Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dark Destinations Top 50 for Spring 2009

Here is a list of the current top 50 location articles at Dark Destinations. The popularity of the articles is determined by the number of hits each has gotten since they premiered on the Web site. Some of the articles found on this list have been on Dark Destinations for years at this point, others (such as our current number three on the list) have been featured on the site for only a few months. Our first number one location (Waverly Hills Sanatorium) has slid to the number five spot over the past year. The location currently in the number one spot (The Sylvia Likens House) was recently demolished. While it has a large lead, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see The Haunting in Connecticut House give it a run for its money when The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) hits DVD later this year. Fans of the Twilight books and movie will be pleased to see that locations associated with both are featured multiple times on the list.

We will once again post a top locations list in October. We already have some ideas what may be rising up the list, based on the aforementioned DVD release as well as an upcoming 40th anniversary of an infamous crime that already has multiple locations associated with it listed at Dark Destinations. Of course, Casey and I have at times been surprised by a location rising up the chart faster than we could have predicted or by an unpredictable event in the news that drives new readers to read one of our articles. We can make educated guesses, but we can't predict the future. It will be interesting to see how things will change over the next five months. Click on any of the fifty links below to read the article in question.

-Tom G

1. The Sylvia Likens House
2. Twilight (2008): Thunderbird and Whale
3. The Haunting in Connecticut House
4. Twilight Saga: The Cullen House
5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium
6. Amityville Horror House
7. La Push, Washington
8. Sylvia Likens Memorial
9. The Simpson/Goldman House
10. The Oregon Vortex
11. The Sharon Tate House
12. Twilight (2008): Kalama High School
13. Twilight (2008): The Swan House
14. Old Tennessee State Prison
15. Twilight Saga: The Swan House
16. The Body Farm, Knoxville, TN
17. The Saint Louis Exorcist House
18. Fort Garry Hotel
19. Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, IN
20. Spahn Ranch
21. West Virginia Penitentiary
22. Forks, Washington
23. Twilight (2008): Bloated Toad
24. Old Alexian Brothers Hospital
25. Forks Chamber of Commerce Twilight Tours
26. Eastern State Penitentiary
27. Hammond Castle
28. Frontier Field / Fear at Frontier
29. The Haunted World
30. Amityville Horror Movie House (2005)
31. The Lemp Mansion
32. Lake Erie
33. The Museum of Death
34. The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
35. Twilight Saga: Forks High School
36. Leeds Point, New Jersey
37. Twilight (2008): The Port Angeles Alley
38. Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses
39. Mekong River, Thailand
40. The Dent School House
41. First Beach, La Push, WA
42. Sleepy Hollow, New York
43. Johnny Cash's Childhood Hometown
44. Lake Compounce Amusement Park
45. Twilight (2008): The Stone Cliff Inn
46. Madison High School, Portland, OR
47. Amityville Horror Movie House (1979)
48. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
49. The Empire State Building
50. Missouri State Penitentiary

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