Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Salem Ghost Trolley Tours 2016

 The Salem Ghost Trolley Tours were a huge success this year. Every tour was sold out, the weather was outstanding, and even the ghosts cooperated to some degree.
This is the 6th year of ghost trolley adventures in Salem, and they just keep getting better.
Getting back on the bus at Cry Baby Bridge
We had several experiences in Hope Cemetery, where sightings of a shadow person were reported while on the tour.

Getting out at the back side of Hope Cemetery.
 Adventures at Cry Baby Bridge off of Egypt Road included a night filled with howls, screams and flashlights coming at us from in the woods.  While you would think that it would have freaked people out, our tourists loved it.
We do not know who did it, but it made the adventure that much more exciting.



There were tours in August, September, and nearly the entire month of October.
Stops included the house of murderer Oscar Gray, the former sight of the Howard Street Cemetery, the sight of a horrific train accident in 1920 that killed 6 young men.
A house that contains a room in the basement that may have had a sinister history and Prospect School are two more stops on the tour.
 There are three different places tour goers get off the bus, to include the front and back side of Hope Cemetery and Cry Baby Bridge.
The average tour lasts two hours.


Several ghost walks were lead through the city of Salem.  
Ghost Walks are also becoming more popular.  The tour leads you through town and you visit historic sights as well as ghostly ones.



Amanda talking to the ghost that resides in the Dale Shaffer
Memorial Library
 2017 promises to be very exciting for the Salem Ghost Trolley Tours.  The whole tour will be different, and may include a tour of a real haunted house.
Kimberly leading the tour at Hope Cemetery, standing at the grave
of Chalky Beans, the first person buried at Hope Cemetery.  He
was only 3 years old at the time of his death.

Every tour ends with the story of Goldie Bell Taylor.  That does
not look change any time soon.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Legends About Columbiana County Coming Soon

I had the chance to work on a little Floyd History a couple months ago.  I heard several stories just about his little known exploits around this area while encountering local people on his doomed journey to Sprucevale Road.    Every story carries with it a certain integrity about the once Public Enemy #1.
I heard a very old story about lost treasure along route 7 and a story about a woman who fed the local Indians who were starving, also along route 7.  A lost gas station  hidden in a garage, and Route 7 had a lot more twists and turns than it does today.
There are several others and I am excited to bring them to you.  Even a story of lost treasure in East Palestine caught my eye in an old newspaper.  Stay tuned!

Monday, May 30, 2016

LOOK FOR US AT THE POTTERY FESTIVAL IN TWO WEEKS!

This is found at the Carnegie Library.  We will show you
where...
Ghosting 12 Paranormal will be set up at the Pottery Festival June 9-11.  We are offering Ghost Walks around Town Friday And Saturday night.  We will have three or tour different walks so you can take your pic or do them all!  We will also be doing private tours during the day for groups if you come up and ask.  Minimum size of your group should be at least 5.
Find our booth during the festival for more details!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Leetonia Bigfoot Festival-June 17-18

I know you have seen them.  The large Bigfoot Cut out surrounding Leetonia, Ohio.  In less than a month the next festival will take place and it is worth your time to come and visit!
The event includes food, games, face painting, music,a 5k race, BIGFOOT HOWLING COINTEST, country line dancing, AND A GHOST WALK GIVEN BY YOURS TRULY!
The fun begins June 17 at 3pm and goes until 10 pm.  Saturday June 18 starts at 12 noon and goes again until 10 pm.
For more information, please see their facebook page:
https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Leetonia/Leetonia2016Bigfoot5kRunCatchMeIfYouCan
https://www.facebook.com/LeetoniaBeehiveCokeOvens/?fref=nf


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

THE HOUSE OF WILLS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO



This is the Cloud Room, where, once upon a time coffins wre
on display.  
On April 30 an old friend and I got the chance to go to The House of Wills in Cleveland, Ohio. It was such an adventure!
We were invited by Lantern Paranormal who also have a paranormal radio show called the Skeptics Sanctum.
Becky, Tom, Phoenix, and Raven operate the show as well as do their own paranormal investigations.
There were several groups that attendted April 30.
We found a booklet about the House of Wills Funeral Home
inside and this was one of the pics.  What the Cloud Room once
looked like.

This is Lisa Sullivan, whowent with me to check out this
historic, creep building.

What the main chapel once looked like.




What the main chapel looks like today.  
The whole evening was exciting and I was happy to be a part of it.
There were several hot spots inside, though perhaps the hottest spot was the Cloud room.  Once used to showcase the coffins used by The House of Wills Funeral Home, it now seems ominous in so many ways.  





The decay inside is sad in comparison to what it used to be.   The cool thing was there is so much left from when it was a funeral home.  Even a plastic box used for the ashes of someone, their name still on the box.
There was empty containers of things used by a mortician, like formaldehyde.

I hope to someday return to the very haunted halls of this historic building for another chance to hunt the ghosts inside.












 An old carpet on the floor in the main chapel.

 This is a box used to hold human remains.




 
The embalming room.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Looking for Another Ghost Town--Martinsburg Along Beaver Creek

 A few years ago, a former crew member gave me a copy of the map that was drawn by R. Max Gard and William Vodrey in 1950.  This Map came with a book both Gentlemen wrote, mapping out the Sandy and Beaver Canal, as was left in 1950.  

 One of the things that intrigued me found on the map is the location of a town called Martinsburg.  Martinsburg as a little village, similar to Sprucevale. Like Sprucevale, it vanished when the canal ended.
We are determined to find the remains of this little village.
We began our adventure at the Grist Mill at Sprucevale.
With me was Amanda and Jeremy Vantilburg and Nicholas Vantilburg.   Also my grandsons, Joshua and Tyme.
 You travel along the creek, keeping to the path, which is sometimes hard because it can be wet and swampy.
We saw a Bald Eagle.  It was gone too fast to get a pic, but it was fantastic to see.  We also came across a deer and that was a thrill, too!
The first thing we came acros was Lock 44.  I have not been over there to explore it yet, but it is in my future.
Somewhere around here, according to the map, is Lock 45 so a trip here will be a two for one deal!
 We encountered some people on horseback and was told that once we found the bridge, Martinsville was right beside it.  You can imagine how excited we were to find it!
Unfortunately, there was no sign of a little village.  I have seen pics from someone claiming they were foundations from Martinsburg.  They are out there somewhere~
WE did not find Marinsburg.  We did find Lock 46.  Again we are on the wrong side of the creek to explore it, but we did see it.


So where is Martinsburg?  If you know, please tell me how to get there!  My goal is to see all the remaining locks along Beaver Creek an any mill, ghost town, or anything else associated with it!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Whistling Soldier of River Road?

I heard a story about a soldier who returns home and is found often down along River Road. He made it through WWII and was hit by a car when he got home and killed.  His ghost has been seen down along River Road or heard whistling down in that area.  I am looking for more information about this legend.   I did a story a few years ago about a man who survived WWII and came home to his wife, only to be killed in a hit and run accident a few years later.  He and his family had a house on Daisey Alley.  It was an unsovled crime.  He is buried in Calcutta Cemetery.  I don't know if it is the same story or not.
If you have any information or just heard the story before, please email me at ghosting12@yahoo.com

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lock 26 of the Sandy and Beaver Canal

My goal is to find all the remaining Locks in the Sandy and Beaver Canal System here in Columbiana County.  So far I have been to Locks 2-12; 24-30; 37-44 and 50-55.  I still have a few left to find!
This past weekend, I finally made it to Lock 26.  Finding it was an adventure all on it's own.   There is a sign and parking lot for Lock26 just outside of Elkton.  But there is no map, no sign or directions to tell you where the lock actually is at all.    If you don't know where it is to  begin with you may get lost.  I did.  But don't give up. In fact, here are some directions to help you find it.
If you follow the path that is on the very most left of the parking area, once you get clear to the bottom of the hill, GO RIGHT.  While there is an impressive bit of an old tow path down along that whole section, it leads to nowhere.   Go RIGHT and follow the path that is there.  It goes along the creek to a second large clearing area and this is where you will find Lock 26.
Most of the facing is gone, save for this little piece pictured here.  I can only assume the facing was carted out by boat since access to this area is so remote.  Not sure what it was like 100 years ago however, so for now I can only theorize as to what happened to it.  I did some research on line and found that most of Lock 24 was used for the remodeling of the Lisbon Courthouse, house foundations, and sidewalks.  Some was also used to make the restaurant Lock 24.
I can only assume some of Lock 26 met the same fate.
I was surprised to see that there was also a dam beside Lock 26.  A lot of it is still there.
To the left you can see the timbers that lay in the water.
There are a lot of timbers left in the water here and when the creek is low they can be explored.  The water is not deep here.  It was a bit swift today, though I did venture out there anyway. I had my muck boots on!
This area is definitely worth a look and awesome to explore!   Is is haunted?  The G12P will be going back to investigate the area to find out!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

PLANNING STARTS FOR THE ROGERS FALL FESTIVAL

April 4 will be our first meeting for the Rogers Fall Festival committee.  Last year was a complete success and we believe 2016 will be even better.  If you are interested in helping out, setting up a booth, or donating please let me know.  Email me at    theg12p@gmail.com

Friday, January 29, 2016

Haunts in the old Trolley Barn in East End

About a block down the street from the school you will find what is known today as the East Liverpool Street Department building. It was originally built as a a trolley barn over 100 years ago. It also has a chilling history and a ghost story.
I talked to a man who worked there. He said he was working a night shift and at around midnight he was eating lunch. He looked up from his meal to see a dog looking at him. It was a friendly dog wagging his tail. The man was annoyed because a dog in the building meant someone left a door open. Still, he decided to share his lunch with the dog. He opened his lunch box to get the dog a bite. When he looked up the dog was gone.
He searched for the dog but never found it. He also didnt find any open doors. Thinking the dog got out and the wind shut the door, his night went on uneventful.
The next day found the man warning everyone to be on the lookout for the dog and to make sure the doors were closed. His co-workers exchanged looks so the man asked what the problem was.
Every hair on his body stood up as they told him that back in the 1930's the building had a more ominous use. Hundreds of stray dogs were euthanized inside on a weekly basis, using carbon monoxide. 

The man telling me this story believes he met the ghost of one of those unfortunate dogs.

G12P GONE FROM THE EAST END JR HIGH

G12P TOOK ON THE SCHOOL IN OCTOBER OF 2015.  BECAUSE WE WERE BOOKED FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WE DIDN'T GET TO START DOING ANYTHING IN THE SCHOOL UNTIL NOVEMBER.  WE GOT TWO PUBLIC INVESTIGATIONS IN, NOV 14 AND DEC 12.
IN NOVEMBER, EAST LIVERPOOL ELECTED A NEW MAYOR.  WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF AN IMPACT THIS WOULD HAVE ON WHAT WE WERE DOING AT THE SCHOOL.  AS OF JAN 1, HOYA, THE YOUTH GROUP OPERATING THE SCHOOL, WAS OUT.  THE MAYOR DECIDED THE BUILDING COST TOO MUCH FOR THE CITY TO DEAL WITH ANYMORE.  THAT ULTIMATELY MEANT US ALSO.
WE FOUND OUT ON JAN 28 FOR SURE THAT WE WERE NO LONGER IN THE BUILDING.  WE HAD HOPED THEY WOULD LET US STAY, BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE.
FOR THE RECORD, HAD WE KNOWN THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, WE WOULD NEVER HAVE TAKEN ON THE SCHOOL.  WE JUST GOT STARTED AND WE ARE OVER ALREADY.  NOT WHAT WE WANTED.  
WE APOLOGIZE TO ALL THE GROUPS WE HAD TO CANCEL ON.  
WE ARE BACK TO LOOKING FOR A NEW BUILDING, MAYBE THIS TIME, ALL OUR OWN.
GOOD BYE HAUNTED EAST END JR HIGH.  WE WILL MISS YOU AND YOUR GHOSTS.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Third Victim of the 1940's East Liverpool Serial Killer



Alice Lyons was in reality possibly the second victim of a serial killer stalking the East Liverpool area streets from 1940 through 1944.  Alice, who was only 17, went missing on August 20, 1943.   She was a newlywed of just five months.  Her husband, John Lyons,  was only 22. He was jailed and questioned about what happened, but denied having anything to do with her death.  At  the time of her disappearance, the couple was living with his parents in East End.  She was not happy about living there.  She wanted her own house and on the day of her disappearance, she had left a note stating she was leaving.   She was one month pregnant.
She was found on October 2, mostly decomposed.  She had no clothing on.  Cause of death was not certain, but they were fairly sure she was strangled.  Found near her body was a pair of blue pumps she had borrowed from an inlaw and an anklet that was still on her leg.



She was also found along Dresden avenue, back then referred to as California Hollow, very near where the Motor Lodge is today.
Her murder, like those of the other two women, was not solved.  She is buried at Columbiana County Memorial Cemetery.  For a little more about the story please see:
East Liverpool Historical Society Web Site
An example of what 1940's pumps looked
like.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Haunted East End Jr. High

The next dates we have events at the school are as follows:

January 9-Scary Movie Night 7pm to 12am.
January 16-Public Investigation from 9 to 3am
February 15-Haunted Valentine Ghost Hunt-9pm to 3am

For more info, please text to 330-303-6374