1. Alabama: Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham
Sloss Furnaces is almost as old as Birmingham; construction began just 10 years after the founding of the city. Hundreds of steel workers toiled under the supervision of a tyrant nicknamed “Slag,” a foreman who treated his crew badly. Over the years, many workers died in horrific accidents. One was dragged into the gears of one of the large flywheels; another fell into the molten steel and was incinerated. Visitors to the abandoned furnaces report sightings of phantoms (including one believed to be Slag himself), screams and even physical attacks.
2. Alaska: Kennecott Copper Mining Camp, Valdez-Cordova
The ghosts of Kennecott camp and the rail lines going to and from the mines are so scary that even developers have been convinced to leave the area alone. Visitors report seeing ghosts and hearing screams and moans. In the 1990s, developers building homes along one of the railroad lines cancelled the project after too many construction workers quit. The workers reported almost constant screaming and wailing voices in the area, along with missing tools — sometimes right from their tool belts.
3. Arizona: Jerome Grand Hotel, Jerome
The Jerome Grand Hotel was originally a hospital. It’s said to be Arizona’s most haunted buildings; guests report hearing crying, coughing and wailing in the halls. A bearded man often appears on the second and third floors. Another ghost is believed to be the spirit of a former employee named Harvey,who may have been murdered and dumped into the elevator shaft in 1935. He is often seen in the stairwell or in the basement.
4. Arkansas: Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock
This large cemetery, founded in 1843, has plenty of paranormal activity. Visitors hear flute music, see people dressed in clothing from the 19th century who vanish in front of their eyes, and witness grave statues moving of their own accord.
5. California: Winchester Mystery House, San Jose
Sarah Winchester began building her home in San Jose after the death of her husband. She was convinced that her family was being haunted by the spirits of Native Americans and soldiers killed by the Winchester repeating rifle, manufactured by her husband’s company. She built Winchester House to provide a place for all the spirits. She continued to build on to it until she died. Visitors report sightings of Mrs. Winchester in the house and on the grounds, as well as a number of mysterious happenings such as doorknobs turning, footsteps and windows slamming.
6. Colorado: Molly Brown House, Denver
The Unsinkable Molly Brown is said to haunt her own home. Visitors smell roses or tobacco smoke and sometimes spot Molly, her husband, or her mother inside the home. Other paranormal activity includes piano keys moving without making a sound, strange shadows moving around and doors closing on their own.
7. Connecticut: Norwich State Hospital, Norwich
The patients at Norwich State Hospital included many declared criminally insane after committing horrific crimes. During the time it was in operation, many people died there, either as the result of accidents or by suicide, and reports of serious abuse such as beatings, harsh restraints and sexual assault were common. After the hospital was abandoned of screams, moans, footsteps and the presence of ghostly apparitions Though the hospital has been demolished, the grounds are still reportedly haunted with the souls of psychiatric patients.
8. Delaware: Fort Delaware, Pea Patch Island
Fort Delaware is over 150 years old, and reportedly full of spirits. The most famous resides in the kitchen and is often seen by volunteers and visitors. While reenactment volunteers work in the kitchen, another woman dressed in 19th century clothing joins them, appearing to nod her approval before vanishing. Mysterious lights and sightings of a Confederate soldier on the ramparts are common.
9. Florida: May-Stringer House, Brooksville
John and Marena May built this home in 1855, but Mr. May died of tuberculosis three years later. Marena remarried but later died in childbirth while giving birth to her daughter Jessie, who died at age three. All three are said to haunt the house, which is now a museum. Guides hear children’s laughter and cries, see ghostly visions of Marena or John and report items being moved around the house (particularly a doll that belonged to Jessie).
10. Georgia: Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah
This haunted cemetery is home to many spirits. Visitors hear the voices of people chatting and socializing. They also report being chased by a pack of ghostly dogs, who growl and bark, seemingly nipping at their heels. One famous ghost, that of Gracie Watson, who died of pneumonia at age six, is reported to cry and is occasionally seen running through the cemetery. This cemetery is reportedly one of the most haunted places in the entire country.