Moundsville Prison

December 16th, 2008

Moundsville Prison is located in Moundsville, West Virginia. Moundsville is very typical of small towns along the Ohio River, but what makes this town separate from others is that it is the site for one of the largest burial mounds in the United States. Between 250 to 150 C.E., the Adena mound builders created the largest burial ground known to man. The traditional thing to do after death at that time was to cremate the body, and then place the remains into logs covered with dirt and rocks. The Indians would then place any special ornaments on top of this as part of the ceremony.

Sometime in the 1800s, this specific mound was measured at 69 feet tall and 295 wide. Across the street from this is the Moundsville Prison or West Virginia Penitentiary. The building was constructed in 1876 and framed after the Gothic style of architecture from Europe. Over 400 inmates were killed while the prison was active. People who visit the prison may very likely experience some form of paranormal phenomena. People have felt sick as they entered the building, perhaps receiving the feeling of many that had entered its doors in the past. There is also one known account of strange storm winds swirling violently in one specific area, regardless of the actual weather.

(Source: Belanger, Jeff. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. 2005.)

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