Haunted America

Find these places in Haunted America on a map or in an atlas of the United States:

  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • US Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio
  • Devil’s Promenade, Hornet, Missouri
  • Winchester Mansion, San Jose, California
  • Old Slave House, Junction, Illinois
  • Bell Witch Cave, Adams, Tennessee
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania
  • Alcatraz Prison, San Francisco, California
  • Asylum 49, Tooele, Utah
  • State Penitentiary, Moundsville, West Virginia
  • Franklin Castle, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Stanley Hotel, Estes, Colorado
I took this picture of Asylum 49 in Tooele, Utah where we once lived. I have visited this building and can’t say whether it’s haunted or not, but I can say I’d rather not go back.

Use a blank map of the U.S. to mark each location with a ghost symbol.  What do they have in common?  They are all haunted.

This Haunted America activity helps kids learn to use the index of an atlas or a search engine and maps to find and mark locations on a map of the United States.  It will also help review the locations of a few states.

Additional Layers

  • We don’t recommend going into details on any of these places with kids.  They have really gruesome histories and freaky stories for the most part.  Older high schoolers may be interested, but don’t encourage too much fascination; it just isn’t healthy to be obsessed with the macabre.
  • Review how to find places in an index of an atlas.
  • Ghosts have never been proved to exist scientifically.  Does that mean they don’t exist?  What are the limitations of science?
  • Talk about the supernatural.  What do you believe about things like this?  Would you visit one of these haunts?  Why or why not?
  • Asylum 49, pictured above, is considered by many to be a detriment to the small town of Utah it resides in.  Every Halloween it becomes a haunted house that people pay tickets to go inside of.  It is full of a cast of characters, young and old (including children), all trying to scare the visitors.  The city council would like to see it closed down.  Other communities have similar complaints about haunted houses, whether or not they claim to be truly haunted.  Do you think they are harmful to a city or community?  What are the dangers, if any?  Why do you suppose many people fight passionately for them to close?

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