Spooky Gay Haunts in Boston
It’s officially spooky season. Boston is one of the oldest cities in America, which means that it’s a prime location for paranormal activity. Massacres, witch hangings, pirate executions and weird murders are a few reasons to check off why ghosts would vacation here. What exactly is a ghost? According to American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, a ghost is the spirit of a dead person, especially one that is believed to appear to the living in bodily form or to haunt specific locations. Peter Muise, writer for New England Folklore, shares his story about a haunted gay bar in Boston on 1270 Boylston Street to be exact.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the 1270 Club was one of Boston’s featured gay bars. It was the place to be. It hosted Boston’s best DJs and popular dance parties. The club had three levels which featured a mix of everyone. The 1270 Club was known for its music, so much so that it even brought in a straight crowd.
Now how does a hotspot like this become a haunted gay bar? Mobsters use to rule Boston early in those times. A straight mobster owned the club back then. One night, he decided to mix business and pleasure. After a night of erotic fun in the garage with two prostitutes, the mobster forgot to turn off the car. As a result, he died of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to a friend of Muise, when staffers were alone closing the bar, the mobster’s ghost was sometimes seen lurking around.
Strangely enough, on the same block, another spooky gay bar exists. 1254 Boylston Street, home to gay nightclubs, Ramrod and Machine, happen to have their own paranormal activities. According to a couple of Muire's sources, the basement space acted as a storage place for the local medical school’s human body parts. That sounds like breeding grounds for ghosts. It's no surprise they're still lurking around in the basement. Ghosts usually don't stray far away from their former body parts. Then again, I'm no paranormal expert.
These clubs were a prominent place for gays and lesbians in Boston, but these kinds of ghost stories help keep a form of gay pride alive in the community. If you’re feeling brave enough take a stroll out to Boylston Street, feel free to check out either bar to confirm the paranormal activities or to just get your groove on.