Not a lot of Akron's residents know about their hometown's haunted history. Many of them may have forgotten the tragic events that happened in their neighborhood. Some people have their very own ghost stories to tell. Here is a list of Akron's top five supernatural sites.
5. Memorial Parkway
One summer in the early sixties, during a thunderstorm, three inches of rain fell within an hour causing part of the Tallmadge Parkway road to collapse. Three people lost their lives during the downpour and were washed away into the canal below. Today, some people say the location is haunted.
4. Indian Signal Tree
Most of us have encountered an old creepy tree or two when we were kids. The Indian Signal Tree is the king of scary looking trees in Ohio. Some say that the old oak may very well be haunted and that the land that surrounds the tree is visited by Native American spirits.
3. Ohio & Erie Canal
Nearly every inch along the Ohio and Erie Canal is rumored to be haunted. Ghosts and spirits seem to be drawn to the man-made waterway. One of the ghosts is spotted near Lock 3 in downtown Akron. Witnesses have encountered a weeping woman dressed in white and as they get closer, she vanishes.
Over a hundred people have sought the end by plunging from the Akron All-America Bridge into the valley of death below. Local residents beneath the bridge are often haunted by the memories of sadness, and occasionally get a glimpse of the restless spirits roaming their backyards.
1. Summit Lake
If you visit Summit Lake, you might meet the ghosts of Akron's former Million Dollar Playground. The beaches of this lake used to be an amusement park but now it is home to crime, poverty, and maybe even to a few ghosts or two. When visiting this haunted lake, fear the living and not the dead.
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Many locations that are listed in John's Haunted Hometown series require permission to visit or investigate. Most of these places are patrolled by the authorities and trespassers could face fines or possibly even be arrested.
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