Fort Concho (San Angelo, Texas)
Shana writes to tell me of this old frontier fort: “My father does a lot of volunteer work at the Fort here….It’s called Fort Concho. It’s the oldest in Texas. I just got back from a visit there. I think you would LOVE this place. My family and I spent the night over, and although nothing major happened, we saw chairs that were out of place, noises coming down the stairs, and a rug that turned over. For $174 a night you can stay in a real barracks that has had many sightings of the girl that passed away in there. Even if you see nothing, it is BEAUTIFUL inside….rock walls, wood tables, even the bed spreads are from the 40s…. even a cool old spinning wheel that freaked me out.” Sounds like a good night to me!
Fort Robinson (Crawford, Nebraska)
Fort Robinson is another of the many sad, sickening places in the Plains where Native Americans were fucked over royally. Here’s a nice description of the fort from Liz, who recommended it: “You may be interested in a mildly morbid place called Fort Robinson, which is 30 minutes west of my home town. This is the place where Dull Knife and his people escaped the US Cavalry, only to be re-captured and sent to Ft. Sill, and also where Crazy Horse was murdered.”
The land of the free, indeed…
Fort Snelling (St. Paul, Minnesota)
e. suggests this site for its display of old-time medical tools and procedures. The fact that it is a nice old military fort makes it pretty interesting on the morbid scale as well.
Point Lookout (St. Mary’s County, Maryland)
“One of the most haunted places in Maryland, Point Lookout was one the largest confederate prison camp during the Civil War. There are so many ghost sightings that the rangers keep a log of them.” (Thanks to Myponine for the suggestion.)
Fort Scott (Fort Scott, Kansas)
Learn all about “Bleeding Kansas” – a time when free-state supporters fought pro-slavery supporters – at this historic site. Suggested by Riley.
Fort McNair / Surratt House (Washington, D.C.)
Mary Surratt was hung at this fort, which is located off 4th Street SW. Another site of interest is the Mary Surratt House where the Confederate underground conspired to kill President Lincoln. (Thanks to Myponine for the suggestion.)