Utah July 20, 2015
10 Disturbing Cemeteries in Utah That Will Give You Goosebumps
You might consider them creepy places, or quiet, peaceful places of rest. Regardless of what you think about cemeteries, these just might give you goosebumps.
1) Logan Cemetery
Visit Logan Cemetery at midnight when there’s a full moon; the large “Weeping Woman” statue is rumored to cry.
2) Grafton Cemetery
Grafton, now a ghost town, was founded in 1861. Life was harsh in Southern Utah in the 1860s. In 1866, thirteen people died: five children and a young woman died of diphtheria; two little girls died when their swing broke; a man and his wife and brother were killed by Navajo natives; two babies died of scarlet fever and one woman died of unknown causes. There’s an estimated 84 graves in Grafton -- many are now unmarked.
3) Mercur Cemetery, Tooele County
The cemetery in this Tooele county ghost town is supposedly haunted. People report hearing screams and voices. You’ll find unmarked graves of miners and their family members (including many children) there.
4) Ogden City Cemetery, Monroe Blvd.
Established in 1851, this cemetery is haunted by 15-year-old Florence Grange, who died when she choked on a piece of candy. Drive past Flo’s grave and blink your headlights; she’ll appear and approach your car.
5) Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery
This cemetery has an interesting Old West history. Its first resident was a settler who was living in Fort Ephraim when he died in 1854. The fort did not include a cemetery, so the settlers got permission to inter Mr. Manwaring in nearby Allred Settlement. However, they ended up hastily digging a grave outside Fort Ephraim when they heard news of imminent Indian attack. The cemetery houses many children, seven settlers who died during an 1865 Indian massacre, and another seven who died of drowning in 1878.
6) Silver Reef Old Catholic Cemetery, near Leeds
Visitors to this little cemetery report hearing the voices of children, asking to be taken home.
7) Aultorest Memorial Park, 36th Street
Some of the headstones in the cemetery are said to be continually warm — so much so that snow melts off them in the winter.
8) Pleasant Green Cemetery, Magna
Established in 1883, this old cemetery on the hill overlooking Magna occasionally has an extra-creepy atmosphere -- many of the headstones glow when a train passes by.
9) Salt Lake City Cemetery
Located in the Avenues between “N” and “U” streets, this cemetery is a popular spot for dog walkers and joggers. The first person buried in the cemetery was a little girl named Mary B. Wallace, who was interred on September 27, 1847. However, she’s not the most famous resident -- that distinction goes to Lilly Edith Gray, whose gravestone reads, “”Victim of the Beast 666.” No one is sure why her husband Elmer had that spooky epitaph engraved -- Lilly was an 78-year-old woman who, by all accounts, lived a perfectly normal life. Lilly’s obituary notes that she died of “natural causes.” Elmer was an eccentric fellow who may have suffered from some psychological issues. At the very least, he had a quirky sense of humor.
10) Widtsoe Cemetery, near Antimony
Now a ghost town, Widstoe was originally settled in the late 1800s.
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