Because it is Halloween, I have found some “creepy” stories about Whitewater. If you have comments or further info on any of these stories, be sure to add your comments!
The following stories are from WeirdUs.com
– The Morris Pratt Institute (a.k.a. The Spook’s Temple) once stood in Whitewater (Corner of West Center Street and South Fremont St.), and was the first school to ever be built whose focus was communicating with the spirit world and other related topics. Large crowds would gather on Sunday nights, when raucous public seances would be held outside of the Pratt Institute. The school moved out of Whitewater in 1946, but its legends remain part of the town’s folklore.
– There are some other true, but very strange, stories regarding Whitewater. On Halloween in 1970, the community was shocked to find that the open grave of a young girl had been hijacked from a local graveyard and placed on the mall of the University’s campus. Two fishermen had seen strange lights floating around one of the cemeteries (which form a perfect isosceles triangle, not a five pointed star) the previous night.
– It is well known that there are a series of underground tunnels that form an intricate maze below Whitewater. It is believed that they were used as part of the Underground Railroad. Others say the tunnels have a much darker purpose, and are actually used by witches, who can travel safely within them without exposing their use of the black arts.
– Speaking of witches, there are two spots on campus that have been claimed as the meeting grounds for these practitioners of magic. The field where Wells Hall, a dormitory, now stands, was once a major meeting place for witch covens. Rumors claim that an altar exists somewhere underneath Wells Hall, around which a number of bodies are buried upright.
– The other witch hotspot is the water tower in Starin Park, known colloquially as Witches Tower. One Halloween, students placed calls to the police after seeing a group of people clad in robes performing a ceremony by candlelight next to the tower. The tower is locked up and surrounded by barbed wire, but rumors still persist that it is a meeting place for witches. (**Note from Jeff: The barbed wire fence that surrounded the Tower when I was in school faced inward toward the Tower, rumor is that it was put up to keep the witches locked in the Tower…not to keep people out of it).
– The most fascinating rumors regarding Whitewater and its darker aspects regard the secret literature locked within the University’s library. Apparently, the contents of a certain book are so volatile that four different people have killed themselves after reading it. Three were University students, and one was a local resident who was found in a gas station with his wrists slashed. The luckier ones have merely gone completely mad after reading these books. Because of this, the library now keeps this powerful book under lock and key – its contents remain unknown.