Thanks to Steven Levi, Master of the Impossible Crime, for contributing the following story:
Constructed in the 1841 to keep the peace between new settlers and Indians who’d been living in the area for hundreds of years, Fort Washita was eventually taken over by the Confederates during the Civil War, at which time it was used as hospital and supply post. After the war, the haunting began in earnest. According to reports, the two families who attempted to settle into Fort Washita, which was renovated after the Civil War left it burned in the late 1800s were driven out by strange occurrences. Nobody else even tried after that.
But it is the legend of Aunt Jane, who was apparently decapitated for the $20 in gold she was rumored to always keep on her, that defines the haunting at Fort Washita. Although several stories exist to explain reports of witnesses seeing a beheaded woman’s ghost lurking about the old fort, Aunt Jane – rumored to be either an officer’s wife or freed black woman – is the star in each tale.
Until Next Time,