By John Harrington and Grant Suneson
Source: Robby Robinette / Wikimedia Commons
1. Alabama: Sloss Furnaces
> Town: Birmingham
> Year built: 1882
A large iron production facility in Birmingham from the 19th century has turned into the spookiest spot in Alabama. Legend has it that the foreman killed some of his employees by overworking them, so the others pushed him into the furnace. The foreman never actually existed, but there have been allegations of unexplained noises and paranormal assaults at the Sloss Furnaces.
Source: Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau
2. Alaska: Red Onion Saloon
> Town: Skagway
> Year built: 1897
Alaska’s gold rush that attracted thousands of men to seek their fortune there in the late 1800s led to brothels popping up in the territory. One of those brothels, the Red Onion Saloon, is reportedly still haunted by a former prostitute named Lydia, renowned for her aggression to men.ALSO READ: Places Sick and Tired of Tourists
Source: Copper Queen Hotel
3. Arizona: Copper Queen Hotel
> Town: Bisbee
> Year built: 1902
The Copper Queen Hotel, believed to be Arizona’s oldest continuously operating inn, reportedly has some ghostly visitors who never leave. Paying guests reported hearing voices from people who weren’t there and said the hotel’s electronics mysteriously malfunction at times.
Source: Quapaw Quarter Association
4. Arkansas: Curran Hall
> Town: Little Rock
> Year built: 1843
Curran Hall in Arkansas is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the country. Paranormal investigators say they have detected some spectral activity. The house may be haunted by Mary Elizabeth Walters, who died in childbirth and before the home was completed.
Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
5. California: Alcatraz
> Town: San Francisco
> Year built: 1934
Alcatraz was one of America’s most notorious prisons, located on an island close to the San Francisco shoreline, operated as a federal prison from 1934 to 1963. Shortly before Alcatraz was closed, guards said they heard strange noises in hallways where three prisoners were shot. Though it is now a museum, it housed some of the most hardened criminals in U.S. history, including Al Capone.
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