I've been living in Arizona for a long time now. I still think of myself as a Virginian, but I've made-do with the history of the west. I've noticed something different about the hauntings here compared to the East. In the East, it seemed that buildings were haunted more often than not or perhaps they stole the spotlight, but much of the West feels as if its very land is haunted. It's hard not to stand in the middle of the Sonoran Desert and not feeling a sense of old wagon trains and Native Americans on horseback.
In studying hauntings in the Greater Phoenix area, the Mesa area seems to be particularly haunted. Why? I often look at train tracks because for some bizarre reason, when there's a good haunting, there's a nearby train track. I don't know if it's the metal rails or that it's a pathway frequently used. I noticed too in cemeteries and other sites, hallways and roadways are often haunted as if there's a natural propensity for energy to travel the easiest path... Well, looking at Mesa, if I superimpose a map of the ancient HoHoKam indians water canals that kept them alive in this Godawful place, I see a definite pattern between haunting sites and waterways. Could spiritual energy still trek down these waterways that were lifegiving and one of the most important features to ancient natives?
I grew up in a manor home whose original name was "Springfield." The well water was delicious and the well ran under the house and another stream, the "Pohick Creek" ran through the front yard. The driveway was mostly quartz rock. In fact, when our favorite dog died, we buried him in the boxwood maze out back with a giant 3' x 2' quartz rock. Quartz rock and granite, as well as running water are associated with hauntings often times. It's felt they work as a battery of sorts for spiritual energy. I do believe they have some dynamic tendencies that make them ideal for that sort of "haunting stew." Some homes are haunted following tragedy, others are not. Could this be the factor for laying down a history that replays?
In the British movie "The Stone Tape" there was a theory that I felt even as a child before I heard of the theory. It stated that stone could hold history and replay it. I knew that growing up in my home that the very walls and basement crawlspace held a kind of stasis that made me wonder if my own yelling and screaming as a child might be replayed for some future generation.
Going down a list of the most haunted places in America, I looked them up on Mapquest to find railroad tracks within 300 yards of nearly all of them. I didn't even try to look for waterways or geological features. It would be a big task, but one worth documenting if someone were ambitious and took an interest in geology.
I've always believed lighthouses are easily haunted. As a child, I used to climb in a lighthouse that was abandoned in the Chesapeake in Mobjack Bay near our summer home in Newpoint-Comfort. I remember knowing it held things like voices and feelings. I didn't have any physics knowledge as a child, so I assummed it was the circular building. To this day, I take note of circular shaped sites and their tendency to be haunted. It is rather uncanny. Does this have to do with pathways needing to be straight to travel in a straight line? Does it mean that things held in a round building would continue a round-ward path?
I'd love to hear anyone's take on these phenomena. I'd like to find correlations and way to test these things.