Ghostly voices. Strange lights. Brushes of air.
Scenes in a scary movie?
A haunted house with actors, recordings, lights, and fans?
In Alva, it’s the former hospital which is now the Cherokee Strip Museum.
Ranked as the third most haunted place in Oklahoma, even the history of the museum itself is a little spooky. The Museum was originally built in 1932 as the Alva General Hospital, but when the Share Memorial Hospital was opened in 1970 the Alva General Hospital was left abandoned. Six years later the hospital was turned into the Cherokee Strip Museum, but some of the rooms on the second floor still served as surgical suites.
An early curator shared, “Many of the displays in the suites are from the original hospital and these surgical suites are said to have some of the strongest paranormal activity. In between the two suites there is a blood stain that will come back even after you have cleaned, but I honestly think it could be iodine — although not too long ago a second stain appeared just two feet away from the original and I just can’t explain it.”
Other creepy activity includes ghostly or disembodied voices being heard. Small orbs of light appearing and disappearing. Cold spots are felt. Brushes of air felt against faces. And a player piano in the reception area plays by itself.
In a building that has seen its share of death, are patients of botched surgeries lurking? Some people hear footsteps and claim to see shadows. An Alva resident shared a scary incident that happened to her. “When I was in the eighth grade. the museum had decorated for the festival of trees and I was with a group of my friends by the post office section of the museum and I saw a person with red hair, but it looked like one of the old mannequins so I looked away for maybe a few seconds and when I looked back the figure was gone. I asked my friends if they saw it and they replied, ‘do you mean the person with red hair?’ It was by far one of the creepiest experiences I have had in that museum.”
Paranormal investigators claim to have repeatedly seen the ghost of a military soldier and the ghost of a little girl. (The same red-head?) Another team of investigators reportedly arrived with fully charged walkie talkies and within five minutes they were completely dead.
Whether or not you encounter paranormal activity at the museum, you’re sure to come across the bricked up second and third story of the building, the player piano, and the mysterious blood spot. If the stories, piano, and blood spot doesn’t have you running for the hills, the creepy displays will, as there is a wide array of vintage medical instruments including an embalming table.
Night tours are available for a group of 15 (minimum) to 20 (maximum) visitors. Admission is only $5.00 per visitor. 2-hour tours will be scheduled at an agreed time and date! Call Elaine at the museum to schedule a tour. 580-327-7300. To plan any other visit to the Cherokee Strip museum, visit their page on VisitAlvaOK.com.