Everybody gets the chills when they walk through a cemetery, particularly at night, mostly, it is all in our heads. Walking through hundreds of deceased people that are buried six feet under, could get you thinking that there's a possibility of encountering a ghost. There is however, always speculation surrounding the existence of ghosts in cemeteries, but those who have witnessed strange phenomenon and ghostly apparitions will assure you spirits dwell near their final resting places. Come and take a walk through some of America's most haunted cemeteries and read about the ghosts that choose to linger there. Open your mind and turn on your imagination.
I'm writing about two of the most haunted and famous cemeteries in the United States, adding to my list of Haunted Places to visit. Both St. Louis
Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana and Boothill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona; are known for their ghostly inhabitants. These spirits often stay near their final resting place, stuck in between this world and the next.
Many ghosts are believed to haunt St. Louis Cemetery. As the oldest cemetery New Orleans, it is filled with ornate tombs built above ground (due to the
marshy land) and mysterious mausoleums. Visitors have experienced the
sounds of weeping coming from within the tombs, witnessed phantom figures, Civil War ghosts and yellow
fever victims restlessly stalking through the maze of crypts.
Now we can continue onward with our haunted cemeteries tour onto the final stop; Boothill Cemetary, in Tombstone, Arizona. Tombstone was once a thriving silver rush town, Tombstone is now the true embodiment
of a ghost town. The scenes of incredible violence that took place in
its lawless streets still resonate, especially the infamous gunfight at
the O.K. Corral among the Clantons, the Earps and Doc Holliday. Three of
the Clanton gang were killed in the fight, which only lasted about 30
seconds. They now rest in Boothill Cemetery, alongside gamblers,
smugglers and outlaws. Outlaws were buried midway down the hill
amongst other thieves, people who were shot, stabbed or just found dead
somewhere and were brought to be buried there. There are even people who are
buried there on the hill that have "UNKNOWN" on the headstone because
they never knew who it was that had died. There were always people dying. It was
unusual when someone died of natural causes. There are dozens of "boot hill" cemeteries across the country,
especially the West. The name refers to those who "died with their boots
on" or in a violent way. But Tombstone's cemetery, and the entire town,
is considered to be one of the most haunted. Ghosts of outlaws and the
Clanton gang are often seen in the cemetery, hoping to avenge their
death. Here is Tombstone's original Boothill hearse below.
Located on the northwest corner of the town, the Boothill graveyard is
believed to hold over 300 persons, 205 of which are recorded. This was
due to some people (especially Chinese and Jewish immigrants) being
buried without record. There is a separate Jewish cemetery nearby with
some markers restored, and there are also marked graves of Chinese.
However, most of the loss was due to neglect of grave markers and theft
of these wooden relics as souvenirs. For example, when former Tombstone Mayor John Clum visited Tombstone for the first Helldorado celebration in 1929, he was unable to locate the grave of his wife Mary, who had been buried in Boothill. Does her ghost haunt the graveyard with the many others that reside there? Is she looking for her husband?
The Tombstone "boothill" cemetery was closed in late 1884, as the new
"City Cemetery" on Allen Street opened. Thereafter, Boothill was
referred to as the "old city cemetery" and neglected. It was used after
that only to bury a few later outlaws (some legally hanged and one shot
in a robbery), as well as a few colorful Western characters and one man
(Emmett Crook Nunnally) who had spent many volunteer hours restoring it. Currently, the Boothill Graveyard is open to the public without fee, and is a popular stop for tourists visiting Tombstone. It seems like a great place to visit. There must be at least a few gunslingers haunting the grounds of the Cemetery, seeking revenge. Are you brave enough to dare to go there? To feel the icy breath of a ghost on your neck and your arm hairs raise? I am. So St. Louis and Tombstone Cemeteries are on my list of Haunted places to visit.