Tale of strange Moon Man lives on in Braxton County

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Tale of strange Moon Man lives on in Braxton County
Remote Centralia remains one of the more isolated communities in central West Virginia.

The remote ghost town of Centralia remains one of the more isolated communities in central West Virginia. It was here that an eccentric Moon Man was decapitated, and lore holds that his headless ghost still haunts the woods

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According to most sources, the decapitated body of Jacob Beamer long walked the rails of the Baltimore & Ohio Railway near Centralia, located about 13 miles up the Elk River above Sutton, West Virginia.

Beamer was said to have been run over by a train in about 1890, a few years after the railroad was constructed.

Those who know the story say that Beamer often claimed that his ancestors came from the moon and were forced to remain behind on Earth after a meteor knocked the moon out of its orbit, destroying all life in what was once a thriving lunar civilization.

In any case, it was known that Beamer liked to stroll in the moonlight, and on such a night he met his death under the hooves of the iron horse. When his body was found, it was headless, and residents thereafter claimed to see a gray ghost leading a headless man, whom they took to be Beamer, walking the tracks in search of the missing head.

Sometime during the '30s, a deer hunter from Pittsburgh reported that he saw the pair again, though Beamer was holding a skull in the crook of his left arm.

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The two have not been seen since, so it is assumed that the moon-man of Centralia finally found his missing head.


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