5 Most Haunted Locations in Washington
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! When you think of Washington State in relation to anomalous experiences, hauntings probably aren’t the first subject to enter your mind.
Forteans the world over regard the Pacific Northwest as the true home of Bigfoot, but from abandoned ghost towns to massacre sites to old brothels and mortuaries, Washington has its fair share of haunted locations. So, let’s get into it! Here are the five most haunted locations in Washington.
5. CAMPBELL HOUSE
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 houses in the state of 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.
4. BLACK DIAMOND CEMETERY
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 locations 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.
3. FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
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 wall.
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 include phones ringing when they are completely unplugged and doors opening or closing by themselves. There is one particular ghost who members of staff have nicknamed ‘Sully’ that likes to sit in the cafe drinking coffee!
2. KELLS IRISH PUB
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 locations 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.
1. STARVATION HEIGHTS SANITARIUM
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 remain. Well, apart from the spirits of former patients that are said to be roaming the ruins that is!