Altus - Ozark High School
Stage - The stage used for musicals and plays is supposed to be haunted by a
student who longed to be in a production. The director never cast him and the
boy told the director that one day he would be on stage. He later moved from the
district and eventually died in a car wreck. They say about a week before a
production, things are misplaced and missing but he never disturbs anything on
Arkadelphia- Henderson State University - A great example of a campus
ghost would be Simon, who haunts the theater in Arkansas Hall. He is
particularly fond of the balcony section, where he flips seats, giggles, and
makes footsteps. He is also known to drop harmless objects, such as newspapers,
onto the stage from the ceiling.
Arkadelphia - Henderson State University - The legend of the Lady in
Black is told to the freshmen each fall. Many years ago, a Henderson girl fell
in love with a boy at Ouachita Baptist University. They dated for a long time,
but he left her for another Henderson woman. Dressed in black mourning clothes,
the girl jumped off the bluff overlooking the Ouachita river, thus killing
herself. Since that time, the young girl's ghost, dressed in black, roams the
halls of the freshman dorms every year at homecoming. She is said to be looking
for revenge on the girl who stole her boyfriend.
Arkadelphia - Ouachita Baptist University - there have been claims of
orbs in the basement, eyes in=2 0the corners, blood on walls of most of the
dorms, and windows of the dorms (especially girls' dorms) breaking at night
with no explanation as to why they are broken. Hauntings seem to happen mostly
at night, although people have spotted orbs in the basement night and day.
Bald Knob - Shady Grove Cemetery - When you first walk in the entrance
you are greeted by a cold burst of air even in the night the crickets don't go
there. On Halloween you can hear voices trying to get to there holy resting
Batesville - Liberty Baptist Church/Cemetery –
Over the years, there have been mysterious lights in the cemetery. Also, an old
woman can be seen, usually during the summer months, in a rocking chair in the
upstairs window. The gravel road in front of Liberty is also rumored to be
haunted by a young woman who had been killed in the early 1900's. A little boy
has also been seen in the cemetery and has been captured in photos taken in the
cemetery. Lights turn on and off mysteriously in the church.
Batesville - Lyon College - Footsteps of a girl
who killed herself in one of the dorms can still be heard. Many ghosts have
been discovered lurking in the halls, calling out names and saying "Help
me! Help me!". Lyon College was once an old orphanage and burnt down in
the early 1900's. It is said that late at night in the chapel, you can hear what
sounds like a chair rocking back and forth. On a certain night the w alls of
the auditorium appear to be burning. Around the chapel there are 4 posts and
there's only a shadow of 3.
Bauxite - Bauxite Historical
Association Museum - Built in 1927 by Alcoa and it's employees, this building
was used as the community center for years. Recently it was taken over by the
Historical Assoc. and converted to a museum housing photographs and artifacts
from the days when Bauxite was a bustling mining town. Some have reported
footsteps in the old Masonic Lodge above when no one is in the building. As one
employee was leaving after a long night, she felt a ghost jump onto her back as
if to say, "Don't go!"
Beebe - Arkansas State University - Beebe Princess Hall - Second Floor –
Several incidents happened here. Someone or something was heard running down
the hall and screaming. Some unknown being nudged a resident’s bed followed by
a scratching on the desk next to her. The roommate didn’t hear any of this. One
resident reported someone trying to open their door forcefully. When she got up
to investigate, no one was there. Immediately after checking the door, the air
conditioner that had never made funny noises suddenly began making creepy
Bentonville - Peel Museum -
Haunted by the former owner, the museum, open to the public, has light
poltergeists and corner of the eye apparitions.
Benton - Saline Memorial Hospital - The smell
of foul20odors occur in the hallways of the sixth floor. Also doors slam
without notice. Water sometimes drips from the ceiling even though it is not
raining outside. Cries for help can be heard coming from rooms that are not
Berryville - Berryville High School - The old gym
of Berryville high school is supposedly haunted by kids. Weird sounds have been
Bigelow - old gym – The old gym has supposedly been haunted since 1932.
The story is that a little boy was playing basketball. He threw the ball up and
it broke the glass. When he went to retrieve the ball, a piece of glass pierced
him and he died. You can hear a boy screaming when you go into the attic. The
sounds of piano music have also been heard.
Bono - Bono Bridge - If you stand on the
bridge and look down the railroad tracks underneath it the train supposedly
looks as if it is about to hit you before it goes under the bridge, this is
what its famous for. Also there are many rumors of satanic rituals being
preformed out there, spawning apparitions and unknown noises at night.
Camden - Burkett's House - Established in late 1800's, in the French
port community near Camden. Home to a young girl that was allegedly beaten by
parents, locked in her upstairs room until dying of starvation during the civil
war era. Tales from travelers swore of ghastly sounds coming from the home and
strange mishaps have occurred to passing v ehicles even to this present day.
The young girl is supposedly buried in an unmarked grave across the road from
the house in Jones Cemetery. The Cemetery itself has its own reports of strange
occurrences such as if you turn your vehicles motor off, it may not start again
and missing mechanical parts to vehicles after entering the Cemetery's gate.
Cave City - Witches Hollow - Its called Witches Hollow by the
townspeople because legend has it that in the abandoned like village houses, a
witch practiced her magic and it is said that she murdered her husband and died
later. Many people have reported seeing her walking along the road...you can
still visit the old village and houses.
Clarksville - American Legion Hall - It is said if you sleep under the
American Legion Hall (camp) you will see and hear ghosts of the old stronghold.
Charlette - Charlette Baptist Church - A worker
has been found hanging in midair with chains around hi neck. Strange noises
have been heard in the church as well as the cemetery. Children's voices have
been heard in the schoolroom when empty and an apparition of a preacher that
passed away has been seen at the pulpit.
Conway - Hendrix College - Galloway Hall - Rumor has it that a ghost of
a young woman nicknamed the "Galloway Virgin" resides in the attic.
Cold rushes are frequent. The sounds of someone walking in the attic have been
heard and feelings of sadness have been experienced when walking up the stairs
toward the locked attic.
Conway - University of Central Arkansas - Hughes Hall - Room 219 -
References to activity in this room include appliances turning on by themselves
and the water faucet turning on when no one is near the sink. Things are misplaced
and objects have flown across the room. A presence has been felt in the room
and more than one resident experienced the sensation of having someone lay down
next them. One resident reported feeling someone pull her belt loop!
DeQueen- Avon Cemetery- A baby can be heard
crying from the well. Legend says that the mother sat her baby down on the edge
of the well as she was drawing water. The baby fell in and drowned. It is said
that she can be seen running through the graveyard near the site of a burned
Eureka Springs - Crescent Hotel - The hotel was finished in 1886 and
over the years it has also been the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young
Women and a Cancer Clinic in 1937. One purported haunting is by a ghost named
Michael, a stonemason who worked on the hotel roof during its construction and
died on the second floor in what is now room 218. He is purportedly a prankster
who plays tricks with lights and the Dresser Mirror in the room. The ghost of a
nurse in white is said to haunt the third floor and there have been claims of
both seeing her apparition and hearing a gurney she pushes. A man in Victorian
clothing is said to haunt the lobby often seen at the bottom of the stairs or
sitting at the lobby bar. The ghost of Dr. Baker who operated the Cancer Clinic
purportedly haunts the Hotel as well. Other paranormal activity is said to
occur in room 202 and 424.
Fairbanks - Westmark Hotel - In Room 277- Guests
experienced small unexplainable noises when no one was staying in the next room
including what sounded like a person running their finger along the carpet. One
guest experienced being poked on the shoulder and a light pushing sensation on
Fort Smith - Judge Parker Court House – It is
said that the ghost of Judge Isaac Parker, haunts the courthouse where he
hanged around 80 people. It is said that those that were hanged also haunt the
courthouse. as well as the close tthat hanged around 80 people here haunts the
court house (that is now a museum) as well as the people he hanged. You can
sometimes see the ropes at the gallows sway back and fourth with no wind. Also,
you can hear the banging of Parkers gavel in the courthouse.
Gurdon - Railroad Tracks - Railroad Tracks - The mystery of the Gurdon
Light could date back to 1931 when railroad foreman, Will McClain, was murdered
near the railroad tracks. McClain and fellow worker, Louis McBride, got into an
argument and McBride beat McClain to death. According to records McBride was
sentenced to death and electrocuted on “Old Sparky” in Little Rock 1932. A
yellowish-white light and sometime a red going to blue white can be seen.
Local-Legend states that it is the ghost of Will McClain walking the tracks,
swinging his old-fashioned railroad lantern. Another popular scientific theory
is the "peizoelectrical effect" that has to do with the abundance of
quartz crystals located there interacting with seismic activity (the New Madrid
Fault line runs through the area). The pressure and activity would cause an
energy build up in the crystals which would finally be released in sparks.
Harrison - Crooked Creek- It seems that ghosts most often walk in the
place where they were murdered or died without warning. On November 21, 1912,
Ella Barham was out riding, but her horse returned without her. Hunters that
same night spotted suspicious looking objects under a pile of rocks near an
abandoned mine shaft. The objects turned out to be the corpse of Ella,
butchered into several pieces by a saw. Rumor had it that she had spurned the
advances of a young man named Odus Davidson. Being suspected of the crime he
fled into the woods with the posse behind him. He peppered his socks to keep
the bloodhounds from trailing him, but he was caught, none the less. He
admitted that he had been cutting wood near the place Ella had last been seen
and that she had even come through his yard. He was found guilty and hanged
just before the Arkansas death penalty was changed to electrocution. Odus was
the last man legally hanged in Arkansas. Although the body of the victim had be
en cut up horribly, the ghost of a young woman dressed in white wandering near
the mine shaft is always seen in one piece.
Hickory Valley - Hickory Valley Church- At night, if you listen
carefully, it is said the sounds of hymns being sung emmanate from the Church.
Hot Springs - Malco Theater - This historical theater now operates as
the Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic. The show focuses on the haunted history of
the theater. The magician, Mr. Blade, and others who work in the theater attest
to much ghostly activity at this location. A ghost tugs on Mr. Blade's coat
tail before each performance.
Hot Springs - The Poet's Loft - said to be haunted by the ghost of a young
lady who was a former worker there. She died tragically before her time in a
motor cycle accident in Hot Springs.
Hot Springs - Hell's Half Acre- Just one quarter mile off of Mill Creek
Road is a area quite out of place with its surroundings. Although it is called
Hell's Half Acre, it is actually an acre or more of huge rocks, with no trees,
plant growth and is an utter mystery to geologists. As far back as the 1870's,
it was public anomaly. Some say that the gully of rocks is the crater of an
extinct volcano that heats the thermal hot springs in the nearby city.
Geologists acknowledge this as a natural formation, but deny that it was once a
volcano. It is said that the Devil himself lives below this bizarre, barren
site. Indian legend was that th e Great Spirit had placed his thumb upon the
Jonesboro - Craighead Co. -
formerly known as the Strand Theater - Built in 1926 it was one of the largest
Theatres in the region. There is a resident ghost named Charlie seen by many
people including play cast and personnel. He has been seen in the attic, the
catwalk, the boiler room, the balcony as well as the projection room. It is
said he has appeared wearing different clothes during various sightings. Other
activity has been reported of a poltergist nature, one of these occurred as
workers were unloading a new grand piano. When the workers left the room on
thier break,the piano began playing a recognizable tune while still inside its
packing crate. It was not a player-piano.
Jonesboro - Keller's Chapel - Strange sounds like that of a baby crying
have been heard coming from the chapel. Nine of the Keller's babies died and
were buried there.
Leola - Jenkin's Ferry - Reports of battle sounds from the surrounding
woods. This was the third battle in the famous Red River Campaign fought in
Arkansas. The majority of the old battle site is now private property
Little Rock - The Empress of Little Rock formerly Hornibrook Mansion-was
built for James H. Hornibrook, in Little Rock in 1888. Shortly after the
mansion was completed at Mr. Hornibrook died at it’s front gate. His widow died
two years later. In 1897, the mansion became the States first Women’s College,
namely Arkan sas Women's College. The Ghost of Mr. Hornibrook is said to still
play cards in the Tower Room, just as he did in life.
Little Rock - Old State House - Thought to be haunted by various
politicians. Most notably, a ghost of a man dressed in a frock coat walks down
the aisles of Central Hall on the second floor. It is thought he is the former
speaker of the house John Wilson. Wilson stabbed a man to death in a scuffle on
the floor of the chamber. Wilson was acquited
Little Rock - Quapaw Quarter - Macarthur Park - This area was a military
training ground starting in the 1830's. It is the site of a Civil War conflict,
and a 16 year old boy was hung there by Federal troops in 1864. The Old Arsenal
Building (built 1830's) claims to have ghosts that have been spotted in the
basement and standing on the staircase.
Little Rock - Woodson Lateral Road - Legend says that on Woodson Lateral
Road, you will see a motorcycle headed your way. All that can be seen is the
headlight, but you can hear the sound of a motorcycle. The light will approach
rapidly, then quickly disappear. There are also references to a phantom
Magnolia - Southern Arkansas University - Horton Theater - It is said
there is a ghost that haunts the theater.
Mena - Morrilton-Petit Jean State Park-
High above the Arkansas river stands Petit Jean Mountain. When the French
explorer, Chavet, decided to explor e the New World, he was engaged to be
married to a young woman in Paris named Adrienne. She wanted to go with him,
but Chavet decided that such an expedition would be too dangerous for a woman
and said that he would marry her when he returned in one year. When Chavet set
sail from France to America, Adrienne disguised herself and signed on as the
cabin boy the expedition. The Indians were fascinated with the mysterious cabin
boy and called him "Little John", or in French, "Petit
Jean". One day Adrieene became ill. While caring for the boy, the Indians
discovered that the cabin boy was really Adrienne, cleverly disguised so that
not even Chavet had recognized her. Chavet rushed to her side, but she died in
his arms, professing her love and asking forgiveness for deceiving him. Petit
Jean's grave can be seen from a small overlook on top of the mountain,
surrounded by a rusting iron fence.
Mountain View - Old Charlie Fowler Christian School - At night ghostly
footsteps can be heard coming down the stairs. The old cafeteria has voices
that can't be explained. It is believed to have been built on an old Indian
North Little Rock - Albert Pike Memorial Masonic Temple - Said to be
haunted by the ghost of Albert Pike, a Confederate general and influential
Freemason of the 19th Century.
Pea Ridge - Battle Ground - Reports of musket fire and voices have been
Rogers - Cross Hollows -
The site of a Civil=2 0War encampment, is haunted by phantom regiments marching
in the area,battle cries, musket fire and horses.
Rogers- War Eagle River Shores - A confederate soldier appears to be
guarding his territory as he walks along the shores of the river next to the
War Eagle Mill.
Russellville - Witherspoon Hall at Arkansas Tech University - The ghost
of a former student practice the piano on the third floor.
Sardis - Sardis Pipeline Light - On dark and quiet nights, a flickering
light appears out of the cedar tree tops. If you watch it long enough, it acts
agitated and moves rapidly up and down the tree line. Some people leaving the
site have experienced bumping on the back of their cars.
Searcy - Harding University- A ghostly girl haunts the old music
building. The orignal music building was torn down and replaced with a more
modern structure. It is said that the sounds of a piano playing continues to be
heard late at night.
Sheridan - Courthouse Square - In the late 1800's, there were numerous
people hanged on the Courthouse lawn. There are reports of apparitions in the
Courthouse windows, as well as disembodied footsteps echoing throughout the
Tazlina - Tazlina Lodge - The Tazlina Lodge is
not in use anymore. Supposedly, a man had a stand off with the police at the
lodge. He stayed on the third floor. He died during the encounter and his
spirit is said to still reside there.
Van Buren - King Opera House - Built in 1901,
this opera house was rescued from neglect and destruction a few years ago.
According to local legend, a actor with the Opera House fell in love during the
early 1900's , and had planned to elope by train at the Van Buren depot while
trying to run away with the daughter of a local doctor. Some of the Doctors
friends glimpsed the couple at the train station, and warned the doctor. The
doctor went to the station in his horse and buggy to bring his daughter back.
That same night, he buggy-whipped the man to death. The daughter, grief
stricken ran away and never returned.
Warren - Marks Mill - in 1864 two civil war
battles occured here. and over a thousand soldiers lost their lives. A train
loaded with Confederate gold was ambushed. A Confederate soldier set fire to
the car carrying the gold. he later died. its is said his ghost roams the area
searching for the lost gold. in addition Union soldiers hastily covered their
losses by throwing the bodies down a well at Mark's Mill. It is said moaning
has been heard from the area usually at night. This was the second battle of
the Red River Campaign.