Haunted Bend

I’m lifting this from my "Haunted Bend" post on my other blog from last year… thought it’d be fun to run here. So, just in time for Halloween, it’s a list of places that are allegedly haunted here in Bend (most of these are pulled from the Shadowlands Haunted Place Index for Oregon):

  • The Deschutes County Historical Society building (the old Reid School): Supposedly the ghost of George Brosterhous, who died there in 1914, haunts the place.
  • The McCann House: The subject of the only ghost story for Bend found in Ghosts and Strange Critters of Washington and Oregon. According to the Shadowlands site, "there have been a few families that have lived there that have either died or something tragic has happened to them due to living in the cursed house." I don’t know about cursed; the book simply mentions that sometimes figures are seen in the upper story windows, and gives a short history of it. Listed as the "Congress House" on the Shadowlands site because the house itself is on Congress Avenue.
  • The O’Kane Building: There’s "ghostly smoke, weird lights, footsteps, and voices," and occasionally a voice that calls out orders in the restaurant.
  • Old Mt. View Hospital: I’m not sure where this is, the site says it’s now an apartment building next to Drake Park. Floor creaks have been reporting, like someone’s walking around.
  • The Old Smoke Stacks (Old Mill District): Teenagers would sneak in there at night to see if the place was haunted.
  • The Pilot Butte Cemetery: Reports of ghostly blue orbs floating around.
  • The Lara House Bed and Breakfast: Located on Congress Avenue, like the Congress House.
  • The Downing Hotel building (current site of The Grove): Historically this was a brothel. Haunted by a woman?

Any others I’m unaware of?

6 Responses to Haunted Bend

  1. mrs h says:

    Old St. Francis School is haunted according to all my Arizona in laws that stayed there.

  2. Jon says:

    I’ve heard a lot of the McMenamins properties are haunted… although I often wonder how much of those "hauntings" are alcohol-related. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I went to The Sparrow Bakery on Scott Street the other day and the new owners told me a ghost lives in the "dish room," which is actually a large, walk-in vault. The building was the old payroll office for Bend Iron Works.

  4. Joshua says:

    Hey everyone! Thought I’d throw in my two cents since I’ve just opened Central Oregon’s first (that I know of) paranormal research society. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of haunting activity around these parts.

    If anyone knows anything about a really active haunting, please let me know! :-)

    And Jon, thanks for the topic! Keep up the good work.

  5. June Ascencio says:

    I had live in a haunted house on NW Ithaca years ago there use to be a smell of burnt wax when no one was home and things moving around the house and also when no one was home one day I was coming up to the house and it looked like someone was moving in the house and there was no one there.

  6. Just thought we would let everyone in and around Bend/Redmond/Madras/La Pine know that they are a team of ghost hunters out here that are called "GHOST SEEKERS". We are a Team of 7 members. We have alot of photographs of what is believed to be orbs and apperitions,in and around these parts. And if anyone has any leads please let us know, it does not matter how big or little. We will be there!