Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

So, I’ve taken another hiatus even though I said I wouldn’t…but this time I’m REALLY going to try not to. One just never knows how crazy life is going to be. The last year has been the hardest, scariest & most challenging year I’ve had in a long time.

Speaking of crazy, I just spent a night in one of the most haunted locations in America! Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had.  There’s been many articles and Paranormal Shows galore that have shared the history, so I won’t get into too much detail here, but check out the website below for a pretty detailed overview. Basically, this place started with very good intentions, and ended in tragedy.

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/trans-allegheny-lunatic-asylum/

So, last week, I set off for the 24+ hour car ride to Weston, WV with a fantastic mash-up of Haunter Paranormal & PRISM Colorado.  The drive was rough and long, but we made the best of it. I’d be fine never driving through Kansas again, though…even if it was an adventure. I should have kept track of how many gas stations we stopped at while driving there & back. We had lots of fun and laughs outside of the investigation…but I know you’re here for the ghosts!

Sunday, the day before the investigation, our group decided to do a couple of different tours at the asylum!  I chose to opt out of the paranormal tour and did the criminally insane & historical tours.  When I go into investigations I don’t want to know too much about specific spirits that people think are there. In my humble opinion, that gets people hyper focused on specific things that might or might not happen, rather than just going with the flow.  Both tours were great & very informative.  It’s strange to say, but the building during the day feels almost peaceful.  It’s full of natural light, and is so quiet. Also, very massive. I cannot stress that enough.  After walking around the buildings during the day time I was super ready for the investigation!  

Monday night we arrived, set up and were eager to get started.  We had a wonderful guide for the night, Rhia, and she helped us set up our equipment in the best “hot spots”.  The 8 of us split off into groups and went to different parts of the building, and holy cannolis! This place is wild.  Some of the coolest experiences are as follows:

  • In “Lily’s” room, we weren’t getting any action, but the three of us felt like we were being watched from the hallway.  I got up to go look out the doorway, and tried talking to whoever might be there. There was a small “ting” from down the hallway in response to my question, and I asked that they do it again to let me know they were there.  As soon as I asked, the “ting” happened again.  Except it was right by me, so I got a little spooked.  Here’s the video clip since we were on Instagram live! If you listen with headphones, you can hear the sound.
  • Moments later Holly, Audrey and I went out into the hallway to try and communicate more.  As we were standing there, Audrey heard a noise and pointed towards the nurses station.  We all stopped and looked behind us. Out of nowhere Holly’s flashlight lid (which was in her backpack in the other room) came flying and hit the floor in front of us.  That was probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever experienced.
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CP2B1qQlZG2/?utm_medium=copy_link
  • I wandered off alone at one point, and could hear footsteps (some caught on IG Live) and a strange noise from the room next to me, which made me jump. 
  • There were so many footsteps, weird movements in peripheral vision, and knocking. 
  • Two other members had strange mimic-like experiences in Dean’s room.  Dean was most likely autistic and was  brutally murdered. 
  • Holly and I ventured off into the “decrepit room”, which is an area that not too many people investigate.  The first level we played with the phasma box and weren’t getting too much so we decided to go down to the second level. We opened the door and the second we did we both felt a very strong, not very nice energy. It was like walking into a brick wall. So of course we ventured in!  We could feel someone standing behind us, while there were noises in front of us.  We caught some interesting stuff on the phasma box too.  That was probably the most scared I was all night. Sitting there on the floor I was absolutely terrified & frozen in place.  We eventually decided to get up and try and see the lobotomy room before we had to start tearing down.  We found it, but also got lost in the meantime. Being lost in an asylum at 4AM with Holly was such a fun experience.

Overall, I really enjoyed this trip. Amazing time, with amazing people! Hopefully I’ll have some amazing evidence to share.  Check out @haunterparanormal, @prismcolorado & @paranormalprincess7 on instagram. 

By the way, There is also an amazing little shop in Weston called Appalachian Oddities! The owners are very kind and have some really neat things in the shop.  Make sure you check them out if you’re passing through. 

Thank you to Devon & Haunter Paranormal for this amazing experience!!

Independence Ghost Town – Colorado

Hey guys! I’m super sorry for the lack of updates. I was asked to be a part of a really cool podcast so I was focusing on getting my first episode out. https://open.spotify.com/episode/648WeBLJspsHracy3CpXgI)

Last weekend I spent 4 days camping with some of my favorite people, and it turns out that we were staying right by Independence Ghost Town. I’d heard of it, but always thought it was too far for a day trip. I was pretty dang excited to say the least. Ghost towns have a special place in my heart. Not so much because I believe they’re haunted, but they are filled with the spirits of Colorado’s past. It sounds cheesy, but you can close your eyes and really picture how it was to live there a hundred years ago.

The town of Independence was founded as a mining town in 1879…supposedly on July 4th! Obviously, this is where the name comes from.  Eventually the town came to life, but was very short lived, as many mining towns were. Boom or bust!!!

According to the Aspen History website “During the winter of 1899 the worst storm in Colorado’s history cut off the supply routes to Independence. The miners, who were running out of food, proceeded to dismantle their homes to make 75 pairs of skis and to escape en masse to Aspen. They made light of their adventure by making it a race of the Hunter’s Pass Ski Club—entry fee: one ham sandwich.”

Can you imagine this place during the winter??

Being there and seeing the vast canyon area with the remnants of a small town was breathtaking…but this is in August. How in the world did people manage to live there during the winter? As it stands now, the pass is closed down for a good portion of the year, and that’s with plows and salt. The people were probably stuck there for many months, dealing with elements.

I’m happy to say that there are still buildings standing that have been well preserved, minus the absolute IDIOTS who carve their initials or Twitter handles into things. Nobody cares, Mike from 2006!

It was interesting walking around because there is so much broken glass on the ground everywhere! One of the ladies who works there said some of it is from when the town was populated, but also during the 1970’s people from Aspen used to go and party there. I’m assuming this was before the town was really being preserved. There were a lot of other artifacts found, though.

Colorado is such a wonderful place to live, and there is just so much history here. The ghost town of Independence was like stepping into a time machine and if you ever have the chance to visit, I would highly recommend it.

Inside what was once the general store! It’s been rebuilt but using the same wood from the original building.
In front of one of the miners cabins


https://aspenhistory.org/tours-sites/independence-ghost-town/

Dearwood Ghost Town

This is just a short entry about a really neat little ghost town my mom and I went to visit last weekend! There are a lot of great ones in Colorado but many of them require a half a day to get to, so we found this little gem that was a little closer to Denver.

As I searched and searched for a fun place, I came across Dearwood, CO. It came to life in 1910 thanks to Oliver T. Jackson and was a thriving African American community! It grew into a sustainable place with churches, a gas station & homes. Unfortunately during the Dustbowl & Great Depression in the 1930’s, the town was mostly abandoned.

Here is a neat snippet from an article I found (link at the end). George Junne is a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Northern Colorado,

“While Jackson spent his time marketing the community and working in Denver, his wife, Minerva, acted as the town’s “judge, jury and executioner,” according to Junne. She ran the town’s day-to-day operations, and ran them tightly. “When she snapped her fingers you jumped,” Junne says.

In promotional pamphlets, Jackson touted the community’s rich soil and view of the mountains. Always on the lookout for newcomers to town, he made clear they were looking to grow. He never stopped thinking up new ways to make Dearfield succeed and fill its coffers, Junne says. Even Prohibition offered Jackson an opportunity.

“For a while this town was known as ‘Beerfield’ because he was bootlegging here,” Junne says. “He needed to make money to keep things going. The people all around here knew about it and they gave the nickname.”

It makes me sad to think about how quickly this town came and went, but it’s also really cool that this wonderful piece of African American history still stands for people to visit and hopefully educate themselves. Imagining what it was like 100 years ago is always fun and I hope the spirit of Dearwood can continue to live on!

I will say that it most definitely didn’t feel haunted. It almost had a light and happy feel to it. I guess I always thought ghost towns were supposed to be spooky and all, but most definitely not Dearwood! It sounds like during it’s brief history that it was a happy place of empowerment and success. Who knows, your neighborhood may someday be a decrepit ghost town that people come and visit.


https://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/post/forgotten-piece-african-american-history-great-plains

E-mail me anytime at paranormalprincess7@gmail.com!

xo

Satan And The Hellfire Club

History is absolutely fascinating…especially Irish history! When I was in Ireland last year I had the most incredible 10 days of my life. During my solo journey I spent a couple days in Dublin and of course had to hop on a tour of the Hellfire Club! (No, this was not the same one that Ghost Adventures investigated).  The double decker bus was super spooky and a ton of fun. The bus ride was about 45 minutes but the guide kept us entertained with much of the & legends.

The building from the outside!!
  • The club was founded in 1735 by Richard Parsons, a known dabbler in black magic.
  • Dublin’s Hellfire Club was a place for wealthy young gentlemen to drink, gamble, hire prostitutes, even, allegedly, engage in Satanic worship.
  • The best-known Hellfire club story is the one in which the Devil himself appears. A stranger had joined the members at a game of cards. At some point one of the card players dropped a card on the floor. As he bent down to retrieve it he noticed that the stranger had cloven hooves instead of feet.
  • Another tale concerns a young farmer, curious to find out what went on at the meetings. Climbing up Montpelier Hill one night, he was invited in by the members of the club and allowed to witness the night’s activities. He was found the next morning trembling and terrified. Tradition says he spent the rest of his life unable to speak; unable even to remember his name.

Now, it’s hard to say if some of the old tradition is accurate, but during times of strong religious rule there were most certainly rebels that practiced Satanic magick, and/or other extremes. It’s also interesting to note that there are stories from many different traditions that talk about “someone” showing up with hoofed feet or chicken legs. It seems to be a telltale sign of the Devil, so who knows, maybe there is a grain of truth to the stories out there. I like to think there is ;). A friend of my grandmother swears she saw a man with chicken legs when she was out dancing one night and spent much of her life in fear that he would return to find her since she laid eyes on him.

The hike up to the structure was absolutely stunning, green & perfectly warm. I didn’t feel strange or any sense of dread, but I was also just happy to be in the place I always felt was my home. Ireland is just so incredible! During my actual time in the structure I did feel a little off, though. Unfortunately over time people have graffitied it and caused damage. There was definitely an eerie vibe that wasn’t just due to the building’s age. We were allowed to walk around and explore, so of course I did! A couple of areas caused me to become overwhelmed with unexplained anxiety…I wish more than anything I’d been able to sit down and center myself to see what I could feel around there as I do believe the place to be haunted…by what, I do not know.

Who was wandering these halls 200 years ago??

May I add the absolute scariest part of the place was the giant spiders.

Some friends I’ve made in the paranormal community recently did an investigation there! I’ve included a link to their Facebook below.

https://www.facebook.com/eire19/
https://dublin.ie/living/articles/the-hell-fire-club/

xo

Haunted Vegas! Part 2: The Pioneer Saloon

I was only in Vegas for a short while so I didn’t get to visit as many places as I would have liked, but the second place on my list was the Pioneer Saloon!
Thursday, before I had to go to the airport, I made the 45 minute drive from Summerlin to Goodsprings, NV. It’s crazy how you go from the city to gorgeous desert views so quickly!

The Pioneer Saloon has been featured in one of the Ghost Adventures episodes, so of course I was excited to go and spend some time there.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the history of this place this is from their website:

“Many movies have been filmed here but the genuine stories of the Pioneer Saloon do not live in the lines of a movie script but in the echoes of the past. The famous screen legend, Clark Gable, waited for three days at the bar for word on his wife of less than two years Carole Lombard. She was lost in a plane crash near Mount Potosi. You will be able to read this tragic story on an original newspaper and see a piece of the actual wreckage. At one time the saloon was next to a hotel that not only served as a comfortable rest place for the many prospectors and miners in the west… it also served as a place where street girls would frequent with their clients. The hotel is gone now after a severe fire left only ashes to remember.The many tales from the bar along with bullet holes, the pot bellied stove and the paper clippings are just a few of the things that will keep you immersed in the exciting era of the old Wild West.”

My view when I arrived!

Also here are a few more ghostly facts:

  • It’s possible that multiple people died in the old mineshaft that runs beneath the bar.
  • Supposedly remnants of the plane that killed Carole Lombard can still be found around the desert.
  • There is also the story of a drunk miner named of Paul Coski who was shot after he was caught cheating at a card game in 1915.
  • Rumors that there may be spirits of the “ladies of the night.”
The Memorial Room

I decided to stop in and have one drink (which was the best Gin & and Tonic I’ve ever had!).  The bartender & who I’m assuming was the manager were both very friendly. I asked them about their own experiences at the place and they said they always work during the day, so they haven’t had many. They said that plenty of other employees do, though!  I was also told that Zak Bagans was pretty overcome with intense emotions, off camera, while the crew was there.

It was hard for me to pick up on any energies because they were fairly busy and I was exhausted, but I love the atmosphere, the people & can’t wait to come back one day!!!

Check out this link below for info on tours!

https://tp.media/r?marker=327819&trs=140682&p=1922&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.viator.com%2FLas-Vegas-attractions%2FPioneer-Saloon%2Fd684-a24325

Out back. Would love to sit out here at night with the fire!

http://www.pioneersaloon.info/

Part 1: Ouija Boards

Recently, some of my good friends and I were talking about paranormal investigations and they asked if I ever use a Ouija board. I immediately said HELL NO.  I’ve always had a thing against them. A big part of that is due to a story my mom told me when I was young. Her and my grandmother were playing with one and it spelled out “Kelly is easy to work through”. My grandma took the board, threw it in the garbage outside and told my mom to never touch one again.  She’s instilled this in me as well and I’ve never used one. So, my friend then asked me how it’s any different than using other paranormal investigation equipment and I was at a loss. In my mind, it’s always been way different, but is it really? Whether I’m using a K2 or a Ouija board, I’m still attempting communication with something unknown.

A few fun facts about the Ouija board:

  • In 1891 the first advertisements started to appear in the papers.
  • Spiritualism began to gain a massive following in the mid to late 1800s (and beyond).  Seances & contacting the dead became very popular social events. I may discuss this movement later!
  • There is supposedly a demon named Zozo that communicates with people through the board and then wreaks havok on the user’s lives.
  • Sold & marketed as a children’s toy.

Let me say that most of the time I believe that nothing comes through. Other times, when you put a bunch of people together who are looking for a scare, subconsciously the planchette is probably being moved by the group. Occasionally you may get a spirit coming through, which could be good or not-so-good. There are even theories that it is a person’s subconscious answering questions that they already know. A way for the conscious and subconscious to communicate. I kind of like that idea.  I know I’ve had plenty of experiences where deep down I knew an answer but I still sought the validation. Maybe that’s all the Ouija board does? Maybe it’s just an oracle game like “Magic 8 Ball”? Maybe, but I’m not so sure.

When I met with my spiritual mentor I asked her opinion on the subject.  She told me one of the biggest issues is that the “ceremony” isn’t properly executed.  There are certain ways to open and close the sessions of a Ouija board, as well as other spiritual precautions one should take. Kids & teenagers especially are more reckless and unaware of these precautions.

So, you’ve played with one once and nothing happened, right? Plenty of people play with Ouija boards without consequences…probably more often than not. I guess the best comparison I can make is that people speed while they drive all the time and nothing happens. But all it takes is that one time speeding  by the cop at the wrong time that you get busted. Calling on anything can be dangerous. The use of ANY equipment can be dangerous, really. As paranormal investigators we take that risk.  Most of us know what we are signing up for. Perhaps this shouldn’t be marketed as a kids toy, though. The last thing a parent needs is their children accidentally bringing spirits (or something darker) into the house.

Here’s an old commercial for Ouija Boards

To me the most unnerving part of the Ouija board IS the ritualistic nature. Or maybe it’s all the crazy stories I’ve heard, or the scary movies I’ve seen. You don’t see too many horror flicks start out with a group of teens saying, “Let’s pull out our K2 meter!”. There are so many stories out there and I find it hard to believe that all of them are fake.

I read this on Quora by accident, but I love this:

“Always play with respect. Imagine a Ouija board as an online chatroom where you post your telephone number and wait for someone to call you. You have no idea who is on the other line. Respect whomever you’re talking to or don’t play. You could be asking for consequences.” – Koi wozz

From @paranormalsupplies on Instagram!

Stay spooky. Stay safe. Don’t summon any demons! Part 2 coming soon!!!