Witch’s Castle

Matt Lynch
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Ghostly myths and old stone ruins in the woods. If you have a sense of adventure and enjoy the more unconventional sites, the Witch’s Castle in Forest Park may be the place for you. There has never been any evidence of a witch living here, not officially at least. Instead, in the 18th century, a man named Danford Balch lived on the land with his daughter. A farmhand named Mortimer Stump fell in love with his daughter and the two of them eloped. Balch swore revenge. Upon their return, he shot Stump in the face and was promptly arrested and executed – which officially became the first execution in the state of Oregon. So began the tales of a haunting. The building was used by park rangers and hikers for a time, but it soon fell into disrepair. Now it’s a popular space for walkers to visit if only to spook themselves! Image Credits: Eric Muhr on Unsplash
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  • Lower Macleay Trail, Portland, OR 97210, USA
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