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Arkansas Tech University, several locations are rumored to be haunted. One is Caraway Hall, where students describe noises in the attic, footsteps on the stairs and whispers in the hallways. There are two legends to explain the hauntings. One is that it is build on top of a Cherokee burial site, and another is that a female student committed suicide here. Another haunted site on campus is Tucker Coliseum, where a star basketball player was killed in a car accident in 1981. His ghost is said to pull down an auditorium seat and leave basketballs scattered all over the court. And Witherspoon Hall is said to be haunted by a ghost of a former student who plays a piano in the practice room.

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Geographic Information

Address:
1605 N Coliseum Dr
Russellville, AR 72801
United States

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GPS:
35.2953533, -93.1333027
County:
Pope County, Arkansas
Nearest Towns:
Russellville, AR (1.2 mi.)
Dardanelle, AR (5.2 mi.)
Pottsville, AR (5.8 mi.)
London, AR (7.1 mi.)
Dover, AR (7.4 mi.)
Atkins, AR (11.6 mi.)
Wilson, AR (12.9 mi.)
Knoxville, AR (14.3 mi.)
Hector, AR (14.9 mi.)
New Blaine, AR (16.2 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.atu.edu/

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  1. I was at Tech from 1981-1985. I lived in Bryan Hall. I was annoyed because late at night the girl in the room above mine would come into her room walk around,and take a shower. I complained to some friends, and they said that the room was empty. There hadn’t been in that room since
    early the semester before. A girl that lived in Caraway told me a girl had been electrocuted in the room above mine with a hairdryer. I had not even brought the subject up. I also awoke one night to see a girl in a bath robe standing over me, and my radio came on. Back then I heard Caraway,Rouse, and the old basketball gym was haunted. Same story as the Tucker story,but the player died in the fifties or sixties.

  2. I went to ATU for band camp, from 1999-2004, during the summer, Witherspoon Hall is where we had band practices. I got in trouble and had to do clean up, in Witherspoon Hall after dinner, their was only 5 of us, not including a camp helper, and it was an easy clean up because of it. Well towards the end, the helper wanted to show us around the building, I didn’t want to but the others convinced me. He showed us the theater in the building, we all went up to the sound booth to get a good look, I was looking at the stage and I saw a girl/women standing their. I froze, the other girl with me saw her too so she asked the helper if we where interrupting a rehearsal. He something along the lines of, their are no rehearsals during band camp week, so she said then who is that. The guys turn to the stage and we all look at her, he said that we should leave and I nodded my head going for the door, we all run out of their and the helper looks scared. We head over to the main entrance but they already locked the doors, they thought that we where done and left, so he takes us some where, I really don’t remember, but we hear a piano playing. I stop to listen, it was a beautiful melody, but the helper grabbed my arm and pulled me along. We finally make it out and he take us to our dorms, luckily we where all in the same building, along the way he told us about how Witherspoon Hall is haunted, and we just saw ghost. The other girl and I linked arms and held the other tight afraid to let go, we get to our dorms and my dorm mate is waiting up, I told her what happened and she was excited. I however decided to be good from their on, and only went into the building, when I had too.

  3. Last summer I went to the Band Camp. We were waiting for the director one day on the 3rd floor in Witherspoon Hall. We started to hear a piano playing. When we found the door it was locked and the lights were off inside. The next we heard it again. The door was open this time but the lights were still off. Every time someone walking in the room went silent. We went back to the room and someone started shouting “Gene Witherspoon!” (the founder of the building.) Suddenly, the door swung open and the music fell off of the stands and the room went cold.

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