Historic or haunted? Cincinnati school building attracts paranormal tourism

The emphasis in this piece is the new popularily based on the idea that it’s haunted. While mention is made that it’s a beautiful building, it’s curious the only way it can be sustained is by income from paranormal tourists. Kind of sad.

City considers adding Walnut Hills school to historic list – Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV.

The city is considering adding a ‘haunted’ Walnut Hills elementary school to the list of historical landmarks.

The school is located at 937 Windsor street. Built in 1888, the school closed in 2004 but has found new life in recent years as a haunted tour attraction. Now the city is considering making it a historical landmark.

It’s either a historical landmark or not. I’m all for preserving history and interesting buildings that enhance the community but haunting is bunk. As Bobby Nelson of Strange Frequencies Radio coined, this is an example of the “argument from architecture” – a logical fallacy that a place LOOKS creepy and so MUST be haunted. Since ghost hunting is a search for anomalies, and anomalies are a dime a dozen, it’s a self-fulfilling wish. Those dimes may have added up for the owners (to the tune of $30 per person to “investigate”)
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If you are going to invest in new apartments, that’s great, just leave the paranormal nonsense behind.

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  2 comments for “Historic or haunted? Cincinnati school building attracts paranormal tourism

  1. Lee
    March 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I am originally from Ohio and I know this building and I do not have the slightest idea why it looks “creepy”. I love brick used in building and it resembles a number of buildings of that era that utilized excellent materials to contruct. This is a case of showing a picture of a male individual to a group of people and claiming he had murdered 6 people. They will inevitably state that he looks evil. Show it to another group and claim he saved 6 people from a fire and they will claim he looks like a good man. Unfortunately money is “God” and many times that is all people focus upon.

  2. Rex Dart
    March 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I think part of it is that buildings that are empty, abandoned, disused, etc., acquire a bit of creepiness simply due to that.

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