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Guide to haunted locations includes local places

Lewis’ book now available for purchase
  

By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer

 

01/19/07 - Estherville Daily News

Is it true a group of football players were pushing a stalled car near Oak Hill Cemetery and were struck from behind . . . and their ghosts remain, still pushing cars uphill?

Or is it true that two small girls are haunting the same area? Or are there witches buried in Oak Hill Cemetery? And do eyes float over the graves, changing color at whim and will?

For at least 30 years, legends have persisted about Oak Hill Cemetery, according to Chad Lewis, a paranormal investigator who was in Estherville last summer doing research for his book, The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations. The book is now hot off the press, printed Wednesday.

Another haunted legend is a Gypsy cemetery near Algona. According to Lewis, it’s one of a handful of gypsy cemeteries in the country. Norman A. Erbe, Iowa’s governor from 1961-63, wanted to make the site a tourist attraction.

A gypsy queen apparently still haunts the cemetery, “guarded by a flock of mysterious crows,” Lewis said. The book features 75 cases throughout the state.

“This book takes the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Iowa,” Lewis said. “It covers the entire state of Iowa from the Cursed Angel of Council Bluffs to the Hanging Ghost of Davenport. From phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apparitions located in your own backyard, no place in Iowa is without its own haunting. Complete with photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore, and directions, this unique book encourages you to visit these places for your own ghost story.”

To contact staff writer Michael Tidemann call (712) 362-2622 or e-mail him at
mtidemann@esthervilledailynews.com


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