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Along the muddy banks of the Mississippi River sets the city of St Louis Missouri. Over the years St Louis became known as the gateway of the west. There are many stories of ghosts and other strange paranormal things going on in St Louis Missouri.
The movie the Exorcist was made from the story about , the St Louis Exorcism which happened in 1949. The real exorcism happened at the old Alexian Brothers Hospital and the true exorcism has been a story told over and over down through the years. The story has earned St Louis a real place in the paranormal history of America.
It was in 1849 that a terrible cholera epidemic hit the city in June of that year and by the time it was thousands were dead and at the height of the epidemic more than 30 people a day were being buried. It finally got so bad that big piles of bodies had to be burned on the riverbanks of the Mississippi river. Many people over the years have claimed to see big fires burning and smell flesh burning on the west bank of the river. Many people believe it is a residual haunting from the cholera epidemic of the summer of 1849.
Before that summer of 1849 was over most of the cities cemeteries had been filled. And many of those that died that summer were the children of St Louis. At Calvary Cemetery there are mass graves that you can still see today. One of them is marked by a big huge cross.
It is in Calvary Cemetery that the ghosts of children playing are often seen. Children of all ages are seen and some seem to be aware of what is going on around them while some seem to be just there and do not interact with the live people around them. These are most likely a part of a residual haunting. Anywhere that you have really bad things happen like the cholera epidemic of 1849 you will have both residual and intelligent haunting's occur often in large numbers.
It is on Calvary Drive there near the cemetery that a beautiful young girl dressed in a white dress has appeared to people for many years. It is said that her name is Annie and that flags cars down and asks to be taken home. But as soon as she is in the car she vanishes.
It is also on Calvary Drive that a young boy in dark dirty clothing is said to suddenly appear in the path of vehicles causing people to stop suddenly and to even run off the road. Most people when it happens think that it is a real boy child but when they try to look for him he is always gone.
In case you're wondering Calvary Cemetery and near by Bellefontaine Cemeteries are located in Northeast St Louis near the Broadway Exit of Interstate 70. If you go there looking for ghosts or paranormal activity please respect where you are.
The Lost Caves Of St Louis Missouri
The entire city of St Louis Missouri is built on top of a huge number of natural caves many of which remain unexplored to this day. In the earlier days the Native Americans in the area hid in these caves and many were chased down and killed in the caves.
Some people over the years have claimed to see smoke coming from the ground in odd places and to hear the chants of Native Americans coming from under the ground.
And the Lemp Cave is still there and famous to this day. The eccentric Lemp family had a huge ballroom , a swimming pool , and a Vaudeville Theater built in the caves and they are there to this day. Bones of extinct and rare animals have been discovered over the years in the Lemp Cave and in other caves in the city. Many tales of paranormal activity are also told about the Lemp Cave and other caves in the city of St Louis. Strange shapes and sounds are heard in and around the former entrances to the caves. Most of the entrances to the caves are sealed off and closed today but stories still come out from time to time about strange and paranormal things going on.
The De Menil Mansion can still be found and it sets atop of the Cherokee Cave though there is no open entrance to the cave today. You can take Interstate 55 to Broadway and follow that to Cherokee Street. Turn west on Cherokee and soon you will see the De Menil Mansion. The Mansion its self is said to be very haunted and a lot of strange and unusual paranormal things have gone on there over the years.
The Edgewood Childrens Center is a collection of buildings that served as the St. Louis Protestant Orphan Asylum in 1855 and part of it is still in use today for a treatment center for abused and abandoned children.
Part of the buildings date back to 1855 or before and many sad tragic things have taken place here on the grounds. Everything from a pair of eight and nine year old sisters who jumped holding hands from a roof of a building to a child who was supposedly buried alive in a cemetery on the grounds.
Many many people over the years have reported children's ghosts playing games on the grounds and some paranormal investigators have been chased from a building called the Rock House by something tall and dark with a smell of sulfur about it. There is a tunnel under the rock house that was once used to hide run away slaves. A black woman is often seen on the stairs in the Rock House. She is carrying a candle and is wearing dark clothing. Many people think she is a residual haunting. Screams and strange footsteps are also often heard in the Rock House. The Rock House dates back to at least 1850 and it was built on top of where a much earlier building had burned down.
Some people over the years have claimed to see a horse and buggy with lanterns come up to the front door of the Rock House quite often after thunderstorms.
It is for sure that the Edgewood Childrens Center is a hot bed of paranormal activity.
Have you ever been to the Edgewood Childrens Center. Do you have a story. Why not post it in the comments section below.
The U.S. Park Service officially says that nothing paranormal is going on at the old courthouse. However former security guards who have worked there at night claim there are plenty of bizarre paranormal things going on.
Many tell of lights going on , even lights that were once there but no longer are. There is the story of an old gray bearded man who yells at the security guards and tells them to call court to order. Though no court has been held there since 1930.
A large elk hound is often seen running up the steps in the courthouse. A judge who once worked there had one back in the 1840s.
Doors close on their own and also open. The front doors of the courthouse used to open so often on their own that the U.S. Park Service had a contractor fasten them shut with screws.
An unknown number of men and women were hung just behind the old courthouse and the ghosts of these people have been seen quite often on the courthouse grounds. Quite often a woman's laughter is heard in back of the courthouse but she can never be found. A man is often spotted at night looking out of an upstairs window but when people go to look for him he is never there.