SOURCE: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas The Natural State

September 22, 2009 12:00 ET

Explore Haunted Places in Arkansas With New Web Section

The Ghosts of Arkansas Await Your Arrival....

LITTLE ROCK, AR--(Marketwire - September 22, 2009) - If you have nerves of steel, explore the new "Haunted Arkansas" Web section www.Arkansas.com/haunted -- unveiled just in time for Halloween!

Highlighted are haunted places in Arkansas, featuring Arkansas ghost towns, haunted houses, ghost tours, legendary monsters and eerie lights.

Ghost sightings have been reported in many Arkansas public buildings. Guests and staff of the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs have reported seeing apparitions many times over the years. The 1905 Basin Park, sister hotel to the Crescent, is also reportedly haunted. Both hotels offer daily ghost tours.

Forrest City's 1906 Rush-Gates House has had its share of paranormal occurrences. Now the St. Francis County Museum, it hosts "A Night at the Museum" periodic tours. Monticello's Allen House is an impressive 1906 structure with its own frightening tales. Bestandworst.com calls the home the "Most Haunted House in America." The owners of this private residence offer tours by appointment year-round and special events in October.

Gurdon and Crossett are famous for legends about mysterious lights -- tales about railroad workers who were beheaded while working the rails. Witnesses claim the spirits use lanterns to search for their severed appendages.

The historic King Opera House in Van Buren has been adopted by the ghost of a young actor who was killed at the train depot a few blocks away. According to experts, "ghosts have a tendency to drift back to what anchored them to earth." Group tours are offered by appointment.

Calico Rock offers the unique opportunity to visit the only ghost town, Peppersauce Bottom, located within a living community. Don't miss what may be the best-known Arkansas ghost town, the old zinc mining town of Rush on the Buffalo National River.

Try spotting the White River and Fouke Monsters, celebrated in Arkansas folklore. The White River creature has been described as "a gigantic sea serpent-like beast." The Fouke Monster has been depicted as "a hairy, ape-like creature that haunts the swampy Sulphur River bottoms in Miller County."

Learn more about spooky places and haunted events in Arkansas.

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