Paranormal Travels, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 24th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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From Restaurants to Jail, the Steel City is Alive with Ghostly Activity and Paranormal Legends

Ghost Tours & Haunted Hot Spots

Pittsburgh is a city that is always bursting with activities from sports events to offering consumers unique shops for the ultimate shopping frenzy. The city also offers some of the most amazing panoramic sites, educational and historical venues, and best of all some of the most haunted buildings in the United States. Luckily you do not have to brave the ghosts alone, because the Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tour brings you right into the middle of the paranormal adventure and allows thrill seekers a peek into the heart of some of the most haunted attractions that the city has to offer through one invigorating two-hour downtown walking tour. Experience Pittsburgh's dark side with a knowledgeable ghost guide who will lead you to the most bone chilling and grisly places that come alive still today through spooky tales that bring the spirits alive with highlights of hauntings that feature guaranteed goose bumps.

The haunted ghost tour kick's off in April and runs through October and is filled with nightly bone chilling tales featuring ghost hunts at local sites every Friday and Saturday night. Beginning at the Golden Triangle in the middle of Market Square the ghost tour begins at one of Pittsburgh's most famous locations; Market Square. This is where all walks of life come together for socializing, entertainment and some of the best eats and drinks the city has to offer. Outdoor eateries, vendors, boutiques and the cities oldest bar, "The Original Oyster House", located at 20 Market Square and built in 1870 are all a part of this historical neighborhood. Known to locals as the "Diamond", it is the historical location of where the first streets of the city were laid out, and it is home to the very haunted Allegheny County Courthouse that was built in the mid-1790s.

Allegheny County Jail: No downtown ghost tour can take place without including one of Pittsburgh's most haunted locations. The ghost infested Allegheny County Jail opened in 1884 and is a historical landmark that has housed many colorful characters during its active period. The ghost story that the jail is most famous for takes place in 1907 when scared prisoners begged to be moved to another area of the facility because their current location was inflicted with the ghost of the former cellmate, W.A. Culp who had committed suicide in the jail. His ghostly presence terrified the inmates with his constant carrying on when his tormented spirit discovered that he was forever stuck within the walls of the jailhouse. The inmates were granted permission to be moved to another part of the building. Location: 420 Ross Street, in historical downtown Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Courthouse: Three is a charm, and if that is the case then the courthouse certainly has plenty of it, supernatural charm included. The current courthouse was built in 1884 after the first two buildings were lost to deteriorating and corrosion caused by coal smoke. The historical building that now graces Market Square is simply elegant in design and offers a five-story tower that completes the dignified appearance of the rusticated structure. Colorful characters have graced the halls of the building and most often during renovations these high spirited ghosts tend to come out to see what is going on. The most prominent ghost to date is thought to be Judge Gerald Weber who is always seen near his courtroom on the fourth floor wearing his traditional black robe. Other spirits from an orange jumpsuit clad ghost to Federal officers have been spotted in the building by staff, maintenance workers, visitors and construction crews. Location: 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222.

Papa J's Centro: Home to some of the best chicken marsala, shrimp scampi and bruschetta that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer. Upon entering the haunted restaurant you will notice polished dark wood with a headboard and bed frame where the infamous Madame Dolly Cavanaugh once performed. It is the centerpiece behind the massive front bar and often a main conversation piece. Despite the obvious, the atmosphere is nothing short of old world charm and the feel of the place is carried over from the restaurant's motto that sums it up nicely, "Beautiful Food Simply Prepared to be Shared with Family and Friends". True, this is one of the most haunted Italian restaurants located in the Steel City, and it does come with a dark past that possesses many dirty little secrets, lies and illegal activity, but it all lends to the very sorted legend that even the ghosts are drawn to, and the fact that this very charming eatery was once a brothel leaves little to the imagination as to who might be still hanging around haunting the joint. Location: 212 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The ghost guide will continue on to lead you through some of the most exciting supernatural destinations located in Pittsburgh, including the location where one of the cities' most famous resident's life was spared by a ghost. Steel Magnate Henry Clay Frick at one time was thought to be the most haunted man in America and around the year of 1892 he landed on the list of the most hated. The ghost tour will bring you to the Frick Fine Arts Building and straight into a history lesson surrounding the tycoon's attempted assassination. The tour will also include tales of the St. Patrick's Day flood, the 1845 fire that wiped out a huge part of Pittsburgh, the crash of the B-25 ghost bomber that mysteriously vanished; a super ghost infested hotel that fly's off the charts with its high voltage spiritual energy, and no ghost tour in Market Square would be complete without covering the cursed Wabash Bridge or Disaster Alley.

Ghost Tours: The downtown two-hour ghost tour is not exclusive as the curators of Pittsburgh's nightmares offer other exciting tours including the virtual, Incline and Oakland ghost tours. For obvious reasons October is a hot month for spooky tours, so calling ahead for reservations is never a bad idea if you want a guaranteed spot. For Reservations, Call: 412-302-5223 or email the Pittsburgh Ghost Tours at: Confirmation for the 2013 tours are starting in January due to such a high demand. Cost: $16.00. Time: 7:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April thru October, rain or shine.

Media Reviews for the Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tours: Steve Granato from 94.5 3WS heard about it and had to see the action for himself. He and his wife had a blast at the downtown haunted walking tour. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette was treated to a few encounters with the spirit world and summed it up to a historical journey that takes you where the ghouls are and came away with a final declaration that the tour was "a delightful mix of Western Pennsylvania history and eerie supernatural lore - all meticulously researched, brilliantly crafted, and beautifully told." Pitt Magazine, KDKA-TV, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Point Park Globe and radio icon Jim Krenn from WDVE 102.5 all enjoyed the tour and found it to be educational, historical and spine tingling. Sean Collier led the tour and has been running Haunted Pittsburgh Tours since 2008. To watch the results of Jim Krenn's tour go to:

Market Square Location: 240 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222


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author avatar Sherri Granato
Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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26th Jul 2014 (#)

Your articles are always an education, if nothing else.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
26th Jul 2014 (#)

Sherri, I was so excited to find you on the front page. Some of my dearest friends are on here. I love reading about your ghost travels. As I've always said I'm not brave enough to go on a ghost tour but I love reading about them. Life is good! The old gang is back together.

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