5 Haunted Locations In Arkansas That You Can Actually Visit

5 Haunted Locations In Arkansas That You Can Actually Visit

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Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, A Haunting, these are just a few of my favorite things. I don't ask for much. All I wanted for my birthday, which is ten days from Halloween, this year was to go to a haunted house/location that wasn't 18 hours away or closed to the public. I did research for hours and after pouring over different "Haunted America" sites and google searches I finally compiled a list of paranormal locations in Arkansas that one can actually visit/ghost hunt/wimp out at. In no particular order they are as follows:

1. The Allen House. Monticello, AR

Built in 1906, the Allen House is located off North Main St. surrounded by a gorgeous Victorian wrought-iron fence. Joe Lee Allen built the home in hopes that it would be the most impressive the town had ever seen. Along with his wife, Caddye, and their three daughters, they began a life in their new fantastic home.

It was the year of 1949 that would begin the eerie legends surrounding the Allen family and their home. Their second daughter, Ladell, consumed mercury cyanide-laced punch on Dec. 26, 1948, in the master suite of the family home. She died one week later. Her mother sealed off the room and it would not be entered by anyone for nearly four decades. Why did she do this? Was it suicide or murder? Local legend says that she was to marry a handsome older gentlemen who was already betrothed.

Asking Ladell to wait for him, he left to tell his betrothed that he no longer wished to be with her. After weeks of waiting, Ladell received a letter stating that her love was not coming for her, that he had decided to stay with his wife. Distraught, Ladell committed suicide. There are actually several different interpretations of the story of Ladell's fate.

You can actually explore the house day or night by taking a ghost tour. Here's the link: www.allenhousetours.com

2. Rush-Gates House. Forrest City, Ar.


In 1906, first owner Dr. J.O. Rush and his family inhabited the freshly built home. Rush actually served as a physician and surgeon for the railroads, making the home his personal operating room. Day and night, their home was filled with the maimed and injured, especially those involved in railroading accidents.

Over the years, several paranormal investigators and groups have surveyed the house and came out with incredible electronic voice phenomena. For us nonprofessionals, the now museum holds "lock ins" as well a ghost tours.

For bookings, you can contact the St. Francis County Museum at 870-261-1744.

3. The McCollum-Chidester House. Camden, AR


The McCollum-Chidester House now stands as a museum, like most older haunted homes. Mr. Chidester, whom the museum is named after, delivered mail for a living. Union General Fredrick Steele commandeered the house for five days during the battle at Poison Spring, which is nearby. Mr. Chidester was actually accused of spying for the Confederacy. He supposedly confiscated Union mail from his stagecoach and turned it over to the Confederate troops. Bullet holes can still be seen in a wall upstairs where Union soldiers fired at Chidester, who was hidden in a small closet in the home. The paranormal investigation group "Spirit Seekers" visited the civil war house-now museum and heard the words “GET OUT!" with thier own ears, not on an electronic device. They also captured a mirror in the room reflecting a man in a three piece suit and a cane standing behind their photographer as he took a picture. No one was with the photographer at the time, they swear.

4. Ghost Mountain. Fayetteville, AR


Legend has it a man who lived back in the early 1930s stayed inside an old log house on top of a mountain southeast of Drake Field airport in Fayetteville and has a pretty bad tendency of getting black out drunk. One night, the man came home inebriated. His wife was caring for their sick child, who was crying very loudly in pain. The man became so angry at the baby for keeping him awake that he jumped out of bed, grabbed the baby, stumbled outside and threw the baby down their water well. The wife in complete hysteria grabbed the well rope and jumped in to save her poor child. The horrible excuse of a man simply took an axe and cut the rope, leaving his wife and child in the well. He left town, and was never seen again.

It is said when the moon is full you can walk by that well and hear the screams of a woman and the cries of an infant.

5. 1886 Crescent Hotel. Eureka Springs, AR


Probably the most well-known ghost of the Crescent is Michael, a builder who helped in the construction of the hotel in 1886. He fell to his death in what is now Room 218, which is also now the most requested room in the hotel. He's said to have been a good-looking man who often got in trouble for flirting with any good-looking woman that happened to walk by. Michael is still known for turning his attention to only female guests.

Dr. John Freemont Ellis is another ghostly guest of the hotel. He was the hotel physician during the Victorian Era. Dressed in top hat and a new suit, he is sometimes seen on the staircase from the second floor to the lobby. It has been reported the smoke from Ellis' tobacco pipe is sometimes smelled near the elevator. There is even a severely spooky legend about him doing awful experiments on guests and servants with no families to come looking for them.

The ghost tours are to die for, check on times and pricing at http://www.crescent-hotel.com/

* all photos belong to www.arkansas.com.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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Wait, what?

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I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

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This week, former FBI director James Comey’s book, "A Higher Loyalty," was released. It is one of many recent so-called political tell-alls to be released. While the books, such as Hillary Clinton’s "What Happened" and Michael Wolff’s "Fire and Fury," are no doubt interesting, what is even more intriguing is their reception by the public and their overall popularity as a genre of nonfiction novel. A question that is often asked in response to the surge in popularity of these books, all of which sold remarkably well for political novels, is simply why. Why now?

Why are so many people so interested?

The first question is, perhaps, a bit easier to answer than the second. Since campaigning began for the 2016 presidential election, it has become increasingly clear just how divided the United States as a whole is. The result was the election of a man who, regardless of which allegations one chooses to believe or ignore, is viscerally disfavored by the majority of the educated and metropolitan public. Someone who, depending on who you ask, was either named to the presidency or elected by the inhabitants of the country’s rust belt and backwoods.

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