Legend of Gierlach's Haunted Summitview Drive
|418 Summit View Drive, New Castle, PA USA|
In 1806, Neshannock Township was a thriving coal town producing several tons
of coal each day. Throughout the
township, coal mines were dug deep underground and many of the entrances were
located on a hillside, called Coal Town Hill.
Each day, railroad cars would enter the mines and exit the mines with
loads of coal for the community to use as fuel for heat.
One night when the coal mines were closed, a
group of youngsters went to explore Coal Town Hill for fun.
While playing around the vacant railroad cars outside the mines, the
sound of horrible screams from within the mine shafts were heard.
Curious to see what it was, the scared youngsters carefully entered the
shaft. After several hours of
searching, they could not find anything except a few spiders and bats inside the
mines. Afraid of hearing the
screams again, the youngsters never returned to Coal Town Hill.
The youngsters ran home and told everyone what they had heard.
The news of the screams coming from the mines spread throughout the
community and even the workers were afraid to go back inside the mines.
Eventually, Coal Town Hill closed forever and the mine shafts were sealed
Today, houses are built on Coal Town Hill
and only a traffic light at the top of the hill (intersection of Maitland Lane
and Mercer Road) remains to warn people of what
might be down below. Each Halloween
season, a house on a road at the top of the hill, called Summitview Drive, is
haunted by what some people say are the same ghosts and zombies that were
screaming inside the mine shafts from years ago. From then on, it has been known as Haunted Summitview Drive
in Neshannock Township of New Castle, PA USA.
Neshannock Township Coal Mining Mine Maps