Haunted Places In Arkansas
Arkansas’ local lore is rich with monsters, ghouls and ghosts. Learn the legends behind the most haunted places in Arkansas.
The Allen House
The Allen House is an impressive structure located on North Main Street in Monticello. It was built in 1906 by Joe Lee Allen, a wealthy local businessman, for his family. One of his daughters died in the master suite in 1948 after drinking punch laced with mercury cyanide. In 1956, the house was turned into several units of rental apartments. It was during this period when strange occurrences in the house were reported. Misty human shapes have been photographed and pieces of furniture have been moved. People who look up at the turret window would sometimes see a lady sitting there watching, even though no one alive answers to their description of the woman.
Things also vanish in the house without explanations. According to the new owners, the house seems to consume these things because they are never seen again. A group specializing in paranormal investigations has visited the house and were able to take photo and video footage and record EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon).
No one knows for sure who or what causes the ghostly activities, although it is believed that the restless spirit of the poisoned girl may be to blame.
1886 Crescent Hotel
This hotel is considered one of the most haunted places in Arkansas. Built in 1886 in Eureka Springs, it has become a legendary building not just for its history but also for its shadowy past. The Crescent Hotel was an exclusive resort hotel that counted its guests from among the wealthy and famous during the Victorian era. From 1937 to 1939, however, the hotel was turned into a hospital catering to people with cancer. This probably explains the apparitions of two nurses and a ghost who frequents the room in the basement where an old table used for autopsies is still kept.
Former hotel guests have also stayed behind. One such ghost is that of a Dr. John F. Ellis who worked as a physician for the hotel during its early days. He appears as a gentleman in a fine coat and top hat. He sometimes also leaves behind the smell of tobacco.
The most famous apparition in the hotel is called Michael, said to be a man who used to work as one of the stonecutters during the construction of the hotel. He died when he fell in what is now Room 218. He is said to be an active ghost, preferring to interact with the ladies. A flirt in life, the ghost Michael has kept his roving eye and sociable personality after he crossed over.
Old Arsenal Tower Building
circa 1800, source: Wikipedia
The Arsenal Tower in MacArthur Park was once known as the Little Rock Arsenal. It was once a part of a large building complex that was used to store munitions. Its long history and the number of people that have come and gone have made this building receptive to supernatural forces.
The building is home to a poltergeist that likes to scare and surprise guests by throwing things at them, just barely missing them. This activity usually occurs during stormy weather or late afternoons. No one has ever been hurt by this spirit but its very presence and activities are often enough to create a creepy quality about the building. Shadows have also appeared even when there were no people to cast them and photo evidence has also been taken to show that the place is indeed one of the most haunted places in Arkansas.
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