Post-Civil War-Era Ghosts Are Said To Still Haunt The Site Of Ashtabula’s Tragic Railroad Disaster

The era following the Civil War was one of dramatic change here in 1800s Cleveland. The entire nation, in fact, was changing. It was the Reconstruction Era, and civil rights were at the forefront of American politics. Northeast Ohio enjoyed a much less tumultuous decade or so than the formerly Confederate communities, but we had our share of struggle. As the nation approached the end of the Reconstruction Era, Ashtabula, Ohio was in the headlines for one very tragic event. A design flaw in a bridge caused a train to derail… and the tragedy that resulted has purportedly caused a few ghostly figures to hand around. Do you know the legend of the Ashtabula railroad disaster?

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Craving more information on this spooky site? Check out the story of this local reconstructing history, uploaded by Carl Feather:

Cleveland has a rich and fantastic history, but it also has some equally dark history. Amasa Stone, the designer of the faulty bridge in this story, spent much of his life here and even died here. In fact, he’s buried in Lake View Cemetery. What do you think — could this tragic event cause a few ghosts to be hanging around Ashtabula? We’d love to hear your thoughts, as well as your own ghost stories, in the comments.

Craving more haunted history? Embarking on a haunted road trip through Northeast Ohio is sure to get you in a spooky spirit!