Are there any good local ghosts?


As much time as I spend on this site talking about eating local food and supporting local businesses, and lambasting those who don’t, it strikes me as somewhat hypocritical that all of my favorite ghosts are in New England and the American South… Anyway, seeing as how it’s Halloween, this struck me as a good opportunity to discuss local hauntings. Are there any well-known ghosts in Ypsi? How about Ann Arbor? It seems like there might be, what with all the young coeds from Normal College who drown in the Huron, weighted down by their petticoats when their canoes capsized, and all the young men going off to fight in the Civil War. Surely we have a ghost or two walking the railroad tracks late at night, swinging lanterns, looking for their heads. And, if not, I say we go out and get us one. Ypsi needs a good local ghost that we can all rally behind.

[The photo above, taken over 100 years ago, is from National Geographic, but the inspiration for this post is 100% Shaggs.]

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  1. Posted October 31, 2010 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Googled these and I’ve heard the one about the Gedde’s nurse, never seen her though I’ve driven down that road a bunch of times late at night.

    Also, heard about the Michigan murders. There is a book about them I think.

  2. KKT
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard mention of a ghost in the old S&H Green Stamps house.

  3. KKT
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    OK, I found one on the web.

    I lived in the Whitaker house, corner of Bemis and Whitaker rds in Ypsilanti mich, in 94 with family. it is said to be haunted by ms Whitaker, who is buried in the cemetery down the road. I myself, have seen her, so has my aunt that I lived with. Unexplained things happened in the house. Pictures flying across the room and breaking. 1800 style shoe prints in the newly finished hard wood floors. Doors opening and slamming shut on their own. I myself saw a ghostly figure standing in the window when I was upstairs doing homework. Objects would be missing from where you set them at. Spooky.
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  4. Knox
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Maybe once Iggy dies, his spirit will come home to Ypsilanti.

  5. Tommy
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Supposedly a ghost at the old Pickle Barrel restaurant in Willis.

  6. Posted November 1, 2010 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    It has always been interesting to me that so many Christians believe in ghosts, yet the Bible makes it pretty clear that we don’t stay here when we die.

    Of course, I believe in neither. I do however, believe in the Weinachtsmann.

  7. Edward
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Local ghosts suck. You get much better value from franchised ghosts.

  8. Tim T
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Walmart has the best ghosts. They’re old, bleached out, and slow moving. And they moan as the move. It’s just like in the movies, except they have oxygen tanks.

  9. Christine M
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    The Pickle Barrel is closed now isn’t it? We went to go there about a year ago and it was out of business. Did it reopen?

    Never thought of saying to someone, when you die I hope you will haunt us. Just sayin’ seems odd to mention waiting for Iggy to die so he could come haunt us.

  10. Mr. X
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    The old Ypsi mental hospital grounds must be teaming with them.

  11. James Mann
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    There is no lack of ghosts in Ypsilanti, in fact, just about every old house in the city is said to have a ghost or two or more. The Firehouse Musuem is said to be hundted, as well as the Ypsilanti Historical Museum. There are no doubt many stories to be told.

  12. Carol Wickham
    Posted February 10, 2019 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    my husband got a scare at the Ypsilanti Historical Museum, in broad daylight during the Heritage Festival! He said he felt a cold blast of air at his back and it was pushing him out of the building. He said he will never go back!

  13. Josh
    Posted July 17, 2019 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I lived in the house on spencer lane right across from the entrance of willow run for 18 years , Definetly some negative energy on that whole road and In that particular House especially, if you research you will find that the headstone memorial at the corner of Michigan ave and spencer is for the remaining bodies that were buried under the houses , when they built the school they left the bodies and just moved the headstones. Very very bad entities , neighbors also had a lot of strange occurrences, including a part of a headstone that was in the crawl space . If you like ghosts and could check that out, you’d be surprised .

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