Haunted Georgetown Steam Plant

When I got home from my adventure at the Georgetown Steam Plant I quickly looked at my 180 plus photos.  I discovered some disturbing things that I cannot explain except that they are paranormal.  The one that really caught my eye was where a heap of electrical cable was piled.  The last photo in the series is a glow and I have no explanation for this.

Let me set the stage for this.  I had already walked around the big boiler room area. That area as you can see from the other posts was large, creepy and a step into the past.  As I turned the corner back at the entrance end I saw this pile of cable.  Not sure why I was so fascinated by this ugly pile but here is the series of photos I took.

Electrical Cable - close up - 1st photo no flash
Electrical Cable – close up – 1st photo no flash
Pile of cable - 2nd photo with flash
Pile of cable – 2nd photo with flash
pile of cable - 3rd photo no flash
pile of cable – 3rd photo no flash

In this next fourth photo where did the glow come from?  This room has limited light and no way is this from an outside source or my camera.  I had the flash turned off and you can check the photo properties if you like.  I almost thought it was my shaking the camera but look at how clear the cable looks.

Glowing pile - final photo & no flash
Glowing pile – final photo & no flash

Next set of photos that had something creepy going on is a set of boiler doors.  These two doors are right across from the cable.  Coincidence?

Boiler doors - no flash taken after creepy photo
Boiler doors – no flash taken after creepy photo
Little Boiler door close up
Little Boiler door close up

At first I thought again this was just a bad photo moment.  However, with no flash used and the bands of light coming from the door it makes me wonder… is this a spirit or a poltergeist living in the boiler room?

The light is coming from or around the smaller boiler door
The light is coming from or around the smaller boiler door

The last example I have is not as obvious but has a higher creepy factor.  It is when I went back down those enclosed cement stairs that reminded me of Alcatraz.  By accident I took a picture of the stairs with my feet in the picture.  I don’t like to get my shadow or body in pictures.  No selfies for me.

Neither of these two pictures used a flash but in the one with my feet it has a glow or some unexplained aura. Yes it was right at my feet. Glad I was holding onto the railing. Remember my fear of heights in earlier posts.  That was a good thing I hung on huh?

Staircase after the glowing photo with my feet.
Staircase after the glowing photo with my feet. – No Flash used.
No flash photo with light blob glowing at my feet.
No flash photo with light blob glowing at my feet.

I could not find much on the Steam Plant being haunted.  The one thing I did find was the Georgetown Halloween walk from a prior year mentioned that the building might have a poltergeist.  That would explain the glowing lights on the cable and boiler door.  However, the glow in the stairs were more like a spirit due to the temperature and bad vibe I had.

What do you think?  Not sure we will ever really know but this world has lots of things we can’t explain.

Want more of the Georgetown Steam Plant?  Go to my master post on this subject for the other topics around this historic place.

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10 thoughts on “Haunted Georgetown Steam Plant

  1. What you are calling electrical cable is in fact armored air hose. It was used with an air-powered turbine device to cut scale from the inside of the water tubes in the boilers.

  2. What you call electrical cable is in fact armored air hose. It was used with a turbine device to cut scale from the inside of the water tubes in the boilers. The scale developed from the impurities in the water that were left behind when the water was turned to steam.

  3. I could probably bore your socks off with stories (most of them true) about the GTSP as I worked for Seattle City Light for about two years in the mid seventies sharing my time between the Lake Union plant and Georgetown.

    I also spent considerable time as a volunteer with the Georgetown PowerPlant Museum, Inc. before SCL refused to renew our lease. As such I have spent hours in the plant alone and many of them late at night. There ARE lots of creaks and groans but I never felt the place was haunted.

    I did hear a story, I can’t say whether or not it was true, about some person coming in and running around shooting a gun. As I remember it happened during the 1930s or so.

    Another story, this one more than likely true, happened early in the plant life when the river still flowed about 200 feet or so south of he building. Seems there was a farm across the river that had some goats and a few of the plant personnel would take a small boat and row over to the other side where they would catch a goat and milk it so they could have fresh milk for their morning coffee.

    1. You know I have researched the white streaking on digital cameras some more. I got something similar at the Longacres Racetrack around where the jockey house used to stand.
      Got real excited but then read up on it. Not uncommon for the new cameras to have these streaks.
      But the picture around the armored air hoses is really odd. I like to hope it was something supernatural since that area is just so spooky to us mortals.
      Thanx again for all the info. You have helped document for posterity what the place is all about.

  4. Hi, Tony.

    I worked with Paul when we fired the Lake Onion plant in the fall of 1973. He was a good man. I lost contact with him and then some 25 years later I learned that he had died from a heart attack. He was only two years older than me. That is when I got involved with Lilly and the GPM and the rest is history.

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