The Ghosts of the Mississippi River

Find out what part of the Mississippi River is said to be the most haunted

Have you ever heard the ghosts of the Mississippi River whisper through the night?

mississippi riverIf you’re ever along the banks from Tower Rock to just past Cape Girardeau, you’re said to be along the most haunted part of the river.

In fact, barge workers today regularly claim to hear screams and cries for help during Halloween time, but when they go to investigate, no one is there.

Mershon says the paranormal activity likely stems from the massive boat accidents in the 1800s — two of which were so deadly, they caused a change in our maritime laws.

Stonewall Tragedy

Total destruction.

Rewind to Oct. 29, 1869, the steamer Stonewall was traveling near Neely’s Landing, filled with hay, mules, oats, flour and 257 passengers.

According to reports, the boat hit a sandbar and caught on fire likely because a lighted candle fell on a bale of hay.

Fire quickly spread through the boat like a forest fire. Those on board found their fate either in the river or the fire itself.

Today, there is no marker for those who died that evening.

The Mascotte Disaster

Fast forward to Oct. 5, 1886. A steamboat accident near Neely’s Landing left at least 35 dead.

The boat left Cape Girardeau with a full passenger list headed to St. Louis.

Records show just a short time after, an explosion occurred blowing fire in every direction.

Eventually, the smokestack fell across the gang plank where passengers were attempting to escape.

All those not killed by the explosion or the falling stack likely drowned. Even worse, there was little record of who was on board.

The big question: do these passengers haunt the Mighty Mississippi?

Historians like Mershon say yes.

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