Haunted Hillyard: The History & Folklore of Spokane's Oldest Suburb (Paperback)
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Spokane's "Gothic Historian" Chet Caskey continues his examination of the area's paranormal nooks and crannies with an examination of the Hillyard neighborhood.
First platted as a separate city four miles from downtown Spokane in 1892, from its earliest settlement Hillyard has been darkly controversial, fiercely independent-- and sometimes violent. With a terrible Native American legacy, the area once known as "Wild Horse Plain" (or "Prairie") eventually became a railroad town in the shadow of the Great Northern Railway's East Spokane manufacturing, fueling and repair facility-- very much with the ire and prophetic curse of railway founder James J. Hill.
Prohibition in Washington State (1914-1933) transformed Hillyard into a dark area of illegal bars, houses of prostitution, murder and intrigue. On June 22, 1902 and on December 18, 1915 railroad and streetcar disasters originating in Hillyard killed many people. During World War II and following, the Alcoa Aluminum Plant in Hillyard (later owned by Kaiser Aluminum) created devastating (and perhaps permanent) ground and water pollution in the Hillyard area, as did a century of diesel fuel and oil spills in the Great Northern (now BNSF) train depot area.
Mount St. Michael-- rising to the northeast of Hillyard-- has been the scene of fanatical religious separatists, one claiming to be Pope Adrian VII and perhaps a spiritual precursor to the Apocalypse.
Among the businesses in Hillyard, there are stories of curses, witches and paranormal hauntings. Four serial killers (Robert Yates, John Craven, Douglas "Donna" Perry, and John Wayne Thomson) are associated with Hillyard.
Is there a solution to Hillyard's troubled egregore and paranormal spiritual mindset? Chet explores the problem with local shamans. As she did in Caskey's book Spooky Spokane(2015), psychic medium Dr. Candess Campbell joins with him in consultation in Haunted Hillyard. Dr. Campbell is Spokane's pre-eminent psychic medium and enjoys a world-wide reputation for her remarkable spiritual insights and paranormal revelations.
About the Author
Chet Caskey and his wife Catherine live with their two "ghost dogs" on the haunted South Hill of Spokane. Raised in New Orleans, in retirement in Spokane, Chet has worked as the Historian for the city's Community Cemeteries, taught Ghostology, Divination and Fortune Telling for Spokane Community College's Act 2 Program, and conducted group Tea & Tarot, Tea Leaf Reading and Crystal Ball sessions throughout the city. Working with Spokane's pre-eminent psychic Dr Candess Campbell, and paranormal investigation group Spokane Ghost Crew, Chet also has investigated various spiritually active city sites at the request of building and business owners. In conjunction with Inland Empire Tours, Chet leads ten different walking and bus Ghost Tours throughout the city from remote North Side to the South hill-- and all dark spots in between.