Some would say that Washington is one of the most beautiful states in North America thanks to an abundance of natural lakes, lush forests and historical landmarks. However, lurking behind that beauty is a much darker side involving some particularly creepy paranormal hotspots!
Let’s look a little bit closer at some of the most haunted places in Washington:
Campbell House is one of Washington’s most well known historical landmarks. It was designed and built by Kirtland K Cutter in 1898 and was first owned by Amasa Basaliel Campbell. There is a very sad history attached to the house. In the early 1900s, 3 of the Campbell children were murdered by a burglar who also kidnapped the fourth child. The child was never returned. With such a tragic past it is hardly surprising that the Campbell House is one of the most haunted places in Washington. Visitors describe feeling a very unsettling feeling on entering the house and are often overcome with dread. There is a portrait of Amasa Basaliel Campbell in the house that is said to follow visitors with its eyes as they wander the house – perhaps looking to see if the kidnapper ever returns?
9. Black Diamond Cemetery, Black Diamond
The very fact that Black Diamond Cemetery is a burial ground makes it a little creepy, but when you add the fact that this is actually one of the most haunted places in Washington it really kicks the spook factor up a few notches! It has been said that visitors have heard whistling and voices when nobody else is around. There have also been reports of the swinging lanterns of dead coal miners seen on foggy nights.
8. University Heights, Seattle
University Heights in Seattle was at one time a school, but it has since been converted into a community centre. It is also considered to be one of the most haunted places in Washington thanks to the spirit of a little boy who is haunting the building. The youngster is believed to have been a student at University Heights when it was still operating as a school and it seems like her has never left. He is often see and heard playing in the halls. However, he certainly does not seem to be alone in the building since many visitors, staff and paranormal investigators have all said that they have heard what sounds like a small group of children laughing and playing in the building. At least the little boy doesn’t seem to be lonely!
7. Tacoma Old City Hall, Tacoma
Tacoma Old City Hall has been at the centre of various reports of hauntings since the mid seventies. According to local town records, the police were called to the old building on a number of occasions starting in 1974 to investigate a variety of different disturbances including lights going on and off, noises coming from inside, fire alarms sounding and even the intruder alarms being triggered. Those reporting the disturbances believed that someone was breaking in, but on each occasion the police could find no evidence that anyone had even been inside. There were no signs of forced entry, nothing had been disturbed and there was no logical explanation for the disturbances!
6. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver
Fort Vancouver dates back to the 19th century, but before that it served as a fur trading outpost. It stands on the Columbia River and is located partly in Washington and partly in Oregon. Like so many other old and ruined buildings, Fort Vancouver has its fair share of secrets hidden within its walls – it is also one of the most haunted places in Washington state. One of the most active buildings is said to be the Grant House Art Center which sits among the houses in Officers’ Row. Some of the strange phenomena that has been reported there includes phones ringing when thy are completely unplugged and doors opening or closing by themselves. There is one particular ghost who staff have nicknamed ‘Sully’ that likes to sit in the cafe drinking coffee!
5. Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham
Mount Baker Theatre opened in Bellingham in 1927 and ever since it first opened its doors the building seems to have been plagued by ghosts! Just some of the reports that have been recorded here include unexplained noises, cold spots, strange disembodied voices, balls of light and even the odd apparition. There is a resident ghost of a young woman named Judy, and for years the theatre have had reports of her “developing crushes” on male projectionists and ushers at the theatre–when she picks a crush, they’ll hear their names called across the stage or they’ll feel ghostly touches on their backs and shoulders. And she’s just one of 4 ghosts that paranormal investigators have discovered there! With all of this strange paranormal activity going on, it is not difficult to see why Mount Baker Theatre is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Washington state!
4. Oxford Saloon, Snohomish
The Oxford Saloon in Snohomish is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Washington. It has been investigated by a number of different paranormal investigators and many of them have picked up some very clear examples of electronic voice phenomena. The saloon was built in 1900, but has been modified considerably over the years. It has seen more than its fair share of violence over the years – especially down in the basement and in the men’s card room. One of the most documented murders here is the death of a Policeman named Henry who was a regular at the saloon and who may even have worked as a bouncer on his days off. He is believed to be one of the many spirits haunting the Oxford Saloon today. He most often appears on the basement stairs, but is also known to pinch women in the ladies’ restroom! On the upper floors there are said to be three more ghosts – a man in a bowler hat and two female spirits. One of these ladies is a madam known as Kathleen and she is described as an older woman dressed in purple with matching purple bows. The other lady is a girl named Amelia who was forced into prostitution by Kathleen and who was found dead in a closet in the property.
3. Kells Irish Pub, Seattle
Once known as the Butterworth Building, this former mortuary is now a very popular bar called Kell’s Irish Pub. It is not only one of the most haunted places in Washington state, but is considered to be the most haunted pub in North America and has even been the focus of a couple of different paranormal television shows. A large number of bodies have passed through the mortuary thanks to disease epidemics, mining accidents and violent crime and that has certainly left its mark on the property. Just some of the unexplained activity that has bee documented here includes mirrors spontaneously shattering for no apparent reason, plaster falling from the walls, glasses being swiped off of surfaces by unseen hands and disembodied voices. The owner also claims to have seen an apparition sitting at the end of the bar which he described as a mixed race man with very thin hands and wearing a suit jacket. Interestingly, some of the bodies that passed through the mortuary here would have been the victims of our next haunted location – Starvation Heights Sanatarium.
2. Starvation Heights Sanitarium, Olalla
Starvation Heights Sanitarium was operated by Dr Linda Hazzard and her husband Sam, but the doctor was using a very strange treatment method to treat her patients – starvation! Needless to say, this was not an effective treatment and a large number of her patients died. These bodies were incinerated within the sanitarium to cover up the mistreatment while Dr Hazzard maintained her public image as a strong female leader. However, behind the scenes she was evil and greedy. Today, the foundation of the building and the incinerator are all that really remains. Well, apart from the spirits of former patients that are said to be roaming the ruins that is!
1. Northern State Mental Hospital, Sedro-Woolley
At one time, as many as 2000 patients lived in the Northern State Mental Hospital. A large percentage of those patients would also have died in the building due to a variety of different causes. Some would have passed from natural causes, but far more died as a direct result of strenuous physical labor, electroshock therapy treatments gone too far, botched lobotomies, complications during forced sterilization and some were just straight out murdered. It is no great surprise that with so much death and despair linked to the property, it has become one of the most haunted places in Washington. There have been various reports of paranormal activity including one of the most common sightings – an apparition of a nurse pushing a male patient in a wheelchair. Other common reports include shadow figures, disembodied screams and cold spots.