They are watching us, these ghosts of the North.|
They cook breakfast, play cards, mine gold, turn on radios, and play the piano. A logger sees a ghostly Model T drive through his truck. The smell of tobacco wafts through a room where no one is smoking. Fresh footprints are found in the snow, but there is no one for miles around.
Haunted Alaska is a collection of ghost stories that will make the hair rise on the back of your neck. These astonishing stories tell of miners terrorized by spirits wandering their claims, of roadhouse owners visited daily by ghosts, of reindeer herders who run in fear as one of their own departed comes back in spirit form to continue his duties after death, and of human voices and dog barking heard in empty woods, complete with the smell of a campfire that isn't there. Some ghosts are found in-you guessed it-ghost towns.
Lifelong Alaskan Ron Wendt is a gold miner, teacher, and book publisher who has traveled extensively throughout the North by air, water, and road. He was raised in Fairbanks and now lives in the Wasilla area.
"'When my company took over Circle Hot Springs Lodge, people could hardly wait to tell me about the ghosts,' said owner Susan Knapman. These included the fur coat hanging on a wall in the basement that reached out and touched people, things flying off shelves, and a ghost who apparently was unhappy with the way things were run in the kitchen. One night during the winter, a worker looked outside and saw the ghostly image of a man playing a piano. It was 50 below zero! Knapman herself lost sleep several nights when something kept knocking on her door. But no one was there." -from Haunted Alaska