The Screaming Tunnel

Many flock to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada to bare witness to its romantic setting. However, its beauty doesn't overshadow a local legend. The tunnel is located in the northwest end of Niagara Falls and was originally built to be a rail tunnel in the early 1900s. The only problem was the Grand Trunk Railroad went bankrupt after World War I and it was never finished. Even though the tunnel was abandoned it would never be forgotten.

Over a century ago, a farm house located near the tunnel caught fire one night. A girl, clothes engulfed in flames, ran screaming from the house into the tunnel in the attempts of putting it out. Unfortunately, she collapsed and died inside the tunnel. There are variations to this story.

One states an enraged father sat his daughter on fire in the tunnel after learning his wife was rewarded custody of their kids in a nasty divorce battle. Another story reports that a young girl was raped inside the tunnel and her body was burned to cover the evidence. No one knows which version if any are true. However, what is known is that someone did die in the tunnel.

It was dubbed the Screaming Tunnel because they say if you stand in it and light a match you will hear a scream before the flame goes out.


Anonymous said…
I have been to Niagara Falls many times and have never heard that story. That was interesting. Now, I need to go just for the tunnel. lol
michaeljansen said…
Been there a lot too. Never heard the story.
pr0udmom0f3 said…
The only "logical" explanatin I can think of after reading that reports state you hear screaming BEFORE the match goes out, is that as the flame is about at it's end on the match, it is letting off the remaining oxygen, and carbon emission. Hence the screeching sound.

Couple that with the fact it's done within a TUNNEL, where sound tends to carry louder than normal and even echo, it can cause a "scream effect".
Jessica Penot said…
Interesting story. Very sad. I had never heard of a Niagra falls haunting. Great post!
Anonymous said…
Wow very interesting, I thought the ghost story was a mother grabbed the child and brought her to the tunnel then once she realized everyone was dead she killed her daughter set her on fire then commited suside in that tunnel but hey, who knows.

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