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McLoughlin’s Ghost

An Oregon Ghost Story

Dr. John McLoughlin came to the Pacific Northwest with the Hudson Bay Company and fell in love with the area. After losing his job (he was fired for giving supplies to settlers), he bought land in the Willamette Valley and founded the town now known as Oregon City. McLoughlin divided up the land into 300 plots which he gave to the poor and needy who had traveled west, searching for a new home. He later was elected Mayor of the city. Oregon City became the destination of choice for many of the folks traveling on the Oregon Trail.

When McLoughlin House was opened to the public as a museum, it swiftly became clear that someone was haunting the building. People began seeing a shadowy figure walking along the hallway and entering the room where John McLoughlin once slept. The smell of tobacco smoke sometimes permeates this smoke-free building, and it was commonly known that McLoughlin was a smoker. And sometimes footsteps sound in the corridor upstairs when no one is in the building. Perhaps McLoughlin returns occasionally to check up on his old home?

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series published by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of “let’s pretend” quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children’s Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.