Arkansas is a place of uniqueness and beauty, making it a wonderful travel destination. I’ve seen this beauty for myself, but I have yet to experience what the paranormal locations have to offer first-hand. But I have done my research to bring you this state’s top haunted locations. Enjoy!
The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
Meant as a hotel for the rich and famous at first, the Crescent Hotel was built in 1886. Not long after though, it experienced a series of closures and re-openings. For starters, fifteen years after its first opening, it soon became unmanageable and closed down. But in 1908, it opened back up as a women’s college and conservatory only to shut down yet again in 1924, then converting into a junior college in 1930…closing in 1934…Finally, within the year, it was sold to become a hotel for the incoming and going summers.
Under the new owner (Norman G. Baker, a millionaire inventor) in 1937, it was turned to a hospital and health resort. Baker-despite not having any medical education or experience-faked the title of a doctor, claiming he discovered numerous cures for illnesses, including cancer. This ‘cure’ he advertised was drinking the region’s natural spring water along with a couple other chemicals. Later, he spent four years in prison after being charged with mail fraud, which left the Crescent to stand without an owner until 1946. Then, it was bought by a group of men. Only one of these men (Dwight Nichols) remained after the hotel caught fire twenty-one years later, almost burning to the ground. The hotel was later purchased in 1997 by Marty and Elise Roenigk for a whopping 1.3 million dollars. Though Marty passed in 2009 in a tragic car accident, Elise is the current owner of the Crescent.
There are four infamous entities at the hotel: A little boy who died from a ruptured appendix, a man named Michael who was a stonemason and while working on the hotel, fell to his death into one of the rooms, a ‘mist-lady’ who attended the college and may have been pregnant, either jumped, fell, or was pushed to her death from third floor, and lastly, the demonic figure that has been spotted in the morgue…Michael fell into room 218 and it is known to be one of the most paranormally active in the hotel, as staff and visitors have reportedly had strange feelings and have heard strange noises while others claim to be shaken awake at night in the room. The clear apparition of a formally clothed man with a mustache and beard has been seen in the lobby and at the bar. Those who died at Baker’s hospital by the hands of Baker and his false cure and those who accidentally perished left behind a haunting imprint on the Crescent and all of the negativity that went on here likely sparked a place for the demonic…
The Old State House Museum in Little Rock
Formerly known as the Arkansas State House, it was built between 1836 and 1842, remaining the oldest capitol building west of the Mississippi River. It was designed by architect Gideon Shryock, who chose Greek stylings for decor because the previous design was far too expensive. While it was still being built, the General Assembly moved in and during a conference, the Speaker for the General Assembly killed the Representative during a knife fight after a dispute.
The Old State House was the state capitol until a new building was constructed in 1912. It served as a medical school for awhile, then later became an Arkansas war memorial, an office for federal/state use, and as a gathering place for patriotic groups. Then in 1947, the General Assembly approved for it to become a museum. After it underwent renovations in 1996, it was deemed as a national historical landmark the following year. It is still a museum today, displaying the history and important past events of Arkansas.
The ghost of the murdered Representative is said to haunt the building, sadly pacing through the corridors as reported by staff members. Though it might not be Wilson, for another politician who met his fate at the House could be responsible for the sightings and feelings.
Harding University in Searcy
This four-year liberal arts university was established in Morrilton, Arkansas in 1924 and is the largest private college in the state. It was named after Christian educator/minister, James A. Harding. It moved to its current location a decade later and is home to forty-nine buildings on the Searcy location but has campuses spread internationally.
The ghost of a young woman is said to still play music in the music building of the university. Apparently, in the 1930s, she attended Harding as a music student and fell for another student who was then killed in a tragic car accident, leaving the young girl broken-hearted. She then spent most of her days playing the piano in the music building, rarely ever leaving, raising concern from her friends. Though, she ignored their worries and played sorrowful music continuously and repeatedly.
The Allen House in Monticello
This house was built in 1900 by Joe Lee Allen, a Delta planter. His family inhabited the house until it was transformed into apartments in the 1950s. But before the conversion, in the 1940s, reports of hauntings began, for it is claimed that one of Joe’s daughters committed suicide in the house by ingesting cyanide. Other reports of moaning along with loud and heavy footsteps in the upper floor were reported and even investigated by police, but they found no one living there.
After a gift shop was opened in 1985 on the main level, the owner claimed to see that items had been moved, pushed over, or even missing when she would come in to open the shop.
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