Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Hager House Bed and Breakfast
619 S. Hoff Ave.El Reno, OK 73036
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Check out their website at www.norsonline.com
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tonya Hacker, Tammy Wilson, or Amanda Wagaman
www.ghouli.org or www.eerieok.com
Oklahoma ParaCon 2009 Hosted by the “Ghost Divas” and the El Reno Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is set for Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Historical & Haunted Elk’s Lodge No. 743.
El Reno, OK – The 4th annual Oklahoma Paranormal Conference will be held at the historic Elks Lodge in El Reno, Oklahoma on March 21, 2009. This year’s event will feature many speakers from across the nation and Oklahoma.
2009 speakers include nationally recognized ghostologists such as Oklahoma favorites Troy Taylor, author, and TruTV’s “Haunting Evidence” star Patrick Burns who will headline the conference. Other speakers are Oklahoma’s very own skeptic, Dr. Bryan Farha, Paranormal Deep Sea Diver Lee Ehrlich of Florida, Georgia Ghost Society founder Bob Hunnicutt, Oklahoma story-teller Marilyn Hudson, Oklahoma’s only TV horror host Brian “Dr. Fear” Young, and Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa and Tulsa’s Spirit Tour coordinators Teri French and Russ White. The event is being emceed by internationally known Brian and Anna Marie of Ghostology! - internet radio powered by CBS.
This year’s theme is “It was a dark and stormy night…Celebrating the ghost story!” Ghost stories have intrigued everyone for centuries, so we invite everyone to explore, share and understand the power of the ghost story. From the psychology behind why we like to be afraid to the ghostly tales of yesterday and today, it will all be discovered in a fun and educational setting.
Ghostlahoma, the only book solely dedicated to Oklahoma ghost stories will be released at the Oklahoma ParaCon. Written by para-historians Tonya Hacker and Tammy Wilson, Ghostlahoma will chill your bones and warm your heart with over 40 true tales of hauntings from the Sooner State. From the first published ghost story in Oklahoma to present day phantom hitchhikers, this book will take you through over 100 years of Oklahoma’s haunted history.
The El Reno Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will be hosting historically themed Upper Floor Tours and dinner events later in the evening in downtown El Reno. There will also be trolley tours that are fundraisers for the Preserve El Reno Program. Dinner will be available for purchase at the main event at the Elk’s Lodge.
Oklahoma ParaCon 2009 will be held at the Historically Haunted Elks Lodge in El Reno, OK on March 21, 2009 beginning at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $25 each for the event if purchased in advance, and $30 at the door. Tours and dinners will be an additional cost. This event is approved for teenagers to seniors, no matter how old, or how skeptical. OK ParaCon is becoming a part of Oklahoma’s history, one story at a time.
GHOULI, Eerie Oklahoma, and the Ghost Divas strive to preserve and promote Oklahoma’s history through research and to present it in educational and fun venues. ###END
Friday, January 30, 2009
Inola Public Library. Books often move themselves forward and fall off the shelves in this small facility built in 1969.
Waurika Public Library. Housed in a historic Rock Island railway depot built in 1912, this library’s haunt is responsible for books falling repeatedly off the shelves, phantom telephone rings, and doors opening and closing. A translucent male apparition has been photographed. "
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The first image is alleged reoccurring blood stains in the wood floor panels. The second is a face in the wood panels. The third is of an area that had a figure sitting on the pew. In eastern Oklahoma, near Muskogee is a privately owned church and lands. The owner purchased the abandoned land and building in order to preserve the location for investigations. The following are images from a visit there with the owner. On the occasion of the visit several events occurred that could not be altogether explained.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
"I LIVED IN FT. GIBSON AS A CHILD AND I USE TO STAY WITH MY GRANDMOTHER MAUDE WHITE ALOT. THEY LIVED IN AN OLDER HOUSE BUT IT WAS VERY LARGE. IT HAD A HUGE FRONT PORCH THAT WENT ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE. ALMOST EVERYTIME I STAYED THERE I WOULD HERE AND SEE STRANGE THINGS. I WOULD HERE SHOUTING LAUGHING AND SEE MEN DRESSED IN ARMY UNIFORMS FROM I WOULD GUESS AROUND THE TERRITORY DAYS OR MAYBE EVEN THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH. ALSO WOULD SEE MEN IN WESTERN TYPE DRESS. LATER AS I GROWN AND LEFT FT. GIBSON I HEARD THAT THIS HOUSE HAD BEEN THE NEWSPAPER AND THEY WERE PLANNING ON MAKING IT A HISTORICAL SITE BECAUSE IT WAS USED BY SOILDERS AND BY OUTLAWS AND THEY HAD EVEN FOUND BULLET HOLES AND OLD BULLETS EMBEDDED IN THE WALLS. I CANT REMEMBER WERE THIS PLACE WAS IM SURE IF I WENT BACK I COULD PROBALLY FIND IT BUT DO YOU ALL KNOW WHERE I AM TALKING ABOUT ......"
I tried to respond to her email - but it bounced back.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 21, 2008 – “...tales of headless ghosts seeking ill-gotten gold, fiery witches, graves guarded by rattlesnakes, and even a guest appearance by Oklahoma’s most beloved backwoods creature, Bigfoot himself.” — Tim Tingle OKLAHOMA CITY — — Looking for a spooky tale to share at your Halloween Dinner Party? Want something distinctly Oklahoma to slip into the trick-or-treat bag of your favorite little Goblin? Check out The Ghost of Mingo Creek and Other Spooky Oklahoma Legends, released last week in hardback by Forty-Sixth Star Press, Oklahoma City ($15.95). Penned by Greg Rodgers, an Oklahoma storyteller and member of the Choctaw Nation, the 104-page 5x6 book, features eight creepy tales that take place across the Oklahoma landscape. From a ghost that haunts Tulsa County’s Mingo Creek to the Kiamichi Country’s bigfoot in the southeast region of the state, the stories, though fictionalized, are based on rich Oklahoma legends. Written with the middle reader in mind, Tim Tingle, Oklahoma author and renowned Choctaw storyteller, says the book offers an enjoyable experience for readers of all ages. “For teachers, parents and librarians seeking new ways to stimulate student interest in Oklahoma history, geography, and social patterns, these stories will prove to be a valuable tool,” writes Tingle in the foreword. The book is available at www.fortysixthstarpress.com. It also retails for $15.95 at Best of Books in Edmond, Okla., and in Oklahoma City at Borders and Full Circle Bookstores. For more information, on the Forty-Sixth Star Press, contact Pam Bracken at email@example.com. To schedule an author visit, please contact Rodgers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
El Reno Chicken Man. Oklahoman (1970 Dec pg?). Original article not yet found. Mysterious tracks located around a chicken coop that had had its door pulled off [cited in “Monster prints called fake”]
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
- What equipment is needed (camera, thermometers, etc.)
- What supplies to bring (map, batteries, etc.)
- What steps to follow to provide standardized activity (doors have been checked, windows checked, etc.)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Libraries will generally have information related to local history (old newspapers, local history books, etc.). Some libraries now offer, with a library card, access to genealogical databases to search census records, deeds, newspapers (to a limit). This link lists all Oklahoma Public Libraries. Library cards are usually free in the location to area residents since they are funded by tax dollars (property or other tax bases). Visitors from out of town or state may need to pay to access local databases, but use of other materials is usually free to visitors. Special collections (archives) may have limitations as to use or access. In Oklahoma, students and staff of universities can apply (via their school library) for the OKShareCard. This is honored by member libraries at other institutions. It allows limited checkout of books - but often does not allow access to databases.
Census records (Free - not complete but a help) ; http://www.censusfinder.com/ ;
http://www.census-online.com/links/ ; a subscription service Ancestry.com allows access to census films and many other local history resources online ($100 to $300 a year) but many larger libraries offer access to this in their libraries via their computers.
County Clerk Public Records-OK
Good General Introduction to using Court House Records
Census Bureau Flyer on Availability of Census Records for an Individual / US Privacy Act,etc.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
[Photo courtesy of Cullan Hudson]
To learn more: http://www.nscda.org/museums/oklahoma.htm
OK History Society: http://www.okhistory.org/outreach/affiliates/overholsermansion.html
OPRA investigated it :http://www.ghostgadgets.com/_research/Overholser/01/
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Dead Woman’s Crossing: http://www.ghost-investigators.com/Stories/view_story.php?story_num=15
Dead Woman’s Bridge – Map: http://wikimapia.org/4525854/Dead_Woman_s_Crossing
Prairie Ghosts has a pretty good account of it, except he misnames the detective who help search. Sam Bartell was a wellknown early US Marshall and local police officer and at the time was with the Oklahoma Detective Agency. http://wikimapia.org/4525854/Dead_Woman_s_Crossing
For more information on Barter see the entry on him at MYSTORICAL.
If you can find in a library:
Brenner, Susan Woolf. "Dead Woman;s Crossing: The Legacy of a Territorial Murder." Chronicles of Oklahoma: Volume LX (Fall 1982).
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
2. Watch out for lines just as : 'This is a true story...' or 'This really happened to a friend of a friend' .
Ft. El Reno
Black Jail - Guthrie
LaBady Mansion- Bartlesville
Kulli Tukilo Methodist Church - Idabel
Carey Place - Oklahoma City
Kitchen Lake - SE OKC/MWC area
Old women's dorms/ AGR Frat House- OSU, Stillwater
"Dead Woman's Crossing" - Weatherford
County Line Resturant - OKC
OKC Zoo - OKC
Walls Bargain Center- Shawnee
Music Store - Shawnee
Cate's Center - OU
Tulsa Little Theater
Tulsa Garden Center
The Cave House
The Gilcrease house
The Brady Mansion
The Camelot Hotel
The Mayo Hotel
Peace of Mind Bookstore
Old Bellview School (Jason's Deli 15th & Peoria)
Hex House Lot
Lola's & Fox Hotel
The White House - Jenks, OK
Due to significant debunking the following are not listed:
Choctaw Library, Choctaw Middle School, Stone Lion Inn
- The original name of the hotel, according to newspaper accounts ,was "The Skirvin House" (1910).
- In 1911 - the manager committed suicide and it was investigated as suspicious
- Later, (1902's?) a workman fell to his death.
- Several people committed suicide - as they did in all the local hotels- most by poison and a few by pistol.
- The legend that "Effie" was a mistress kept imprisoned in the hotel is also similar to a tale told about the "Gold Hotel" in Nevada - making it more the urban legend than real tale. In that time period, it was more likely he would have sent away - with a payoff - a pregnant mistress or simply paid for an illegal abortion. If an "Effie" did die - perhaps it was a botched abortion rather than some convoluted prisoner in the hotel scenerio.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
2. Do some background information searching.
3. Go with a plan (what is the problem being researched? what do you want to learn? Verify?)
4. Check out the area for drafts, exists, entrances.
5. Create a simple map of the area marking normal readings for areas, adding exits, air ducts, etc. Note times, temperatures, etc.
6. Take multiple readings of the locations and mark on the map.
7. Develop a case file, dated, in order on each visit.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Experts have seen that in the western versions, there is an apparent relationship to the Hispanic tale of La Llorona. This old legend tells of a woman who drowned her children to be with her young lover, who in turn deserted her. The contemporary case of Susan Smith comes to mind as a modern example of just the same type of tragedy. This tale may date back to pre-colonial Mexico and refer to an early native deity.
If, as many believe, urban legends, are as much morality tales cautioning about behavior, then the often dangerous bridges of the early years, coupled with the moral threat posed by a newly independently mobile youth, could easily have led to the development of this tale and explain its enduring appeal.
Oklahoma, like Ohio, has several bridges identified as a Cry Baby Bridge. Most have been closed down over the years, lost as roads were rerouted, or simply replaced by newer bridges. I visited one alleged sight in southwest Oklahoma County. It was down an old dirt road and had been closed for decades. The metal had rusted and the wooden planks were beginning to weaken.
It crossed a narrow ravine where a tiny trickle of dirty water flowed decorated here and there with the debris of cast off appliances and car parts. An old concrete pipe in one side of the ravine served to spill out rain water from somewhere.
In the clear light of day I could hear the wind sighing through the pipe, and knew that in the dead of night it might sound like the whimpering cries of a child, or the mournful pleas of a woman in pain.
One day the bridge would be gone, replaced by a staid modern bridge, and it would loose something along the way. The modern replacement bridges, with their multiple lanes of harsh glaring concrete with stable, unimaginative barriers spanning waterways the drivers can no longer even see. They are traversed by hurried traffic with no time to pause and enjoy. Every new bridge seems designed to defy any legend, no matter how romantic and enduring, to linger..
Spoiler alert: keep tongue firmly in cheek while reading!