Sunday, January 30, 2011

Phantom Fountains Flush Haunted Hopes (How's THAT For Alliteration??)


Many paranormal investigators and researchers will tell you that every place has something of a presence, something of a haunting. What they don't tell you, however, is just how lame it may be.

On a recent photo safari of historic Guthrie (the one-time capital of a fledgling Oklahoma), I and two other friends visited the old state newspaper office, which has now become a history museum. When one of us asked the curator about what ghosts the old place might house, he told us a rather lackluster tale about these two water fountains. Apparently, they were known to come on by themselves from time to time and run for a long while before turning off. This was startling because apparently everyone who worked there was under the impression that they didn't work and the water supply to the fountains had been turned off.

There you have it. That's the story. No footsteps, no creaks, no phantom whispers or glimpses of time-locked apparitions. A busted water fountain.

And the staff seemed completely amenable to the concepts of ghosts; they just didn't have any of which to speak. It just goes to show you that not all that glitters is gold and not all that's old is haunted.

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