Mysterious MichiganGhosts and Legends
Supernatural legends and haunted history from Michigan.
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The Nain Rouge, also known as the “Red Dwarf of Detroit,” has been a harbinger of doom since the time of Detroit’s founder, Cadillac. According to the legend, seeing the Nain Rouge is a surefire sign of something terrible to come…or is it.
On Devils Night in 1985, a large amount of us from school went to visit Pere Cheney Cemetery with the intent of getting scared. I had heard tons of stories about the “ghost train”, the witch and a few other legends and never felt scared one bit…until later on.
For the paranormal enthusiast, staying overnight somewhere haunted is the ultimate experience. Are these places really haunted? Stay there and find out.
Ghosts and lighthouses are synonymous with each other and Michigan has the most lighthouses of any state in the U.S. Enjoy learning about a few of Michigan’s well known haunted lighthouses. Because what’s a lighthouse without a ghost?
“In European folklore, the witching hour is the time when supernatural creatures such as witches, demons and ghosts are thought to be at their most powerful, and black magic at its most effective. This hour is typically midnight, and the term may now be used to refer to midnight, or any late hour, even without having the associated superstitious beliefs. The term “witching hour” can also refer to the period from midnight to 3am, while “devils hour” refers to the time around 3am.”
The 3:00 a.m. statement is complete nonsense based on pseudoscience and the laziness of some people to check their facts before declaring what they put forward as a fact.
No one really knows when Thelma began her supernatural wanderings, but reports of her ghost have been made since at least the 1950s. Thelma’s true identity is a mystery, as is her real name.
Mary Mayo Hall is located on Michigan State University’s northern end of campus known as “West Circle” alongside other historical buildings. It is the oldest residential hall on campus, built in 1931 as a standalone women’s dormitory in honor of its namesake, Mary Anne Mayo.
Warriner Hall on the Central Michigan University campus is said to be haunted by an actress who died during a performance. The story says she was downstairs and tried to call upstairs to a friend using an out of commission dumbwaiter shaft. When she stuck her head inside the shaft, the dumbwaiter came crashing down and she was beheaded…or so that’s how the story has been told.
Tuberculosis, also commonly called “consumption” and the “white plague” was a major and devastating illness at one time and still is in parts of the world.
Soon after the remodeling started, the paranormal activity began…
Soop Cemetery is one of the most misunderstood haunted cemeteries in Michigan.
The legend states: A fellow in the 80’s built a fallout shelter beneath his home for his family. Paranoia growing greater, he took his family down there to live. At some point he lost it and killed his entire family with a hatchet and thus the road got its nickname: Hatchet Man Road.
Honk your horn three times to see the “Lady in White.” These types of “urban legend tests” exist all over the United States and are in no short abundance in Michigan.
Colorful local legends are abundant in Michigan.
According to existing stories, there used to be an old house at the end of Seven Gables Road, a road that dead ends off of E. Dexter trail in Dansville, Michigan, Ingham county.
The history of Fort Wayne is monumental. Everything you can think of happening during war and peace took place there. Lives were lived, lost, found, broken and made there. Death occurred, atrocities happened, just as there were also heroes and happiness at the fort. Military personnel, along with civilians worked and fell in love there. Prisoners were even kept there and many stayed on after being released. Fort Wayne lived — and then Fort Wayne started to die.
Orbs. You know, those things that appear in everyone’s “paranormal” photos? I can’t count how many times someone has heard that I study the paranormal and then with excitement, asked me to look at a picture of their “orb.”
Mouth Cemetery is one of the most talked about cemeteries in Muskegon County when it comes to the paranormal. But is it really haunted? This cemetery is one of those places you have to watch out for. Not because the place is filled with ghosts and lost souls waiting to take you to the grave with them, but because it’s an easy “legend maker.”
Pere Cheney, now just a lonely Michigan ghost town, was once a small but booming lumber town in Crawford County, west of Grayling.
The ghost of The Griffon has haunted the northern waters of Lake Michigan since its disappearance in 1679.
Haunted Schools. They seem to be common and why not? Think about how much energy is expended on a daily basis in a school. All of those kids, the drama, the hormones, the friendships, the breakups! It’s all in one building all the time. If we are to believe places that carry a lot of energy generally cater to the spirit world, then what better place than a school.
The legend of Crying Mary says that at the stroke of midnight on every Sunday, the statue cries. People have claimed to have seen and felt her tears. Some say she only cries at night and never during the day. The story has been circulating some say, since the 1940’s and continues on.
For decades, people have gathered every year on the night of November 21 at the Reynolds Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan, hoping to see the reunion of two lost souls. Gathering might not be as common as it once was in the past, as creepy neighbors with shot guns and the police are a few of the factors that keep the curious ghost hunters away from the cemetery these days. So be warned.
Have you ever wondered what some of those strange symbols on old tombstones mean? This list represents some of the most common symbols found in many Michigan cemeteries.
The traditional story tells of a hospital in the area that was treating hydrocephalic children long ago. The hospital was forced to close, and the children had nowhere to go, so they were released into the wilds of Holland (scary…)
Established in 1883, Nunica Cemetery in tiny Nunica, Michigan has gained the reputation of being one of the “most haunted cemeteries in west Michigan”, maybe even the entire state. A dirt road will bring you past old and new tombstones sprinkled among large, gnarly trees that add to the spooky atmosphere.
The legend of Morrow Road says a ghost is forever looking for her lost child and haunts the road to this day.
The shoe tree story is pure legend at its finest because there’s nothing haunted about some old shoes in a tree. It’s a little creepy, but doesn’t automatically generate ghosts. But try telling that to someone who claims that their car wouldn’t start when they were near a shoe tree and other bizarre occurrences that are said to happen by these roadside oddities.
The legend tells of a glowing blue figure that watches over the cemetery at night. The “blue man” is rumored to be the spirit of Reverend William M. Ferry, one of Grand Haven’s founding fathers.
Hell’s bridge is a popular urban legend around west Michigan and tells of the “demon possessed child killer”, Elias Friske. “Hell’s Bridge” is a small, not so special metal bridge found in Algoma Township, crossing the Rogue River.
William Ganong Cemetery is in Westland, Michigan and the classic “lady in white” has been spotted in the graveyard.
The Ada Witch has been a popular legend in West Michigan for decades. For years, people have claimed to have witnessed a paranormal classic: “the lady in white.” She’s been seen wandering around the area of Findlay Cemetery and surrounding roads. But who is this mysterious “lady in white”?
Cemeteries have some of the strangest superstitions attached to them.
For years, rumors have been going around that the place is haunted, especially the second floor. One employee and friend I spoke with claimed he had seen a little kid running on the second floor after hours and heard his name spoken behind him, only to find no one there. Other employees have witnessed the same thing.
When asylums were “all the rage,” in mental health, Traverse City was home to one of Michigan’s finest.
Haunted? Definitely. First, I want to recommend any desert on the menu from the Fenton Hotel restaurant. Second, while you’re eating your desert, you might feel like you are being envied by a presence you can’t see. That’s because the Fenton Hotel is most definitely haunted and Michigan’s Otherside has experienced it first hand.
Omer, Michigan isn’t known for much, aside from being Michigan’s smallest city and sucker fishing every April. However, one unique legend dating back hundreds of years stands out: The Witchy Wolves of the Omer Plains. Harking back to at least the Civil War, the Witchy Wolves is an old Chippewa legend that has been passed down for generations.