The Carbide Willson Ruins are a set of ruins located in Chelsea, Québec (about 20 minutes outside of Gatineau). These ruins are located in a forest that is now part of the Gatineau Park. What you see in the photo above is a glimpse of what remains of Thomas “Carbide” Leopold Willson’s laboratory and makeshift summer home.
In 1892, Mr Willson created the process by which we create calcium carbide, which is essential in steelmaking, amongst other things. Not satisfied with that invention, he purchased 460 acres of land in 1907 to give him space to conduct more experiments and invent new things. He built three structures deep in the woods as a result of his paranoia; he was convinced people were out to steal his inventions. Whether his worries were legitimate or not, he built this structure along with two others nearby to aid in his invention process. The three buildings were originally used for as an acid condensation tower, a dam, and a generating station. However, the tower was destroyed in a fire and was never repaired.
Unsurprisingly, this is quite expensive, and, after some time, Willson went bankrupt and the estate fell into disrepair. He died in 1915 in New York City as a result of a heart attack.
While the ruins are hauntingly beautiful, there is a sense of uneasiness in the air. The ruins are surrounded by waterfalls and streams, and for those who don’t know, attract spirits. Water conducts energy which spirits need to feed on to manifest themselves. This energy can be from running water, like at the ruins, electrical equipment, or even negative feelings and emotions if a haunting takes place at a residence.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that this energy attracts bad spirits, but it does attract them nonetheless.
The surrounding woods are beautiful, yet eerie as well. So quiet you could probably hear a pin drop, and deathly still. Does this mean anything? Maybe not, but no one can deny the feeling they get as soon as they step into these woods. Mixed with the energy conducted by all the running water and the residual energy of a paranoid man, it’s the perfect recipe for a spectre.
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