Hunting for Haunts

By Rich Adams   Actual Ghostly Locations Reportedly Dot the Great Lakes Bay Region As Halloween nears, dozens of haunted houses will open throughout the Great Lakes Bay region, offering scares to scores of people willing to literally pay the price to be frightened. But how about real hauntings? Are there locations throughout the region where spirits roam? Stories of unexplained and paranormal activity are prevalent around the region, from a decommissioned destroyer in Bay City to the Frankenmuth Historical Museum and a bed-and-breakfast in Saginaw. Just do an online search of haunted places in any given city and the results could scare you. The seasonal amusement haunted houses will be listed, but you’ll also find websites dedicated to sharing rumors and reports of actual hauntings. Perhaps the best known in Bay City is the USS Edson, a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship from the Korean and Vietnam wars that has been converted to the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum. The ship is said to be haunted by a former caretaker of the vessel, who died on the Edson in 1999 when it was docked in New York as part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Since his death, sightings of the caretaker aboard the Edson have been reported. Upping the creepiness factor, the USS Edson was used for interior shots for a 1963 episode of the classic sci-fi series “The Twilight Zone” titled “The Thirty-Fathom Grave.” Picture if you will, indeed. Those wanting to enjoy the ship overnight can book one of the 175 bunks available on the Edson for $45 a night, which the museum said is ideal for group outings. Call (989) 684-3946 for information. The Montague Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in Saginaw, also has a haunted history, with people who say they saw a ghostly apparition on the third floor. A former owner’s ghost is also rumored to be haunting the innkeeper’s quarters. “I don’t believe we have ghosts here,” said Naomi Sanchez, front desk manager of the B&B. “I’ve worked here 11 years and have never seen one. Some people might think they heard noises, but I don’t believe there are any spirits here.” The Frankenmuth Historical Museum also is rumored to have an apparition, which is usually seen in the front part of the museum, according to hauntedplaces.org. The building started out as a hotel when it was built in 1905 and was converted to a newspaper office. It became a museum in 1974. “I have heard the museum is haunted, but I have never seen anything,” said museum Executive Director Heidi Chapman. “The museum was a hotel, and there are stories about a man dying here in the early 1900s.” Other alleged area haunts include:  
  • Saginaw Valley State University: According to hauntedplaces.org, the university has been visited by several paranormal happenings. Students in Living Centers North and South, as well as residents of Pine Grove Apartments, report seeing dark, looming figures and personal items that either have been moved or disappeared entirely.
  • Saginaw Art Museum: Located at 1126 N. Michigan Ave., the museum has supposedly been the site of many spooky incidents, ranging from unseen figures brushing against staff members to ghostly voices. One of the most notable is a spirit that bangs away on an old-fashioned typewriter.
  • Delta College in Bay City: Students report seeing apparitions and hearing footsteps when nobody else is in the building.
  • Central Michigan University Carlin Alumni House: There have been reports of footsteps in the basement and unexplained pounding from inside the basement walls.
  • Mill Pond Park: This 90-acre wetlands park in Mount Pleasant has walking trails, picnic areas and a playground. According to legend, it also is occupied by dark, voiceless apparitions with glowing red eyes.
 

By Rich Adams

 

Actual Ghostly Locations Reportedly Dot the Great Lakes Bay Region

As Halloween nears, dozens of haunted houses will open throughout the Great Lakes Bay region, offering scares to scores of people willing to literally pay the price to be frightened.

But how about real hauntings? Are there locations throughout the region where spirits roam?

Stories of unexplained and paranormal activity are prevalent around the region, from a decommissioned destroyer in Bay City to the Frankenmuth Historical Museum and a bed-and-breakfast in Saginaw.

Just do an online search of haunted places in any given city and the results could scare you. The seasonal amusement haunted houses will be listed, but you’ll also find websites dedicated to sharing rumors and reports of actual hauntings.

Perhaps the best known in Bay City is the USS Edson, a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship from the Korean and Vietnam wars that has been converted to the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.

The ship is said to be haunted by a former caretaker of the vessel, who died on the Edson in 1999 when it was docked in New York as part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Since his death, sightings of the caretaker aboard the Edson have been reported.

Upping the creepiness factor, the USS Edson was used for interior shots for a 1963 episode of the classic sci-fi series “The Twilight Zone” titled “The Thirty-Fathom Grave.” Picture if you will, indeed.

Those wanting to enjoy the ship overnight can book one of the 175 bunks available on the Edson for $45 a night, which the museum said is ideal for group outings. Call (989) 684-3946 for information.

The Montague Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in Saginaw, also has a haunted history, with people who say they saw a ghostly apparition on the third floor. A former owner’s ghost is also rumored to be haunting the innkeeper’s quarters.

“I don’t believe we have ghosts here,” said Naomi Sanchez, front desk manager of the B&B. “I’ve worked here 11 years and have never seen one. Some people might think they heard noises, but I don’t believe there are any spirits here.”

The Frankenmuth Historical Museum also is rumored to have an apparition, which is usually seen in the front part of the museum, according to hauntedplaces.org. The building started out as a hotel when it was built in 1905 and was converted to a newspaper office. It became a museum in 1974.

“I have heard the museum is haunted, but I have never seen anything,” said museum Executive Director Heidi Chapman. “The museum was a hotel, and there are stories about a man dying here in the early 1900s.”

Other alleged area haunts include:

 

  • Saginaw Valley State University: According to hauntedplaces.org, the university has been visited by several paranormal happenings. Students in Living Centers North and South, as well as residents of Pine Grove Apartments, report seeing dark, looming figures and personal items that either have been moved or disappeared entirely.
  • Saginaw Art Museum: Located at 1126 N. Michigan Ave., the museum has supposedly been the site of many spooky incidents, ranging from unseen figures brushing against staff members to ghostly voices. One of the most notable is a spirit that bangs away on an old-fashioned typewriter.
  • Delta College in Bay City: Students report seeing apparitions and hearing footsteps when nobody else is in the building.
  • Central Michigan University Carlin Alumni House: There have been reports of footsteps in the basement and unexplained pounding from inside the basement walls.
  • Mill Pond Park: This 90-acre wetlands park in Mount Pleasant has walking trails, picnic areas and a playground. According to legend, it also is occupied by dark, voiceless apparitions with glowing red eyes.

 

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