The Ghost in the Jail: The Restless Spirit of Ralph Crossmire

Does Ralph Crossmire still haunt the old Smethport Jail? Roadwork was the thing on Route 6 west of Smethport. By the time I arrived in Smethport, I was ready to get out a stretch my legs – I had definitely been sitting too long. Parking near the courthouse, I wandered about the lawn reading the … Continue reading The Ghost in the Jail: The Restless Spirit of Ralph Crossmire

Unsolved: Who Killed Lillian Wager?

Area where Lillian Wager was killed I was returning to the stretch of road on Route 6 between Roulette and the Potter-McKean County line. The stretch of road has ghosts, lost treasure, and the possible lost Halfway Hollow. Note: more about these legends can be found here: Halfway Hollow. However, it was nothing in the realm … Continue reading Unsolved: Who Killed Lillian Wager?

The Smethport Airship Mystery

Looking east from Smethport I had spent the day crossing the northern tier of Pennsylvania, searching for the hidden stories known only by locals. Having spent the morning touring a couple cemeteries along Route 6, I arrived in the town of Smethsport. Parking on the eastern edge of town, I scanned the distant mountains. While … Continue reading The Smethport Airship Mystery

The Lost Treasure of Kinzua

Kinzua Bridge. Postcard part of the author's collection It all started with an email from Stephanie. The former college classmate's message had brought me once again into the beautiful area of the Kinzua Valley of northern Pennsylvania. Her brief email asked me what I knew about the lost loot of Kinzua. I replied with what … Continue reading The Lost Treasure of Kinzua

Blackbeard’s Treasure in Pennsylvania?

“Have you ever been to Gardeau?” I asked, though I had already knew the answer. The day had been spent searching for elk in Benezette and then across the Ridge Road (located in Elk State Forest on the ridges between Routes 120 and 873) to enjoy the numerous vistas along the road before heading back … Continue reading Blackbeard’s Treasure in Pennsylvania?