Your guide to haunted spots in and around Fort Wayne, Indiana.
FORT WAYNE - CEMENT HOUSE
This house is on the south side of Fort wayne. It sits on an old lot full of thick trees off of South Lafayette, or South Hanna. I cannot remember the exact location. It must have been sitting there for at least 65 or 70 years by now. Inside the "shell" of this house it is very rundown, and gangs have drawn graffiti all over the walls of this house. The story goes like this: A man had an invalid wife. He started to build a house for her. This house was to be total cement. It was to be white, with large black and white tiles in the foyer, or entry way. It had ramps because she was in a wheel chair. he worked night and day on this house. It was very hugh and I think it had 3 stories. But it was totally in white cement. The legend goes that the man's wife dies before he could finish it for her. He was so heartbroken, that he simply left the house sitting unfinished to this day. Now, the ghost of this woman supposedly walks the house at night. People supposedly have seen her with a light, or candle, or whatever.
BLUFFTON - CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND
It is said that at the turn of the centruy an old man ran a playground for children on the Apostolic church grounds. He was hated by the adults but loved by the children. One day he was found brutally murdered and his body was thrown in the Wabash River and was found under the red bridge. It is said that if you go there in the middle of the night and lie down on the bridge you will hear the sounds of children's laughter and sometime you will hear something pounding on the bottom of the bridge.
FORT WAYNE - CHAPMAN ROAD
Just north of Cedar Canyons Rd in Fort Wayne there is a road called Chapman Rd. If you take it to a road called Griffin and turn right you will come to a valley in the road. If you stop at the very bottom of the valley and put your car in park, a mysterious "force" will pull your vehicle back UP the hill! You can also take Chapman Rd all the way down until it tees, then turn right. Take that road (Auburn Rd) to Hollopeter Rd and turn right. That road will turn into Griffin and you will be coming down the other side of the valley (the same thing will happen if you put your car in park).
COLUMBIA CITY - THE HAUNTED JAIL
The ghost of a murderer is said to haunt the site of the retired jail. It is now used as a haunted house throughout the Halloween season, and members who work there in the off-season report a lot of paranormal activity. Noises such as footsteps and scraping along walls are also reported. The only thing that runs is the electricity, ther is nothing as far as a heating system to be mistaken for the noises. There is a door that always must remain open. If it is shut, when you walk away and come back it is always open. there are many things indicating activity.
FORT WAYNE - BRUICK ROAD
If you go over a bridge and park your car, you can see a white light that sometimes gets bigger, moves, and changes colors. The farther you follow it, the farther it seems to move backwards, away until all at once it vanishes.
FORT WAYNE - NORTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL
Many spirits reside here. First is the spirit of a Chief of the Miami tribe that tried to prevent the city from building on the tribe's burial site. The school mascot is called Chief Mac in his honor. Second is that of a teenage girl seen in the gym and infoor running track. She is often seen in the Morning before school starts. A janitor haunts the basement where he died of a heart attack several years ago. Many janitors have reported seeing him. Finally, a construction worker haunts the stage area of the auditorium. During the building of the school, it partially collapsed, killing him and injuring many others. It is a little scary walking the halls alone.
FORT WAYNE - CHAR'S HOUSE OF OAK
This is a retail store on Wells Street. It consists of several old houses filled with oak furniture all in the same area. In the main house there is a stairway leading upstairs. While ascending the stairs while shopping, an apparition of a man with disheveled black har, heavy 5 o'clock shadow, dirty shite undershirt and green work pants appeared at the top of the stairs in an uncontrolled rage. he whipped off his belt and ran down the stairs with his belt raised over his head rady to swing it. As he was running down the stairs he passed right through ashopper leaving an icy chill throughout their body and an extremely unsettled feeling.
FORT WAYNE -DEVIL'S HOLLOW
If you are on Cedar Canyon Rd right after Auburn Rd, the road goes toward a hill. If you look up on the hill you can see a chimney stack still standing from a house that burned down. There have been police reports and arrests made from cults going up there and sacrificing goats and pigs and various other satanic ceremonies occurring. The legend goes that a witch used to live there and some locals knew that and hated her and set her house on fire and killed her in the night. If you go there around Halloween you're supposed to be able to have a sense that she is still there and haunting. This is stronger if you go there during a full moon.
FORT WAYNE -HAUNTED NATURE PRESERVE
If you go north on Auburn rd. it will turn into Vandolah. Turn right on a dirt road after the overpass and you will see a nature preserve. This is where a series of bodies were found many years ago. The bodies were so bady decomposed that no one was able to tell if they were dumped there or if the legend of the Indian burial ground is true. The legend says that if you stand in the middle of the woods and stay quiet too long you could drop dead. So if you come to this preserve just run and never look back.
BUTLER - LAND OF MOSES
Located just outside of Butler off of ST 6 is a road that goes to the right and over the ralroad tracks. There is a cemetery there that is allegedly haunted and they say, at night, if you park in the cemetery by the old crematorium you can hear cries of the departed. This begins the stretch of the road called the Land of Moses that leads to Gypsy Hill. This area is extremely dark at night and there is an area that Gypsies congregated near the Indiana/Ohio line. This area is covered by a dense dark forest. Rumor has it that the gypsies kidnapped and raped a farmer's daughter in the early 1900's. the farmer's then banded together and killed the gypsies. Over the next 10 years the farmers all were killed. One report said that a gypsy returned from the dead and haunted the woods, which is where the farmers bodies were found. Till this day, very few people will dare to go to those woods, park their car and get our and explore them. There is an old foundation of a log house there and some other remnants of the gypsies.
FORT WAYNE -EMBASSY THEATER
Several stories and sightings of a maintenance man that used to work there. He is still around. There have been newspaper articles in the Journel Gazzette.
ANGOLA - TOWN CIRCLE
If you go to the circle at midnight and look at the movie theatre building you will see a man with a long red beard pacing on the top of the building. You will also, if you are very quiet, hear his screeching voice say, "Marie, please come back to me!". He is known as the movie man and if you go and sit to watch a movie you may hear a sobbing man- but there won't be anyone sitting behind you.
FORT WAYNE -LIMA ROAD - THE OLD BYRON HEALTH CARE CENTER - "THE STAIRWAY TO HELL"
The old health care center was shut down and a new one was built next to it. You can still walk around in the old building, and you can feel a very ominous sense all round you. Keep walking around until you come to a staircase leading to the basement. The word "Basement" has been covered and people have put up the phrase "The Stairway to Hell" in it's place. Shine your flashlight down the stairase and you can see the end, but when you start walking down, turn it out. It has to remain out. As you walk down the stairs, it gets colder and colder, and more unsettling, but you can NEVER reach the end. You can keep walking for a long time and never reach the basement at all. But no matter how long it takes you to walk as far as you dare, when you turn around to go back upstairs, it only takes a fraction of the time to get back up the staircase. One witness reports, "We walked downstairs for 20 minutes once, and it only took us 3 minutes to get back to the top again. When we got back to the top, we shined our flashlights down the stairs, and once again, we could see the end. It is very very scary, and it makes no sense whatsoever." UPDATE - It has since been torn down and the tunnels have collapsed.
FORT WAYNE - UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS LIBRARY
A student hung himself here a long time ago and has been spotted by students. Many have reported unexplainable "cold spots" in the library and other strange happenings.