|Lumber Camp Near Cheat River.
Source: WV History on View
Today’s vintage Throwback Thursday ghost story can be found in the January 20, 1887 edition of the West Virginia Argus, which can be accessed for FREE over at Chronicling America! That winter, the ‘big slide’ in one of the lumber camps located along the Cheat River became ground zero for sightings of a terrible apparition. A large, headless man with an axe on his shoulder frightened even some of the bravest of the lumber crew so bad that they quit. This apparition would show itself both day and night, and was generally believed to be a real spook by those who saw it. However, almost tongue-in-cheekly, the article’s author notes that quite a few people were ‘losing their heads’ in that day,’ so it wasn’t a surprise to hear that Tucker County was home to one of them. I’ll let you interpret that how you will! Special thanks to WV Cryptids and Strange Encounters, who posted this story on Facebook back in November 2021.
I love a good headless ghost tale! If you do as well, please check out my PERSONAL experience seeing a headless shadow being along Rt. 50 between Bridgeport and Grafton!
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