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Off the Beaten Path: Hunting for Ghosts

 Along with adventurers J.T. Oglesby, Dylan Oglesby, Savannah Pennington, Katie Russell, and Dylan Graham, iSurf News reporters trekked deep into the forests of Muhlenberg County to check out the crumbling ruins of a once thriving mining town--Airdrie.

However, before making it to the long abandoned Iron Furnace of Airdrie, our crew stopped by an old cemetery at the end of a dark and ominous lane, enveloped by rows of bowing trees.

Following our investigations amongst numerous graves, some of which dated back to the mid 1800’s, iSurf News left without too much to speak of, yet after reviewing some of the photographs taken during our “warm-up” cemetery trip, we found that two questionable images had been captured. Though some may say that it’s light refraction or particles of dust, others might argue that what we caught in one of our photos is, in fact, 2 paranormal energy orbs. In addition, another photo taken during the trip, which may have been a product of the camera’s shutter being open longer than normal, revealed some haunting light effects as well as other distorted imagery. As mentioned, both photos could be explained logically, yet it’s still exciting to think that something beyond our understanding had chosen to show itself through the pictures.

After loading back up into our vehicles and blasting the heaters, we headed off, ready for the real adventure to begin.

Arriving near the darkened banks of the mighty Green River, our crew geared up with cameras, flashlights, and a digital voice recorder for a 1-2 mile hike into the heart of what was once a 19th Century iron mining town called Airdrie. Over muddy areas and thickets of dense brush and thorns, we made our way, eventually spotting our turn-off from the crude pathway.

Peering over the edge of a 3-4 story drop, the ever-crumbling remnants of a hand-laid stone staircase and the outer walls of what could’ve once been both a machinery house and prisoners’ building appeared before us like something straight out of a classic horror film.

Once our party had carefully descended the stairway to the bottom of the steep drop, we came upon the menacing façade of the building mentioned above. With architecture that resembled portions of an old-world castle, such as arched thresholds and turret-like window openings, the stone-framed structure gave off somewhat of an unsettling vibe both inside and out. In addition, an interior wall that divided the remaining frame of the building in half, housed two extremely narrow tunnels running between the 2 sections. Though the tiny tunnels seemed to be impassable at first glance, several in our group found that it was, in fact, possible to crawl through them on their stomachs. Yet, as fun as it may have been, bridging the gap between the areas did little to stir up any paranormal activity.

Next, our group paid a visit to the 4-5 story iron smelting furnace/smoke-stack adjacent to the building.

With all of our members seated on the dark and ashy ground inside the furnace tower’s base, we cut off all of our lights and asked questions into pitch black darkness while the voice recorder was rolling. As with many ghost hunting excursions, using a digital voice recorder can pick-up sounds that may not be heard by the human ear (electronic voice phenomena), and that’s exactly what we were hoping for. However, after asking several questions, such as “Is there anyone here with us?” and “Can you let us know that you are here?” we were beginning to lose hope for any kind of response. Yet just as we were about to leave, there was a faint growling or grinding sound that emanated from outside of the smoke-stack’s wall. Unfortunately, we could never confirm what made the sound, but we did, however, catch the eerie noise on the recorder.

As with the graveyard, there was little-to-no direct activity, yet after reviewing the photos made during the Airdrie investigations, we realized that some similarly questionable images had been taken. In addition to “energy orbs,” there were also odd lighting effects in pictures taken from both outside of the 3 story stone-frame and inside the structure while members of our crew were crawling through the miniscule tunnels. Again, there are logical explanations for the odd photographic effects, yet there’s no way of knowing what caused them for certain.

Though we didn’t find any concrete evidence of paranormal activity throughout the night, getting together with new friends and like-minded outdoors-lovers for a night of fright and early Halloween fun was truly a good time.

To view all of the pictures from our ghost hunting adventures, visit www.facebook.com at the following online address: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/album.php?aid=2093959&id=1445272647. In addition, if you would like to learn more about the history behind Airdrie (or if you would like to see what the structures look like in the daylight), visit the following iSurf News link: isurfhopkins.com/local-news/7121-off-the-beaten-path-airdrie-iron-furnace.html

Luke Short
iSurf News
Photographs taken by iSurf News Director, J.L. Graham

 

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