Alaska is well known for being one of the most sparsely populated states and it is affectionately referred to as America’s Last Frontier. However, it is so much more than just a desolate icy wasteland – it is a state that is awash with paranormal activity and it is that which is the truly chilling thing about Alaska.
Let’s take a look at the 9 most haunted places in Alaska:
9 – Begich Towers, Whittier
Whittier in Alaska is not all that large so almost all of its 215 residents live in Begich Towers Condominium. The 14 storey tower also houses stores, churches and public utilities. The building is also reported to be one of the most haunted place in Alaska! One of the ghosts who calls Begich Towers home is particularly fond of whistling as he strolls through the building while another is more likely to be heard stomping up and down the stairs. On one occasion the city manager actually woke up to hear rustling noises in his kitchen, but upon exploration there was nobody there. Locals say that Begich Towers are at their most frightening in the Winter months when heavy snow fall often clogs up the roads leaving residents unable to leave!
8 – Motherlode Lodge, Palmer
The Motherlode Lodge in Palmer, Alaska is said to play host to a number of different spirits. Visitors have reported seeing a misty black apparition roaming the grounds of the lodge on a number of occasions. It is also fairly common for people to look into mirrors around the lodge and spot a figure in period clothing standing behind them in the reflection. Pretty creepy, right? Aside from the apparitions, other strange and unexplained incidents that have been reported include loud banging noises, mysterious knocking and the disembodied voice of a young girl. Some people have also claimed to have seen doors and curtains opening and closing on their own late at night!
7 – Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Fairbanks
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is one of the most haunted places in Alaska. It is said that whenever an infant patient is close to death mysterious spirits appear in the nursery wing. Nurses from the hospital have suggested that these are angels sent to guide the children to the next life. They are generally perceived to be good spirits. Other strange phenomena include plunging temperatures and the sound of babies crying coming from empty room.
6 – Old Jesse Lee Home for Children, Seward
The Jesse Lee Home for Children is located in Seward and first opened in 1926. In its heyday, there would have been home to hundreds of orphans. However, the property suffered a massive amount of damage in 1964 during an earthquake and allegedly several of the children were killed. It is these poor children who are now said to haunt the deteriorating property. Those who come to visit Old Jesse Lee Home for Children have reported experiencing feelings of dread and despair upon entering the building. It is also common for visitors to hear giggling children even though none are present. The sound of jump ropes and bouncing balls can often be heard as well. There are often small shadowy figures seen flitting past the windows as well, seen by those standing outside of the building.
5 – Igloo City Hotel, Cantwell
The Igloo City Hotel sits abandoned on an isolated stretch of the Parks Highway in Cantwell, Alaska. It is distinctive in that it is shaped just like an igloo! It was built back in the 1970s, but the four storey structure was never completed. It is not exactly clear why – perhaps it failed to meet building codes, or maybe the developers simply ran out of money. Whatever the reason, it ended up being abandoned and left to weather the harsh Alaskan elements. It is now alleged to be haunted with those driving past at night reporting seeing strange lights coming from inside the hotel. There are also regular reports of a woman in white looking out of one of the windows.
4 – Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska, Anchorage
It often seems as though every theater has to have its very own resident spook and the University of Alaska’s theater is certainly no exception to the rule! The Wendy Williamson Auditorium is just over 40 years old, so it is certainly not particularly old. However, that does not mean that it hasn’t got more than its fair share of Alaska ghosts. There is one particular spirit who is said to be a fairly angry male with a dislike from brunettes! Women who have long brown hair are often pushed by this unseen presence in the auditorium. There was also reports of a woman in white appearing during a performance, and at first the audience assumed she was a part of the show. That is, until she disappeared! Some reports also refer to giggling children and a teenage boy haunting the theater.
3 – Nightmute High School, Nightmute
Everyone remembers Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter, right? The teenage schoolgirl doomed to haunt the school bathroom where she died? Well, Nightmute High School in Alaska has its very own version of the famous ghost. A little girl is said to haunt the school’s bathrooms and she is known to flush toilets and to flick the lights on and off. However, unlike Moaning Myrtle, she is not confined to the bathroom. She has also been heard wandering around the school humming and she often plays with basketballs if they are left unattended in the gym. Unfortunately, nobody is actually sure who this ghost girl actually is, but a grave was discovered underneath room number 106 which might explain how Nightmute High School came to be one of the most haunted places in Alaska.
2 – Badarka Road, Chugiak
When it comes to spooky tales about Alaska ghosts, one of the most well known stories is regarding a tragic axe accident. The story goes that a five year old girl was helping her father to chop wood out in the woods to bring back to the cabin where her mother and younger sister were waiting. The dad is said to have embedded the axe into a tree to make sure the child did not fall on it, but when he turned his back she decided to try and impress her daddy by pulling the axe out and chopping some wood on her own. However, her plan went horribly wrong and she ended up pulling the axe down on her own head killing her instantly! Her father was understandably distraught and refused to leave his poor girl alone in the woods. He sat out there in the woods cradling her lifeless body through the winter eventually dying of hypothermia. It is now alleged that if you drive down Badarka Road in Chugiak at around 3.30am you may see the man cradling the lifeless corpse of his daughter sitting by the roadside.
Would you dare to visit Badarka Road?
1 – Red Onion Saloon, Skagway
The Red Onion Saloon in Skagway was originally a whorehouse, but it has served various different purposes over the years including an army barracks, a bakery, a laundry, a union hall, a gift shop and a television studio! These days you can take a guided tour of the property with tour guides dressed as madams of the era! It really is like taking a step back into the height of the gold rush! The Red Onion Saloon had a unique way of doing business. The first floor was the bar area and the upper floor had 10 rooms where the ‘ladies’ could entertain their guests. Down in the bar there were 10 dolls each representing the working girls. If the doll was laid flat on her back it meant that girl was occupied, if it was sitting upright it meant that she was available!
In terms of paranormal activity, one of the most prominent ghosts that is said to call The Red Onion Saloon home is a female spirit known as Lydia. It is believed that Lydia was one of the prostitutes that once worked at the brothel. Her footsteps are often felt on the second floor where the brothel used to operate and visitors also report a strong scent of perfume and unusual cold spots. Lydia has also been seen as a full body apparition walking around in the madame’s room and sometimes running down the hall. Strangely enough, Lydia is also said to water the plants and often the hostesses will come in and find the soil in the pots is damp. On occasion Lydia is also said to behave very aggressively towards men. It is not known if she dies at the brothel or why she is destined to remain there.