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Four ghosts are said to haunt the University of Pittsburgh campus: a prima ballerina in the Tansky Family Lounge of the William Pitt Union; Harriet, who committed suicide in 1201 Bruce Hall; a grandmother who rumples the quilts and bakes phantom bread in the Early American Room of the Cathedral of Learning; and a mason who wears a black tux in Alumni Hall. Oak Hall and Laurel Hall are said to be haunted as well, as a result of being (allegedly) built atop Indian burial grounds. Legend has it that in 1986, Laurel Hall was exorcised because a knife flew across a room and stuck into a door.

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4200 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

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40.4439265, -79.95390220000002
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Nearest Towns:
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  1. A friend committed suicide there, having jumped from (I’m not sure if it was the 53rd or 35th floor) In March 1996. He was from an affluent family. They made sure the situation was kept very “hush”.

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