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At Indiana State University’s Burford Hall, a ghost named Barb is the spirit of a student who died of alcohol poisoning. Witnesses have heard her vomiting or crying in the bathroom. And in Cromwell Hall is a white cross under a 12th-floor window where a man jumped to his death, on the west side of the building at Room 1221. His footsteps and unexplained noises have been reported.

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N 5th St
Terre Haute, IN
United States

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39.46917434001664, -87.40840626770631
Vigo County, Indiana
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  1. I lived in Burford Hall at ISU during the 1990-1991 school year and never heard any story about or noises from a ghost named Barb. These stories are most likely told to scare underclassmen. I currently live near Gettysburg, PA and if people want to hear and see a ghost it would be more likely to happen here than in Burford Hall.

  2. duh Karla. She didn’t die until the 2000s so it would make sense that you didn’t hear anything then…because she hadn’t died yet.

  3. I attended Indiana State from 2007-2012. I lived in Blumberg Hall which is next to Cromwell. I remember the cross on the side of the building and even facilities and grounds crew trying to remove it and it would always return. I had several friends who lived in Burford would hear the girl in the bathroom. It would really freak out the students who lived on that floor.

  4. I went to state 2004-2009, lived in Blumberg as well(Freshman year anyway), I heard a story of a freshman girl who committed suicide because she found out she was pregnant etc… you could hear the sounds of a baby crying late at night on the 7th floor (which is now like a common area) and random phones ringing- also the cross is on the side of Cromwell and has been for years and doubt it will go anywhere. There some weird stuff in the Quads too!!

  5. I know I’m late on commenting, but the quads and Jones Hall are also haunted. I currently attend ISU and going into my junior year. Jones js haunted by a spirit Michael who died from elevator hopping drunk. Honestly, during my stay in that dorm freshman year, I was freaked out because I heard knocking on my door when no one was there, and I would always hear footsteps on top of the elevator when I was alone. It was creepy, but let’s not forget the quads. At the quads my sophomore year I would hear laughter and footsteps that weren’t there when I was alone. I moved out of the quads midway because it got so bad that I felt someone touching my feet and pulling my blankets off. Never had experienced something like that, but I don’t know if anyone had the same experiences I did.

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