The Back home across from the fort in Fort Gibson is reportedly haunted.
I wonder how true the stories are. We’ve all heard of the Amityville
Reminds me of the “Grave’s End” book I read. That was a creepy story. A good read.
Cindy Back has always rather liked the ghosts that haunted her historic home in Fort Gibson, so now she’s written a book about them.
“Ghosts of the McBride House” is due out in August but can be pre-ordered online from Barnes and Noble, she said. It will sell for $14.95 and is published by Llewellyn Publications.
Back wrote the book under her real name, Cecilia. It tells the story of how her husband didn’t believe in ghosts at first, but came to know the ghosts living in their Victorian home near the military park.
There are four of the ghosts, Cindy Back says:
• Dr. George McBride, who established a practice here, where his parents operated a hotel.
• A Victorian woman, dressed all in white, who was in Fort Gibson with the hospital at the fort.
• A girl, about 8 years old that Back believes died when she was run over by a wagon from the fort.
• A boy, about five years old, who may have died at the fort’s hospital after suffering a disease.
Back believes McBride came back to the house because he could not bear not living there. The story goes that he oversaw every detail of the work that went into the construction of the house. He and his wife later moved to Texas for a while, but returned to Fort Gibson because they loved their house here so much.
The ghosts that haunt the McBride House are devilish, but not mean. They rattle things — like the pocket doors — move things, and shake workers’ ladders. However, they have never hurt anyone, Cindy Back said.
Cindy and Dr. Chris Back bought the McBride House more than 25 years ago and recently moved, but not because of the ghosts.
They are renting in Muskogee while the house’s wraparound porch is restored. Their daughter lives with them and has health problems that are bothered by the paint of fumes and the dust created by the remodeling, Cindy Back said.
Full source: Muskogee Phoenix