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Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, West Virginia

There’s something unnerving about abandoned amusement parks. This one, found in rural West Virginia, takes the biscuit in no uncertain terms. For one thing, it was built — in the 1920s — on an ancient Indian burial ground.

For another, a massacre is said to have taken place right here, with Native Americans believed to have slaughtered a family of unfortunate settlers who had chosen the spot to make their home. From that point on, Lake Shawnee has been a cursed location.

For a short time, a popular and successful attraction, the park closed its doors in the 1960s following a series of unsettling incidents, with two children having died here in unrelated occurrences.

Since then, it has fallen into a state of disrepair, with vines having wrapped themselves around the rusting rides and the surrounding forest beginning to reclaim the land. Unnerving in the extreme, this is no place to visit alone; take our word for it.