8 of the Most Haunted Places in Indiana

8 of the Most Haunted Places in Indiana

A List of Historical Indiana Locations known for paranormal activity
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With Halloween only a couple of weeks away, it's the season of hayrides, scary movies, and of course haunted houses. With more than 2,500 haunted attractions nationwide, more and more people are lining up to have strangers jump out and scare them. According to CNBC, the industry is pulling in close to $300 million a year. However, instead of forking over cash to be chased by a creepy guy with a chainsaw this Halloween, there is another option. You could visit one of the real life (supposedly) haunted locations in Indiana. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the historical background behind these places is unarguably intriguing as well as pretty creepy.

1. Tunnelton Tunnel (Bedford, Indiana)

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Often overlooked, the Tunnelton Tunnel was first established in 1857 for the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad. There are several creepy tales associated with this tunnel, one of which is about a construction worker who was accidentally decapitated during the tunnels construction. Many visitors have claimed to see the ghost of this individual wandering the tunnel with a lantern in search of his head. As if that were not enough, another story says that a cemetery built atop the tunnel was disturbed during its construction. Evidentially, several of the bodies of those buried there fell through and now haunt anyone who visits the tunnel.

2. French Lick Springs Hotel (French Lick, Indiana)

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This beautiful hotel is known all across the nation for its history and unique architecture. Since it was built in 1845, it has been visited by numerous famous guests, including several past presidents. The hotel is said to be haunted by its former owner Thomas Taggart, whom many of the guests have claimed to see riding through the halls on a horse and operating the hotel elevators. In one room in particular, a mysterious red stain often appears on the guest bathtub, the place of which a bride once committed suicide.

3. Roads Hotel (Atlanta, Indiana)

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This historic building built in 1893, was once visited by John Dillinger. It is said to be haunted by a slew of different spirits. Guests have reported lights turning off and on, doors slamming shut on their own, and mysterious voices even when the hotel is unoccupied. Others say they have heard unexplained footsteps and seen glimpses of men, woman, and children.

4. Cloverdale Cemetery (Cloverdale, Indiana)

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Legend has it that seven beautiful witch sisters were buried in this cemetery many years ago. It is said that their graves are located in a circle with a tree in the center. If you walk around their graves 7 times without disturbing them you will be granted a wish, however if you mess with them in any way, horrible misfortune it said to come to you.

5. Okie Pinokie Woods (Peru, Indiana)

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According to urban legend, Okie Pinokie woods is home to an ancient burial ground and filled with sprits that supposedly respond if you whistle at them while deep in the forest. In the 70’s, a man named Joey Peoria who grew up playing in these woods went camping there with three friends. None of them ever came back out. A search party later recovered the bodies of Joey’s three friends but found no sign of him. Some think Joey found out about an affair that one of his friends was having with his wife and an argument broke out. No one has ever seen Joey since, but several more bodies have been found in these woods through the years. Today, many stay away from the woods fearing the same fate.

6. James Allison Mansion (Indianapolis, Indiana)

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Built around 1913, this historical hotel is said to be haunted by a little girl who once visited and drowned in the basement pool. Guests claim to see a mysterious little girl in and around the hotel and have witnessed furniture moving around by themselves as well as heard voices in the attic.

7. Whispers Estate (Mitchell, Indiana)

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One of the most famously paranormal locations on the list, Whispers Estate has been featured in many books and TV shows, including HGTV’s “America’s Spookiest Homes”. It was also rated by Travel Channel as the 4th most terrifying place in America. Many have witnessed apparitions, odd smells, shaking furniture and unexplained voices on the property.

8. Vigo County Historical Museum (Terre Haute, Indiana)

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Formerly known as the Sage Mansion, this museum used to be used as a halfway house. It is a hot-spot for strange apparitions and creepy encounters. It is said that the front staircase is particularly eerie and many guests have claimed to see a strange mist hovering over it.

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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5 Carb-Filled Foods That Are The Absolute Best

Carboholics, you’ll understand.

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I basically live off of carbs. Anyone else who shares this unfortunate love of carbs will understand that there is truly no substitute for bread. If you are a carbaholic, you know that carbs are terrible for you but filling at the same time. Here are my favorite foods with sadly, lots of carbs.

1. Sushi

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This would be really healthy if it weren’t for all the rice.

2. Cereal

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I especially love cheerios which are basically just breaded, delicious rings of unhealthy.

3. Grilled Cheese

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You get the best of both worlds here with unhealthy bread and cheese!

4. Fruit

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This one is certainly more healthy than the others, and a true favorite.

5. Pasta

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Pasta of all kinds is simply unbeatable. If you ever travel to Italy, you will find pasta never gets old.

6. Bagels

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I personally eat waaay too many bagels than I would like to admit.

If you love carb-filled foods like me, I'm sorry. I recommend traveling to Italy however to fulfill all your carb needs (lots of pizza and pasta)!

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