Berliner Bike Path -
The bike path at Berliner Park is haunted by those who have drowned
in the Scioto River next to it over the years. It is also haunted by
a six foot tall man and another ghost who was murdered there. When
you walk along the bike path at night, you can feel someone behind
you and no one will be there. Sometimes down by the river you can
hear children talking and laughing, and other times you can hear two
men talking. When you look to see where the sound is coming from, no
one will be there. There are also reports of lights flashing in the
woods that only last a few seconds.
Briggs High School -
Teachers claim to hear strange noises coming from the music room at
the school. Apparitions have been seen walking through the halls
after hours and a bright white light has been seen. Desks in the
classrooms occasionally move without explanation. The ghost of a
girl who was killed after being hit by a car is sometimes seen as
Briggs Road Baptist Church
- Ghostly footsteps can be heard coming from the upstairs and attic
at night. (Credits: Mitch)
British Island - Also
called Bloody Island, this site was a sand bar located in the middle
of the Scioto River, not too far from the site of the Old Ohio
Penitentiary. On October 4, 1813, General William Henry Harrison's
troops defeated British forces at the Thames River in Canada.
Afterward, the island was used as a prison for British soldiers
captured during the battle. A number of British soldiers tried to
escape by swimming from the island to shore, but were shot to death
by American guards as they swam. It is said that the British
soldiers' screams and splashing water can be heard near the former
island prison's location.
Brookwood Church -
People in the north chapel sometimes hear a loud banging on the pews
if they stay too long and brief cold chills. At least one janitor
has claimed that doors sometimes open and close by themselves.
Buckeye Middle School
- It is said that a janitor who used to work at the school was
decapitated in a motorcycle accident. Now his headless ghost
reportedly haunts the school. Students and teachers have seen
shadowy figures in the auditorium and have spotted the ghostly
janitor in the hallways.
Buckeye Steel - Now
known as Columbus Steel Castings, the Buckeye Steel complex on
Columbus' south side is said to be very haunted. There have been
many tragic accidents and deaths over the years. Equipment and
cranes start and stop on their own. Workers have experienced cold
chills while standing next to a furnace. Some eyewitnesses have
reported seeing people wearing clothing from the 1930s-1940s. Others
report seeing a man who climbs up and down a water tower, only to
Camp Chase Confederate
Cemetery - On the former grounds of one of the largest Civil
War camps for the Union, Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery contains
the bodies of about 2,260 Confederate soldiers who died at the
camp's prison. However, the most well-known ghost of Camp Chase is
not one of the men who died there, but a Lady in Gray. Believed to
be Louisiana Briggs, the Lady in Gray sympathized with the South and
in the dark of the night, would place flowers on the graves of the
dead soldiers. She has continued to do this in death. Fresh flowers
mysteriously appear quite frequently at the tombstone of Pvt.
Benjamin F. Allen of the 50th Tennessee Infantry. Witnesses have
reported seeing a young woman walking among the tombstones with her
head down, crying. Once during a Civil War reenactment, an eerie
weeping was heard and a cool gust of wind blew through the cemetery,
knocking over tents and other items. Some re-enactors camping at the
cemetery have reported seeing ghostly Confederate soldiers in their
CD101 Building -
Formerly the Worley Plumbing building located in the Brewery
District, the headquarters of CD101 is haunted by a woman who died
in a fire that occurred in a part of the building that used to be a
stable for horses. She can sometimes be seen in the studio late at
Children's Hospital -
The hospital has a few rooms that are supposed to be haunted. Some
nurses won't go into certain corridors alone at night. The park
(Livingston Park) next door to the hospital is haunted as well. A
ghostly woman known as The Pink Lady floats around the park and
through the trees late at night. Kids in the hospital have reported
seeing her from their windows. The park was once a cemetery that was
established in 1839, and was used as a Confederate Cemetery during
the Civil War. Most of the graves were relocated to Green Lawn
Columbus Department of
Health - Originally the Columbus School for the Blind and
later the headquarters for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, this old
building at 240 Parsons Avenue is reportedly haunted. Convict labor
was used to build the place and it is said that five or six inmates
died during its construction due to the lack of safety protocols.
The building was completed in 1873 and originally had towers, but
they are no longer there. The sound of loud footsteps walking the
halls, doors slamming, and loud sounds like a large pipe falling on
cement floors were heard when no one else was around. One security
guard reported seeing a little boy out of the corner of his eye
while patrolling the boys dormitory, the northern brick building,
and changed the way he did his rounds because of this. Another guard
was seated at his desk when a figure appeared at the end of the hall
and waved before going out the door. Not knowing who the person was,
and it being 3:00 AM, he ran to the door and looked out over the
yard and no one was there. (Credits: Grover
Columbus School for the
Blind - Mysterious activities, such as loud banging, ghostly
voices and apparition sightings take place on the upper floors and
in the front of the building.
Columbus State Community
College - Ghosts are believed to haunt this relatively new
college because the school is built directly on top of the old
Catholic graveyard. The spirits harass workers and police officers
on the campus at night. Some janitors have quit their jobs because
of the haunting activity. Some security and police personnel refuse
to patrol certain places alone.
Crop House - An
abandoned home on Crop Road is haunted by an unknown entity.
Batteries drain quickly when inside the home and electronic
equipment sometimes fails.
Darbyhurst Road - The
corner of Darbyhurst Road and Beacon Hill Road is said to be haunted
by the ghost of a man who died in a vehicle accident there.
Deer Lake Way - The
ghostly screams of a man who was beat to death by a friend can be
heard at times near a residence on Deer Lake Way.
Doctor's North Hospital
- This former hospital, now a nursing home, is said to be haunted by
the ghost of a nurse who died there. During busy shifts, she returns
to give a helping hand. She frequents the room where she died, which
often gets cold with no reason. A nurse was stabbed on the third
floor in the 1970s, but it isn't known if this was related. A doctor
hanged himself in the fourth floor operating room. A young child named
Timmy has been seen on the north end of the hospital, on the second
through fourth floors. The sound of a hospital bed moving can be
heard on in the north wing of the third floor and there is a general
uneasy feeling on the fourth floor. Cages slam shut in the basement
and elevator doors open and close on their own.
Doctor's West Hospital
- The diagnostic radiology department is supposedly haunted by a
former x-ray technician or radiologist who was very fond of their
job. Many of the employees have seen this person numerous times over
the years, mostly during the day shift. The figure looks like a very
tall slender man walking back and forth between x-ray rooms. He
isn't harmful what-so-ever, but just checking up on things.
(Credits: Rachel Ailing)
The Elevator Restaurant
- Originally called Boot Brothers Buffet and Billiards, and later
known as The Clock, its primary feature had always been the large
clock in front of the building, that was stopped at 10:05 for many
years before it was replaced. The stoppage was linked to a cold
February night in 1909. Col. Randolph Pritchard was an infamous
womanizer who frequented the saloon. On that stormy night, Pritchard
was called out to the street and was stabbed by a woman. He stumbled
into the bar and died, bleeding on the mosaic floor. The only thing
that remained of his killer was her barefoot footprints in the snow.
The clock outside the saloon stopped at 10:05, the exact moment of
Col. Pritchard's death. His ghost roams the restaurant and is seen
every now and then. His killer is also said to haunt the building,
as it is believed she froze to death in the coldness of the night.
It is also said that barefoot footprints mysteriously appear in
fresh snow when no one has yet walked that path. Some have even
claimed seeing the footprints appear before their eyes.
Engine House No. 16 -
Engine House Number 16, located at 260 Fourth Street, is now known
as the Central Ohio Fire Museum. It served as a fire house between
1908 and 1981. The snorting of ghostly horses that were once stabled
there to pull fire equipment can occasionally be heard. The ghost of
Captain George Noah Dukeman (Captain D) is said to haunt the fire
house as well. In life, the captain used to obsessively check the
equipment. He continued his checks from the other side. A separate
ghost wearing an old fire fighting uniform has been seen standing in
the bell tower.
Franklin County Courthouse
Annex - This large building on South High Street is said to
be the home of many spirits. The ghost of a man who died after
falling down an elevator shaft during construction likes to play
with the elevator, sometimes getting them stuck. Another ghost who
frequents the Board of Elections office fills the room with a lilac
scent. Footsteps and mysterious laughing can be heard after hours.
Fort Hayes - Now an
alternative school for the Columbus City Schools, Fort Hayes was
once a very active military post. Its most well-known ghost is a
soldier who was killed by an overheated cannon that was being fired
in 1865 for Abraham Lincoln's funeral train when it passed through
Columbus. The soldier's commander supposedly knew the cannon would
overheat and wanted him to die because the soldier was in love with
his daughter. Another ghost that haunts the fort appears in a World
War II uniform, often near the drill hall. One eyewitness who was
wandering around on the top floor of the shot tower heard a loud
boom. He turned around to look down and saw a soldier in old clothes
run across the floor with a rifle. He went downstairs to see what
was happening and nothing was there. He asked a fellow student about
it and only received odd looks. Some students report that they
cannot go to the top floor of the shot tower due to sheer fear of
what may be lurking there. Soldiers have been seen eating at the old
mess hall on foggy mornings and fading out of sight in the field
across from the building. The old hospital building is said to be
haunted by many spirits. Witnesses have reported hearing cries of
the dying and injured, and have seen ghostly figures wearing old
nurse and military uniforms. Lockers open and close when the halls
are empty in the school's newer buildings. Students report the
feeling as if they are being followed while walking down the
hallways and footsteps are often heard on the stairwells at odd
Georgian Heights Alternative
Elementary School - The woods behind the school is said to be
haunted by the ghost of a boy named Nick. He was supposedly a former
student of the school who died in 1965 from brain cancer. Children
at the school sometimes see his apparition at the edge of the woods.
Students have also reported seeing a ghostly girl in the restroom
next to the library who asks for help. Some have even reported being
scratched by something unseen. Room 21 and the library are said to
be haunted as well. (Credits: David)
Glen Echo Park - This
ravine park, near Clintonville, is said to be haunted by various
spirits. Ghostly figures have been seen in the creek and mysterious
footsteps follow those who walk the trails. The spirit of a gothic
girl is said to hang out near a bridge in the center of the park.
The ghost of a homeless man who froze to death in the tunnel that
carries the creek beneath Indianola Avenue haunts the tunnel. A few
other ghosts are said to haunt the park as well.
Greater Columbus Antique
Mall - This large antique mall near the corner of Greenlawn
Avenue and High Street is said to be very haunted. Witnesses have
seen the ghosts of a man with a handlebar mustache who wears a brown
suit, a woman in a lovely yellow dress, and the form of a man
wearing a black cape. Most of the employees and the owners have
experienced many ghostly occurrences there. The security system
trips for no apparent reason and even picks up crashing sounds when
nothing has fallen. Children can be heard near the top of the stairs
and the voices of some old ladies can sometimes be heard near a
bench. Odd smells plague some of the rooms, most of the time being
the smell of freshly prepared Italian food. While the building was
originally built as a private residence, it served as two different
funeral homes, an Italian restaurant, and an Elks Lodge before its
current use as an antique shop.
Green Lawn Abbey -
Entirely separate from Green Lawn Cemetery, the Green Lawn Abbey is
said to be haunted by the spirits of those entombed there. Howard
Thurston, known as "Thurston the Magician," was a good friend of
Houdini and is said to haunt the Abbey along with the ghostly figure
of a woman.
Green Lawn Cemetery -
This cemetery (the second largest in Ohio) is a site of multiple
hauntings. The main mausoleum and
Hayden Mausoleum are haunted, as
are many of the grave sites themselves. People who have walked
through the cemetery after dark report seeing shadowy figures
walking around the cemetery, only to find no one else around when
IBM - Many people
have experienced the feeling of being watched at the IBM office on
Fisher Road. Some people have even reported seeing an apparition.
Shadows moving from the corner of your eye when no one is around has
been commonly reported as well. (Credits: Chad
Jury Room - The
building that currently houses The Jury Room was built in the
mid-1800s to accommodate travelers in town for court cases. Prior to
this, a 40 foot high Hopewell burial mound was located on the site,
but it was dismantled in the 1820s by settlers who used it to make
bricks for Ohio's first statehouse. The Jury Room's building has
always served as a tavern, but portions of the building have also
been used as an inn and even a bordello in the 1850s. In March 1859,
a prostitute named Francis Miller was arrested for murdering a man
trying to enter the bordello. The intoxicated man and his two
friends were banging on the door, threatening to kick it down in
order to enter the establishment. Francis felt she needed to defend
herself and shot one of the men dead. Francis was tried for first
degree murder, but was convicted of manslaughter and served eleven
years in prison. The building originally had three stories, but a
fire in 1885 took out the top floor. Today employees at the bar have
experienced so much paranormal activity that they keep a log book. A
tall shadowy man wearing a white shirt has been seen out of the
corner of the eye and there is a general feeling of being watched.
Burners of the stove have mysteriously turned on by themselves.
Several women have been pushed or otherwise attacked by something
Kelton House - The
ghosts of Mr. Kelton's wife, Louisa Kelton, and his granddaughter,
Grace Bird Kelton, are said to haunt the house. They have
occasionally been seen by visitors and caretakers.
Lazarus Department Store
- The former Lazarus department store downtown (now offices and
condos) is said to be haunted by founder Simon Lazarus himself. His
ghost can sometimes be seen in the first floor windows at night. Two
other ghosts are believed to roam the building, but we do not know
Dale Apartments - Former residents have reported unexplained
electrical phenomenon and an oppressive atmosphere. Some residents
could not sleep well at night due to the feeling of always being
watched. An old newspaper article claims the building had once been
a hangout for prohibition mobsters. The apartment building was
closed and was undergoing renovations as of 2013.
Lincoln Lodge Retirement
Residence - The lower floor of the home is said to be haunted
by the spirit of a girl, who is often seen late at night. The upper
floor is supposedly haunted by an elderly gentleman who is often
heard talking. (Credits: Tammy Chandler)
The Lofts - This
former warehouse turned hotel was built in 1882. Since opening as a
hotel, there has been a lot of paranormal activity. Guests and
security guards have witnessed the ghostly figure of a white-haired
woman wearing a Victorian dress roaming the halls. A blonde woman
appears entering the elevator around 4:00 AM, but mysteriously fades
away when the doors begin to close. Clocks in the hotel change time
without explanation and employees hear murmuring voices.
Marion-Franklin High School
- There is supposedly a tunnel that connects the high school to a
near-by middle school. It is said that back in the 1950s/60s, some
students found their way into the tunnel. One of them fell into a
service fan and was cut to death. The spirit of the student is
supposed to walk the halls of the school. Students have been to the
supposed entrance to the tunnel, which is now blocked by a metal
fence with a chain and padlock. There is a mirror located in the
hallway near the science wing. Students and teachers have reported
seeing someone walking up behind them in the mirror and upon turning
around to see who it is, there is no one there. Male students have
reported seeing shadows darting around in the guy's locker room.
Maurine Drive - This
road is believed to have been part of a runway at one time and is
haunted by pilots who used it. In particular, the ghost of an old
man haunts the backyards of some of the homes.
Max & Erma's Restaurant
- The original Max & Erma's Restaurant in German Village is said to
be haunted by a woman who died there when the building was a general
store. She can sometimes be seen in the restaurant and the upstairs
McKinley Avenue - The
ghost of a man who was struck and killed by a car on this road
supposedly haunts it. The man was on his way home from work, wearing
a pair of bib overalls with a red rag in one of the rear pockets
when the accident happened. According to the story, his ghost walks
on either side of the road from the 'curves' (near the junkyards) to
Shrum Mound. One witness went back to look for the ghostly man
whenever he saw him, but to his disbelief, the man had vanished. The
witness sometimes noticed a temperature change in the area and an
eerie patchy fog whenever he investigated.
Memorial Hall - Also
known as the old COSI building on Broad Street in downtown Columbus,
it is said to be haunted by a custodian who roams around the halls.
It is also said that sometime in the 1920s, a little girl died in
the basement of the building. Her ghost now roams the halls, rides
elevators, and changes the times on clocks.
Mooney's Mansion -
Mooney's Mansion sits high on the ridge off of Walhalla Road (see
Walhalla Road below). It is said that a husband killed his
wife in this house sometime during the 1950s. A variant of this
story states that the man murdered his wife and daughter with an
axe, and may have even committed suicide. And yet another variation
says he hung the bodies from the Calumet Street bridge. In any case,
it is said that a blue light can sometimes be seen floating around
inside the house through the windows. Reports say that if you go
under the bridge on Walhalla Road at night, you can see the
reflection of the wife and daughter in the water to the right of the
road. We were unable to find any reports of a murder on the property
through public records, but we have been contacted by folks who
lived in the area during the time period stated above and they do
not recall any murders occurring on the property. The mansion did
sit vacant for a time, so maybe that led to the legends surrounding
the home. After all, who doesn't like an abandoned creepy-looking
Mount Carmel Hospital East
- The pharmacy of this hospital is haunted by a man with light
reddish hair, wearing a lab coat, looking down at a piece of paper
he is carrying. Many of the pharmacists who have worked in the
pharmacy have seen him, but no one knows who he is.
Nationwide Arena -
Located on the former site of the old Ohio Penitentiary, the arena
and its surrounding district is said to be haunted and/or cursed.
Freak accidents have occurred on the former pen site, such as a
window washer falling off his platform to his death and a young girl
who was killed by a stray hockey puck during a game. Employees who
are in the arena late at night have reported hearing strange sounds
and feeling uneasy.
North Market - Built
atop the old North Cemetery, the North Market is said to be haunted
by the ghosts of those whose bodies were not recovered prior to the
cemetery being built over. Among those who are said to haunt the
building is John Kerr, one of the founders of Columbus. Bodies and
caskets were dug up from beneath the street and parking lot near the
North Market during construction projects.
Ohio Penitentiary -
The old pen itself, now the site of Nationwide Arena and the
surrounding arena district, was haunted by many spirits. The
cafeteria of the pen was said to be haunted. It was the place where
the hangings of twenty-eight men took place before it was
transformed into a cafe. Even though there were broken windows to
let in outside noise, the pen was always dead silent upon entering
the building. Reports of weird noises and extreme coldness took
place in the electro-shock therapy room. The room where the electric
chair was used to execute 315 men and women is also said to be
haunted. It is said that the ghosts of some of the 322 inmates who
died there in the huge fire in 1930 roamed around, looking for a way
out of the inferno.
Ohio State University
- A site of multiple hauntings. See below for details.
Ohio Theater - The
theater is said to be haunted by a stage hand who died during a
performance there in the mid-1950s.
Ohio Dominican University
- Once a women-only Catholic university, the old resident hall is
supposed to be haunted by a nun. She is a motherly spirit who turns
off appliances left on and extinguishes cigarettes in the building.
She was a Mother Superior at the college before it went co-ed, when
it was called Saint Mary's of the Springs. The nun died, along with
others, in a fire at the old convent. Sansbury Hall was built on the
site of the convent. The only time she became violent in death is
when the school started excepting male students. She reportedly
slammed doors for a period of days. Residents of Sansbury Hall, who
refer to her as "Mother Sans" say that she may have died in a fire
that consumed part of the hall itself. It was rumored that the third floor
hallway was never repaired, but that is untrue. The art building and
Fitzpatrick Hall are also said to be haunted.
(Credits: Katherine Gallaher)
Old Governor's Mansion
- The former Governor's Mansion is said to be haunted by the ghost
of a black woman dressed in old fashioned clothes. She even spoke to
an employee once, saying that she was happy the place was being
renovated. Strange smells, almost like burning hair, have been
described and pictures have been known to jump off the walls.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
- Originally a J.C. Penny department store and later a Big Bear
grocery store, the Ollie's Bargain Outlet at Great Southern Shopping
Center is known to be haunted. Ghostly footsteps could be heard when
the store was closed and doors opened and closed by themselves.
Apparitions of a man and a woman dressed in 1940s attire were seen
by employees. The back stock room and the upstairs break room are
where the concentration of the activity took place. Some employees
have even reported hearing their names called, only to turn around
to see no body there.
Palace Theater -
Magician Harry Blackstone Jr. performed at the theater after its
renovation in the 1970s. He organized a séance
in the lobby to try to contact one of his father's friends, but
ended up getting the ghost of a man who was murdered in the theater.
Participants of the séance described it as
extremely frightening. One in particularly described spots of heavy,
dark air on the second floor.
Park View Lakes Drive
- It is said that a young girl was murdered in the backyard of a
home on this road. If you stand in a certain spot between 9:30-10:30
PM, her ghost will push you out of the yard and onto the sidewalk.
Park - Witnesses have reported hearing a little girl laughing
at the park when no one else is around. Uneasy feelings were
reported at the abandoned farmhouse across from the park and one
person who entered the house says there appears to be blood stains
on the wall near the stairs. Residents of the nearby Abbie Lakes
apartments have heard a deep moan when laying in bed at night and
have captured orbs and the apparition of a Civil War soldier in
Saint Paul's Episcopal
Church - The Lavender Lady, whose presence is known by her
fragrance, has been described by members of the church.
Schmidt's Sausage Haus
- Located in German Village, the restaurant is said to be haunted by
its original owner, J. Fred Schmidt. Employees have reported hearing
footsteps on the second floor and some have even seen the ghost of
Mr. Schmidt himself.
Schwarz Castle - This
house was built in the mid-1800s by Frederick William Schwarz, a
successful German businessman. He had been known in life to sunbathe
nude atop the tower. He continues the routine in death as his
unclothed ghost can sometimes be seen climbing the ladder to the top
of the tower. The castle also has five levels of basement, one in
which a man hanged himself. In a second floor apartment, two brothers
were arguing about which one was too drunk to drive and one brother
stabbed the other. It is said that you can still hear them
quarrelling in the building.
Seneca Hotel - Now
renovated as condos, the basement of the Seneca is haunted.
Witnesses have heard the sounds of a child crying in the basement.
Spaghetti Warehouse -
This popular Italian restaurant near downtown is home to
unexplainable events. Mysterious activities are reported in the
kitchen and dark, shadowy figures are seen in the dining area at
night after the building has been closed.
Starling Middle School
- The feeling of a ghostly presence sometimes follows people going
up and down the stairs. A white ball of light is sometimes seen in
the windows. (Credits: Kyle)
State House - The
Ohio State House in downtown Columbus is said to be haunted by the
ghost of Tom Bateman, a Senate clerk who was apparently so concerned
with keeping things in order that he continues to do so in death.
His ghost supposedly goes down the steps and out the east doors each
day at 5:00 PM. The presence of his ghost generates cold spots and
flickering lights. It may also be haunted by the ghost of President
Abraham Lincoln. During a Civil War re-enactment, several of the
re-enactors heard violin music coming from the Senate chamber. Upon
investigation, they witnessed a woman dressed in an 1800s dress
dancing with a tall gentleman dressed in a dark suit and stovepipe
hat, resembling Abraham Lincoln. They danced for a few seconds more
before totally vanishing before the witnesses' eyes. After speaking
with a state patrolman later in the evening, the re-enactors learned
that it is believed that Abraham Lincoln did indeed stop at the
State House during his campaign tour and danced with a woman he
befriended while in town.
(Credits: Dana P. Morrow)
State Library - The
preservation room and the rear cafeteria are said to be haunted.
Voices have been heard there and employees have reported feeling
Elementary School - The school is supposedly haunted by a
child who died after falling from the large winding staircase in
front of the building. In classrooms, the blinds would fly up for no
reason and there was always a feeling of general uneasiness.
Studio 35 - One of
the last remaining independent movie theaters in Columbus is haunted
by a man in 1930s clothing. He is seen walking past the concession
stand or along the screen. Some witnesses have reported seeing him
in the front rows, watching the movie, and mysteriously disappear by
the end of the film. A closet discovered by the owner of the theater
contained albums full of photos of dead children.
Thurber House - The
Thurber House is hautned by a man who, after pacing around the
kitchen and running up the stairs, shot and killed himself. This
story was made famous by author James Thurber who lived in the house
during his childhood. The book he wrote about his story was titled
The Night the Ghost Got In.
Underneath Columbus -
The extensive system of tunnels and drains under downtown Columbus
is said to be haunted by a ghost that appears in all black, wearing
a hood. The ghost has reportedly spooked employees at Columbus
businesses whose basements open to the tunnels.
Walhalla Road -
Walhalla Road is one of the most unusual roads in Columbus. There
are a few legends that surround this road. One is of Mooney's
Mansion, where a man reportedly murdered his wife (see
Mooney's Mansion above). Reports say that if you go under the
Calumet Street bridge at night you can see the reflection of the
murder victim(s) in the water to the right of the road. Also said to
haunt the area around the bridge is the ghost of an OSU student who
supposedly hanged herself from the bridge years ago. Her figure can
sometimes be seen swinging from the bridge. And yet a more
mysterious story is that of a woman's statue (supposedly of Mrs.
Mooney) somewhere on the ridge that bleeds in the places where she
was axed to death. There have also been many reports of phantom dogs
and ghostly vehicles chasing people away who stop along the road.
Walnut Knolls - This
1940s-50s era mental hospital turned apartment building is said to
be haunted by several specters. A decapitated woman is said to roam
the third floor and footsteps from the beyond can be heard coming
from the blocked-off attic. Many see lights on in vacant apartments
and ghostly children who drowned in the now-filled pool are
sometimes seen or heard. One ghost in specific, known only as
George, likes to throw shampoo bottles at the residents. He is
believed to be a former patient of the hospital.
'N' Stuff - The Waterbeds 'N' Stuff store at the Columbus
Square Shopping Center is haunted by a ghost that employees call
"Maytag Man," due to him being dressed in a blue uniform and
octagon-shaped hat. He has been seen throughout the day, not harmful
or sad. One employee heard a man asking in a deep raspy voice, "Who
are you?" as she was preparing to open the store. She looked around
for someone only to realize the doors were still locked and the
manager was in the stock room. "Maytag Man" also seemed to have a
habit of burning out light bulbs and moving things around. Employees
believe he may roam the entire shopping center as he sometimes shows
himself for weeks and then not come around again for a few months.
"Maytag Man" is always a welcomed guest at the store.
Watkins Road Bridge -
Also known as the Headless Hattie Bridge, this bridge that spans a
creek in southeast Columbus is said to be haunted by a woman who
died there in a car accident. Her head sometimes appears in the
overhead trees if you stop on the bridge and honk your horn three
times. Another version tells of a mother who was involved in an
accident who lost her baby in the icy water beneath the bridge.
Supposedly if you stop and flash your headlights 12 times, the ghost
of the woman appears and screams of a baby can be heard. An even
earlier story dates back to when this was a covered bridge. A girl
and her boyfriend were parked inside when the boyfriend decided to
carve their initials in the wood. When he was finished, he was
struck and killed by a speeding car. It was said that one could go
to the bridge at night to see the carving glow and hear the sound of
the girlfriend's sobs.
West High School -
The ghost of a girl who was killed when hit by a car in the 1950s
can sometimes be seen wandering the halls or standing next to her
former locker. At least two eyewitnesses reported seeing a white
figure being chased by a black figure down a staircase, across an
eight foot hallway, and through the wall leading to the ROTC room.
(Credits: Danny Johnson)
Westland Mall -
Mysterious footsteps can sometimes be heard coming from the center
of the mall.