St. Louis Haunted places?
Posted 19 April 2006 - 01:09 AM
Posted 08 May 2006 - 05:44 PM
Meramec River- the Highway 141 bridge is supposed to cross over the spot where a black man named John Buckner was hanged in the 1890's. He had supposed raped three women (two black and one white) and had some sort of crime spree. He had been arrested by the authorities when a lynch mob took him from the police and hanged him from the main bridge in Valley Park.
Edgewood Children's Center- There's supposed to be the friendly ghost of a little girl named Rachel who died in a fire in 1910. The sounds of children playing outside are also heard.
Bethlehem Cemetery- this is supposedly haunted though the only reference I've really found is one persons account of strange happenings with their car.
Lemp Mansion- supposed to be one of the ten most haunted buildings in the country, information is available all over about it. Really creepy part about an illegitimate son with downs syndrome locked in the attic.
Old Gehm House- from HauntedHouses.com;
Plant Avenue House - HauntedHouses.com
The Plant Avenue house, also known as the old Gehm House, located in the
three hundred block of Plant Avenue, is in Webster Groves area of Saint
Louis, Missouri. This is a private residence. Tours are not given.
The privacy of the current residents should be respected. Locals may wish
to speak with you about the odd house. Discreet photography or videography
of the exterior of the house, from a distance, is probably okay.
Webster Groves area of Saint Louis, Missouri, is a somewhat upscale
community that is close to St. Louis. A two-story wood and brick house
looks unremarkable on the outside. What has happened on the inside,
however, have given the home quite an odd reputation.
IN THE BEGINNING:
The home was built near the turn of the last century, in the 1890's. Its
builder and resident,German immigrant Mr. Gehm, worked with circuses. He
didn't interact much with the neighbors. He ultimately passed away in the
Plant Avenue home in the early 1950's.
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Furry, and their two daughters, acquired the home and
moved in, in 1956.
GHOSTLY SIGHTINGS AND OCCURRENCES:
1) Shortly after moving in, strange events began happening. Mrs. Furry
claimed that she woke up night after night, at 2 A.M., with the feeling
someone or something had shaken her awake. On another occasion, she was
awakened by the sound of a hammer loudly hitting the headboard. Upon
turning on the light, she could find no sign, on the wood, of the heavy
blow she had distinctly heard She also heard the sound of phantom
footsteps, day and night, going up and down the stairs. She also heard odd
noises, sounding like big birds were hitting the windows.
Although she was the first in the family to hear anything odd, her
husband, eventually, began to hear strange things as well. Although he
first thought the sounds were just the expansion and contraction of an old
house, he eventually changed his mind. One night he awakened to see an
opaque, white shape go through the door into the hall and then into his
youngest daughter's room. Alarmed, he raced to her room, only to find
The husband and wife weren't the only family members who had ghostly
encounters. One morning their three year old daughter, during breakfast,
stunned her parents by saying, "Who is the lady dressed in black who comes
into my room at night?" The other daughter also shared that this lady
dressed in black would hit her with a broom, but it never hurt her.
Within a few weeks, the whole family started to see the lady dressed in
black, sometimes surrounded by a mysterious white cloud. The family lived
with this harmless ghost for nine years, and then sold the house to move
into a bigger house.
2) Later residents also had their share of ghostly encounters. A
subsequent resident, Mrs. Walsh, had heard repeated phantom noises in the
home. She explained to a neighbor, in 1966, "It's always at 4 A.M. and
Mrs. Walsh and her family not only met the lady in the black dress, but
also two other apparitions. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh and their two girls began
to see the little apparition of a blond-haired girl playing in the attic.
On March 1, 1966, Mrs. Walsh was honored by the appearance of the
apparition of Henry Gehm himself, who felt compelled to show her the
hidden doorway in the attic. Behind the door was a unknown, empty secret
Having had enough contact with their ghostly housemates, the Walsh family
moved out into a new home with no ghosts.
That question would require a big yes!
Something about that secret chamber isn't letting Gehm rest, and the other
two ghosts are still restless as well.
Hope this helps you out some.
Posted 01 May 2007 - 02:57 PM
Posted 23 March 2008 - 05:37 PM
I just joined here, so I realize this is about 2 years after the original post date.
There is a reference up there to bethlehem cemetery outside of Clinton, MO. I grew up in that town, and I can tell you from first hand experience that the cemetery is haunted. If you're interested in more details, let me know.
Also, there was an old movie theater called Crest Cinema 3. It was also haunted, and I know this from 5 years of working there.
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