Haunted Massachusetts #03: THE HOOSAC TUNNEL
For almost 5 miles between Florida, Massachusetts and North Adams, Massachusetts, there lies an old train tunnel that is probably the most haunted place in the Berkshires, it is called The Hoosac Tunnel or “the Bloody Pit.”
The Native Americans named the mountain range “Hoosac" meaning "a stony place" and in the 1800s, the people began boring a tunnel for trains to bridge the gap between Boston and all points to the west. Over the course of over 20 years, the tunnel claimed over 200 lives in sometimes in quite mysterious ways. This is why it is known as “The Bloody Pit” There is one story, involving a man named Ringo Kelley who accidentally or purposely, killed two men in an explosion during construction. Kelley disappeared soon after the accident, only to be found strangled to death exactly one year later at the exact spot where the two men died in the Hoosac Tunnel.
After it’s construction and today, apparitions are often seen in or around the tunnel at night with lanterns. Most of these apparitions are said to just float in the darkness, just swiftly passing in front of a flashlight. Voices and whispers are often said to be heard in or around the Hoosac Tunnel. There are other stories of mysterious disappearances of people who happen to travel around the tunnel. People also say there is a bricked up room inside the tunnel where unspeakable horrors reside.
The tunnel is still used today to deliver goods and raw materials in Massachusetts, so serious caution is advised. The tunnel is over 4 miles long, so you’re in for a decent hike if you’re crazy enough to go through in the pitch black, dodging loose bricks, and live electrical cables inside.