The identity of the woman in blue is a mystery. Some believe she is the spirit of a runaway slave the died while traveling the Underground Railroad to freedom. She has been seen in McCourtie Park near Somerset Center in southern Michigan. No one knows who she is or why she would be haunting the park since there are no records of a tragic event that happened in the location of the park. They say she is most often appears at dusk wearing a Victorian-era blue dress. people have witnessed her walking through the park and then suddenly vanishing. Others have heard footsteps and the sound of crunching leaves and twigs only to turn around and nothing is there.
The park was originally the estate of W. H. L. McCourtie. He had a large house and an underground lair where he entertained guests during prohibition. He made his fortune in cement and oil and he hired artisans to construct concrete bridges over the creek that ran through his property. After his death, the house was not maintained and was razed. The land was donated to the community and now used as a park. It is well worth a trip to the park to see marvelous bridges and if you hang out long enough, you might see the woman in blue.
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