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Since my book Polar Night features a fictional haunted asylum, I thought I would write about a few real haunted places in Alaska for my "H" post. And for the record, I have no idea who or what the woman in the above picture is, but I found the image on Wikimedia and thought it was creepy as can be!
The website theshadowlands.net includes tons of haunted places in Alaska, so I thought I would limit my post to the haunted sites in Fairbanks, which is the main setting of my novel.
Fairbanks' Birch Hill Cemetery is the home of many ghost sightings. There are reports of a girl in a white dress in the fashion of the early 1900s and this "White Lady of Birch Hill Cemetery" is the most famous ghost in Fairbanks. Other ghostly residents include a young boy dressed in the style of the 1930s.
Mile 8-12 of the Chena Hot Springs Road is haunted by ghostly lights and passing cars have been followed by what appear to be headlights (which aren't attached to cars) when driving the road late at night.
A young girl died on the third floor of the Northern Lights Hotel, and the floor was closed off following the death. Now, employees at the front desk claim to receive phone calls from room 303, although no one has access to the third floor. The calls are from a little girl who says she is looking for her mother, then hangs up.
The Westmark Hotel is probably my favorite ghost story. To quote from the site Haunted Alaska:
The Westmark Hotel was built on property where a house had been plagued by the ghosts of some mischievous miners. There are reports of items being moved and even thrown. The activity seems to have subsided over the last several years and now the ghosts only seem to bother the cooks in the restaurant.I wonder why the cooks can't be left in peace. What did they do to tick these old ghost miners off? :D
These are just a few of the haunted tales of Alaska. I admit I love stories like these and I think that, true or not, they are fun to learn about.
My A-Z theme of Alaska is inspired by my debut novel, Polar Night, which is set in the Alaskan Arctic. Click here for all the info on the book.