A squeaky voice, a wet footprint, a figure appearing in the mist … (2014)


Thompson's Mills circa 1917

Thompson’s Mills circa 1917

… these are all accounts of the ghosts that haunt Oregon’s historic places.

Missing tools and cupboard doors mysteriously opening and closing are trademark moves of “the Gray Lady,” the mischievous ghost said to haunt the keeper’s house next to the Heceta Head Lighthouse near Florence. The lady ghost – nicknamed Rue – tends to act out during times of construction, according to OregonCoast.com. She allegedly peers down from the attic and appears as a smoky mist. Residents of the house have reported unusual incidents since the 1950s.

The Sumpter Valley Dredge — which dug up and processed some $4 million worth in gold in the Sumpter Valley until 1954 — is allegedly home to a ghost named Joe Bush, charged with turning on faucets, turning off the power and leaving mysterious wet footprints, according to the Baker City Herald. The Joe Bush story is captured in the book series Skeleton Creek. Information is on the Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge website.

And then there is the ghost that haunts Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, the site of a water-powered flour mill that operated from 1858 to 2004.  Two different paranormal research companies have investigated the mill (Emerald Valley Paranormal and Mid-Valley Paranormal), said Park Ranger Tom Parsons.

“Both have found strong evidence” of a ghost, he said.

Mid-Valley Paranormal recorded a man’s voice saying in a squeaky, high-pitched tone, “We gotta get the product out,” Parsons said.  Ott Thompson – who ran the mill for over 60 years – was known for pushing his workers and had a squeaky, high-pitched voice.

“The Emerald Valley folks had no way of knowing that,” Parsons said.

He said staffers have glimpsed the fleeting image of a man dressed in clothing from the 1950s standing next to a machine. Some ranger assistants have had very strong “feelings” and even felt hands on their shoulders in the main bedroom of the house.

Parsons himself may have encountered a ghost when working late one night. “I walked into the mill from the office, not thinking anything about the darkness or night, not feeling creeped out at all,” he said. “Suddenly, I felt like ice water was pouring through my spine.”

Posted on October 30, 2014, in state parks and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Fun. I didn’t know about the Thompson site. We’ll have to check it out when the demos are back up and running.

  2. jeffcr@bctonline.com

    Thanks for the updates….keep them coming. Certainly, this time of the year, I debate sending the RV to “winter land” until spring. Would like to camp year around so your advice please of what campgrounds will remain open. Also, have noticed not too many campgrounds with full hookups or even power. Sign of the times of Oregon and federal Politian’s? Clackamas River areas in Oregon case in point….closures, and just attempt to get to the river to fish…called by a fishing friend as a “combat zone” to get to a fishing spot we had years ago. Thanks for listening and your support. On Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:42:03 +0000, Your Parks Go Guide wrote: > WordPress.com > > the Oregon State Parks Team posted: ” … these are all accounts of > the ghosts that haunt Oregon’s historic places. Missing tools and > cupboard doors mysteriously opening and closing are trademark moves of > “the Gray Lady,” the mischievous ghost said to haunt the keeper’s > house next to t” > >

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