Whether you believe in ghosts or are just here for pure amusement, you will find these hauntings of Oklahoma intriguing, spine-tingling and hair-raising. Get in the spirit of Halloween and spook some friends out with these haunted stories. If you missed our article on “Haunted Hotels in Oklahoma,” you can find it
here. But before you do, make sure you meet Charlie, Mr. Gilcrease and a few other ghosts of Oklahoma below.
1. The Shortgrass Playhouse-Hobart Fire Department: Hobart
The Shortgrass Playhouse sits above the Fire Station in Hobart and during its renovation a tombstone was found with the name Charles D. Savage. No one has been able to identify who Charles was or where he came from. While painting in one of the rooms, a voice was heard asking, "What are you doing here?" They responded that they were renovating and the voice answered back, "I wish you would hurry because you are making a lot of noise." The next day a ghostly image appeared where they were painting (shown above). They have painted over it several times but it keeps reappearing. This image and spirit that roam the building is believed to be Charlie. Many strange things have been heard and seen around the building that validate "Charlie, the ghost of Shortgrass Playhouse in Hobart."
2. Gilcrease Museum and House: Tulsa
The museum's late founder, Thomas Gilcrease, collected so many items during his times of travel that he decided to open a museum in North Tulsa, Gilcrease Museum. After his passing in 1962, the wealthy oilman's spirit is said to occupy the museum, his house and the grounds. He roams the halls showcasing his collection and has been seen by visitors and employees. Doors will open and close by themselves, the temperature will fluctuate on its own and items will appear out of place without explanation. Gilcrease also had a home in San Antonio that served as an orphanage for Native American children. The spirits of those children are often times seen roaming the grounds and playing.
3. Ghosts of Fort Reno: El Reno
Fort Reno was built in 1876 and at one time was one of the major military bases in the world. It housed many Buffalo Soldiers, military recruits and prisoners of war from Germany and Italy. Almost every building on the property has stories of ghost sightings and events. One of the most well-known haunted homes is the "Victorian" home (first photo above, before restoration). Many people report seeing a little girl on the second story looking out of a window, as well as running from the sidewalk up to the home. There have also been reports of hearing her singing and laughing, shadows moving around the house and a very haunted feeling in the basement. Other claims on the property include Buffalo Soldiers walking around, playful shadow figures wandering and many more voices heard. It is thought to be one of the more haunted places in central Oklahoma.
4. The Constantine Center: Pawhuska
The city of Pawhuska decided to resurrect the historic Constantine Center in the 1980's but they didn't expect what was about to happen. The old building released spirits, mysteries and hidden secrets. The Constantine is ladened with unexplained activity. One of the most common is the sound of footsteps made by someone with an obvious limp. It was later discovered that the previous owner, Constantine, had a sister who was a psychic and, more spooky, limped due to a corrective brace worn on one leg. Many other strange noises and lights have been heard but never been able to be explained. One of the more puzzling stories is the magically regenerating wall. During the reconstruction phase, volunteer students tore down one side of Constantine's office to make for a larger space. When they came back 2 days later, the team returned to find the wall completely restored. They decided it was fine the way it was and left the office alone after that.
5. Brady Theater: Tulsa
One of the most noted performers to perform at the Brady Theater was Enrico Caruso, an Italian tenor, known as the "Golden Voice" (pictured above). He was known as one of the most significant vocal artists in history. On October 17, 1920, Caruso made his first and only appearance in Tulsa at the Brady Theater. In an effort to show Caruso the local culture, the concert promoters drove Caruso out to an oil field in Sapulpa. On the return trip to Tulsa, all 3 vehicles traveling broke down, which forced Caruso to hitchhike in the cold, wet weather. He performed that night but died shortly after his visit to Tulsa from a throat illness, that was thought to be aggravated by the Oklahoma weather during his visit. It is said that he returned to Brady Theater postmortem, since his visit there was to blame for his death. Many reports have been made of noises in the theater when no one else is around, curtains moving on their own and performers getting spooked. There is also rumors of other spirits roaming the theater, one from a stagehand that hung himself in the catwalks and now haunts the theater.
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