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HIWAY AMERICA-A COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN-THE TRANS-ALLEGHENY LUNATIC ASYLUM,WESTON,WV

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  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

    FNC

    This former state hospital for the mentally insane is part history site, part hotbed of paranormal activity. Ghosts of Civil War soldiers and former patients are said to be walking through the two and half miles of hallways. Visitors claim to see things move or feel the presence of spirits. The largest hand-cut stone building in North America, this mammoth granite structure was constructed in 1858. The asylum originally housed 250 residents at a time, but at its peak in the 1950s, more than 2,000 patients called this place home. Trans-Alleghany stopped treating patients in 1994, but brave thrill seekers can roam the halls on any number of special guided tours including a night-time flashlight ghost hunting experience.

 

HIWAY AMERICA-MOUNDSVILLE PENETENTIARY WEST VIRGINIA- no. 10 A COUNTDOWN TO 10 OF AMERICA’S SCARIEST PLACES

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Moundsville Penitentiary

West Virgina Penitentiary

Moundsville, West Virginia

It is estimated that one thousand inmates died while being incarcerated at this fearsome, Gothic style prison. Some died of natural causes or from inmate violence, but over the course of the penitentiary’s history, 94 men were put to death since the first executions began in 1899. Less than 500 inmates were housed in the facility when it opened in 1866. But by the 1930s, its population was exceeded 2,400.  Today, many ghosts are said to be lurking the halls, but the most famous is the Shadow Man.  Visitors have also claimed to see the ghost of a maintenance man who was stabbed to death by prisoners in the basement for snitching to prison guards about inmate activity.  Historical tours begin just after sun set, leading guests through the haunted prison by nightfall.