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    Ghosts, Folklore, Legends, Scary Stories, Myths and Monsters in Ohio

    The phantom lioness, usually heard rather than seen, who follows visitors in Cincinnati Zoo; the ghost of Mrs Squire in Squire's Castle near Cleveland; the frog-like dwarves of Loveland; the girl in denims and tennis shoes, who sits on her own gravestone, in Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton; and the spectre of William H Morgan in Glamorgan Castle, Alliance, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Ohio.

    The story of Indian fighter Bill Quick, who had ninety-nine human skulls displayed as trophies in his cabin near Kenton and, on his death bed, made his son Tom swear to add the hundredth, little knowing that the hundredth trophy in the cabin would be placed there by a Native American warrior and would be Tom's own skull (there certainly was a Tom Quick, notorious for killing Native Americans indiscriminately, and the legend probably grew from a desire to create justice in legend if not in reality); the "melon heads" of Kirtland, similar to those of Connecticut and Michigan (I also suspect that the New York legend of swollen-headed Catskill gnomes owes its origin to melonheads); the hauntings of Franklin Castle (a private residence, so do not linger), Cleveland, including a crying child and unexplained music (in spite of its name and reputation as Ohio's most haunted house, it looks to me like a typical Victorian dwelling); stories of Johnny Appleseed, a real nurseryman and missionary whose real name was John Chapman (he planted many apple nurseries in the Mohican area of Ohio); the entrance to Hell created by Satanists at Satan's Hollow in Blue Ash, Cincinnati; and the Cry Baby Bridge in Norton, Akron, where at midnight the ghostly sight and sound of a mother throwing her baby into the river may be witnessed, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Ohio.

    Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Ohio

    The tomb of President McKinley in Canton; Glamorgan Castle in Alliance (now part of a school but tours are sometimes arranged); Cedar Point amusement park; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; Fountain Square in Cincinnati; Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Columbus; the stately Stan Hywet Hall and Garden in Akron; Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden; Cleveland Museum of Art; the art deco Cincinnati Museum Center; and Chateau Laroche in Loveland, are among the attractions of Ohio.



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