The Ghosts of West Virginia’s Country Roads

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West Virginia has more than its share of weirdness.

It’s got cryptids. Bigfoot sightings. Sheepsquatch. Snallygasters.

It’s got UFO sightings.

It’s got cryptids that are connected to UFO sightings, like the Mothman.

And, it also has ghosts. It is the home of some of the most famous haunted locations in the United States in the Moundsville State Penitentiary and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. It’s where a murder conviction was handed down as the result of a ghost’s testimony. And, it also has stories of more nearly a dozen different Vanishing Hitchhikers.

On this episode, we take a look at several of those legends, including Huntington’s Ghost Girl of Fifth Street Hill and the Nicholas County legend of Ida Crawford.

I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me
Radio reminds me of my home far away
Driving down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday …

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia
Mountain mamma, take me home
Country roads


Additional Resources

  • Ghost Stories by Joseph Platania for the Huntington Quarterly, Autumn 1999

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