This past Saturday was a full day of research and investigations for Society of the Haunted to a number of places between central northern and northeast Oklahoma. We started the day early and made it up to the rural church and cemetery at Black Bear before lunch. I’d never before been at Black Bear during the day, previously venturing out on two nighttime investigations. The daylight helped keep the church from seeming as ominous, but there was still a heavy pall that seemed to hover over the structure.
One of the main goals for heading out to Black Bear was to capture footage for an upcoming Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma video (the next one on Ft. Reno and Route 66 will be released soon). We recorded interviews and my walk-through of the location, and then discovered that the microphone hadn’t been turned on. Doh! So we ran through it again. Thanks to everyone for being patient, especially my daughter, Arielle, who was running the camera most of the time. I’ll have more about Black Bear in an upcoming article and this fall’s book Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma.
Cathy had a full day slated for us, so we headed east toward Tulsa and picked up Lindsey Logan Ladd of NPS (National Paranormal Society) who connected us to our investigations for the evening in Cushing. Prior to heading down there we stopped in a Dick Duck Cemetery in Catoosa, which we hadn’t visited since last year. Dick Duck is the resting ground of outlaw Bluford “Blu” Duck and a number of interesting headstones labeled “Halfbreed.” We also tried to visit Hissom Memorial Center, but it is in the process of being demolished, and we did a drive-by of Norfolk High School which we will be able to investigate in the future.
During our travel to Cushing, we were notified that our scheduled investigation at the Copper Penny Trading Company that night was going to have to be canceled. This was disappointing, but we will reschedule it for a future investigation. That meant our only paranormal investigation for the evening was going to be at the Cimarron Tower apartments directly across the street, which was originally scheduled as a one hour canvas of the location. We had an interesting walk-through meeting a number of the tenants, but by the time we reached the fourth floor we started experiencing some odd sensations. Most of us started getting dizzy and light headed, and the floor felt like it was bouncing as we walked on it. It continued this way in varying degrees all the way up to the seventh floor, and then we experienced a large dose of the sensation back on the first floor near a location where one of the tenants has had some odd experiences. During the investigation itself, the sensation came and went sporadically and was never as intense. We’re currently poring over the evidence and we’ll have information about the investigation on the Society of the Haunted web site soon.
Before dropping Lindsey off back in Tulsa, we stopped by Dick Duck Cemetery again for some night investigation and were not disappointed. We repeatedly saw shadows and heard whispers throughout the cemetery. Again, we’ll have information up on the web site soon.