Located in Omaha, Nebraska, Hummel Park is said to be one of the most haunted parks in the United States.
It has an area of 202 acres, which is rumored to be an ancient Native American burial ground. The ground was once the site of a fur trading post run by Jean Pierre Cabanne, in 1823. It was later named in tribute to J.B. Hummel, a long-time superintendent of the Omaha Parks and Recreation Department.
Hummel Park has evoked a feeling of intimidation for visitors, as well as locals. The terrain includes steep hills and winding, dirt roads.
Many suicides have taken place on the eastern edge of the park, which is called "Devil's Slide." It is understood that the formation of steep cliffs and sharp slacks in the area are due to soil erosion, which also caused deforestation in the area.
Another important characteristic of the park is the huge array of trees that bow over the road entering the park. It is believed that in the early 1900s many black men and women were hanged from these trees by the racists.
A ghost research institution named Panoramal Research and Investigative Studies Midwest PRISM), claims certain photographs show the souls of the people hanged, and that the bodies of these victims are still dangling on the trees, which made the trees bow over the road.
Another of Hummel Park’s well-known mysteries is the “Morphing Stairs," which are said to be “morphed" because of the innumerable stairs in the staircase. Nobody knows the exact number of stairs in it. Each time a person counts the number going up or down, a different number is counted on the return trip.
Apart from the notoriety of the park, the timbered milieu of Hummel Park makes it a suitable place for hiking and exploring nature. The scenic hiking trails in the park have a remarkable overlook to the Missouri River valley.
In addition , park rangers organize a science day camp during summer, exposing kids to the wonders of the natural world. Park officials also conduct eight day camps for youth, each of one-week duration. The rangers offer enthusiastic encouragement to the participants, which is a great morale booster.
They also arrange many activities such as outdoor education, hiking, archery, nature crafts, and outdoor cooking for the participants. Even though the park is filled with mystery it is a place well set for enjoyment too.