Most Haunted Places in America: Clearfield Job Corps Center
The Clearfield Job Corps Center in Clearfield, Utah was one of the very first jobs corps ever commissioned in the United States under the guidance of then President Lyndon B. Johnson. Today, it is one of those places always mentioned when the topic of ghost hauntings in Utah arises.
Clearfield Job Corps started out as the Clearfield Naval Supply Depot, built in 1942 and decommission 20 years later in 1962. The old naval depot was subdivided; Seven-million square feet became a manufacturing warehouse district, now known as the Freeport Center, while the rest became the Clearfield Job Corps Center.
The opening of the Clearfield Job Corps Center was announced in mid 1964, and resulted in a great deal of protesting in the area. According to an article in The Desert News, posted September 25, 1964 – exactly one month before the Clearfield Job Corps Center grand opening date – controversy was wide spread, though an exact cause of the argument was never clarified.
After having read the entire article twice over, I believe at least some of the debate came from local taxpayers who were unhappy about the excessive cost to run the job corps – $600,000 annually ($6k per student) – while only 2 students in attendance would actually be from Utah (limited to 2% of the 100 students accepted).
It’s not certain what occurred on these grounds back in the days of the Clearfield Naval Supply Depot, but the Clearfield Job Corps Center has some sketchy history. In 1970, a young black man was stabbed and killed on the campus, and on September 15, 1972, another male youth by the name of Ronald Wade drowned to death.
The Clearfield Job Corps Center has undergone quite a few renovations since then. One old building (the military morgue, in fact) was renovated into a theatre and extra dormitories were added. The old warehouse buildings that made up the boys original dorms were gutted and refurbished for better, more comfortable living arrangements. The dorms are labeled by letters, many of which hold ghostly stories of paranormal activity at Clearfield Job Corps Center.
Dorm-E seems to attract the most paranormal activity. It is said to be haunted by at least three ghosts. One is that of a little girl, estimated to be 5-6 years of age. She is seen bouncing a ball while walking down the hallway, or standing by the doorway at the dorm’s entrance.
The second ghost of the Clearfield Job Corps Dorm-E is suspected to be an old resident advisor (RA) at the school. He is seen walking throughout the halls, checking on each dorm room to make sure the boys are in their rooms.
No one really knows who the third ghost of Dorm E is. Most speculate that he is a past student who died on campus. Perhaps the young stabbing victim, or the tragically drowned Ronald Wade?
Dorm-L is famous for housing the apparition of an old military nurse, noted for her early 1920’s medical attire. She is seen walking down the hall. Some deduce that she is the same ghost haunting Clearfield Job Corps TB dorm.
Walk down to Dorm-M and you might run into the ghost of a young man who is believed to have hung himself. He has a tendency to hang around the fire exit of Dorm-M.
The movie theatre, previously the military morgue, is also rumored to be haunted. These rumors are not backed up by any consistent stories, but of course, it was a morgue; has to be haunted right? That seems to be the general consensus anyways.
It’s the consistent ghost tales from the various dorms of Clearfield Job Corps Center that lead us to believe the site truly is haunted.