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The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania often earns recognition as one of the most haunted states in the country in large part because of Gettysburg, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. With all of its real haunted houses, haunted museums, haunted mansions, and abandoned places, Pennsylvania offers plenty of opportunities to experience the paranormal firsthand. Pennsylvania also boasts a ton of haunted houses, haunted hayrides, and haunted attractions during the fall. While the state is rife with tales of the paranormal, it also has no shortage of tantalizing mysteries of UFOs, missing people, and downright strange happenings. However, to start, here are some of the most terrifying destinations in Pennsylvania.

5 Creepy Facts About Pennsylvania

  1. Now virtually a ghost town with just a handful of residents, Centralia has lost its population for good reason. The mine beneath the town has been on fire since May 1962. Experts, in fact, believe the fire could continue to rage for many more years.
  2. More than 50 Irish immigrants, hired to help lay railroad near Philadelphia, succumbed to the rapid spread of cholera in August 1932. Their bodies were buried unidentified in what is now known as the Duffy’s Cut Mass Grave. Death certificates were not even filed for the men. Today, their bodies have been reburied in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
  3. On August 28, 2003, Brian Douglas Wells appeared at a PNC Bank in Erie, armed with a shotgun that looked like a cane. Tied to his chest was a bomb. If he wasn’t given $250,000 in 15 minutes, the bomb would go off. Wells believed his accomplices put a fake bomb on him. It was real, and it went off, killing him instantly.
  4. Miners went to the Darr Coal Mine as normal on the morning of December 7, 1907. At 11:30 a.m. the mine exploded, killing all 240 miners who were underground. The blast was so violent it shattered windows nearby.
  5. The movie, Foxcatcher, is based on the true story of Pennsylvanian John DuPont, from one of the wealthiest families near Philadelphia. DuPont trained Olympic wrestlers, including Mark and Dave Schutlz. A mentally fragile DuPont eventually shot and murdered Dave on a cold, snowy day outside of his mansion.