On September 30, 1911, the citizens of Austin, Pennsylvania, suffered a terrible flood, which killed 78 people. It wasn’t until well afterward that people remembered the ghost sightings preceding the flood: a very tall specter, dressed in black, had appeared and disappeared amid the local train cars.
Was this, perhaps, a spirit come to warn of the flood?
Each Wednesday, I post an actual ghost report from a U.S. newspaper published between 1865 and 1918. You can also hear me read the articles on The Big Séance and the History Goes Bump podcasts — or listen to previously released recordings here.