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The Atco Ghost
There’s a ghost story in the southern New Jersey town of Atco that tells of a young boy who was run down on a lonely stretch of road after chasing his basketball into the middle of the street. The tale centers around a sparsely populated lane on the fringes of the Pine Barrens known as Burnt Mill Road, and there are some very detailed instructions would-be ghost hunters must follow in order to see this apparition. Weird NJ readers share their experiences…
Atco Ghost Boy Dribbles in the Darkness
In the town of Atco, there is a road that was never finished. It branches off a road that connects with Rt 30. This road runs about two miles before it ends in the Pine Barrens. It was Christmas night and a boy was out playing with the basketball he got as a present when a drunk driver came speeding down this dead end street. He hit the boy and decided to run––only to come to the end of the road. The driver was forced to do a u-turn and drive back, passing the body of the boy he had just killed.
You drive down the street and head straight towards the end of the road. When you reach the end do a u-turn and pull your car up to the part of the street where there is a crack through the asphalt from one side of the street to the other. Stop here and beep your horn three times and flash your lights three times, then sit in darkness for a bit. You will see the figure of a boy begin to cross the street dribbling a basketball, almost in slow motion. –Anthony Dooley
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Ghost Boy Searches for Those Who Killed Him
I used to row for my college’s crew team in South Jersey. On one practice another teammate told this tale. He was describing a ghost he saw in Atco. He said that the ghost was the victim of a hit and run on Burnt Mill Road and, if you park at the end of the road with engine and lights off, the ghost would appear and look the car over to see if it was the same one that killed him. –Scott Kafarski
Atco Ghost Follows the Bouncing Ball
Down a road in Atco there is a house where a little boy was playing with a ball in the yard. He chased it into the street, where he was hit by a car and killed. It is a ritual of passage to go and try to see the boy’s ghost. You should go at midnight, and park in a specific spot and flash your lights at the area in the road across from the house.
An image of the dead boy is supposed to be seen chasing the ball into the street with headlights coming at him. Many have said they see different scenes but they are all related, most of them having a little boy and headlights. In my own personal experience, an image of boy did walk towards our car, but never actually made it. It was as though he was walking in place. Nevertheless, I was scared out of my wits. –Kyle
I’ve Seen the Atco Ghost!
There is a dead-end street in Atco that has been haunted for years. At the end of the road there is some type of factory from which large trucks often leave around dusk. One night, there was a little kid bouncing a ball all over the street. As one of the trucks was leaving the plant, the ball took a bad bounce and the boy ran after it––right into the path of the oncoming truck.
Nothing was happening, so we decided to leave. The moment I touched the keys, a sudden wind swirled the mist on the road, and a shadowy shape appeared at the side of the road. It wasn’t a shape really, but a break in the low-lying fog that resembled the outline of a small child. We decided to get out of there. As I was racing down the street, I could see the fog swirling faster and faster. We came to the stop sign, which I ignored, and I turned left onto the main street. –Zachary W.
A Little Atco Ghost Chicanery
In South Jersey, there is not much to do. After the bowling alleys, diners and movie theaters have all been exhausted, the kids of the region become desperate and search out “weirder” activities to participate in. One such popular supernatural activity is the ritual of visiting “the Atco Ghost.”
As the tradition prescribes, interested visitors should travel the dark and isolated road where the accident happened until they reach the end. Once there, they are to turn their vehicles around so as to imitate a car about to begin a drag race and flash their headlights three times (a custom used to start a drag race). After this it is important to focus your eyes on the distant lampposts, where you will notice a small figure walking across the road in chase of his lost ball.
My sister told me that she had once seen the boy walking across the road and a friend of mine described a much more startling experience that his ex-roommate had. Supposedly, he didn’t see the boy in the distance, but instead noticed him sitting next to the car he was occupying. He said the boy looked pale white and sat in silence, and upon seeing him, he freaked out and came home crying. (It should be noted that this was a grown man who swears he was not under the influence of any drugs).
After putting ourselves in the position of being frightened victims, we felt a sense of heightened control by becoming purveyors of fear on the unsuspecting youths. But just like in any good horror film, the tables were about to be turned again. Out of nowhere, a blinding light appeared in our rear view mirrors and we all screamed in terror. The initial flash was followed by an array of other blue and red lights.
We received no ticket, and though we are sure that this event was only the product of local resident’s frustrations against people wandering into their neighborhood, we’d like to believe that this was just another small trick perpetrated by a long departed child with a good sense of humor. –Kevin Watkins
An audio story told by Mark Moran with sound collage by Clay Pigeon. One of a series of Waking Weird episodes which can be heard broadcast live every Monday at 8:39 am (EST) at WFMU FM and WFMU.org. Hear the program archives at www.wfmu.org/playlists/WA . Hear more audio stories HERE .
You can read more about the Atco Ghost and all of New Jersey’s other haunted byways in Weird NJ magazine, “Your Travel Guide to New Jersey’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets,” which can be found on newsstands throughout the state and on online at www.WeirdNJ.com .
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Truth or tale: the atco ghost, patch is looking into urban legends and spooky bits around the garden state. take a journey with us into the upside down..
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ATCO, NJ — Anyone who lives in the Garden State has heard rumors of haunted happenings and urban folklore close to home. In fact, there was an entire magazine, Weird NJ, devoted to them.
Patch is taking up the task of exploring these myths throughout October in the hopes compiling a master list comprised of the best of the unexplained throughout New Jersey. Today we are discussing the Atco Ghost.
It is said that the Atco Ghost resides on Burnt Mill Road in the Pine Barrens, where the little boy was struck and killed by a drunk driver. He appears whenever someone driving down the road honks their horn three times.
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Specifically, you’re supposed to drive to the end of the road, turn around, and drive up to a spot in the road where there is a crack from one side of the street to the other. Stop, honk your horn and flash your lights three times each, then sit in the darkness and wait to see a child dribble a basketball across the street.
According to Weird NJ, the story finds its roots in a Christmas night tragedy in which the child was playing with a basketball he had just gotten as a present when he was hit and killed by a drunk driver. The driver sped off to the end of the dead-end road and was forced to turn around, passing the boy they had just killed.
Another method is to park your car in the spot where the child was killed, turn off all your lights and the engine, get out and walk away. Once you are 20 feet away, you turn around and you should see the child running toward you. Be careful, though. One commenter on newjerseyhauntedhouses.com says the child’s parents still live in the house and will call the police if they see anyone they believe is trying to summon the ghost.
So what do you think readers? Buy it or boot it? Is the story of the Atco Ghost real? Have you tried to summon him? Maybe you have another, even scarier tale of your own to share. Drop them in our comments or send them to [email protected] .
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Two South Jersey Youtubers Stalk Famous Burnt Mill Road Ghost In Atco, NJ
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If you hail from either the Philly or South Jersey regions, more specifically Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties, then you've at least hear mentioned once or twice the legend of the Atco Ghost.
The Atco Ghost is said to be a little boy who died when he got hit by a car after bouncing his basketball in the street right outside his house. The tragedy supposedly went down on Burnt Mill Road in Atco. It's super easy to get to, as a matter of fact. All you have to do is follow the White Horse Pike going westbound if you're coming from Atlantic or Cumberland counties and eastbound if you're coming from the vicinity of the other two.
Once you've made your way to Burnt Mill Road, you're supposed to go through a series of steps that essentially call the ghost to you. The ghost is said to have appeared as a mist which outlines the silhouette of a little boy. Creepy, right? It's also rumored that people sit in the woods back there and wait for people to come tempt fate so they can chase them out of dodge.
Well, two brave young Youtubers decided to test out the legends and see what they could find:
So, they didn't find anything. However, multiple people say they've experienced creepy things on Burnt Mill Road. Try it for yourself at your own risk.
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Ghostly Whispers: Unraveling the Secrets of Haunted South Jersey
Happy Halloween! This year we are diving into the bewitched local region! From the eerie Pine Barrens to historic rural towns, South Jersey is a treasure trove of ghostly history and folklore. Prepare to uncover stories of restless spirits, haunted houses, and unexplained phenomena that have intrigued locals for generations. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or simply fascinated by the supernatural, exploring the haunted side of South Jersey is an adventure like no other. Grab your flashlight and gather around for tales that will send chills down your spine!
This ghost town was named after a hat that was thrown into the air by a man named Ong, who was fleeing from an angry lover. The hat didn’t come back down. Some say it was caught by a force from another world. Many people believe this to be the site of a portal to another dimension.
The Golden-Haired Girl
A ghost of a young woman who stares out into the sea, mourning her lost lover. She is often seen dressed in a white. Sometimes, the Jersey Devil accompanies her, earning the duo the title of “the Beauty and the Beast of the Pine Barrens.”
The Black Doctor
James Still was a legendary African-American physician, herbalist, and author. He lived in Burlington County and helped many people with his natural remedies. Many believe that his spirit still roams the Pine Barrens to help injured and lost travelers.
The Jersey Devil
The legendary creature is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens, with a horse-like head, bat wings, hooves and a forked tail. It is believed to be the cursed 13th child of a woman named Mother Leeds in the 18th century. Some consider him to be the guardian of the Pine Barrens and he is only known to attack those who harm the forest.
Captain Kidd’s Headless Victim
According to legend, Captain Kidd, the infamous pirate, beheaded one of his crew members to protect his buried treasure. His ghost is said to haunt the area, sometimes accompanied by the Jersey Devil, and always without a head. The treasure may have been taken back to England as evidence in his trial, or it may still be hidden.
Many consider this to be the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. Although the inn/restaurant is no longer in business, many locals believe it is still occupied by ghosts. A bearded sea captain and a small boy are often seen roaming the halls and peeking through the windows. TV shows and newspaper articles have even featured the location.
The White Stag of Shamong
This rare and elusive albino deer is considered to be a sign of good luck and protection. They are known to warn travelers of danger ahead. Many locals believe them to be spirit guides who can only be seen by those who are pure of heart.
The Black Dog
A friendly phantom that wanders the shores and woods of Absecon Island and Barnegat Bay. It is said to be the ghost of a cabin boy’s trusted dog that was on board a ship that was attacked by pirates on Absecon Island.
The Blue Hole
In the middle of a dense forest there is a lake that is often visited by the Jersey Devil. It is supposedly a bottomless doorway to hell with powerful currents and water that remains freezing cold all year-round. It is around these parts that the Jersey Devil is most active.
Batsto Village Ghost Town
During the Revolutionary War, Batsto manufactured supplies for the Continental Army. The last house was vacated in 1989 but ghosts are often seen roaming the grounds. It is considered one of the most haunted places in America. Today there are more than forty sites and structures in Batsto Village that are open for visitors.
The Ghost Light of Crosswicks
There is a mysterious orb of light that floats above the Quaker Meeting House in Crosswicks, sometimes changing colors and sizes. Some believe it is the spirit of a Quaker who was hanged for treason during the Revolutionary War.
The Atco Ghost
There is a dead-end street in Atco that has been haunted for years. Many say if you follow specific instructions, a small boy will appear, innocently playing in the distance. He is the ghost of Atco.
Berry’s Chapel was once a small African American settlement in the woods during slavery times. The church was built by a pastor named Berry but it was burned down twice. Some say that if you go out there now, you can sometimes see the church still fully intact and burning.
Burlington County Prison
From 1811 to 1965, the prison was a place of misery for inmates. Many were convicted murderers who were held in maximum security. One inmate was Joel Clough, whose ghost still haunts cell five on the third floor. People have heard moans and chains, seen objects move and shadows appear in his cell. Even after the prison became a museum, his spirit did not rest. You can visit this eerie place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a small fee.
Gabreil Daveis Tavern House
Gabreil Daveis Tavern House was built in 1756 and served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. Many of the original items are still inside the house, including all of the original furniture and bloodstains in the attic from the wounded soldiers. Some visitors have reported paranormal activity in the house, such as seeing a figure walking upstairs, lights turning on and off, and hearing moans of pain.
Historical Society of Haddonfield
Greenfield Hall, which serves as the headquarters building for the Haddonfield Historical Society, is the third home built on the property which was given by Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh to her first cousin John Gill I in 1728. Since then, many eerie events have occurred in the halls, some visitors have reported seeing and hearing ghostly presences. Tickets are available for the Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours and the Haunted Mansion!
The Ritz Theatre
This historic theater opened in 1927 and hosted many talented performers who sometimes lived in the theater. Some of them never left, and they still haunt the place with their spooky antics. You might see strange lights in your photos, hear mysterious sounds of tap dancing, or even feel a ghostly touch on your neck, like one stage manager who had her scarf pulled! The Ritz Theatre is still in operation, so the best way to get an up close and personal experience of this haunted site is to go see a performance there.
James and Ann Whitall’s house became a temporary field hospital for soldiers injured in the Revolutionary War during the 1770’s. The ghosts of soldiers are said to haunt the attic. Visitors have experienced voices, moans, and even cold temperatures.The Perceptive Paranormal Research group investigated the house and confirmed the presence of strong paranormal activity. They reported ghosts touching them and a dizzying feeling. Admission is free.
White Hill Mansion
White Hill Mansion was built in 1722 by Robert Field and is known to be one of the most haunted sites to exist. Field mysteriously drowned in the Delaware River in 1775. In 1923, the mansion was converted into a Restaurant where workers and guests have reported sightings of a shadow man, ghostly chatter, sounds of children playing in the nursery, and sounds of footsteps in the middle of the night. Today, White Hill Mansion offers tours and bookings for ghost hunts.
The Lake House Restaurant
The Lake House was built in the early half of the 1900’s as a popular inn and summer vacation spot. Rumor has it that it served as an illegal brothel and had a basement-speakeasy during the Prohibition. Many say that it continues to be haunted by the original owners, a “lady in black,” and a ghost named Victor. It’s been listed as a “haunt” by “Strange USA.”
Creepy New Jersey: The stuff of legends
- Published: Apr. 13, 2012, 11:34 a.m.
- Lisa Rose | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
For all the fear and dread that surround Friday the 13th, there is one group of people who celebrate the calendar date. It's a holiday for folklorists, who revel in centuries of fantastical legends and strange rituals.
New Jersey looms large in the world of superstition. The Garden State is a land of mythical tales about mutant rabbits, sea serpents, roadside apparitions, phantom locomotives, buried treasure and malevolent trees.
Rutgers professor Michael Rockland is New Jersey's resident Friday the 13th expert. He says the unlucky Fridays tend to be uneventful.
"People are being cautious," says Rockland, who's researched the origins of the superstition. "People are paying attention. It's actually pretty safe out there."
So relax, spill some salt, cuddle up with a black cat and read about 13 Garden State superstitions. Some of these stories may be familiar to Weird NJ subscribers, but many are new discoveries exhumed from a historical newspaper archive.
Bloodthirsty bunnies dwell along a hill in Harmony Township, attacking hunting dogs to avenge the deaths of fellow cottontails. Even the most sharp-eyed sportsman cannot kill these hopping predators, locals say. A New York hunting columnist first reported the "spook rabbit" phenomenon in 1891. He ventured out to Harmony and fired at the elusive critters for more than an hour, failing to hit a single target. He remained skeptical, however, explaining that rabbits were protected by dense undergrowth. The wounded dogs, he added, were not the victims of fluffy fiends. Thorn-laced shrubbery along the trail was the likelier culprit, the writer surmised.
The Devil's Tree is a spindly oak in Basking Ridge that has withstood decades of efforts to chop it down. Even the mightiest swing from the burliest lumberjack barely registers as a paper cut on the trunk of this arbor monster. Dark spirits are said to guard the tree. At least one mysterious death has been documented near the lonely oak. In 1948, a young female equestrian was accidentally shot and killed by her fiance during a hunting trip.
Lake Hopatcong boaters, swimmers and anglers share the water with a sea monster nicknamed Hoppie. Although the creature is regarded as a friendly inhabitant, there was a panic in 1894, when fishermen first noticed something lurking in the lake. The monster was described as 40 feet long, with the head of a canine and the body of a snake, "as thick as a man's leg." The archived news story includes quotes from doubters who suggested that the behemoth was probably a floating beer keg.
In New Jersey, walking over an unmarked grave can cause incurable foot cramps, according to an 1891 roundup of "Queer superstitions about the dead," printed in the New York Recorder.
The key to winning the Stanley Cup is not savage skating or puck precision. It's all about the playoff beard. Although the Garden State isn't the birthplace of lucky postseason scruff, one of hockey's most legendary whiskered warriors is Ken Daneyko of the Jersey Devils. The defensive player wielded a stick and a scowl for more than two decades, setting records and growing facial hair.
Jersey governor-turned-president, Woodrow Wilson, warded off misfortune by wearing a lucky scarf pin, according to an article in the New York Sun. He had a different amulet for each stage in his political career. During his tenure in Trenton, his pin was engraved with the New Jersey state seal. When he moved to the White House in 1913, he traded up to a medallion depicting the Great Seal of the United States, featuring 13 stars and stripes representing the original colonies. Yup, his favorite number was 13.
Unlucky in love? Try the Rutgers Passion Puddle. A pond on the Douglass campus in New Brunswick has supposed magical properties. "If a couple walks around the Passion Puddle three times, it's believed they're going to get engaged," says Rutgers folklorist Angus Gillespie. One caveat: The puddle's romantic powers are limited to Rutgers students and alumni.
Slithering between headstones, the Woodbridge cemetery snake is bad omen for graveyard visitors. Those who get too close to the purple-black serpent are doomed to die within an hour, at least according to 19th-century Jerseyans. Locals began fearing the portentous reptile after a bizarre incident at the funeral for a young woman named Lulu Lorch in 1896. Mourners were shocked when a 4-foot-long snake slinked into her grave and wrapped itself around her coffin. Twenty minutes later, Lorch's 29-year-old brother, William, died of heart failure, the New York Herald reported. The serpentine intruder apparently vanished after the episode. Of course, if the superstition is true, any witnesses likely expired before they could share the tale.
There's gold beneath the dirt around Schooley's Mountain. Before you head out with a shovel, be warned, goblins watch over the loot. It all started when an 18th-century huckster, Ransford Rogers, told Morris County residents that riches were beneath their feet. Rogers offered, for a fee, to communicate with the wraiths that protected the treasure. Aided and abetted by a friend draped in a white sheet, Rogers pretended to confront the phantoms. He swindled dozens of hapless gold diggers before vanishing from a prison cell.
The Atco Ghost is Jersey's most dutiful apparition, a specter that appears when drivers honk three times on Burnt Mill Road in the Pine Barrens. The legend is that a boy darted into the street chasing a ball and was struck by a drunken driver. Now, his spirit haunts the accident site, according to Weird NJ and scores of paranormal blogs. Thanks to the extensive the coverage, Atco has evolved into a destination for morbid travelers.
The Liquid Assets gentlemen's club in South Plainfield serves up more than adult beverages and bikini dancing. One of the regulars at the go-go bar is the ghost of a hitman named Vincent "Mad Dog" Cole, who was acquainted with owner John Colasanti's grandmother. "A psychic told me that he followed me here to help me in business," Colasanti says. "And he has helped. The club is a place of curiosity because there's a lot of unexplained situations that have happened here." Colasanti says cocktails occasionally evaporate and, once, Mad Dog shredded a bartender's blouse.
A ghost train chugs through Newark's Broad Street station on the 10th of every month at midnight, driven by a zombie engineer who died along the tracks in 1868. During the early years after the tragedy, morbid spectators would gather monthly in the dark, hoping to catch a glimpse of the fabled locomotive. According to an 1873 Newark Courier story, a crowd of 600 waited in the February cold for the midnight train. While it failed to appear, everyone got a jolt when a practical joker in a railyard nearby sounded a whistle as the clock struck 12 a.m.
Friday was once considered the unluckiest day of the week to get hitched. Folks also said that encountering a cross-eyed person on the way to a wedding meant the marriage was ill-fated. In 19th-century Atlantic City, a justice of the peace reluctantly agreed to marry a couple on a Friday, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer article. But when the justice got his first look at the man and woman, he canceled the event. "I'm not superstitious," he proclaimed, "but I draw the line at marrying cross-eyed people on a Friday."
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Weird NJ: The Atco Ghost
There's a ghost story in the southern New Jersey town of Atco that tells of a young boy who was run down on a lonely stretch of road after chasing his basketball into the middle of the street.
The tale centers around a sparsely populated lane on the fringes of the Pine Barrens known as Burnt Mill Road, and there are some very detailed instructions would-be ghost hunters must follow in order to see this apparition. Weird NJ readers share their experiences…
Atco Ghost Boy Dribbles in the Darkness
In the town of Atco, there is a road that was never finished. It branches off a road that connects with Route 30. This road runs about two miles before it ends in the Pine Barrens. It was Christmas night and a boy was out playing with the basketball he got as a present when a drunk driver came speeding down this dead end street. He hit the boy and decided to run –– only to come to the end of the road. The driver was forced to do a U-turn and drive back, passing the body of the boy he had just killed.
You drive down the street and head straight toward the end of the road. When you reach the end, do a U-turn and pull your car up to the part of the street where there is a crack through the asphalt from one side of the street to the other. Stop here and beep your horn three times and flash your lights three times, then sit in darkness for a bit. You will see the figure of a boy begin to cross the street dribbling a basketball, almost in slow motion. –Anthony Dooley
If You Want to See a Ghost, Just Kill the Engine, Kill the Lights and Walk Away
The most common way to see the ghost is to drive to this haunted road in the middle of the night, park on the side, kill the engine, kill the lights and get out of the car. You then walk AWAY from the spot where the ghost appears, and after twenty feet, turn around. You will then see the spectral form of a little boy walking towards you. –Manning L. Krull
Ghost Boy Searches for Those Who Killed Him
I used to row for my college's crew team in South Jersey. On one practice another teammate told this tale. He was describing a ghost he saw in Atco. He said that the ghost was the victim of a hit and run on Burnt Mill Road and, if you park at the end of the road with your engine and lights off, the ghost would appear and look the car over to see if it was the same one that killed him. –Scott Kafarski
Atco Ghost Follows the Bouncing Ball
Down a road in Atco there is a house where a little boy was playing with a ball in the yard. He chased it into the street, where he was hit by a car and killed. It is a ritual of passage to go and try to see the boy's ghost. You should go at midnight, and park in a specific spot and flash your lights at the area in the road across from the house.
An image of the dead boy is supposed to be seen chasing the ball into the street with headlights coming at him. Many have said they see different scenes but they are all related, most of them having a little boy and headlights. In my own personal experience, an image of a boy did walk toward our car, but never actually made it. It was as though he was walking in place. Nevertheless, I was scared out of my wits. –Kyle
I've Seen the Atco Ghost!
There is a dead-end street in Atco that has been haunted for years. At the end of the road there is some type of factory from which large trucks often leave around dusk. One night, there was a little kid bouncing a ball all over the street. As one of the trucks was leaving the plant, the ball took a bad bounce and the boy ran after it –– right into the path of the oncoming truck.
Rumors started to circulate that the boy's ghost comes back to play in the same street that he was killed on. Growing up in Atco, I spent many nights drinking beer with friends at the end of this street and waiting for the ghost. We never seemed to find him whenever we gathered there. The only time I ever had a different experience there was when I actually followed the instructions on how to see the ghost. The night was rather misty and it was raining a little bit. My friend and I drove to the end of the road where the factory is located and turned around. We drove up to the second streetlight and stopped the car. I turned off the ignition and we sat in silence for a while.
Nothing was happening, so we decided to leave. The moment I touched the keys, a sudden wind swirled the mist on the road, and a shadowy shape appeared at the side of the road. It wasn't a shape really, but a break in the low-lying fog that resembled the outline of a small child. We decided to get out of there. As I was racing down the street, I could see the fog swirling faster and faster. We came to the stop sign, which I ignored, and I turned left onto the main street. –Zachary W.
You can read more about the Atco Ghost and all of New Jersey's other haunted byways in Weird NJ magazine, "Your Travel Guide to New Jersey's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets," which can be found on newsstands throughout the state and on online at www.WeirdNJ.com .
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Henry Charlton Beck said: The spur is there, at least part of it, today, one section being used as a street in Atco. Back of Atsion there is another section, it's rails rusted and ties sagging, overgrown with tall weeds. Unused and unexplained, it passes by an old cemetary which is altogether forgotten by those who think of the burial ground behind the Atsion chapel as Atsion's official plot. Graves are caving in and most of the stones have toppled over. On one is inscribed "John Ross, son of John and Dolly Ross, of the Parish of Madgiligan, Ireland, who departed this life Feb 22, 1804, Aged 20 years." On another is Rovert McNeill, Died May 6, 1965, aged 55 years." These were probably pioneers of the Roman Catholic group which was strong at Batsto and with the help of the elder Richards once reared a church. Here, forgotten with the railroad line which served early and more prosperous days, they sleep under the pines on the lake shore." Click to expand...
Ben, There is still evidence of it just across the plastic bridge. The first main road that crosses that road after crossing the plastic bridge from Atsion road is the railroad bed. If you turn left and head towards Atsion Lake it narrows and the road ends for car traffic, but continues for bike traffic. There are pieces of rail still visible there. Topozone is down so this Terraserver map will have to do. The plastic bridge is where the road crossed the large river, and the road running horizontal is the RR bed. If you follow the RR road to the right slightly you can see where a smaller steam crosses the road and that is where large vehicle traffic stops. Now if you zoom out and follow the road to the left, it goes right to a residential street in Atco. http://terraserver-usa.org/image.aspx?t=1&s=11&x=1301&y=10997&z=18&w=2 Guy
Again, with Beck when he says "passes by" that could be a mile. The graves in the recreation area are not that close to the former train tracks. But if you look over old photo's of Atsion there were no woods around the town like today. So he was able to stand on the tracks and look around and see the graves in the close distance and say passes by, which if you tried that today you would see trees. So from his perspective the tracks indeed passed by the graves. BTW the street in Atco is Raritan Ave that the tracks went to Atsion from. Guy
Thanks Guy, I will have to check it out.
- Sep 14, 2003
Ben, I forgot to add the link with the arrow in my last post. Look the links over again if you are interested. Guy
It is a cement pipe that has metal wire wrapped in it. There are a few large pieces laying around. That had to be a bridge for the train at one time, and it appears there were multiple pipes going across. But they have been mostly removed and set along the road. It was a deliberate attempt to keep vehicles from getting down that way toward Atsion Lake from my point of view. If you look at my tracks you can see that I went the other way on this road for a short distance. I had noticed a vehicle down there when I arrived and when I returned to my car I saw someone down there. It appeared they were stuck so I walked down to see if they needed help. It turns out it was the ranger with a stolen car. It was reported stolen by a young girl from the Berlin Mart. The ranger said it was about his 25th stolen car find this summer. They had stomped on the hood, the roof, and anything else they could. The windows were smashed and the lights also. They even had removed the spare tire to try to use it to get out. He had called in for fingerprint tests so I was not allowed to touch the car. For a second I think he though it might have been me returning to the crime, but he then seemed to think differently. He was pretty nice to talk to and I wish I had walked down with my camera. I had left it in the car with Jessica. He told me more but it was hearsay so I will not post it. Guy
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By the ghostly gangster February 14, 2007 in Cryptozoology, Myths and Legends
The ghostly gangster.
Hey everyone, i'm new to this site... I've been reading up on this local "urban legend" lately and wanted to share it with you. I'm from Philly, PA and saw this story in the Weird NJ book. It's called the "Atco Ghost". Apparently a young boy was killed on this certain road and if you go at midnite and flash ur lights, you will see the boy. I haven't had a chance to check this place out yet, but apparently it's pretty popular. I googled it and found some info on it from the following websites:
http://www.weirdnj.com , http://www.atcoghost.com , and http://www.bbhproductionz.org .
Apparently, alot of people have seen this ghost. It seems like it would be a cool place to check out one late night
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Welcome to UM. Thanks for sharing that with us. If you check it out be sure to let us know what/if anything happens!
cool post, I've been down there a few times and haven't seen anything that looked like a ghost. There's a video on YouTube by, i think the user name is ghsthunter, that supposedly shows the ghost. If you search "Atco Ghost" on youtube, it's the first video that comes up. I personally believe it's a fake, but some of the posters on youtube believe it to be legit. The link to the youtube video is here:
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