5 Most Haunted Locations in Alaska
Affectionately referred to as America’s Last Frontier, Alaska is well known for being one of the most sparsely populated and scenic states. However, with all its natural beauty one could be forgiven for not knowing that it’s inundated with paranormal activity.
Below you’ll find an overview of the most haunted locations across the vast state of Alaska. The ghost stories and hauntings here lead many to believe Alaska belongs right at the top of the most haunted states in America. So, without further ado, here are the 5 most haunted locations in Alaska.
Some of the sites listed below may be on private property; others may be located in dangerous locations. Please follow the law and be safe.
5. WENDY WILLIAMSON AUDITORIUM
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 ghosts.
There is one particular spirit who is said to be a fairly angry male with a dislike for brunettes! Women who have long brown hair are often pushed by this unseen presence.
There have also been 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 building.
4. NIGHTMUTE HIGH SCHOOL
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 fictional ghost.
A little girl is said to haunt the school’s bathrooms and she is known to flush toilets and flick the lights on and off.
However, unlike Moaning Myrtle, she isn’t confined to the bathroom. She’s 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 the origin of the hauntings of Nightmute High School.
3. BADARKA ROAD
When it comes to spooky tales about Alaskan ghosts, one of the most well-known stories is regarding a tragic ax accident. The story goes that a five-year-old girl was helping her father 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 ax 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 ax out and chopping some wood on her own. However, her plan went horribly wrong and she ended up pulling the ax 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 3.30 am you may see the man cradling the corpse of his daughter sitting by the roadside.
2. RED ONION SALOON
The Red Onion Saloon in Skagway was originally a brothel, but it has served various purposes over the years including 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 ten rooms where the ‘ladies’ could entertain their guests.
Down in the bar, there were ten 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 are said to call The Red Onion Saloon home is a female spirit known as Lydia. It’s 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.
1. ELDRED ROCK LIGHTHOUSE
Just off the coast of Alaska lies one of the most haunted locations in the state. The Eldred Rock Lighthouse is the oldest original lighthouse in Alaska, having been born out of a list of tragic shipwrecks in the area.
One of the most notorious of all shipwrecks was the Clara Nevada steamship. In 1898, she ran aground on Eldred Rock, bursting into flames and plunging to the canals’ icy depths. The disaster claimed 75 lives, and it’s also believed that hundreds of pounds of gold were on board when it sank, never to be recovered.
It’s the souls of these unfortunate passengers and sailors of the Clara Nevada, and other countless shipwrecks that are believed to haunt the island and the surrounding waters to this day.