Ghost stories from a Pa. coal-mining town blend history, folklore

Written by on October 30, 2020

Ghost stories from a Pa. coal-mining town blend history, folklore

By Haley O’Brien

October 30, 2020

Photo | Haley O’Brien / WLVR

Just in time for Halloween, a local man has written a book of ghost stories and local lore from a small town in Carbon County’s coal region.

Summit Hill is on a mountain surrounded by other coal mining towns. There are many cemeteries here because it’s the only town without mines underneath it. 

And every grave comes with its own story.

Some of those are gathered in a new book, “Mysteries on the Mountain: A Collection of Summit Hill Ghost Stories.” 

Author David Wargo says he started collecting the tales 20 years ago.

“These stories were a fantastic way to flesh out the character of the town, but they weren’t the whole truth. And I thought it would be great to write a ghost story book that blended the history of the town with the folklore of the town.”

Wargo is caretaker of Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Cemetery and a paranormal investigator.  

He’s written down stories that have been passed down orally for generations, and he’s done research to connect them to historical events.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon. Wargo will host a book signing at Ludlow Park on Halloween, and a ghost walk in GAR Cemetery that night. (This event has passed.)

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