Coast Ghost at the Armory: 'I often feel how they died. That's not fun'

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - The old National Guard Armory in Cottage Grove, according to the Coast Ghost Paranormal Activity Society, a 5-woman ghost-hunting team from Oregon.

The ghost hunters specialize in old lighthouses on the Oregon Coast.

But the armory - where thousands of National Guard troops mustered from 1931 until it closed - served up some "sense of home and community" spirits.

"They're from here, they have family or troops here. Or they go and don't come back - this is the place they do come back to as if they'd never left from here," said Tiffany Cloud, paranormal investigators.

Cottage Grove City Manager Richard Meyers said he's not aware of anyone feeling, seeing or hearing anything paranormal there. The city owns the armory building.

Investigator Ann Fillmore said of all their equipment, they've found that flashlights work best.

By laying turned-off flashlights in a room, the women call out to a spirit asking it to communicate by turning on the flashlight.

The women say they've received communications from several war vets as well as a Captain from the Armory. Fillmore says they ask "yes" or "no" questions such as "are you a male?"

If the light flickers they then guess the occupation of the spirit until they receive another flicker of light. The women also say they can feel a spiritual presence when they enter a room.

"I'll walk into a place and feel it in my head. I often feel how they died and that's not fun," Fillmore said. "Feeling how someone died, to go through how they dies, it's not fun."

For all the nay-sayers, the group said you just have to have an open mind, and try it out for yourself.

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