It is no secret that Pittsburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the United States, especially when you look at Pennsylvania's colorful past of wars, catastrophes, political figures and various industries that built the steel city into the economical powerhouse that it is today. The ghost of Andrew Carnegie or "the man in the hat" as he is often referred to has been spotted by hundreds of visitors throughout the years.
How do you show a non-believer of ghost's solid proof that they do in fact exist? You take them to a haunted hot spot and sit back and watch the extreme paranormal action play out while catching the chilling proof on video. If you happen to be in the Pittsburgh area then chances are high that you will get all of the proof that you need that ghosts do exist......because it is no secret that Pittsburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the United States.
All you have to do is consider Pittsburgh's colorful past that includes wars, catastrophes, political figures, and various industries that built the steel city into the economical powerhouse that it is today. The ghosts and spirits that lurk around the city of Pittsburgh and make themselves at home in the many historical buildings have a past that includes strong bonds to Pittsburgh, so it comes as no surprise that they have made the steel city their permanent residence even in the afterlife.
Wendy Bell, an award winning reporter and anchorperson with WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh recently met the challenge of proving that ghosts do in fact exist. After conducting a study that revealed an estimated 1 in 3 Americans do believe in ghosts, Wendy Bell, along with a group of paranormal investigators from the Pittsburgh Paranormal Society visited the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall to test their fear of the unknown and put to rest the rumor that ghosts infest the historical building or not.
Not long after entering the building it quickly became apparent that these ghosts don't mess around. The activity was endless with everything from chairs moving to doors opening and closing. Strange voices and heavy footsteps were also a grand part of the deal, along with the full view of Andrew Carnegie himself being spotted on the balcony as if he were enjoying the ghost hunt below.
Andrew Carnegie or "the man in the hat" as he is often referred to has been spotted by hundreds of visitors throughout the years, but considering his powerful status as one of the most important philanthropists of his era and one of the many men that built America, it stands to reason that he isn't planning on going away any time soon. Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 in Scotland. At the age of 13 he traveled abroad to the United States where he worked in a series of jobs involving the railroad. He eventually owned the Carnegie Steel Corporation making him one of the wealthiest businessmen in American. The steel tycoon came to be known in his later years as one who would help others.
Besides Andrew Carnegie's love of travel and charitable interests he had a desire for education. He was the author of several books and he was friends with colorful figures like Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt. He was known to be an intelligent man who often stated brilliant quotes due to the ironic subject matter that he was currently involved in at the time. One of his famous statements almost certainly predicts that he would be around long after his death by taking full possession as the quote says," the man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled."
A planned night at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall only served to strengthen the proof that the building is haunted, but that the spirits are harmless. Antics from the ghosts have always been a way for the living and dead to have a meeting of the minds in a way that they want us to know that they are here with us. A former employee reports finding the library in a state of disarray first thing one morning when she discovered books toppled onto the floor with a book of ghosts boldly sitting at the top of the pile.
Cameras, voice recorders and sensors were set up in the music hall after dark and the investigators along with the news team sat patiently and waited. They were not disappointed. Voices, unexplained noises, orbs and footsteps were all recorded and documented as proof that the building with the 100-plus years of history is in fact haunted.
Wendy Bell reports being overwhelmed by nausea after a group of orbs are spotted hovering and a blast of cold air permeates the room leaving no doubt that they are being visited by the other side. An orb is captured on video in the range of the anchorwoman's stomach possibly giving explanation to her feeling ill.
Video of two orbs are caught on tape as they leave Wendy Bells body and her sickness virtually subsides. She ends her visit as a believer in ghosts as do most of the people that come to visit Andrew Carnegie.
Wendy Bell later informs viewers of another strange occurrence that took place while on site at the library. The ghost book discovered by the library employee at an earlier date had put the book aside to show to her co-workers. However not only had the book vanished it was completely wiped out of their computer system, a step that normally takes six months to complete.
Due to numerous reports of paranormal activity over the last several years, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library will be featured on A&E Biography Channel's "My Ghost Story" due to the extreme amount of ghostly encounters that are impossible to ignore. Events coordinator, Lynne Cochran sums the spirited activity up to 111 years of energy and emotion.
A group of 40 brave souls dared to investigate the haunted building during an active Halloween tour that reaped rewards that ghosts are roaming the halls and rooms of the library and music hall. Past accounts of paranormal activity include the movement of a book caught on video near a cluster of bookshelves in the library and several reports from people who have witnessed the spirit of a woman dressed in white walking the hallway near the dressing rooms in the music hall. Stage 62 never has a dull moment when it comes to ghostly activity.
The library events coordinator claims that every group of people who have passed through the library has experienced something whether it has been through videotape or personally seeing it themselves, and the stories never seem to change which adds merit to the reports. The Civil War room is famous for a spirit who is seeking someone by the name of Dave. Recording devices have caught his voice whispering this name repeatedly as if in a panic.
The entryway to the library from the balcony is quite possibly the most haunted location in the building when you consider the number of reports that fluctuate concerning the sighting of a ghostly figure donning a hat. Female voices can be heard on Stage 62, in the hallways and the image of an unknown figure was seen in the mirror of the public restrooms by a construction worker during the remodeling of the library.
If you are still in doubt that ghosts happily exist among the living then come in for a tour of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall and see for yourself. The historical building offers visitors a glimpse into the past and serves as a beacon of education and culture. A favorite destination for visitors is the Civil War Room. It was heavily used from 1906 through the mid 1930s by military personnel for meetings. It now proudly displays relics, flags, books and prints. Educational exhibits can be viewed by people of all ages during library hours. The ghosts are free to view at your own leisure. It is asked that you hold in all screams so as not to disturb the visitors of the library.
Saturday summer hours run from June 24 through August 12. The library will be open Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM. The Mission of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is to serve as an outstanding library, theater and historic site that informs, entertains and engages its community and the region in lifelong learning.
Location: The borough of Carnegie is located in Allegheny County, just less than six miles from downtown Pittsburgh at 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, Pennsylvania 15106.
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