The following historical information was written and provided by Becki Crewe at Niagara News.
“The Screaming Tunnel was initially constructed for drainage to remove water from farmlands and into the valley below. Farmers also used this tunnel as a way to transport goods and animals safely since the Grand Trunk Railway lines (now the Canadian National Railways) ran above.
It is near Warner Road, Niagara Falls and was constructed in the early 1900s. It is 16 feet high and 125 feet long.
Over the years, it has developed a dark history.
Thompson said, “I have really disturbed feelings going in that tunnel.” The old limestone train tunnel used to have a small village around it, now lost to time. However, in one specific house, it’s said there lived a man, wife and their daughter.
Legend says the man and wife of the nearby house fought non-stop. He was said to be a drunk and abusive husband. Distraught from their timely divorce, the wife told her husband their daughter would be leaving with her.
It’s said the husband became enraged with his wife’s predicament and pried their daughter from the wife’s arms. The daughter was frightened and ran from the house, all the way to the tunnel.
When she reached the tunnel consumed in darkness, she crouched in the shadows in an attempt to hide from her enraged father.
As the little girl sat there in the pitch black, she could hear the approach of her father’s footsteps. When his warm breath was against her ear, she felt a liquid being poured over her. Before she could run, the sound and light of a match struck the darkness and broke the silence.
Legend says the little girl was burned alive in this tunnel. Her high pitched screams of anguish are said to haunt the tunnel, thus its name – the Screaming Tunnel.
People say if you walk into the middle of the tunnel at night and light a wooden match, the little girl will scream out of great terror from the afterlife and a gust of wind will blow through and extinguish the match.
“I definitely believe there’s something in that tunnel because of the things I’ve witnessed with my own senses,” said McCabe. “First time I ever went to that tunnel, I felt weird. The best way I can describe it is something was draining me.”
The Screaming Tunnel shares the same railway connection as the Blue Ghost Tunnel. Many people believe that spirits use this railway to travel from tunnel to tunnel.”
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