Ghosts & Haunts In Missouri
  Springfield Central High School Stories

I was reading through the Springfield listings and noticed that no one had posted anything about Central High School formerly known as Springfield Senior High School.  Under the school grounds and the building itself there are caves that run north east to Dowling park to where the mouth of the cave is still accessible (although it is gated off you can still walk about 20  feet into the mouth of the cave.  The story goes that back in the time of the underground railroad that there were some folk that were caught and hanged in the cave.  It is said that there have been screams heard in the basement. Although the building has undergone recent construction what used to be the lunchroom and is now the band room there is (or used to be don't  know if there still is) an access to the cave.  This used to be used like a  cooler for the school to let cool air from the cave into the building. There is also a haunting that I myself have experienced, in what is now the Missouri State Building located in Springfield on the North side to the square.  I have experienced and old elevator, now mind you there is no  power to it . . . no advanced technology to it, it is an old elevator that has  been out of service for years, and the doors open and close on it at random for  no reason.  There is also located in the basement an old bank vault, at one  time before the State offices took over it used to be the biggest bank in Springfield.  The vault door is stands open as it will not close.   With two men pushing it gets with in a foot of completely closing and it is as if someone is pushing against the door from the other side.  There is glass on the back side of the vault door you can see all the gears inside. One  night in passing I noticed that the gears were turning.  I thought that maybe it had a time set and that was what was making it go but upon further inspection there are no wires, machines, timers or anything that could be considered technical, in it around it or on it. And here's the kicker.. . . . . where the bank vault now sits used to be the old access to the Dowling cave.  Once the bank vault was built they sealed it off.  this is the same cave that runs under Central High School. Coincidence. . . . . . I think NOT!!!!  There are is a strange feeling at night in the building as though you are being watched. I have never seen anyone or anything that appeared to be human in origin but who's to say that their aren't. Keep doin what your doin If anyone can add to this please do I would love to know more if there is more to know.

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