Posts Tagged ‘PPA 2 – Some Strangeness Reported’

Forest Hill Cemetery

Friday, October 1st, 2010
Receiving Vault

Receiving Vault, Forest Hill Cemetery

The Forest Hill cemetery is the final resting spot for many prominent Madisonians, early territorial settlers, and Civil War soldiers. Over the years, a number of strange-but-true stories (as well as some exaggerated by wild imagination) have bolstered the cemetery’s haunted reputation. Locals seem to be divided on the topic, though some insist that the cemetery is an active location for paranormal activity.

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Strangeness at Picnic Point

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

People are experiencing more than bonfires and kissing on Picnic Point! There have been several reports of a reddish, glowing light that rises up from the swamp on the Narrows and then floats out over the lake towards the Capitol.

View from Picnic Point, Lake Mendota<br /> Circa 1898

View from Picnic Point, Lake Mendota Circa 1898

Typical conditions make the possibility of swamp gas unlikely. Some think this energy is the ghost of August Kutzbock, the Capitol architect who reportedly killed himself off of Picnic Point in 1868.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.

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Very Early King Street

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Workers hired in 1837 to construct Madison’s first capitol building initially made their home on King Street. When the workers arrived in Madison from Milwaukee, they found no shelter besides Peck’s cabin, so they hastily erected temporary housing and a few storage buildings at the end of King Street, near the north shore of Lake Monona.

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Goodbye to Old Wisconsin Memorial Hospital?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Update: According to the WSJ, the state has canceled the contract to demolish the Wisconsin Memorial Hospital and is reconsidering plans to rehabilitate it.

April 17, 2009
The state is considering demolishing the historic Wisconsin Memorial Hospital, which was built in 1922 and functioned as a mental hospital for many years, mainly serving Wisconsin veterans who fought in World War I. The hospital has been empty for 15 years, and locals know it as one of the scariest haunts in the area. It is built on land right next to Native American burial mounds and the old asylum building, which is now the Mendota Mental Health Institute.