I've always had a fascination with old ghost towns and haunted places but I've never heard of a haunted amusement park before, a place that's supposed to be a mix of joy and happiness, so you can understand my enthusiasm.
There's a bloody history associated with West Virginia's haunted amusement park. Today the park sits abandoned on private land, overgrown and accessible by appointment only. At one time Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in Mercer County, was a favourite hangout for many of the local coalminers families.
The history of the area goes back to the late 1700's, and according to local folk-lore legend, while Mitchell Clay, the first settler was out hunting one day, a band of Native Americans came into his camp and scalped his son and daughter, another son they kidnapped and later burned at the stake all over a land dispute. The children were buried where the old ferris wheel, rusting away now sits. For revenge Mitchell murdered several of the Indians.
Along came the 1920's, and a small rinky-dink of an amusement park was built on the site by Conley T. Snidow. He had a swing set put in, a ferris wheel and a pond for swimming. A little girl met her demise on the swing set when a truck backed into her as she was climbing up onto the seat. A little boy drowned in the swimming pond.
Over the years the park was said to be haunted with ghosts and is responsible for 6 deaths. The park never made the owner any money so he shut it down then abandoned it in 1966, leaving everything open to the weather, rusting and corroding away.
In 1985 it was purchased by Gaylord White whose son reported seeing the ghost of the little girl, her dress covered in blood. Strange sounds come from the ground where the children were apparently buried, two hundred years earlier. The boards of the old buildings would creak for no apparent reason and the swings sometimes would move as if someone was pushing it. Sometimes there are warm spots on the plank board seats as if someone had been sitting there.
To this day, visitors see orbs floating mysteriously through the air and you can hear the sounds of fright and laughter of children emanating from the ground.
Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, one of America's most haunted of places.
Ref: Beyond Bizarre by Varla Ventura