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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.
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.