|Mine Au Breton Historical Society Properties
Long-Banta House - Austin-Milam-Lucas Store - Old Presbyterian Church-Museum
Potosi, MO - September 8, 2007
Mine Au Breton Historical Society Properties - Investigation of Sept. 8, 2007 - 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
In attendance were Greg, Judy, Jeremiah with his father Dennis, Terry, Tom, Bryan & Chris with their
father Keith, Dennis, Matt, Steve R, Sarah and Esther with her husband Gene of MISSOURI
PARANORMAL RESEARCH/PARANORMAL TASK FORCE along with Samantha of Parkland Paranormal;
Jerry the president of the Mine Au Breton Historical Society with other members and Chris & Brad
with other staff from the St. Francis County Daily Journal Newspaper.
Local weather conditions for this investigation for the time period of 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. was
cloudy, winds from the South/Southwest calm to 8 mph becoming calm, temperatures started at 77
degrees Fahrenheit and dropped to 72 degrees Fahrenheit by 1:00 a.m., dew point was 70 dropping
to 68, barometric pressure ranged from 29.97 rising to 30.02 and Relative Humidity was 78% rising to
Lunar data was a Waning Cresent Moon at approximately 5 percent Full. Solar X-Rays were Normal
and the Geomagnetic Field was Quiet.
Very detailed histories of all properties can be found online at: HERE
Long-Banta House - People have experienced unexplainable noises within this historic home on
several occasions which include noises similar to those of books or large objects being dropped
upon the floor. People have also experience seeing the figures of a female and children in the
windows from the outside when passing by. Several members of the Long family have physically
passed away inside this home and are buried in the nearby cemetery.
Austin-Milam-Lucas Store - People on the outside have observed a shadow figure passing by an
upstairs window on the inside. Other past reports have included odd odors as well as
unexplainable electrical problems such as lights and other appliances turning on and off on their
own when this was once an apartment building. Rumors of a past suicide were reported. We were
able to confirm through research that local banker, Frank J. Flynn, committed suicide at this
location on January 17, 1932 by shooting himself in the heart with a .38 caliber revolver.
Old Presbyterian Church-Museum - There have been no reports of unexplainable activity from this
For this investigation various video recorders with and without infra red extenders and night shot
capabilities were used. Various digital still cameras, EMF meters, voice recorders, IR
Thermometers and radiation detectors were also utilized throughout the investigation. Also
experimentation was done with Ultra Violet light in conjunction with a night shot camera.
Those in attendance met at approximately 6 p.m. at the Haunted Sweet Memories Sandwich & Ice
Cream Shop for a wonderful dinner provided by Cindy the owner. After dinner some of the
attendees were given a tour of all properties to identify and determine any logistical and safety
hazards, equipment placement, investigative strategy and other data. The team was divided into
sub-teams with each one focusing on a specific property being investigated through the night. The
nearby Masonic, City and Presbyterian cemeteries were also mildly investigated during building
lock downs, etc. The investigation ended at approximately 1:15 a.m. and all attendees returned
Various odd and unexplainable experiences of investigators and attendees included:
1. Steven R. - readings of 0.4 milligauss were observed on the Cell Sensor Electro Magnetic Field
Meter upon entry to the log cabin adjacent to the Austin Store. Readings dissipated upon entry of 5
other people and within 20 minutes of four people leaving and three remaining, readings spiked
back up to the 0.4 milligauss level. An unexplainable temperature drop from 82.0 degrees F to 74.0
degrees F also occurred during this period.
2. Various investigators at the Austin Store experienced moving cold spots at various times within
the building as well as odd knocking and other noises.
3. During an interactive EVP session in the Long-Banta House it was requested that a spirit play a
note on the piano located downstairs while investigators were on the second floor. A note being
played was observed by several attendees. After this, the investigators requested the same spirit
to play a higher note in response and a higher being played was observed by several attendees
4. Two investigators in the Long-Banta House experienced a period of a moving energy that they
were able to detect and follow from the first floor to the second with their Electro Magnetic Field
Meter as well as accelerated and unexplainable battery drainage of equipment.
5. During lock down of the Long Banta home, investigators outside observed a shadow figure
inside the home pass by a window.
6. Investigators in the cemetery observed a moving cold spot with a temperature of 77 degrees F
while the ambient temperature was 85 degrees F.
7. An investigator was touched on the back by something unseen while doing an interactive EVP
session in the Long-Banta House.
Several hours of audio and video were collected as well as many digital and film photographs.
Notable audio and video clips have been extracted and are undergoing further analysis as well as
the numerous photographs.
Final Analysis & Results
Although full analysis has not been completed, there already have been many significant audio clips
resulting in 8 confirmed EVP extracts. There may be significant video clips as well which are still
Paranormal Task Force/Missouri Paranormal Research at this point can state that there is a very
high probability that paranormal activity is present at the Long-Banta House and the Austin Store
along with some areas of the Masonic, Presbyterian and Old City Cemetery as indicated by notable
and significant EVP captures and human experiences. However, further follow up investigations
along with the completion of analysis of data collected at this investigation will have to be done to
come to a more thorough and objective conclusion.
A follow up investigation was conducted in July of 2008, a report will be posted in the near future.
PARANORMAL TASK FORCE
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INVESTIGATIVE REPORT OF Mine Au Breton Historical Society 9/8/2007
- POTOSI, MISSOURI -
Report Completed November 12, 2007
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