THE PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE       ALASKA   ALASKAN HOTEL (JUNEAU) The U.S. bought Alaska from the Russians in 1867. Just 13 years after this in 1880 Joe Juneau and Richard Harris discovered gold in the Silver Creek Basin-- soon after the Alaskan Gold Rush began with a vengeance. A small tent city named after one of these men, located along the Inner Passage became the capital of the territory--Juneau, Alaska. The McCloskey brothers, who struck it rich during this rush--along with another investor, Jules B. Caro had a 3-story hotel built near the steamship docks in Juneau in 1913. The hotel also retains several ghosts. It is said after the Alaskan was renovated in 1978 this ghostly activity became even more pronounced. One ghost that resides in the hotel is called, Alice. The local legend states Alice first came to the Hotel during the gold rush with her husband. Alice's husband left the hotel promising her he would return within 3 weeks. But when he didn’t return even after many weeks Alice believed her husband was dead. She became desperate for she had used the little money she had so, stranded and feeling she had no choice, became a lady of the evening. But in a tragic twist of fate her husband returned just a few weeks later. When he discovered what she had done he became enraged and killed her in a room located in the back of the Alaskan Hotel. Present day staff and guests have encountered Alice's ghost on many occasions. Her presence is most often felt in the back of the hotel--in Rooms 218 and 219. Staff members have stated that they are always uncomfortable when they are in this area of the hotel. Housekeepers recount how they often discover towels or other items either moved or misplaced in these two rooms. Several have seen Alice's ghost sitting on one of the beds. Alice’s ghost is sometimes seen walking up and down the hotel’s staircase. One desk clerk at the hotel saw her ghost walk up these stairs late one night. Alice’s ghost has also been seen in the hotel’s bar. One patron experienced a “time slip” when she used a restroom and saw it was old and outdated, but hours later it had been transformed into the current, modern version. ALEYESKA SKI RESORT (ALYESKA) Tucked away in the snow just outside Anchorage, Alaska, the Alyeska Resort is a skier’s paradise. As it turns out, it’s also a ghost hunter’s paradise. Between accidents on the slope and untoward occurrences in the hotel itself, the resort’s 304 rooms may house more spirits than living guests on any given night. Some of them are more mysterious than others. In 2001, a stock broker visiting the hotel committed suicide in room 721. Ever since, that room has reported flickering lights and televisions, doors that open and close on their own, blankets ripped off guests in their beds and faucets that turn on and off in the middle of the night. The furniture from room 721 was moved to room 723 after the incident, and similar activity has been reported in that room too. A few floors down, the door to room 515 also opens and closes on its own, and other, less regular paranormal activity has been reported throughout the resort. Perhaps Dr. William Mills, who died in a skiing accident in 2011, is among the hotel’s permanent guests. So too, perhaps, is the man who drunkenly leaped from his third-floor balcony. AUGUSTUS SEABERG HOUSE (ANCHORAGE) August Seaburg came to the United States from Sweden in 1909 at the age of 28. August ended up in Anchorage working for the Alaska Railroad. August was married to Christina Nelson Seaburg. Together, the couple had 4 daughters. Helen, Hazel, Eleanor, and Beryl. This historic house was built in the early 1920’s, and is believed to be haunted by at least two apparitions. The first is the ghost of former owner Augustus Seaburg, who has been heard pacing the upper floor of house and has been standing on the landing of the stairs. The second apparition is that of a woman in white, believed to be his daughter Eleanor, has been seen in the parlor room and in the main bedroom of the house. Other occurrences include cold spots, strange voices and people being pushed around by an unseen presence. BADARKA ROAD (CHUGIAK) When it comes to spooky tales about Alaska ghosts, one of the most well-known stories is regarding a tragic ax accident. The story goes that a five-year-old girl was helping her father to chop wood out in the woods to bring back to the cabin where her mother and younger sister were waiting. The dad is said to have embedded the ax into a tree to make sure the child did not fall on it, but when he turned his back she decided to try and impress her daddy by pulling the ax out and chopping some wood on her own. However, her plan went horribly wrong and she ended up pulling the ax down on her own head killing her instantly! Her father was understandably distraught and refused to leave his poor girl alone in the woods. He sat out there in the woods cradling her lifeless body through the winter eventually dying of hypothermia. It is now alleged that if you drive down Badarka Road in Chugiak at around 3.30am you may see the man cradling the lifeless corpse of his daughter sitting by the roadside. BARANOFF CASTLE (SITKA) Baranoff Castle was an imposing structure built on a promontory overlooking Sitka Harbor and is where Russia formally handed over Alaska to the United States in 1867.  Evidently, they also handed over a lovelorn aristocratic ghost, whose actual identity is a matter of debate. The legend is of a beautiful princess whose ghost haunted the Castle for many years. Her lover was sent away or killed through the influence of an ober offitzer who sought her hand in marriage. On her wedding night she disappeared from the ballroom in the midst of the festivities, and after a long search was found dead in one of the small drawing rooms. Her ghost returned at six-month intervals to haunt the northwest chamber of the castle where either she had been murdered or had met self-destruction. The swish of her ghostly wedding gown was heard as she walked through the corridors wringing her jeweled hands. In sorrowful and morose appearance she wandered about the castle, mourning the fate of her dead lover. Accompanying her visits was the fragrance of wild briar roses. When the new castle was built in 1837, and the lighthouse placed in its crown, the ghostly princess continued her visits. Those who tended the light complained that weird noises would fill their ears on certain nights. Sometimes the fire would go out as she walked through the corridor below the tower BEGICH TOWERS (WHITTIER) Whittier in Alaska is not all that large so almost all of its 215 residents live in Begich Towers Condominium. The 14 story tower also houses stores, churches, and public utilities. The building is also reported to be one of the most haunted places in Alaska! One of the ghosts who call Begich Towers home is particularly fond of whistling as he strolls through the building while another is more likely to be heard stomping up and down the stairs. On one occasion the city manager actually woke up to hear rustling noises in his kitchen, but upon exploration, there was nobody there. Locals say that Begich Towers are at their most frightening in the Winter months when heavy snowfall often clogs up the roads leaving residents unable to leave! BIRCH HILL CEMETERY (FAIRBANKS) Birch Hill Cemetery was created in 1938 as a secondary option to the Clay Street Cemetery and overlooks the City of Faribanks. The cemetery is divided into different sections, including some set aside for Alaska Natives and Catholics, as well as fraternal organizations like the Eagles and Masons. It is said to be haunted by a little boy and a little girl dressed in 1900s clothing. They are seen wandering the cemetery as if searching for someone or something. The girl he is commonly referred to as “The White Lady of Birch Hill”.  She was reportedly photographed on one occasion by paranormal researcher Jessie Desmond. A few visitors to the cemetery have spotted a small dark figure floating just above the ground moving about the cemetery as if it, too, were looking for something or perhaps playing.  Shadow figures have been known to be malevolent spirits, however there have been no reports of anything torrid happening to those witnessing this dark spirit.  There are witnesses driving along Chena Hot Springs Road who look upon Birch Hill and see strange glowing orbs hovering the air above the cemetery. Sometimes, hovering, sometimes moving, seemingly dancing around, and some say they seem to radiate light. It may be that these youngsters are victims of the 1918 influenza epidemic that hit Fairbanks. Many died being isolated in the Arctic with lack of medicine when the epidemic struck. BIRCHWOOD SALOON (CHUGIAK) Plenty of Eagle River locals haunt the Birchwood Saloon but so does a spirit named Jack. He's a good-time ghost, known for knocking around pool balls and fiddling with the lights. Bar employees say he's the shade of the son of one of the saloon's previous owners. Jack was on the rooftop next door, trying to erect an antenna during a windstorm. He was electrocuted. But he never left Birchwood Saloon. Employees and patrons report seeing a flash of him out of the corner of their eye -- a young guy in jeans and a flannel. People hear footsteps on the roof, run to check and find nothing there. And Jack apparently only toys with the pool balls on the table at Birchwood that was around when he lived. Bartenders and patrons have heard voices and a jukebox playing by itself. Apparitions have been seen as well as objects being moved. BUCKNER BUILDING (WHITTIER) The building was completed in 1953 and was named for general Simon Buckner who was killed in the Battle of Okinawa. It was designed as a government building and at one point was the largest in Alaska. The building took on heavy damage from the 1964 earthquake and has stood abandoned since. Because of the cost to tear it down and transport the rubble out of this rather isolated location it has been decided to allow it to stand and as a result it is in very poor shape. Considered the “Strangest town in Alaska”, many people in Whittier are reluctant to relate their own paranormal experiences because they deem them as too terrifying to share, but those who have entered the Buckner Building to seek out those experiences, tell a much different story. Orbs and white lights are said to float through the corridors and apparitions ranging from spirits in military attire to civilian dress.  Many residents in the apartment block have reported a weird shadowy apparition roaming the hallways late at night, as well as strange voices, the rattling of chains and the sound of whistling. CHATANIKA GOLD DREDGE (CHATANIKA) Chatanika Gold Camp is the site of the old Fairbanks Exploration Co. Camp, built between 1923 and 1925 as the bunkhouse and dining hall for men who worked on Chatanika’s Gold Dredge No. 3. The dredge was private property and off-limits to the public. In August 2013 an accidental fire destroyed the wooden sections of the dredge leaving only the metal structures intact. Staff and visitors often report hearing strange sounds and voices from the grounds through its open windows as if the engines are still running. Other times it’s said the dredge becomes enveloped by a weird, luminescent fog. On the rare occasion when people have been given permission to explore the site, they report apparitions of ghostly miners from a bygone era. One in particular stands on a hill overlooking the site gazing down on the dredge. Another is the ghost of a man murdered in the 1970s by his wife’s brothers for cheating on her and and a result, was thrown into the reclamation pit. CHENA HOT SPRINGS ROAD (FAIRBANKS) Chena Hot Springs was discovered on August 5, 1905 by two gold mining brothers Robert and Thomas Swan who learned that a U.S. Geological Survey crew, in 1904, had seen steam rising from a valley somewhere on the upper Chena River. By 1911, the property boasted a stable, bathhouse, and twelve small cabins for visitors. The resort was on its way to becoming one of the premier resorts of Interior Alaska and a favorite getaway spot for world-weary residents of Fairbanks. Today Chena Hot Springs resort enjoys a clean, healthy and beautiful natural environment and continues to welcome people from all over the world to bathe in the curative powers of the hot waters. The Resort is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks, accessed year round on a State maintained road via Chena Hot Springs Road. It is that road that holds unsettling surprises for hikers and motorists alike. When first entering the road it is said that between miles 8 and 12, this road is haunted by blue, white, and orange orbs of light, resembling headlights. Witnesses say they appear in the sky and may even follow your car. This phenomenon is reported to happen in wintertime at 7 p.m. or later. At the resort itself the entire kitchen staff heard an unexplained noise from the kitchen's back room and pantry and described it as an incessant whistling. In a separate incident, a California teacher visited with a video camera and traveled upstairs through the resort's four-floor main building, saying he sought a "confrontation" with the ghost of Emma Leach. When he got up to the fourth floor, the windows were closed but the doors were opening; he captured this on film. The chandeliers in the lobby have been seen moving with no wind as an explanation. A crew from The Dead Files, a Travel Channel paranormal TV show, visited to film an episode in 2012. CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL (ANCHORAGE) The building was rebuilt in 2008, serves students in the 6th through the 8th grade, and is said to be haunted by a woman who is called “Nancy” in a white dress. She sometimes will play with the instruments in the music department room, turn lights on and off and appear in empty hallways when school is not in session in the summer. She is basically harmless and teachers sometimes actually tell their students about the woman who “comes up through the floors”. They casually warned their students not to go to the band room alone. Still, many faculty members and administrators maintain there is no ghost here but it’s merely the stuff of urban legend. COURTYARD ANCHORAGE AIRPORT (ANCHORAGE) This hotel is home to a ghost cat and two men who reportedly died on the property. One man lurks in Room 201 where his body lay undiscovered for several days (or so the story goes). The other ghost, Ken, hangs around the parking lot, startling guests as they walk to and from their cars. Management is supposedly aware of the problem and is working to keep the spirits from disturbing guests. Two other Rooms 103 and 107 are reportedly haunted by a spirit or spirits as well. One review from a guest stated, “I saw people on the walls and there were sounds from the room next to me and there was no one in the room. I changed rooms because something was staring at me at night. This was in room 106. Rooms 103 and 107 were empty and yet when I walked by the door would click as if someone was going to open from the other side. The management did state that there are "issues" that they have tried to solve.” DIMOND CENTER MALL (ANCHORAGE) Said to be on sacred burial ground, this mall is reported to be haunted by the ghosts whose graves were disturbed when it was built. Although the construction crew turned up several small graves, but because they were small and few, the development wasn't stopped. The spirits are said to be seen by people who are alone in the restrooms or in the mall’s smaller hallways. People also share tales of hearing flute and drum music and seeing the transparent figures of wolves inside the mall, as well as ghostly people dressed in native garb roaming the hallways. Some people say they’ve felt a fearful presence in one particular room that hisses in the visitors’ ears and pinches them if they linger too long. EKLUTNA CEMETERY (CHUGIAK) The graveyard outside of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Eklutna, Alaska, is filled with more than 100 colorful spirit houses, built to cover burial sites. The miniature buildings combine Russian Orthodox tradition and Native American practices. Spirit houses, an Athabascan tradition, provide a place for the deceased soul to dwell during the 40 days it is believed to linger in this world. It has existed there since the 1650s and is now a national park. Legends say despite their variations in religions, the spirits here exist in harmony. Apparitions from all walks of life have been reported to sing, laugh and dance together. Footsteps have been heard as well as strange lantern type lights moving across the grounds. FAIRBANKS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (FAIRBANKS) Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is one of the most haunted places in Alaska. It is said that whenever an infant patient is close to death mysterious spirits appear in the nursery wing. Nurses from the hospital have suggested that these are angels sent to guide the children to the next life. They are generally perceived to be good spirits. Other strange phenomena include plunging temperatures and the sound of babies crying coming from empty room. Often staff there respond to these cries but find the infants in the pediatric ward peacefully asleep. They also experience cold inside the hospital that are so extreme they say they can see their own breath. FOURTH AVENUE THEATER (ANCHORAGE) The theater was built in 1947 and the complex included a radio and television station as well as apartments. It’s hard to tell who or what haunts this building, but locals tell of strange sounds emanating from the theater, objects moving on their own and the smell of old perfume from the ghost of an unknown woman. She presents herself mainly during full moons as a green mist or a shadowy silhouette. All who have encountered her claim she appears quite friendly. A highly credentialed businessman described in great detail looking up from the street one night at his locked office on the second floor of the theater and seeing a man staring down at him. As he got closer, he recognized the man, no question. It was the man who’d built the theater, Cap Lathrop. Only he’d been dead for 35 years. It is also said that the spirits of deceased former actors will appear when the building is empty to reenact scenes from some of their favorite plays. THE GOLDEN NORTH HOTEL (SKAGWAY) This structure was built in the year of 1898. It is actually considered to be one of the oldest hotels to operate in the Alaska area. In the year of about 1908, this hotel was moved to the area where it currently stands. Once the move was completed, another story was added to the top in an effort to bring it to three stories instead of two stories. In addition to this, the dome, which is golden in color, was also added at this time. In the year of 1997, this hotel was renovated. There are at least two hauntings of the Golden North Hotel. The first and most popular haunting that is said to reside in the hotel is that of a spirit which many refer to as “Scary Mary”. In the early days of the hotel, prospecting for gold was a popular activity. It is believed that Mary’s fiancé was in the area engaging in this activity. He seemed to have quite a bit of luck, so he sent for Mary. She arrived at the area and he reserved a room for her at this grand hotel. Unfortunately, while he was away, she developed pneumonia. As her sickness progressed, she laid patiently in room 23 waiting for the return of her true love. Eventually, the sickness overtook her and she passed away. Today, guests claim to see a spirit of Mary in this room. Several individuals who have stayed overnight in the room often awake feeling as if they are choking. The next rumored haunting occurs in room 14. Individuals who stay in this room, and even the housekeeping staff and other employees claim that there is a strange light that occurs in the room. This light is most evident late in the night, and early in the morning, just before dawn. To some, it appears like a sparkle, or a small light that twinkles on and off. To others, it appears as an orb of light. The light does not appear to be threatening to anyone who sees it, but it is actually quite startling to those who are able to view it. HISTORIC ANCHORAGE HOTEL (ANCHORAGE) Anchorage was still in its infancy stage when the original hotel was built at the corner of 3rd Avenue and E Street. For several years, the Anchorage Hotel was Anchorage’s premier lodging and meeting place. For some time, it was the only hotel in Anchorage where you can eat meals served on fine china. For a while, the hotel served as lodging under various names. However, in 1989, under the hotel’s new ownership, it was brought back to life, thanks to the extensive renovation done to it. Stories of ghostly happenings have been told about the hotel for many years. One of the stories is related to the onetime Chief of Police, Jack Sturgus. He was the first police chief of Anchorage and he died just a few steps away from the Anchorage Hotel from a bullet in the back. It is said that he visits the scene of the crime every year to find his killer, as his murder remains unsolved to this day. Several guests have reported seeing the apparition of a young girl walking the second floor hall. The televisions in room 217 and 215 turn on and off on their own. Faucets in the rooms’ sink and tub run on their own, despite regular checks by plumbers. There is the ghost of the woman who hung herself while still wearing her wedding dress. It is believed she was heartbroken when her groom failed to show up on their wedding day. Guests have also reported seeing pictures fly off walls and various faces and figures appearing in the hotel’s halls. Hotel employees are bothered by these ghosts that regularly they have to keep a diary to log all the activity. HOTEL CAPTAIN COOK (ANCHORAGE) When it comes to haunted accommodation in Alaska, one of the most well known is Hotel Captain Cook. Captain James Cook helped define Alaska in the 18th century by mapping its jagged coastline for the first time. Since 1965, the Hotel Captain Cook has defined luxury in Alaska by offering an unparalleled level of elegance and comfort. Guests and staff have seen the apparition of a lady in a white dress hanging around in the hotel’s restroom. She is also responsible for opening and closing doors and turning the lights on and off. According to local legends, in the early 1970s, a woman committed suicide in one of the hotel restrooms, and since then, some guests have reported sightings of a female spirit dressed in white. The operations manager sometimes has to go down and calm the troubled spirit. IGLOO CITY HOTEL (CANTWELL) The Igloo City Hotel sits abandoned on an isolated stretch of the Parks Highway in Cantwell, Alaska. It is distinctive in that it is shaped just like an igloo! It was built back in the 1970s, but the four-story structure was never completed. It is not exactly clear why – perhaps it failed to meet building codes, or maybe the developers simply ran out of money. Whatever the reason, it ended up being abandoned and left to weather the harsh Alaskan elements. It is now alleged to be haunted by those driving past at night reporting seeing strange lights coming from inside the hotel. There are also regular reports of a woman in white looking out of one of the windows. JESSE LEE HOME (SEWARD) The Jesse Lee Home for Children is located in Seward and first opened in 1926. In its heyday, there would have been home to hundreds of orphans. However, the property suffered a massive amount of damage in 1964 during an earthquake and allegedly several of the children were killed. It is these poor children who are now said to haunt the deteriorating property. Those who come to visit Old Jesse Lee Home for Children have reported experiencing feelings of dread and despair upon entering the building. It is also common for visitors to hear giggling children even though none are present. The sound of jump ropes and bouncing balls can often be heard as well. There are often small shadowy figures seen flitting past the windows as well, seen by those standing outside of the building. KENAI CEMETERY (KENAI) There are several spirits here. One is an older, heavyset woman who goes by Marie. There is also an older gentleman by the name of Arthur Johnson. He has been spotted maintaining his gravesite, as well as others who are buried there. In the back part of the cemetery are several unmarked graves that contain the remains of servants brought to Alaska to help dig for gold. When the gold ran dry it was deemed too expensive to house and feed them so they killed and buried in the cemetery in graves outside the main section. KENNECOTT MINES The land where the mine sits was discovered in 1900 by two prospectors who had stopped there allow their horses to graze. Seeing the rich copper deposits there they moved quickly to form a mining company with 9 of their friends. When rich quantities of iron ore were found in the surrounding mountains, a mining engineer named Stephen Birch bought the prospectors land with $250,000 borrowed from rich Northeast investors. A huge sum in those days. The rate of copper extracted from the land exceeded that of anyplace in the world. In 1916 alone over $32 million in copper was mined and sold. Soon a town grew around the mines and prospered until the 1920s and 1930s when eventually the mines dried up and a mass exodus from the town happened. While now just a tourist attraction, the mines are said to be extremely haunted as any ghost town might be. One hotspot is the railroad which ran through Valdes where people have seen the apparitions of old miners following the line as if they are heading to their former place of work only to vanish when they are approached. In the mining area itself, visitors have reported everything from orbs of light to ghostly mists and the voices of the miners shouting for assistance from each other. The spirits of the miners families are also said to linger inside the town, particularly on Main Street. KETCHIKAN GRAVEYEARD (KETCHIKAN) They say a headless woman appears to those brave enough to visit Bay View Cemetery at night. However, that’s not all visitors see. As they attempt to leave, the woman’s head will then appear on the roadway, eyes bulging, mouth stretching into a silent scream. KETCHIKAN HIGH SCHOOL (KETCHIKAN) Ketchican is one of the larger cities in Alaska with a population of about 7,300 citizens. Ketchican is named after Ketchican Creek which flows through the town. It is 90 miles north of Prince Rupert and 235 miles south of Juneau, Alaska. Students claim that a ghost haunts the catwalk at Ketchican High School. Disembodied sounds including voices and other strange noises have been reported. According to locals, a young boy fell from the catwalk to his death and it is his ghost that haunts the Ketchican High School. The ghost of the boy has been affectionately named “Boochie” MCCARTHY ROAD (CHITINA) There was a 30-year boom in nearby McCarthy, a town adjacent to Kennecott, which offered "colorful diversions" for miners, including a red light district. But how many lives were lost during the railroad construction and the mining boom -- and the inevitable bust? Practically overnight, the once-bustling communities surrounding Kennecott mines turned to ghost towns. McCarthy almost died but hung on thanks to a hard few who continued to work other area gold mines. McCarthy Road is a gravel roadway that is an otherwise pleasant drive through Chitina, but after dark it is said to become a nightmare trip. Legend has it that some of the land it was constructed on contained ancient burial sites of both native and foreign deceased. A wide range of paranormal activity has been reported by drivers and hikers that include shadowy apparitions swiftly moving through the trees, the sounds of ghostly children playing and disembodied voices that fluctuate between laughter and anguished screams. Some claim to see gravestones through the trees that suddenly appear to vanish in plain sight. MOTHERLODE LODGE (PALMER) The Motherlode Lodge in Palmer, Alaska is said to play host to a number of different spirits. Visitors have reported seeing a misty black apparition roaming the grounds of the lodge on a number of occasions. It is also fairly common for people to look into mirrors around the lodge and spot a figure in period clothing standing behind them in the reflection. Pretty creepy, right? Aside from the apparitions, other strange and unexplained incidents that have been reported include loud banging noises, mysterious knocking and the disembodied voice of a young girl. Some people have also claimed to have seen doors and curtains opening and closing on their own late at night! Sadly, the lodge burned down completely in 2015. NIGHTMUTE HIGH SCHOOL (NIGHTMUTE) Everyone remembers Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter, right? The teenage schoolgirl doomed to haunt the school bathroom where she died? Well, Nightmute High School in Alaska has its very own version of the famous ghost.  A little girl is said to haunt the school’s bathrooms and she is known to flush toilets and to flick the lights on and off. However, unlike Moaning Myrtle, she is not confined to the bathroom. She has also been heard wandering around the school humming and she often plays with basketballs if they are left unattended in the gym. Unfortunately, nobody is actually sure who this ghost girl actually is, but a grave was discovered underneath room number 106 which might explain how Nightmute High School came to be one of the most haunted places in Alaska. NORTHERN LIGHTS HOTEL (FAIRBANKS) It was built in 1965 as the Gold Rush Motor Lodge. In 1970, an arson fire killed five guests, which might account for the ghost stories. It was rebuilt the same year as the building that stands there now. When it opened, newspaper stories mentioned it was the first hotel in the city to offer color television.A little girl died on the third floor of this abandoned building. After that, the hotel closed off that part of the building. The front desk has reported getting phone calls from the third floor, Room #303. A little girl on the phone says she's looking for her mother and then hangs up. No one was on the third floor let alone the room itself when the call was made. The Northern Lights Hotel was closed by the Anchorage Fire Department in 2002 because of more than 60 fire code violations. NORTHWEST ARCTIC HERITAGE CENTER (KOTZEBUE) Opened in 2009, The Northwest Arctic Heritage Center provides visitors with park information, orientation and advice about travel logistics, and bear-resistant food containers are available for loan. It's also home to a museum about the Arctic ecosystem and Inupiaq culture. The NAHC is home one tragic chapter. There was a young boy named Alex that was playing basketball by the center when the ball rolled underneath the building and was swept away by water from the nearby snowfall runoff. The boy went to chase the ball under the building when he got trapped by the water and later drowned. Today people find small footprints in the snow, the sound of a child giggling and the sound of a bouncing ball. It is said that if you bring a basketball into the center and call out "come get your ball" that you can then hear the basketball bouncing in the background. Some have been sent running as a basketball rolled to them out of the dark. OLD COPPER RAILROAD (CHITNA) Old Copper Railroad ran between Cordova and Valdez. It was eventually closed and covered with dirt and used as a road for back access to areas along the Copper River. The old railroad that serviced the Kennecott copper mines in the Valdez and Chitina mining districts is said to be so haunted, so spooky, that to this day -- 73 years after the final lode was hauled -- phantoms plague repeated attempts by locals and even state officials to redevelop the area. Over the years, travelers on the road and visitors to the present-day Kennecott historical landmark have claimed they've seen tombstones just off the old dirt path that in places where it parallels the CR & NW, the Old Copper Railroad. Thing is, on the way back from their adventures, these wayfarers have consistently reported that the grave markers are gone, vanished into the still, cool mountain air. Construction workers, having seen the tombstones and heard the wails of long-dead miners, then started losing their tools, right out of their tool belts and boxes. It was enough to frighten off even the boldest and bravest public servant and the whole project is said to have been canceled. RED ONION SALOON (SKAGWAY) The Red Onion Saloon was built in 1897 and opened for business in 1898. This historic landmark was once known as the finest bordello in Skagway during the famous Klondike Gold Rush. The original structure of the old “cathouse” still remains today, but times have since changed. There were 10 dolls behind the bars representing each of the 10 ladies on the second floor.  If the doll was laid flat on her back, it meant she was “busy”. If the doll sat upright, it means that the lady is available. The purpose of the operation is now of a different kind, though it harkens to its initial roots. The museum is filled with antiques and relics that are remaining local adornments from the gold rush. Where the light shines in the dark behind the old gowns, a ghost is said to frequently appear. It has been reported that the light will start flickering out of nowhere, and will sporadically sway back and forth. The madam spirit dressed in white, known as Lydia, has been known to make spooky appearances as she peeps in to investigate the modern-day brothel museum. Lydia is also said to water the plants. There have been many occasions when the hostess of the house would find the soil damp, as if someone had watered it recently. There have been various reports of footsteps heard on the second floor where the brothel used to be. The strong smell of perfume would linger in the air and there would also be extreme cold spots where the smell of perfume had originated. ROOKIE’S CORNER (SITKA) The Kiksaadi Club used to be a popular watering hole in southeast Alaska. However, one night, an intoxicated woman was struck and killed on a blind corner outside the bar. It’s not just the fact that she died that makes this haunting especially spooky, but the manner in which it happened. She apparently wandered into traffic, was critically injured after being hit by a truck (driven by a drunken young man), but got up and continued stumbling around, staggering into the road, and screaming and moaning until she finally died from traumatic injuries.“The Kik” is now a sports bar called Rookies Pub, where patrons have repeatedly reported seeing a ghostly figure in the roads at night, prompting many to pull over and call a cab. She may be spooky, but at least she’s scaring people out of driving drunk. Sometimes in the wee hours of morning, moaning and crying can be heard from the bushes lining the corner where she was struck. THE RUSSIAN BISHOP’S HOUSE (SITKA) Once the Russian Mission Orphanage, is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark. Built in 1841-43, this log structure is one of the oldest surviving buildings of Russian America, and was one of the centerpieces of the Russian Orthodox church's efforts to spread its influence among the natives of Alaska. Many have reported strange occurrences on the grounds including otherworldly winds that happen inside the building when all windows are closed, unexplained chills and a feeling a of presence in the room. The most common apparition is that of a lady in a blue dress. She has been known to follow guests through the house, startling them before vanishing into thin air. SHIP CREEK (ANCHORAGE) The story goes that in 1987, someone murdered a native Alaskan woman near Ship Creek. Now the victim, Marie, reportedly haunts the area to warn drifters about the dangers of loitering. Some say Marie appears only to other native Alaskans. Others claim Marie extends her kindness to all, even going so far as to pull a blanket over homeless men or women sleeping near the creek. Marie appears to favor the area between the old ANS Hospital and the railroad terminal. WENDY WILLIAMSON THEATER (U. OF ANCHORAGE) It often seems as though every theater has to have its very own resident spook and the University of Alaska’s theater is certainly no exception to the rule! The Wendy Williamson Auditorium is just over 40 years old, so it is certainly not particularly old. However, that does not mean that it hasn’t got more than its fair share of Alaska ghosts. There is one particular spirit who is said to be a fairly angry male with a dislike from brunettes! Women who have long brown hair are often pushed by this unseen presence in the auditorium. There was also reports of a woman in white appearing during a performance, and at first, the audience assumed she was a part of the show. That is until she disappeared! Some reports also refer to giggling children and a teenage boy haunting the theater. WEST HIGH SCHOOL (ANCHORAGE) They say there's a lady in white who haunts the old auditorium of Anchorage's West High School, on the south bluff overlooking Westchester Lagoon. She's been spotted off and on for decades -- sometimes standing mute among darkened seats in the cavernous and echoing space, sometimes fleeing through corridors, sometimes lurking backstage or in the fluorescent-lit basement halls. The sightings have a remarkable consistency -- always a female, elusive, wearing white clothes. A variety of people -- school officials, students, visitors -- have contributed to the unsettling reports. Another West haunting is that of a former janitor, long deceased, who has been seen persistently sweeping the lobby when no one should be present. There have also been reports of footsteps tip-tapping around the corner of empty halls, slamming doors, lights switching on and off. Two assistant principals and a security guard were rattled when something in white flashed by them in the strange, narrow corridor behind the balcony. In the theater prop room, a girl helping with a show opened a door into a tiny side room and was shocked to see a strange man glaring at her. Another asked a friend who the girl was staring down at them from the balcony. When they both looked up she had disappeared.       BACK TO PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE