Category: Haunted Waters

Kaniskee (Spirit) Lake – Northern Idaho Panhandle

By , June 1, 2015 12:13 am

spirit lake idahoThis lake was named by the Coeur d’Alenes Indians. The name means “Lake of the Spirit” and was given to this lake because of the ghost of a young girl who glides over the water in a phantom canoe. She has long black hair down to her waist and is always dressed in white. She is said to be the spirit of an Indian maiden who committed suicide after learning that her young warrior love had died in a tribal fight. Legend says she rowed her canoe to the center of the lake one moonlit night, jumped into the water and drowned herself. She can still be seen gliding across the lake in her ghostly canoe. Spirit Lake is in Northern Idaho panhandle near the Montana border.

Pickens County Courthouse Carrollton, Alabama

By , October 24, 2013 1:55 am

pickens county courthouseWhen the original Carrolton County Courthouse burned down on November 16, 1876, everyone suspected it was arson and everyone suspected that the guilty party was Henry Wells. He was an outspoken black man with a bit of a wild streak who lived on the outskirts of town. Shortly after the fire, he was arrested and held in the attic of the building that would soon become the new county courthouse.

One day in February 1878, an angry lynch mob who had already convicted Wells of the crime, gathered outside the courthouse and demanded that Wells be turned over to them. As this was going on, a severe thunderstorm approached. As Mr. Wells was gazing out the window of the attic room that had become his prison cell, a tremendous bolt of lightning struck the window Wells was peering out of. He was killed instantly. The sudden flash of lightning etched a portrait of his defiant face into the lower right panel of the window pane.

To this day, no cleaning methods, scrubbing or chemicals have been able to remove the image of Henry Wells’ face. Witnesses say that on those nights when thunderstorms roll through Pickens County, the ghost of Henry Wells can be seen staring out of the window where he was killed. (Carrollton is 30 miles west of Tuscaloosa in Pickens County, at the intersection of Hwys 17 and 86.)

Desoto Falls – Mentone, AL

By , October 18, 2009 3:08 am

desoto-fallsThis rural waterfall is said to be haunted by Nancy Dollar, known as Granny, who passed away in January 1931 when she was 108 years old.  After her death, her beloved dog, Buster, was put to sleep and buried along side his master.   Shortly thereafter, the old mountain woman and her dog were seen walking through the woods around this rural waterfall or near the ruins of her old cabin.  Legend says she was looking for justice.

Shortly before her burial, some thieves stole the old woman’s savings, which she has been saving so she could buy a proper headstone.  Her restless spirit rose in search of the theives and the lost money.  She was sighted so frequently that her neighbors finally bought her a proper headstone in 1973.  Reports say that Granny seems to have been appeased by this, but they say her dog still appears. 

Mentone is in eastern DeKalb County, just off I-59 on Highway 117.

You can find out more about Desoto Falls here.

DeSoto Falls in Mentone, Alabama after the Spring rains May 2009

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