Thursday, November 15, 2012

General Hospital (Regina)

There are many rumours about hauntings that don't make sense. Like people thinking morgues are haunted. Why would they be haunted? No one died in a morgue so why would their spirit follow there body and then stay in a morgue? Doesn't make sense. However, a hospital being haunted - where people come to seek help and some never leave. That makes sense to me.

The Regina General hospital is no exception to the hospitals being haunted in this province. Built in 1900 it was not until 1907 that this hospital was known as the General Hospital. The south wing was added in 1912, a nursing home added in 1915 and the north wing was added in 1926 to accommodate more people. After the province bought the hospital in 1974 the hospital underwent a major additions and renovations due to the need for increased capacity this hospital became what it is today. You can still see the original parts of the hospital surrounded by its many additions.

The hospital has many stories attached to it and I am sure there are many more that people do not express. The stories that have been told are of a nurse running past people very fast that she looks like a blur, other people have seen an older nurse around the washrooms and some have just seen spirits of people in the hospital.

There have also been sitings of patients walking the halls and stairs. These spirits are most commonly seen on the fifth floor of the hospital. All the stories state that people see the spirits and they disappear just as quickly as they appeared.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Abandoned Mines (Estevan Area)

The Estevan area is in the southeast corner of the province. It is known for its industrious coal mining and oil industry. Today there are two giant mines that mine use what is called strip mining. They have stripped most of the landscape to mine coal and created many new hills from the mining.

Years ago it was a very different scene. Mining for coal was done in underground coal mines and they were all over the place. People could start up there own coal mines and there were different styles of them. They were everywhere, around Estevan, Beinfait, Taylorton, Roche Percee and surrounding areas. Eventually they were covered by the new strip mines, others collapsed and in the past few years they have filled in the rest because teenagers have gotten into the mines and died from the gases inside. There were very dangerous places and that is why you will not find them around anymore.

Along with most history, especially in areas that date back before Saskatchewan was a province there are usually hauntings. The old underground mines are no different around Estevan. They have been rumored to have many hauntings.

People have said that they see the local natives in traditional garments dancing in the area. Others have seen spirits of fur traders from wandering the area. There have also been people who have claimed to see the coal miners coming out of the hills where the underground mines were, others drinking and having a good time and some even fighting.

This area has a rich history of the native, RCMP camps, fur traders and of course miners. It is no surprise that there are so many types of apparitions in the area.