Friday, January 20, 2012

#031 - The Town of Ypsilanti, MI

The town of Ypsilanti, near Ann Arbor, Michigan, is known to have quite a few haunted areas.

The first one is the former Ypsilanti Ladies' Library, situated on 130 N. Huron Street. It was built in 1858 and served as a home for the Starkweather family until the death of Mary Ann Starkweather. She wanted the home to be used as a library, which it was up until 1964. Then it was renovated and turned into office space. People have claimed to see the ghost of Mary Ann roaming the upper halls. Employees working after closing time have heard footsteps when nobody else was around to make them.

The second place is what remains of the Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hospital, grounds spanning about 690 acres. Some of it has been torn down, including the morgue. Demolishment might have been discontinued due to lack of funds, but it might continue later this year, if it hasn't started back up already. It's located on Willis and Platt Road. It's watched by cops and is probably running wild with asbestos. There have been cleaning teams in there. The auditorium still stands and has remnants of writings on the walls from when the building was being prepared to be demolished. The patients from the old facility have all been moved to a new facility just down the road. People claim to have heard moaning noises. Of course, old buildings are known to make funny noises. People don't always feel necessarily uneasy there. You just want to watch out for security. There are a few points of interest in the building. One is the "satantic room". There's a pentagram drawn on the floor and (believe it or not) H.P. Lovecraft words on the walls. Even without the morgue and the secret underground tunnel partially filled in with dirt, there are plenty of interesting spots in the old hospital (or so I hear). There is also a putt-putt golf course on the grounds. There are lots of old files and miscellaneous items just lying around, unless cleaning crews have disposed of them. Whether spirits of those who lived here in life remain, who knows? But it seems like a very interesting place, and it's a shame it's been partially destroyed.

Off of Denton Road, blue lights have been seen flashing all over the road. It's said that if you turn off your car or get out, you can hear the clanging of heavy metal chains or pipes as well as strange groans and growling noises.

The last two ghost stories of Ypsilanti I've come across both involve murder.

The first one takes place on Geddes Road. Late at night, a woman in a nurse's uniform can be seen wandering along the side of the road. Once you get past her, check your rearview mirror. She won't be anywhere in sight. She was a nurse who was murdered on her walk to work at the hospital. She was left for dead on the side of the road, where her spirit now lingers.

The second takes lace on Geddes and Le Forge Road. There were a series of murders in the late 1960s and into the 1970s in this area. There was a farmhouse that served as the site for the murder of one young girl. The murders were all of students from Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. The murderer is said to be serving time in Marquette Prison and might be due for parole. (I haven't checked records, so I don't know if this is fact or not.) It's said that if you drive down the road, your car trunk will pop open, and you can see the silhouette of the old farmhouse said to be haunted by the girl who was murdered there.

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