here's some info...
The Moonville Ghost story begins with the death of a railroad worker
over one hundred and forty years ago. According to a regional newspaper
article dated 3/31/1859:
“A brakesman on the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad fell from the cars
near Cincinnati Furnace, on last Tuesday March 29, 1859 and was fatally
injured, when the wheels passing over and grinding to a shapeless mass
the greater part of one of his legs. He was taken on the train to Hamden
and Doctors Wolf and Rannells
sent for to perform amputation, but the prostration of the vital
energies was too great to attempt it. The man is probably dead ere this.
The accident resulted from a too free use of liquor.”
Railroad workers in trains running on that line started to report
seeing a ghostly man who would stand on the tracks and wave a lantern
causing the train to stop. He might be in the tunnel, just outside or on
the tracks leading to or from the structure. For a time, railroad
engineers stopped their trains in case it was a real person warning them
of impending danger. But after a while they got so used to the
apparition that they ignored it and kept going.
An article from the
Chillicothe Gazette dated 2/17/1895 states:
“The ghost of Moonville, after an absence of one year, has returned
and is again at its old pranks, haunting B&O S-W freight trains and
their crews. It appeared Monday night in front of fast freight No. 99
west bound, just eat of the cut which is one half mile the other side of
Moonville at the point where Engineer Lawhead lost his life and
Engineer Walters was injured. The ghost, attired in a pure white robe,
carried a lantern. It had a flowing white beard, its eyes glistened like
balls of fire and surrounding it was a halo of twinkling stars. When
the train stopped, the ghost stepped off the track and disappeared into
the rocks nearby.”
Is it haunted? I honestly don't know. But I have been there hundreds of times over the years (and lived relatively close to it) and I never once saw anything. I wanted to!! But nope. I got nuthin'.