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10 of the most haunted places in the US

We've all heard of someone who's seen a ghost — remember the recent sighting at the Cleveland Museum of Art? But at the end of the day, it's a hard story to sell.

The lack of ghostly evidence — or other interesting explanations (carbon monoxide poisoning, anyone?) — leaves most people as non-believers. For those on the hunt for some proof, there are a number of spots around the country where ghosts have been documented.

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Historic Worley B&B Inn in Dahlonega, Georgia

Built in 1845, this historic inn embraces its past by maintaining the décor and promoting its history. Many young soldiers in the 1860s passed through its doors, and it seems one may have never left. A picture was taken in one of the five guestrooms where it appears a man is laying on the bed. One paranormal research team believes that the ghost might be a teen who died there during that time.

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17Hundred90 Inn in Savannah, Georgia

As one of the most haunted hotels in one of the most haunted cities in the country, this inn attracts people on the hunt to capture a picture of a ghost named Anna. According to legend, the woman took her own life by jumping from room 204 in the early 1800s and still causes a bit of trouble for guests today. There have been so many reports of moving objects that the property leaves journals in the room for guests to write down their spooky experiences, and they even have to sign a waiver stating that there are no refunds if they decide to check out early.

The Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona

It's no surprise that a place named Tombstone would have a couple of ghosts hanging around. But there's one local jaunt in particular where a picture was taken that shows a ghostly figure. “I didn’t see anything while taking the photo,” said the person who posted the image on Reddit forum r/paranormal. “However, about five minutes later my brother started freaking out about seeing a figure in that same area.” The former theater, saloon, gambling parlor and brothel is now more known for its apparitions rather than its aperitifs.

Poinsett Bridge in Landrum, South Carolina

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Poinsett Bridge, built in 1820, has been the site of many mysterious occurrences.

The site of this Gothic-arched bridge built in 1820 has been the epicenter for many people claiming to have seen ghosts and mystery lights. It's rumored that it is the spot where a slave was hanged, and that he or she still haunts the area. There have been reports of screams and cars not being able to start, along with ghostly visions that some have tried to capture on film.

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    The former maximum security facility on an island in San Francisco Bay was once home to Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. It is no longer used as a prison, but visitors and tour guides have claimed to hear screams, slamming cell doors, and footsteps.

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    The house at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York, gained infamy in a best-selling book and several movies. Former owners reported creaking noises, voices, the music of a full marching band in the middle of the night, foul odors, and a black, shapeless apparition.

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    Bran Castle, Dracula's castle, in fog, Transylvania. Bran Castle is alleged to have been the seat of Vlad III - a cruel Romanian ruler better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. Notorious for brutal impaling his enemies, the character of Vlad III inspired Bram Stoker to write his famous horror novel Dracula.

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    In the 1800s, Paris's cemeteries were coming dangerously close to being filled, so some bodies were moved to tunnels that had been dug beneath the city by workers quarrying for building materials. Bones and skulls are stacked up throughout the Catacombs, and visitors have reported strange voices.

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    A familiar haunt for artists and bohemians in the Chelsea district of New York City since it was built in 1883, the Hotel Chelsea still puts up guests today ... if they don't mind sharing accommodations with the reputed ghosts of former residents Dylan Thomas, Eugene O'Neill, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.

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    Located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, this prison was designed to encourage solitude, supposedly helping prisoners open themselves up to God. But it is said that many went mad instead ... which may explain the eerie noises that have been reported since it closed.

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    This ancient stronghold overlooking Edinburgh is one of Scotland's most popular tourist attractions. It is reputed to have many ghosts, including a drummer who only appears when the castle is about to be attacked, and a piper who disappeared in the tunnels underneath it.

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    In 1892, a young woman checked into this luxury hotel on California's San Diego Bay to meet her husband. He never arrived, and a few days later, she was found dead on the hotel steps. Since then, guests and staff have noticed the pale figure of a young lady in a black lace dress....

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    It is said that the ghost of a harpist who was hanged in 1644 for peeping at the lady of the house can be seen wandering this castle in western Scotland, and can be heard playing every day in its library. The castle is home to the 13th Duke of Argyll today, but sometimes opens its doors to brave visitors.

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    he Big Easy's French Quarter is well-known to tourists for its hot jazz and spicy food. But New Orleans is also the historic center of voodoo traditions that African-Americans brought to Louisiana during the days of the slave trade. Although those customs were suppressed by slave owners, they linger on today.

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    Now a bed and breakfast, this antebellum estate northwest of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been called "America's Most Haunted Home." Reported phenomena include an oil portrait whose features become animated, a "bloody handprint" on the adjacent wall, and doors that open and close by themselves.

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    This 18th-century castle near Potsdam in eastern Germany is a hotel and restaurant today ... but its corridors harbor a dark history involving murderous barons.

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    In 1947, the keeper of this historic lighthouse on the eastern coast of Australia mysteriously disappeared. Afterward, many visitors have claimed to hear his hobnail boots at night, and it's said his ghost continues to keep the tower's brass doorknobs polished to this day.

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    The location of the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692, dramatized in Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible," is today a mix of important historical sites, New Age boutiques, and witch-kitsch attractions. The Salem Witch Museum claims to be the most visited one in town.

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    This picturesque village 30 miles north of New York City was immortalized in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Washington Irving's classic tale of schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and the fearsome Headless Horseman. Irving implied that the apparition Ichabod saw was a fake, but a number of visitors also have claimed to see the Horseman, supposedly a Hessian trooper whose head was carried off by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War.

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    This neoclassical hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, was the real-life inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's "The Shining." It is named for Freelan O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, whose ghost has been reported visiting its billiard room and bar. Guests also complain about children playing in the hallways at night ... even when no children are checked in.

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    The ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey, just two of hundreds of victims executed on Tower Hill over the Tower of London's bloody 900-year history, are among many that have been seen in what is called England's most haunted building. Legend has it that in 1816, a guard died of fright after seeing an apparition of a bear approaching him.

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    America's most famous residence is the setting for a number of ghost stories, some of which have even made it onto the official White House Web site. The spirit of Abigail Adams supposedly continues to do laundry in the East Room, while the ghost of Dolley Madison has been reported looking down upon the Rose Garden.

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    Michael Gurling, right, of the Forks, Wash., Chamber of Commerce, talks about the bonfire location on a beach in LaPush, Wash., that is portrayed in Stephenie Meyer's wildly successful vampire-themed "Twilight" books and movies.

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    Built in 1893, the Pfister is the most regal address in Milwaukee, having hosted every U.S. president since William McKinley and scores of celebrities. But rumors abound that late at night, the spirit of hotel founder Charles Pfister, who died in 1927, arrives to check in. Some guests report hearing strange noises and having paranormal experiences.

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    Re-enactors leave the field at dusk on the fields in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Union and Confederate armies suffered 46,000 to 51,000 casualties in total in the battle.

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    The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a local landmark in Louisville, Kentucky. The vacant building has become an attraction for ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts, who insist the building is haunted by former patients.

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    This is an aerial view, taken in 1994, of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, Calif. The house, a maze of 160 rooms built by a firearms heiress to fend off pursuing ghosts, has been given national landmark status.

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    The Battle of the Alamo happened in 1836 as part of the Texas Revolution.The Alamo became one of the Lone Star State's most historic sites. A quick online search can return hundreds of results about how the area is supposedly haunted by the ghosts of fallen soldiers.

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Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama

Unfortunately, many people died at this National Historic Landmark, sparking numerous ghost sightings over the years. After the site opened in 1882, workers were crushed by machinery, fell into molten steel, got caught in hot steam or simply fell from the high walkways. Paranormal investigators have been able to capture images of these apparitions in the form of mist, orbs and shadowy figures.

Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York

With millions of people traveling through New York over hundreds of years, there's bound to be few spirits who take the "city that never sleeps" motto to heart. One of the area's most haunted locations is in the northern borough, where the Stockbridge Indian Massacre took place in 1778. Today, people say they've seen numerous ghosts at the burial grounds on Vault Hill, making it a hot spot for potential spirit snaps.

Egmont Key Lighthouse in Tampa Bay, Florida

Once home to a prisoner camp and military base, these ruins make for one of the spookiest wildlife refuges. Walking around during the day is pretty eerie, but it appears that once the sun sets, the ghosts come out to play. Park rangers have reported weird sounds and sightings all over, but your best shot at photographing a ghost is at the island's graveyard.

Abandoned Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Los Angeles, California

If you're brave enough to enter this former hospital founded in 1888 for the mentally ill, you're almost guaranteed to see something creepy. Although it's guarded, many thrill-seekers have sneaked in to capture pictures, and later them online. In 2006, Marines found a freezer filled with mummified body parts. Enter if you dare!

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Oaklawn Cemetery in Tampa, Florida

Numerous graves at the oldest cemetery in Tampa commemorate slaves, soldiers and pirates. With a history spanning more than 150 years, the site attracts people in search of capturing pictures of ghosts — with some succeeding. Dark figures and mystery fogs have been photographed near the tombstones at night.

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco, California

Considered one of the most haunted places in the country, this prison is well known for housing the worst criminals in history. You'll likely feel a chill just walking through the prison cells, but some have even captured pictures of mysterious visitors while on a tour of the property. Teaching assistant Sheila Sillery-Walsh shared her ghostly photo of a young girl sitting in one of the cells, while others have reported seeing restless spirits throughout the island.

This article was originally published Oct. 26, 2015.

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