Ghost Hunting Tales of Indiana & Beyond: The Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa

In late 2004 I was asked to contribute to Jeff Belanger’s Encyclopedia of Haunted Places, the first directory to be written by dozens of the world’s leading paranormal investigators. One of three entries I submitted concerned a truly amazing site that has been a part of my life for more than forty years. Sacred to the Miami Indians, the Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa is more than a geological curiosity, it is the epicenter to all the weird and wonderful paranormal phenomena in northern Indiana.


About 3 miles southeast of Peru, in Miami County, along the Mississinewa River, you’ll find this little-known but scenic natural feature. For centuries, weathering along the bedding of the Liston Creek Limestone and the scouring action of the Mississinewa have carved rounded buttresses and grotto-like alcoves in the north bluff of the river, reaching from 25 to 50 feet above low water.

It’s little wonder as to why the local tribes of Native Americans were drawn to this place. One can sense the energies that ebb and flow from this site held sacred for hundreds of years. A preternatural nexus, with a confluence of telluric currents and ley line convergences, Seven Pillars is home to myths and legends punctuated by an aura of mystery and inspiring beauty.


The Miami, or Mihtohseeniaki, performed rituals and held important tribal councils here, including ceremonial executions.

The Miami believed the site to be home to “Paissa” — what Europeans would refer to as fairy-folk or wights. The Paissa are preternatural beings who live between this world and the next, with the natural formations of the Pillars being a gateway between these worlds.


Seven Pillars is hallowed ground and home to unseen forces, sentient apparitions, and residual manifestations…

I would personally recommend this location to not only paranormal investigators, but to those who dare to embark on a spiritual journey of self discovery and communion with higher powers.

The Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa is a truly magical place…

Visitors should approach the site with reverence and an open mind to the wonders of the supernatural world.

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