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.

5 comments:

Sarah said...

Hi there, I grew up in the Salem/Lisbon area and just found this site. I am curious to know whether you've done any investigations at the County Home? Thank you for the great site and all the interesting history!

Kimberly Frazier Mitchell said...

HI Sarah. No I have not but would love to. It is hard to get permission to get in there. I have heard stories though....

Sarah said...

Yeah, I imagine at this point the county would be pretty concerned with liability with people poking around there. I've always been fascinated by that place. Such a shame that it's just falling to pieces.

Kimberly Frazier Mitchell said...

One of my crew members is a Policeman and he said they were doing practice manuvers inside the oldest building. As they were going from room to room, an old filing cabinet simply fell through the floor down to the room below. They stopped using the building after that. I have heard good and bad stories about the place. From nurses who used to work there talking about the good things they knew and did to shackles being found in the lower basement. The buildings will be a sad loss for this county with each passing year that no one does anything to save them.

Sarah said...

I remember seeing shackles in the basement from poking around in there when I was a teenager. The last time I visited the County Home, maybe 7-8 years ago, the buildings had deteriorated to a point where I didn't feel comfortable going in any more. Especially by myself! I'm going to visit it again & take lots of photos next time I am there in May. Agreed, very, very sad to lose those buildings. I think most people aren't even aware of their history and significance.