“When I was in high school there was a old laundromat not far from the school campus. The parking lot was a meeting place for friends going to lunch or hanging out before going home. If you mentioned the old Nu-Way laundry to anyone in school you would often have one person mention the place was haunted, but not much more was said.”
Not Far From Home…
You know, after all those years, I never thought of that old legend till one of my kids asked if I knew of any haunted places. Well you know how kids ask the damnedest question that brings back useless information you’ve stored away for no reason. That is when I remembered the legend of the old laundry haunting. And according to the map, I have a house less than .3 miles from where the old Nu-Way laundry used to stand.
We never put much thought into the legend of the Haunted Laundry due to the building being old and funky, but still open as a self service laundry and dry cleaners. The post modern building appearance didn’t seem to fit in it’s location… So if someone said it looked creepy, it did! If they mentioned the lights or television going on and off was a problem, you knew it was a old building that badly needed to be remodeled. Even the disembodied voices and the dryer doors opening and closing wasn’t that big of a deal to most of us. I went to school with a friend who’s sister worked there for one week and quit due to the creep factor of the building. And possibly the dry cleaning conveyor turning on while she was alone at work. But we had no interest in this in my group.
Now the old laundry mat is gone!
That’s right the old laundry mat was torn down several years ago, but the haunting hasn’t stopped. In the same location as the old laundry mat now stands a hamburger drive-in, and according to the book “Haunted Norman, Oklahoma” the Johnnie’s Express Charcoal Broiler employees are reporting odd happenings, including stuff moving, voices and apparitions.
While I was filming a video on location at the Johnnie’s Express my camera man and I were waved down by two employees wanting to tell us about the haunting in the service area, which included children’s voices, brushing of the hair and flying cups. We didn’t quite know what to say other than it was unexpected!
The Legend has Deep Roots!
As it turns out this story doesn’t end with a couple of haunted businesses. This story goes deeper. It turns out it goes back to the days the pioneers settled Norman, Oklahoma. The location of the haunting is the exact location the pioneers used as Norman’s first cemetery. This location was once the edge of town and Norman has since grown. The occupants of the cemetery were exhumed and relocated in 1890. But I can only imagine that for the pioneers, with limited resources, coffins were a luxury. If lucky, they would wrap the bodies in linen. The linens and many of the grave markers would have vanished to the elements leaving only the bones behind. Unfortunately, there is documentation that grave markers were seen there as late as the 1920’s.
So if your craving a little history, the marker is located behind Johnnie’s Express. I understand its a very busy place even when it’s closed! ~FrankBoss