experiences for the short time that we were there.    We will be going over all the evidence we gathered over the next few days and let you all know if we find anything. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Night Felt Fear


This is a video I made about a Midnight Run we did on November 11 down at Grimms Bridge.  There is so much history down there that is little known.  First because there are three locks within close proximity of each other (Locks 50, 51, and 52).  Then because there are the remains of two Mills in the area, I'd say within a mile of each other.  Finally, because there was once a Railroad that curved it's way through that area, including a  creepy old tunnel.  Oh, and lets not forget the Strip mine that once hovered above it all.   It isn't just haunted down there.  It's HAUNTED.  Hope you like the video!

Monday, December 13, 2010

What Dreams May Come

Ghosting 12 Paranormal has come a long way this year.  It took a lot of hard work, over a dozen tours, getting out there and introducing ourselves to the public and working together, the best and yet hardest of all.  For example, in designing our new logo, I wanted it to be done by everyone.  Many of my crew submitted their ideas and drawings of what our new logo could be.  Then we voted on it.  That turned into massive mayhem!  So then, in a combined effort, we pulled together several ideas from the drawings and came up with our new logo.  It is a little bit from several ideas.  And it worked better than we could have imagined!  Because we did it together.   It was a lot of fist pounding and fretting and deep breaths and nail biting(mostly by me), but we did it.  We don't always all agree on what we do or where we go.  Our ideas are not always on the right track, but considering there are about 30 of us, I don't think we do too bad.  A crew list will be added on the side column by January with contact emails for everyone.  That way, if you have a favorite crew member and want to ask them questions, please feel free.   We have students (high school and college) nurses, electricians,  musicians, garbage guys, ambulance drivers, store clerks, cable installers, secretaries, lumberjacks, teachers, STNA's, Jaycees members, truck drivers, retired military and home makers on our crew.  Just a large group of like minded people out for a good adventure three or four times a week! 
Without a doubt the greatest thing of all is that any of this exists at all.  There is so much hard work that brought us here.  So many dreams that lead the way.  And so many more yet to experience.  G12P is in the Paranormal House and we are here to stay.
I will be doing a 2010 recap and talk about the year.   

Sunday, December 5, 2010

G12P In The East Liverpool Christmas Parade

 Ghosting 12 Paranormal was in the East Liverpool Christmas Parade this year and we had a blast!  Thank you to our very good friends, The East Liverpool Jaycees for all their help and guidance!!
We were able to get a truck, thanks to Becky and Jim Buren, who offered their car hauling truck with a nice big flat bed!  It was perfect!  Thank you guys so much for your kind generosity! 

 Crew members Teresa and Alan Ammon Jr. carried our banner at the head of our little procession.  They did a fantastic job of showing everyone who we were.  Our banner was given to us by our crew member, Dave McElroy! It is beautiful and Thank You Dave, so much!
 Our Theme for this parade was A Christmas Carol with the ever favorite Bob Cratchet, played by Jon!  He was at the emergency room earlier today because he  accidentally swallowed liquid wrench and his throat started to swell.  Two shots and some pain killers later found him right there on the float!  He was great as our Bob Cratchet!  He is a dedicated crew member and a wonderful son.  His presence always brings smiles and laughs to everyone!
 James played The Ghost Of Christmas Present.  He was absolutely perfect for the part!  Might as well have come from the movie!   Being our head Tech, he wanted to video the parade, but the chilly temperatures were too much of a hindrance for the evening.  His appearance more than made our representation of The Christmas Carol fantastic.
 Here you can see our Ebeneezer Scrooge, played by Mike.  He was also perfect for the part.  He was going to shave his beard to give himself side burns, but was with Jon instead at the emergency room.  He is a great step father for sure.  And not a bad Scrooge either!
 Our lovely Amber played The Ghost Of Christmas Past.  The costume was her creation and turned out wonderful.  She also managed to be here today, despite Jon being in the emergency room.  (She and Jon are an item and share a son!  My wonderful Grandson , Tyme!) 
 The eerie form of the Ghost of Christmas Future was played by our crew member, Alex!  He did a fantastic job!  His mom, Jen, who is also a member, provided the wonderful wreaths on the side of the truck bed.   That is an orb on his costume, by the way.
Jacob Marley, Scrooges long dead partner, was played by Will.  He did his own makeup and it was awesome! 
Makayla, who is a tiny little lady, played our Tiny Tim!  She is also a member of our crew and is Teresa's daughter.  Her mom made her costume, which was, like the others, perfect!

And these fine ladies had the fast paced job of handing out candy to the kids along the parade route!  Despite our large bag of candy, we were out before we got half way around!  But as you can see, they were having fun.  This is Mary, Christy, Briana, Maria, Jen, and Sena.  Becky was here also, but isn't in the picture.
Parades were new to me, as I had never been in one before.  I  also had never been to an East Liverpool Christmas parade before either.  And honestly,  tonight I found myself thinking that I didn't want to be anywhere else but walking down those brightly lit streets, freezing my butt off, being with my friends and crew members!  It was truly awesome!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 29 Midnight Run Went To The Old Train Tunnel At Grimms Bridge

My crew for the evening was Staci, Sammi, Brooke, Briana, Crystal and Dan.  We went to The Grimms Bridge area once again, our current favorite place to hunt. 
We made our way carefully back to the old abandoned train tunnel, by far one of the creepiest places in the county.  We follow the old path that once held the train tracks for the Montour Railroad.
Dan is fearless as you can see.  He climbed to the top and surveyed the area.  
 We were fortunate to get several EVP for the evening and this picture.  It appears to be an apparition of some sort!  We were truly excited to see this and hope to investigate the area more.
Most of the train tracks are gone accept when you get right up by the tunnel.   The run into the tunnel and disappear into the murky water that slowly fills it a little more every year.
Most of my crew is here standing before the opening to the tunnel.  If you stand in the right spot you can hear a perfect echo.  One of the nice things about making your way back here.  We had a truly outstanding time.  We hope to get more work done out here in this barely explored and investigated section of Beaver Creek.  We are also looking for stories about the area, both legend and fact. 

Friday, November 26, 2010

November Blue Moon

November was a month full of investigations for us, both private and Midnight Runs.  We also had a Blue Moon, which sent us out to some public areas to see if this phenomenon had any affect on our paranormal friends. 
Sunday, November 21, found us down at Gretchen's Lock on the Virgin Trail.  We have had several experiences back this lonely, path that is mostly a horse trail.  At a certain point back here, your stomache starts to twist into knotts and you feel like it is the last place you should be. 

This is Christy, standing beside an old tree that fell across the path once upon a time.  It was a very old tree that I think may have been alive when Sprucevale was in its prime.  It is almost taller than Christy, even laying on it's side. 
We did several EVP Sessions and even threw out some Bigfoot calls for good measure.  It was somewhat cold though.  No bugs.  No birds.  Nothing moving around.  All was very quiet. 

 When we were done there, we went to Mr. Floyds.  Christy gave us a reading on the place.  She says there is two spirits she could feel there, neither of which was Mr. Floyd.  One was an old man who she thinks is totally insane.  She said he kept telling her "Mine."  The other was that of a girl named Sarah.   She claims to have been murdered in the 70's and her body is somewhere hidden in the woods down by Gretchen's.  She was very sad and sure that no one will ever find her. 
 November 22 found us enjoying the Blue Moon down at Grimms Bridge.  That area is so way haunted!  We have been spending most of your Midnight Runs here for two months.  Eric, another psychic on our crew (he's new to it, but Christy is helping him along) was along for this adventure.  So was Sena and Sammi.
On this night, we were a little more fortunate. Nothing in our pics  and not too much for EVP but....

Our K2 meter was off the hook!  Not only was it lighting up, but it was staying lit up on red, at one point for 22 seconds straight.  All cell phones were off and there is no electricity down there.  We are continuing to investigate this area to find some answers.

Ghost hunting during a full moon is a beautiful experience just to see the moonlight, but it also make ghost hunting easier.  No flashlights required in many cases.  We will be having many more Midnight Adventures that we post on our FB page before we go.  If you are interested, please check it out. 
Ghosting 12 Paranormal facebook Page

Also, here is a link about the Blue Moon we experienced November 21.
Strange Blue Moon For November

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Smith Auto Parts Store Is No More.

They tore the Smith Auto Parts Store down today.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I said my good byes last week as I  walked all around it,  taking pictures.  I even stuck my camera under the door and took a shot of the inside.  I noticed the safe was gone, which I was glad for.  It was beautiful.  The building was beyond repair and I know that, but it was still sad to know it would soon be gone. 
   But hey, at least we have another parking lot.  Some people like that idea.  Out with the old and in with parking lot club.  They can erect another sign to add to the others that dot the city, telling you what used be here, before the pavement. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bigfoot? Bear? Something is out there....

 Yet another visit to Grimms Bridge area and our investigation into the ghosts that roam that area.  They are there, for sure.  According to one theory, it is more haunted in areas near running water, like Beaver Creek. It is also more haunted in areas near Rail Roads.  That's there too with the old Montour Rail Road.  While the rails are gone, the pass of the trains are still quite visible.  Standing on top of the old train bridge there, we have been hunting and finding spooky activity.

On Thursday night we returned to the bridge and not only found some paranormal activity, but also possibly heard Bigfoot.  Can't be sure because the noise we heard only happened once.  What ever it was, I never heard anything like it.  It started out like soft moans or whimpers below the road.  Then we heard something going through the woods.  Then we heard this eerie strangled kind of sound that was very loud coming out of the woods.  Paralyzed with fear for a few moments, my first thought was to leave because we had at least 10 people there.  But my crypto crew member, Amber, wanted to stay.  Stay we did. 

We also got a few nice EVP for the evening.   Spooked a lot we finally left around 2am to the safety of our beds.  Today we went back to the area to look for clues of what happened.
   What we found was a foot print by the creek.  It was very large and of course I didn't have my plaster with me to cast it.  Worse still, pics didn't turn out as well as I'd like.  You can make out the print in this pictures, for sure.  the tripod laying beside it is about 9 inches long.  The foot print may be that of a bear, though I am no expert for sure.  Even the thought of a bear in this area is heart pounding and exciting.  We heard something that night we were out there. We don't know what yet, but I assure you, G12P will find out!