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Tulsa Hauntings

Updated on July 2, 2012

Take A Ghost Tour

Like many residents of the south central United States, Autumn holds a special place in my heart. With the relief of the cooling temperatures comes thoughts of Halloween and one of my favorite topics--Local Hauntings.

Tulsa has plenty of ghosts. There is even a local organization, The Paranormal Investigation Team Of Tulsa or P.I.T.T that offers, through the month of October, trolley driven spirit tours of some of Tulsa's most famous haunts. But if the tours sell out (book early), or you're looking for an inexpensive alternative, or you have a couple of hours to kill some evening and you're looking for a cheap way to entertain your kids, try a driving tour of some haunted Tulsa locations.

Grab some hot chocolate and an eerie soundtrack to set the mood and roll by some of these haunts after dark. Don't forget to throw in a couple of blankets so that you can keep the windows down to get the full effect.

Tulsa Little Theater Mysterious balls of light and unknown shadowy figures have been seen in the stage area.

Tulsa Garden Center Footsteps can be heard in empty hallways...

Cains Ballroom Said to be haunted by the ghost of Bob Wills and a "Woman in Red"

The Brady Theater Haunted by the ghost of Enrico Caruso, an Italian tenor who performed there.

The Gilcrease MuseumThe ghost of Thomas Gilcrease, the home's original owner is said to be in residence.

Tulsa Old Central High School The ghost of Doris Dixon, a young girl who died in the building's basement swimming pool under strange circumstances is said to haunt the structure which now houses a local utility company.

E. Easton Place The ghost of a young boy in 40's period clothing is sometimes seen running down the street.

Highway 97 Just past the Sand Springs golf course, the figure of a young man wearing a black hooded jacket is sometimes seen walking along the road on rainy evenings.

Update: I couldn't resist adding this personal note. Not long after I wrote

this Hub, a close friend who lives just north of this stretch of highway,

called me on on a rainy early evening. She was a little agitated, claiming

that she had just seen "my ghost" on her way home. He was, she said,

walking along the highway, head down, hands in pockets and as she took

the curve she glanced back to get a look at his face but he wasn't there.


Tulsa Will Rogers High School Haunted by the spirit of Dr. Carl Barnett, a band director who died while directing a performance on the auditorium stage.

Don't Bother...

As a public service, I feel that I should make a note of persistent spooky tales that are entertaining but lack a verifiable location...

Any Story About A "Crybaby Bridge" Many Oklahoma communities claim a crybaby bridge story as part of their local lore. I was able to find ten such claims in less than fifteen minutes on line.

Sparky's Graveyard Several Oklahoma towns claim to be location of a place called Sparky's graveyard, said to be haunted by the ghost of a headless indian.

Haunted Hill Multiple legendary locations of this one also. Said to be a hill that cars, when put in neutral, are pushed up by unseen spirits.


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      Mikki 4 years ago

      I Attended Will Rogers and was part of the band. Dr. Barnett doesn't just haunt the auditorium but also the under ground storage rooms where instruments were stored during the summer.

      True Story: After a game one football season we came back to the school to return instruments and gather personal belongings. A friend and I had just locked the drum room and were getting ready to leave when inside that very room we heard a 4 beat count off. We were so scared we hauled a$$ out of the school and never mentioned it until someone else told us they heard the same thing after a sectional practice.

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      jason mcintosh 5 years ago

      yes i agree with what yall are saying i also go to will rogers and experince many weird things

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      landon 5 years ago

      @marie and brittany those are just two of the many deaths in rogers there was two teenagers that died in front of the school via a car crash a girl hung herself in the tower a teacher fell down the front stairway and many more deaths but these are just examples of the many deaths will rogers holds in its walls

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      Brittany 5 years ago

      Yes I agree with Marie and I go there too. We were in the Auditorium and seen black figured ghost popping up at the topography the balcony and heard noises, also seen something in Mr. Stampers in first hour.. I love finding out about ghost and I will study more on it.

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      Marie madden 6 years ago

      I am a student at will Rogers & I believe in all the ghost phenomena. Carl is not the only person to die at my school. There was a football player who broke his neck & died instantly. I have experienced the hauntings in one of the bathrooms-before i knew about the ghost's.

      Im going to find out for myself & prove it when I get the chance.

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      S G Hupp 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the link goody7! I think my hub is in good company.

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      goody7 6 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

      This subject really fascinates me, and you did a top notch job telling your story. I hope you don't mind, but I put a link from my own ghostly hub to yours. You should hopefully get some extra traffic this way. If you don't like the link, then please just let me know, and I will remove it at once. Happy Hubbing.

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      PADDYBOY60 6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Sounds like some scary fun. Thanks.