Miami County Hauntings & Legends

On this page you will find haunted locations and legends of Miami County. Many of these are genuine and documented haunts, but others may be legend or hearsay. Remember, we do not condone trespassing. Always seek permission before entering private property. If you know of a haunting or legend not listed for this county, please submit them through our Haunting Submission Form.

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Bradford Sanitarium – Built in the late 1920s, the Bradford Sanitarium burned to the ground in 1935. Late at night, where the building once stood, witnesses have reported seeing orbs floating in the air.


Fort Piqua Hotel – This old hotel is the site of multiple hauntings and deaths. A man digging a trench for the sewers was buried alive, a porter was crushed after heavy bags fell on him from a cart, and a workman standing on a barrel of acid fell through and was badly burned. A man hanged himself in one of the rooms and workers found skeletons when they were digging the basement. On August 11, 1970, Piqua Police Patrolman Jan Mulder II was on patrol in the hotel’s lobby when he approached a suspicious man. The man pulled a gun and fatally wounded Officer Mulder. Before Mulder hit the ground, he managed to fire one shot at the suspect, killing him. A ghostly waiter haunts the building, along with Stanhope Boal, who renovated the building in 1914. Many other unexplained and mysterious happenings are known to occur there. The building is abandoned for the most part, with the exception of the street-level stores and apartments above them.


Crybaby Bridge – Just east of Troy, this local crybaby bridge is where LeFevre Road crosses Lost Creek before you get to North Children’s Home Road. A baby can be heard crying from beneath the bridge late at night. Legend says that in the 1930s, a couple were crossing the bridge and were involved in an automobile accident. Their baby was ejected from the car and was never found.

David L. Brown Youth Center – This former children’s home for orphans is said to be haunted. Mysterious footsteps can be heard in the hallway. Room 1 is not used for some reason, many believe because of something in the room’s past. A former resident had heard faint music coming from the room when no one was there. Another former resident playing with a Ouija board contacted an entity who claimed to be the deceased twin of a separate resident. When he came into the room, the entity manifested itself in front of the group. Footsteps can also be heard in the back stairwell, sounding like boots, and is believed to be the ghost of the youth center’s namesake. Many children had died in the home due to illnesses and diseases. (Credits: Dean Miller)

Forest School – The original Forest School was built atop Troy’s first graveyard. Sinks in the girls’ restroom turned on and off by themselves and the voice of an elderly woman had been heard. Chalk in the classrooms wrote on boards on their own. Books in the library would be knocked off the shelves for no apparent reason. The original Forest School was used from the late 1800s to the early 1960s, when a new school was opened nearby. (Credits: Kramer Welker and Kenneth Hayes)

Miami County Municipal Court – Several witnesses have experienced paranormal activity in the court over the years. In particular, the Civil Department on the second floor is haunted by an older gentleman with gray hair, wearing suspenders. He is usually seen after hours. He is believed to be a judge from some years ago. Lights turn off and on by themselves, electric typewriters start typing, along with many other unexplainable occurrences. Footsteps and doors opening, and closing can be heard at times as well.

Polecat Road – This old country road was the site of a motorcycle accident years ago. The man was not wearing a helmet and was killed when he veered off the road and hit a tree. Driving down the road at night, you can sometimes see a small green glowing orb off to the side of the road in the trees. On the same road, about a mile away from the accident site, is an old roped-off trail. Supposedly this is where KKK members hold meetings and sometimes hangings.

 West Milton 

Horseshoe Bend Road – A few children were playing hide-and-seek in the woods along the road one night. When the children went to look for the boy who was hiding, they found him hanging from a tree. It is said that if you travel to this road at night, stop on the bridge and look over the edge, you will see the apparition of the boy come out of the water towards you.