Thursday, May 28, 2009
Is there an ideal setting/structure/history for haunted places?
I’ve long wanted to sit down when I have free time (which is when?) and mark off the most widely accepted haunted sites in the US and find out a bit about the geology/railways/waterways/and the buildings structural materials to see if there are any similarities. This could be helpful in finding out what creates a haunted, sustains it, and what places are worth researching and which are not.
Randomly, I put the names of a few dozen of the most reportedly haunted places into a hat and pulled out 10. Here’s the findings:
Railroad tracks within a mile: 4
Water within a mile (stream/river/ocean—moving water): 10
Geology (mining land or granite): 6
Building made of stone: 6
Traumatic history: 10
Of course, being logic-minded, I can see correlations, but the question is—chicken or the egg? Do older homes made of stone and placed near waterways for the resources also have train tracks because they were near civilization and over the decades created enough history in the building to haunt it? OR do things like location and materials have a play in whether a place becomes haunted once something dramatic occurs there?
Some day when I get more time to make out a map and pinpoint them all, I can come up with a grading system for how many features they have to give them a scale number for haunting factor.
I’ve long wondered why mining towns carry so much haunting history. Anyone in the west who’s been to Bisbee, Globe, Virginia City, or any other old mining town will tell you that it feels different than other towns. There’s a kind of energy that’s just intense and exhausting. You feel drained by the time you even arrive there. Older homes from the early colonies, built of stone and near streams for water supplies, were surely good conduits, as well, if you believe in the theory that the earth empowers these conditions. Then again, mining towns had lots of accidents and older homes had lots of occupants, so there’s more chances that something bad happened there over the years.
These are all ongoing studies for me and I’m a person with a lot of questions and looking for correlations. I’ll keep you updated as I begin to piece together the map and find what geological/historic conditions they share.
at 4:02 PM