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The Phantom of Kent Oregon sparks early ghost hunt

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A Phantom like visitor, known as the Kenton Ghost, frightened the residents of the Peninsula near the Portland Oregon region in January 1913. The mysterious creature was seen lurking along Patton Road by night and vanished as the sun began to rise.

Two gentlemen, William Adams and Jack Langton of the Peninsula district claimed they saw a ghost or a mysterious person as they drove along Patton Road near Lombard Street. The saw the form emerge from the shadows of the timber. It glided over the ground to a fire that had been left by a group of workmen. The “ghost” was seated on a tree stump and stretched out its boney hands toward the fire. Adams tried to speak to the ghost but received no reply. Instead the ghost glided away. Adams and Langton ran in the opposite direction.

Another man, Thomas O’Rourke of Derby and Kilpatrick Streets also saw the ghost and described it t be six feet tall and so thin that his bones showed thorough his skin, and pale as whitewash. He noticed the phantom near a tree. Just as he was about to speak, the ghost suddenly disappeared. O’Rourke, contacted a police officer who vowed to “get him!”

Nell O’Hare, proprietor of the Kenton Saloon reported that several of the men had come into her place with reports of seeing the ghost as well. “The things they have seen the night before are such a little variety of everything--seeing ghosts is tame in comparison.”

People in Kenton began to keep their doors locked tight at night and orders were issued for the capture of the intruder—dead or alive. Men, woman and children remained indoors or stayed on the well-lighted streets when going out at night. To see a ghost is one thing, but to capture a ghost is another; perhaps that is why those who have seen Kenton’s mysterious visitor have been unable to bring about his capture. W M Kilingsworth, Percy Conger, and Dalles M Simonsen inaugurated the first of a series of “ghost hunts” in hopes they many catch it, or lay it. But did they? Does the phantom ghost of Kent, now just a small suburb of Portland, still roam the streets on chilly winter evenings? Is he merely a residual energy from the days of the numerous tunnels in the underground world of Kenton?

Haunted Places Examiner---Debe Branning---nazanaza@aol.com

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