Most Haunted Places in IndianapolisEveryone loves a good haunting and here in the Hoosier state there are plenty of places to get your scare on. Here is a short list of five places near downtown Indy known to be more than a bit eerie and thought by many to be haunted. Just know that if you do go, best not to go alone... One never knows what peril lays in wait.
The Indiana Medical History Museum
Located in what once was the Central State Hospital for the Insane, the building—now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest pathology facility in the country—is said to be haunted by the poor souls who suffered abuse during the hospital's gloomy past. The onsite cemetery, though it's been cleaned up and preserved over recent years, still serves as the final resting spot for many unnamed souls. And if you go, make sure you visit the autopsy room where you'll see preserved brains—akin to Young Frankenstein's Abby Normal—organized by pathology. Visits are by guided tour only, Thurs. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $10 for adults, $3 for children 18 and younger.
Far beneath the northeast corner of Market and Delaware streets, rests 20,000 square feet of underground passages that were once part of a grand gathering place, Tomlinson Hall. Built in 1886 the underground building burned down 72 years later leaving a sizeable basement of ornate Roman archways and long brick corridors. Nowadays, though classified as both a ruin and a redevelopment opportunity, the Catacombs at Indianapolis City Market make an interesting, if not somewhat spooky tour for anyone. Guided tours are available throughout most of the year but need to be schedule in advance: $12 for adults, children 6-11, $6, and free to those 5 and under.
The James Allison Mansion
This turn-of-the-century building, built for its namesake―a well-known businessman who achieved huge financial success in auto manufacturing among other industries―is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl who drowned in the basement pool. Over the years, witnesses claim to have seen the child's apparition and some have even seen objects move on their own. Located on the Marian College campus, the grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Tours of the interior can be scheduled by calling (317) 955-6120.
The Avon Haunted Bridge
Ten minutes southwest of the city, in the town of Avon, is a railroad bridge constructed in 1906. According to legend, nearly 100 years ago a mother and her baby fell from the tracks to their death. Today, supposedly, the sound of the mother's grieving cries can still be heard from the bridge lending some drivers to honk their horns in order to drown out the haunting sound. The bridge is about a half-mile south of U.S. 36 off County Rd. 625 E but one of the best places to actually view the bridge is from the Avon Washington Township Community Park.
The Hannah House
This 1858 house, built by Alexander Hannah, is known to have been part of the Underground Railroad and helped many slaves escape to Canada before the American Civil War. Supposedly, the house is haunted by the ghosts of slaves killed during a fire caused by an overturned oil lamp. The bodies of the slaves are said to be buried in the mansion's basement. Tours are on selected days only: $5 for adults and $3 for children 6-12.
Shauna Nosler lives in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word. And for the record, she is, and has always been a huge fan of Mel Brooks.
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