10 – The Shanghai Tunnels
Also called Old Portland, or the Portland Underground, the Shanghai Tunnels are an underground network of passageways running beneath downtown Portland, particularly the Chinatown area. The tunnels were first built to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of goods to hotels and businesses, which the tunnels connected to. The name ‘Shanghai’ comes from the way that the tunnels later fell into usage by human traffickers . Like many hidden locations the tunnels were used during prohibition as a speakezy, and with it came brothels and the human traffickers. The miserable conditions were pervasive to the patrons, and the victims of kidnapping were undoubtedly miserable, and terrified. Today there are numerous reports of orbs of light and strange sounds can be witnessed quite readily. Another occurence in the tunnels is the strange resurgance of the smells that would have been present in the tunnels in their hayday, such as cigarette smoke, and perfume. Tugs on clothing and other vyes for attention by the ghostly sufferers are also an apparent commonplace.
9 – The Wabasha Street Caves
The Mississippi river cuts from north to south through the American midwest. The river finds its source in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, and winds through the nation where it finally empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Along its way it cuts embankments into the stone, in addition to many caverns and dark holes. The Wabasha Street Caves are located in St. Paul, the capital city of Minnesota. The facility is now an event hall mainly used for wedding receptions and dances. The site is an attractive location, as the beauty of the caverns is easily accessible, and in the heart of the city. The caves themselves have some seedier history, often housing illegal speakeazies and dangerous mobsters. The location is also the site of several murders, often at the hands of gangsters, who tried to cover up the crime before anyone could find any evidence. It is said that the apparitions of these victims skulk through the ballroom and damp caverns in the dark of the night, looking for revenge on their killers. In addition to this, the caves are often said to produce strange sounds from the dark depth, as if vengeful spirits wailing from the abyss.
8 – The Edinburgh Vaults
Originally devised as storage and work space for the construction of Edinburgh’s South Bridge, which is quite an odd name considering it is pretty much just a street. It is, however called so due to the fact that it is built over a dipped part of land, which is now occupied by the vaults itself. Following the abandonment of the vaults for their main use, they fell into the hands of the poor and homeless, who sought shelter from the Scottish weather. And unfortunately, where tramps go, so too do all sorts of seedy activity, including innumerable brothels and pubs. The living conditions were dreadful, and considering the fact that these are underground vaults, it is safe to imagine that air quality was far more than poor, and and disease was rife. The vaults had a very quick history of being in some way cursed, or riddled with the supernatural. This all starts with the fact that the first use of the newly constructed bridge was essentially a funeral procession. This being the very early 19th century, the populous went mad. The South Bridge was considered a cursed, hellish area for its deathly opening, and often avoided by those who could afford to. The vaults were paid little mind to after they became occupied by the poor. However, upon a late 20th century excavation of the vaults, many children’s toys and pieces of silverware were found, evidencing the idea that human occupation was a near constant up until the modern era. Despite any specific reported incidents of violent death, or any other such purported causes of haunting, many ghost hunters have been attracted to the location. Many television ghost hunters have spent the night in the vaults, most of whom have produved no shocking evidence, rather have confirmed the reported feeling of eerieness and being watched. The vaults’ main uses today are ghost tours, which likely has much to do with the reported hauntings of these areas.
7 – Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge
The Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge is technically above ground, making this list a dirty lie. However, it is very similar to a mine, pulling up earth and sorting through it for gold. The large piece of machinery needed to be constantly manned as it operated nearly every day of the year. The machinery includes 72 buckets, bearing one ton each. Today the dredge is not in use, but was operated until 1954. It is mainly a destination for sight seers, wishing to look back in time to the days of the gold rush of the American west coast. However, reports of hauntings came from those who worked there in the final years of operation frequently reported man ghost stories. The dredge is most reportedly haunted by a single apparition named Joe Bush. As the stories go, Joe Bush was a mechanic on the dredge, and was killed when a large rotating gear caught a loose pants leg, dragging him into the machinery and crushing him. According to former workers, Joe would often track wet footprints around the Dredge, leading many to believe that he was tracking his own blood. Other events were congruent with many other alleged hauntings, lights flickering, doors opening and closing, and machinery malfuntions. In fact, according to many of the workers the ghost was often blamed for any sort of mishap at the Dredge.
6 – The Capuchin Catacombs
These catacombs, located in Sicily, are a horrifying representation of death for all the living to see. The catacombs saw their first permenant resident in 1599. Almost all of the departed residents are mummified, some better than others. The walls are lined with embalmed and mummified corpses, which is haunting enough for any one place. The crypts are filled with horrifying imagery, and are occasionally reported to be host to strange lights and sounds. It does however seem hard to imagine being somehow more fascinated by a glowing ball of light than the hundreds of corpses that line the walls. It is absolutely no surprise that such a place of death is wconsidered haunted, and I doubt you would be able to find anyone who visited the place who would tell you otherwise.
5 – The Moonville Tunnel
Located in the abandoned town, or if you really want to get into the spirit of things the ghost town of Moonville, Ohio. The Moonville Tunnel is an abandoned railway tunnel, which is considered to be a paranormal epicenter for the already frightening town of Moonville. The town itself is entirely abandoned, and all that is visible of it today is a few ruins and a cemetary. The ghost stories likely found their root in the relative lonesomeness of the railway. The area around the rails was dense forest, even so much that moonlight was hardly permeate the treecover. The trees were so thick that it was nearly hard to tell where the actual tunnel was, as the trees formed a sort of natural tunnel. Most of the stories of the area describe sudden, mysterious lights shining through the darkness. It is even said that such a light killed a man though details on this are, as with most ghost stories, vague.
4 – The Corvin Castle Dungeons
Corvin Castle is a towering gothic era castle which would be a perfect place to film an interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And while it isn’t known if this castle is the direct inspiration for the novel’s Castle Dracula, it was a castle which held the man who undoubtedly did inspire Stoker’s wrtitings: Vlad III, more commonly known as Vlad the Impaler With such a high profile history, it is no doubt that legends arose from this cruel dungeon. The site is host to a myriad of gruesome killings which make Vlad’s impalings look merciful. Prisoners were often thrown down a deep, dark well, which was dug by men who were later thrown down it. Other punishments included forcing the victim to dig their own grave, only for them to be buried alive in it once completed, and impalings. The history of this castle has lead to many ghost stories, several of which include the appearence of Dracula himself. Often sightings of vampires (or rather one vampire in particular) are reported, as this is the place where Vlad grew into his wicked ways of consuming blood. Other reported ghost sightings are those of soldiers, murder victims, and a pair of young children who had been killed in their beds within the castle walls.
3 – Wolfsegg Castle Caves
The Wolfsegg Castle is located in Bavaria, the southeasternmost state of Gernamy. The castle was orignally constructed in the 14th century. The castle itself has a a gruesome history, and many reported hauntings, including a woman in a white dress who mournfully walks the halls of the castle. However, the castle is built upon a cave system, which is a site of many strange occurences. The cave is vast, and is still being mapped today. The caves are the site of many strange noises being heard, including a high pitched wail which may be connected the woman in the castle halls. Later exploration into the caves revealed various sites filled with human bones, which is undoubtedly related to the activity, as well as the folklore of Wolfsegg Castle.
2 – Lawang Sewu
Lawang Sewu is a palace-like complex on the southern island of Indonesia. The building’s name literally means “Thousand Doors,” which refers to the maze-like design of the building. Reports of ghosts in the complex are mainly reported in the dark, claustrophobic basement in the B building, one of which is reported to be a Pontianak which is similar to the western concept of a vampire. The basement has a history of death, inclding a suicide, and other mysterois circumstances. Additionally reported are frequents sightings of headless spirits, noises, and the feeling of being watched.
1 – The London Underground
The Tube is a sprawling, modern train network with 11 lines and 270 stations. The trains carry thousands of Londoners to and from their destinations every day. The Underground itself, however, has a very rich history. The underground first saw service in 1863 with a line running from Paddington to Farringdon. Following this the underground saw very rapid expansion. This being the early 20th century, the conditions of working underground were not the best. There were little to no electric lights, meaning that anything which was burnt would steadily decrease the air quality. Many deaths were reported and recorded for numerous reasons, the most gruesome of which included workers not hearing an approaching train, and being struck. In addition to this many early trains were used to transport corpses who fell victim to illness. Today, the underground has many closed off areas which gave rise to a great deal of mythology regarding these areas. Modern day workers frequently report odd feelings, the sensation of being watched, and often the sighting of actual appartitions. One of the most active areas in the underground is the Kennington Loop, and area where empty trains turn around so as to run the reverse route. Many drivers report odd feelings, as well as frequent slamming of the car doors as if someone is trying to board the train. Often phantom passengers are sighted on the actual trains, often near the Kennington station area. One of the most concrete evidences of a haunting include this photo which appears to show an image of a man in an electric chair, somehow sitting outside the window of a moving train. The image is baffling, mainly due to the fact that it greatly resembles a wax sculpture in Madame Tussaud’s, save for the electrical arcing. This leads many people to believe that the photo could be a double exposure, though several experts have given credit to its authenticity.