The following is a list of allegedly haunted locations in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in Michigan, Click Here.
#1 - Central Michigan University
Coordinates: 43.581943°, -84.774325°
Location Address: 1200 S. Franklin Street, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 48859
Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan was established in 1892. It is renowned as being one of the oldest universities in the United States, in addition to one of the most haunted. Students and faculty members over the years have reported encountering apparitions and experiencing a variety of other paranormal phenomena in many buildings throughout the university's 480-acre campus. In 1937 a 19-year-old cafeteria employee named Theresa Schumacher was killed in the basement of Warriner Hall after becoming stuck in a small window leading to the building's elevator shaft. According to a news article published in a newspaper called Central State Life on June 2, 1937 the young woman died of asphyxiation after the elevator unexpectedly descended from the 3rd floor, completely crushing her skull. Ever since her tragic death, students have reported encountering a female apparition believed to be that of Theresa Schumacher, who appears as a glowing blue specter. Her ghostly figure is most frequently seen near the building's auditorium or in the basement where her body was found, and is believed to be responsible for a variety of additional paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, whispers, and footsteps. Many have also reported feeling a strange presence in the basement area, as well as witnessing the elevator doors opening and closing by themselves. One popular urban legend told by students of Central Michigan University also claims that Warriner Hall is haunted by the spirits of two lovers who committed suicide by jumping from the top of the building, however these stories were later debunked by campus officials as being false. On May 6, 1951 a student named Carolyn Corey passed away of unknown causes while sleeping in Barnard Residence Hall, and is now said to haunt the location. Although Barnard Residence Hall was demolished in 1997 due to low student enrollment, two graduate apartments called Kewadin Apartments and Northwest Apartments were later constructed over the location, which is sometimes simply referred to as The Graduate Housing Complex. Residents at these locations report encountering the spirit of a young woman wearing a white nightgown, and experiencing a variety of other paranormal activity, such as lights turning on and off by themselves, and objects being moved or knocked from shelves by an unseen entity. Powers Hall is also rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a former student named Emily who passed away sometime during the 1930's and was allegedly buried in a piano shaped patch of grass in the building's courtyard. Despite no historical evidence to validate this claim, many students at Powers Hall report hearing the disembodied sounds of a piano playing late at night, however most dismiss these claims as being nothing more than an urban legend. A series of underground tunnels spanning over 9 miles in length also runs beneath the university grounds, which were used by students to travel between buildings on campus during bad weather until 1979 when a student named James Dallas Egbert is rumored to have gone missing in the tunnels. Additionally, maintenance workers in the basement of Central Michigan University's Carlin Alumni House have reported hearing loud thuds and pounding noises that seem to come from within the heavy cement walls, and the disembodied sounds of heavy footsteps late at night when the building is believed to be empty. Several other buildings on campus are also rumored to be haunted, including Beddow Hall, Cobb Hall, and Troutman Hall, however very few firsthand accounts of paranormal phenomena at these locations are currently available for reference at this time.
#2 - Mill Pond Park
Coordinates: 43.600096°, -84.787637°
Location Address: 607 S. Adams Street, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 48858
Mill Pond Park in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan is a 90-acre wetland park located on the banks of the Chippewa River. It features a playground, picnic area, and a number of wooded hiking trails. Many hiking in the park's wooded areas report witnessing shadow figures and apparitions, and experiencing unexplained feelings of being watched or followed by an unseen entity. Those walking at Mill Pond Park at night also claim to hear the sounds of disembodied whispers, and in several instances paranormal investigators have reported being scratched, or later finding claw marks that hadn't been visible before.
#3 - Mount Pleasant Center
Coordinates: 43.614849°, -84.791424°
Location Address: 1400 W. Pickard Road, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 48858
The Mount Pleasant Center in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan was first established by the United Methodist Church in 1892 as the Mount Pleasant Indian Boarding School. The 300-acre school once consisted of 11 buildings, and was one of several similar institutions funded by the United States Congress in an attempt to reeducate Native American children and indoctrinate them into American society. Students at the Mount Pleasant Center were taught religion as well as other vocational skills, and were disciplined severely for disobeying the strict rules set in place by caretakers. For example, children who spoke in their native tongue had their mouths washed out with soap, and even breaking a minor rule resulted in students being beaten with a belt or rubber hose. The boarding school even had its own cemetery on site where children who passed away were buried, including up to 700 former students who are believed to have been buried in unmarked graves, and an additional 174 whose final resting places are marked with headstones. In 1934 the Mount Pleasant Center was reopened as a school for mentally ill and criminally insane young men called the Michigan Home & Training School. Stories of abuse and neglect at the school continued during this time, with many historians also noting that living conditions were poor due to the lack of qualified staff members and teachers. The location was renamed to the Mt. Pleasant Regional Center For Developmental Disabilities during the 1970's, and remained open until 2008. Between 2008 and 2016 the majority of the old school's buildings were demolished, however many believe the remaining buildings and the surrounding property to be haunted. Many urban explorers and others investigating the old Mount Pleasant Center report witnessing shadow apparitions and spectral figures, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices, footsteps, whispers, and moans. Mount Pleasant Center was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 2018, and is currently owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation.
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