Local legend has it that a girl committed suicide in the 1960s by jumping from the Beaty Towers, but no records of any such incident exists. Locals go even farther to say that Tom Petty (who was resident in Gainesville at around this time) wrote the song “American Girl” specifically about this incident. (Tom Petty himself says that’s just an urban legend.)
Anyway, a ghostly figure is reported in the Towers roaming the halls and some of the rooms. Things move without explanation, and strange sounds are heard throughout.
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- Beaty Towers
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- 29.6441511, -82.34048530000001
- Alachua County, Florida
- Nearest Towns:
- Gainesville, FL (1.1 mi.)
Alachua, FL (9.0 mi.)
Micanopy, FL (10.3 mi.)
Archer, FL (13.3 mi.)
La Crosse, FL (14.3 mi.)
Waldo, FL (14.5 mi.)
McIntosh, FL (15.3 mi.)
Hawthorne, FL (15.6 mi.)
Raleigh, FL (15.9 mi.)
Newberry, FL (16.0 mi.)
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