Local legends and scary stories

To fulfill a promise I made last week, here is a trio of terrifying tales just in time for Halloween from right here at our back door.

Those who are brave enough can head off for some of these spirit-infested locales yourself. If you come back with really creepy first-hand experiences with the dead, the undead or other restless spirits, feel free to contact the Golden Valley Gazette at 565-9700 to have your stories added to these tried and true yarns and legends.

And, if you know of any other nearby haunted hills, halls or hollows, contact me. We will reveal your terrifying tales of the macabre. If you get undoctored photos of the paranormal, send those, too.

Keep in mind, though, that while creepy is good, the GVG won't publish gory, so don't send anything that doesn't pass the "breakfast test."

Here are some spine-tingling stories to help get the glowing orb afloat:

• The old Wikieup cemetery along Golf Course Road has gravesites that date back to the late 1700s. It's the home of an eerie blue glow that's visible to passersby, especially on moonlit nights. And the glow is most definitely not the result of electric or battery-powered lights, according to a former Wikieup resident.

• Here's a local anecdote that smacks of jealousy, insanity and eternal sorrow, all of the stuff that makes for a good, unnerving story. I also mentioned it in my Oct. 26, 2005, column.

During the 1800s, a soon-to-be family of four - a man, his future bride and his two young daughters - came to Kingman in search of gold. They came across a deep, narrow canyon and soon built quite a large house.

The man's daughters despised Launa, their future step-mother, for the way she had treated them. It seems the young woman wanted their father all for herself and made no secret of it in her attitude or behavior toward the girls.

In an insane fit of jealousy and spite the night before the wedding, Launa murdered the children and hid their bodies in the house.

When she regained sanity later the same night, she came back screaming and moaning through the canyon, begging for forgiveness.

Launa's Canyon, a.k.a. Slaughterhouse Canyon, is about two or three miles southeast of Kingman, not far from Hualapai Mountain Road.

It is said you can still hear Launa moaning throughout the canyons from midnight to 3 a.m., echoes of the brutal past carrying on into eternity.

• And the Bullhead City Hall is believed to have been the passage for several frontiers. Many say the grounds are haunted as a result. Do any of our GVG readers have more detail on this one? Let me know.

Just one more thing, a matter of gratitude.

A big thank you to Golden Valley Days Grand Marshal Nancy Stalling. She found a willing volunteer to drive me and GVG ad rep Nicky Grannis in the Golden Valley Days parade.

Thanks, too, to Ken Bailey for being our chauffeur and for keeping us entertained with his humorous comments.

And, if anyone knows the whereabouts of the Golden Valley Gazette magnetic sign that I accidentally left on the side of the car in which we rode, please let me know.