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Digitalpunk  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 12:45:38 AM EST
All the ghost threads in GD got me thinking, do any of you guys know of any haunted places in WA? I've been looking around locally and have only came across the Finley Ghost which I visited and scared the crap out of me. (If anyone is familiar with the Finley Ghost they know the deal)

Digital
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JAFO  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 4:13:52 AM EST
If it weren't imaginary you would already know and not have to ask in here.
1GUNRUNNER  [Site Staff]
1/13/2005 6:56:44 AM EST
Brenson's Hollow Winlock, WA

See site for pictures


UPDATE: 10.15.04 - It has come to the attention of the Nerve Center that this is the only source of information about this locale, so as a public service we have updated it with the most accurate intelligence our operatives could declassify from our files. It is flattering that this page is linked from other pages as the definitive authority on Brensons's Hollow...


First let's start with the myth, there are many variants of the story, but most have a few common traits. There was a house that burned to the ground. Some stories claim a child died, other versions recall it being set aflame by a disturbed family member. These is the basic storyline, use your imagination to fill in the blanks.


Beyond that, the facts become confused with fiction. Tales of ghosts and the paranormal abound. At Centralia High School in 2001 there was a persistant story of a satanic cult practicing sacrafices at the site. Versions of the story confuse cult members with heavily armed militiamen or even the KKK. The story went on to say if you disturbed the cult, they were heavily armed and may attack or kill you. There were at least 2 seperate stories of individuals who were physically beaten or their cars damaged by this cult.


In the nearest town, Winlock, locals have indifference for the site. During a preliminary recon of the town, our operatives stopped at a gas station and spoke with a clerk who claimed, "I'm not into that scary shit, if you know what I mean." The clerk went on to tell us a few of her favorite ghost stories about the Hollow. However, it can be assumed that the topic does not preoccupy the minds of the residents of the town, and most write it off entirely as teenage ghost story rubbish.


More ghost stories have surfaced during our investigations. We have found a 1967 report(s) of a so called "Brinson Monster," a bigfoot-like creature. This report was to the BFRO Sasquatch research organization, which is a credible and scientific group. It shows that the Hollow was a popular locale for teenagers to visit as early as the 1960's, and that ghost stories are not a recent phenomena. Here are some other versions of ghost stories we have uncovered. Bulldozers have been tipped over at night, men have been attacked by the cult/unknown at night. One man got his truck stuck in mud so he spent the night in his truck canopy. His canopy was ripped off and he was thoroughly beaten. Another story is of a man who walked in on the cult and awoke the next morning miles away, alone, on a dirt logging road suffering from a very brutal beating. Another person was so spooked that they drove their car off the road and rolled it several times. There is no documented evidence of any of these incidents, and it is our analysis that these stories serve to threaten and keep people away.




However, enough with the folklore and rumor. The Nite Crawlers operate on hard facts and logic, so onward with the truth. Brenson's Hollow itself is the original homestead site of the Snow Family. The Snow Family moved to the Winlock region in 1890 and built a log cabin. After some time became necessary to establish a small family cemetary on the homestead due to illnesses and old age. There were no violent or otherwise unexpected deaths in the family to explain any reason for paranormal activity. In 1908 the family sold the homestead and moved a few miles into the town of Winlock, which by this time was a prosperous small lumber town, and better than living off in the woods.


The rumors: There are stories we heard in high school that students had been "brave" enough to camp overnight in the fountain of the old house. Let us prove this false. The Snow family built log cabin in 1890 on the site and sold it in 1908. There are two pictures taken (see links at bottom of page) in about 1920 showing the family revisiting their old home. The roof is clearly sagging and the wood is rotting. It did not burn down, and instead collapsed under the elements of weather over time. Log cabins do not have foundations, so it is not possible to camp out in the concrete basement. There are no other homes or outbuildings within miles of the Hollow, so another house could not be substituted or mistaken for.


Why the name of Brenson's Hollow? We have no answers to give. It is not listed as such on any map, including historic maps. No one knows how properly to spell it, variants include Brinson, Brunson, and Benson. Furthermore who is Brenson, or how did this name even stick? Even more peculiar is the name Hollow. The site is not in a depression, it could be described as more of a small hill if anything really. The only explanation is it makes for a creepy name for a story, and ensures it is virtually impossible to locate on any map.


So what about camping out in the old foundation of the house? We have performed many searches of the region and have theorized that from the cemetary, the cabin was located due south, in what remains today as a clearing with an overgrown and wild orchard. There are no concrete foundations or other indications, besides the orchard.


Visiting the Hollow: Do not visit the cemetary, it is on private property and it is nearly impossible to reach by vehicle. Ethically we will not give directions or pinpoint its location. It is a historic site, and obviously a cemetary which deserves respect. It has been subject to rather intense vandalism for decades. However, if you still wish to go, understand the cemetary is still owned by the Snow family. The surrounding forest land is privately owned as well by a patchwork of lumber companies and private individuals. The road, while marked as a county road, is not maintained and is very treacherous, even for a 4x4 truck. We got our hatchback stuck in deep mud, so trust us on this.


We visited this location with open minds, not skeptical of possibilities but not looking for ghosts either. We did encounter a few noteworthy examples we would like to document for others. During our second trip in 2001, the weather was clear skies and sunny. Upon reaching the cemetary, it suddenly turned noticeably chilly and a light mist fell. During a visit after dark, several people heard screams or noises not accountable to animals. Our digital pictures have had quite a few problems. On two seperate occasions our camera batteries died while on location. We like to be prepared for our expeditions so they were freshly charged before setting out. Furthermore, one time our digital pictures erased themselves from the camera once we left for home. You can draw your own conclusions from these.


Boomer  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 7:28:02 AM EST
So how do we find that place?
lnh21  [Member]
1/13/2005 7:34:32 AM EST
click here for your ghostly pleasure
Mr45auto  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 7:41:35 AM EST
tagged fer later!
Big_Jon  [Member]
1/13/2005 11:32:03 AM EST
I live about 5 miles from the place and I've never even heard of it, doesn't give it much credit in my book. Winlock is known mostly for its bad smell from dairies and chicken farms, which are slowly closing up.
JAFO  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 12:21:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By Big_Jon:
I live about 5 miles from the place and I've never even heard of it, doesn't give it much credit in my book. Winlock is known mostly for its bad smell from dairies and chicken farms, which are slowly closing up.



So... farms = slaughterhouses no?

EEEK! Farm animal ghosts!





2whiskeyP  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 12:23:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By JAFO:

Originally Posted By Big_Jon:
I live about 5 miles from the place and I've never even heard of it, doesn't give it much credit in my book. Winlock is known mostly for its bad smell from dairies and chicken farms, which are slowly closing up.



So... farms = slaughterhouses no?

EEEK! Farm animal ghosts!








Could make for some real mad cows!
ColonelKlink  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 1:03:34 PM EST
im interested in hearing more about the finley ghost, what the hell is it?
1GUNRUNNER  [Site Staff]
1/13/2005 1:07:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By Big_Jon:
I live about 5 miles from the place and I've never even heard of it, doesn't give it much credit in my book. Winlock is known mostly for its bad smell from dairies and chicken farms, which are slowly closing up.



Been here all my life and remember hearing about it in highschool 15+ years ago.
ken06  [Member]
1/13/2005 1:08:24 PM EST
I live in Kennewick but have never gone to see the Finley ghost. Think I will have to do that Saturday, only 5 minute drive. I have no idea what it is, but i'd assume something being vented from the chemical plants or pipes. Digitalpunk, do you live in the Tri-Cities? And please shed some light on what the hell the Finley ghost is, nobody really knows.
Digitalpunk  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 1:40:24 PM EST
I'm in Kennewick too. The Finley Ghost can be found on the Pasco side of the Columbia just east of the white cable bridge. I went to see it at 1:00 am with some friends but I don't know if you can see it at other times. You have to get down on the rocks near the water and wait a minute but it's worth it. Here's the story:

About 20 years ago a young girl was out swimming with her friends. She dove under the surface of the water but didn't come back up. Her friends thought she was playing or had come up somewhere else but after several minutes became worried and ran to get her father who lived in a home near by. The girls father knowing that there are pipes that suck in water for irrigation immediatly dove in to try to rescue his daughter. He couldn't get to her on time, and became trapped himself. Their bodies were both recovered trapped inside a water intake.
At night when fog covers the surface of the Columbia you can look out over the water and see a young girl form out of the fog and walk across the surface forever reliving the day when her and her father drowned in the river.

Digital


ken06  [Member]
1/13/2005 2:06:35 PM EST
Nice, that is the first time i've ever heard the story behind it. Know what i'm doing Saturday...
Redcap  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 6:28:44 PM EST
During the summer and early fall months, I can occasionally provide tours to Brenson's Hollow...
XD_Fan  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 6:44:43 PM EST
Screw that!! Shit gives me the willys. I've had my own share of things...happen. We had a haunted plane in my squadron. Guy fried in the main load center during consturction. He'd turn the APU off when you were on the plane alone at night. Scare the living shit out of you, does me just thinking about it.
camel1  [Member]
1/13/2005 8:06:15 PM EST
Me too, hate to admit it, I am not scared of much, however, anything ghosty will freak my ass out for a long time.
Tonfa_Sartan  [Member]
1/13/2005 9:00:48 PM EST
I grew up in a haunted farm house near Cashmere...it was the original orchard house for the area and burned down around 1900...it was rebuilt a few years later on the same foundation to the same floor plan...never really saw anything but would hear footsteps, doors would slam upstairs in the middle of winter when the storm widows were on and no one else was home...it once turned the tv off while mom and I were watching...this was back before remotes...never felt any evil...just letting us know they were there
HABU  [Team Member]
1/13/2005 9:35:49 PM EST
There are a couple places in Port Orchard that I know of. One is on on the water near Waterman. They were having a garage sale and I asked the guy if his place was really haunted. He said it was but the ghost was friendly. It did simple stuff like move his lighter and close doors. Nothing creepy or bad.

The other place is the "Starvation Heights" place. Earlier last century some whacked doctor had this place and starved people to death under the guise of medical treatment. there is a book called Starvation Heights about it. My sons former baseball coach and his family live there. We were over there a couple summers ago for an end of the season potluck. His wife was showing me and Mrs. HABU around and at the end of the tour I asked her about it being haunted. She said it was indeed haunted and that the ghosts weren't unfriendly. She said her son came down stairs one day proclaiming that he wasn't going to play with her any more because all she wants to do is play with blocks. He only has brothers. She and her husband were watching TV one night and they both saw a little girl in the next room looking at them. There were other occurrences that she related matter of factly, like everyones house is haunted.

Starvation Heights

Also the Seattle Underground is haunted.
Digitalpunk  [Team Member]
1/14/2005 12:20:18 AM EST
What's the Seattle Underground?

Digital
Boomer  [Team Member]
1/14/2005 6:12:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By Digitalpunk:
What's the Seattle Underground?

Digital



Under Seattle. Like duh.
HABU  [Team Member]
1/14/2005 7:58:15 AM EST

Originally Posted By Boomer:

Originally Posted By Digitalpunk:
What's the Seattle Underground?

Digital



Under Seattle. Like duh.



+1

Its the old Seattle that roasted in like 1899. They built on top of it. Go take a tour, maybe you'll see a ghost.
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