Sunday, October 19, 2008

Haunted Carbondale

Oakland Cemetery, at the north end of Oakland Ave, has a couple of interesting haunts that could give someone on a dark night quite a start.People have reported occasionally seeing balls of light floating along the old railroad bed that runs along the northern edge of the cemetery. BTW, if you want to make a tour of it, people have seen similar balls of light floating along the railroad tracks near Boskydell and those running south from Makanda as well. In fact, floating balls of light are a staple along railroad tracks all over the country.

Also, there are a couple of mausoleums in Oakland and someone likes to play tricks with the one closer to the road. Thought apparently the key is lost, on occasion visitors have found the door unlocked, entered and seen a painting or glass image of a young woman moving to look at them. I have heard of a FOAF who entered the mausoleum, had the door lock behind her, and saw the image of the woman move to look at her. Never did hear what happened next, though. I've been there several times, never lucky enough to find the door open though. Strange thing though, every time I've been there, I've found burnt candles in glass jars or holders on the steps, sometimes votives but most often larger ones.

Oakland closes at 6 p.m. but the road runs right alongside with a clear view of the old railway bed and the nausoleum.

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