PARKERSBURG- A Travel Channel television show devoted to paranormal phenomena has wrapped up filming in Parkersburg for an upcoming episode.
The "Dead Files," a show that pairs a retired homicide detective and a physical medium to solve unexplained paranormal phenomena, was in town filming an episode that will air later this fall.
Stephanie DePietro, communications manager for the Travel Channel, said a crew completed filming over five days last week. The episode is tentatively slated to premiere Nov. 30, she said.
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The “Dead Files” stars Steve DiSchiavi, a homicide detective, and Amy Allan, a physical medium.
DePietro declined to say where filming took place, other than Parkersburg.
Local officials said the show's producers had been talking with historians and officials about Quincy Hill.
Bob Enoch, president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society, said officials he talked with discussed filming related to paranormal activity on Quincy Hill.
Crews inquired about filming in the Quincy Hill and Fort Boreman area, according to Mayor Bob Newell's office.
Newell's office said Painless Entertainment Inc., the Dead Files production company, contacted the city about filming on Quincy Hill related to the 1909 water tank collapse.
Production crews also used a 1999 Parkersburg Sentinel article, written by News and Sentinel Managing Editor Paul LaPann, revisiting the collapse for reference.
According to the show's website, the "Dead Files" team approaches cases from its areas of expertise. The show stars Steve DiSchiavi, a retired New York City homicide detective, and Amy Allan, a physical medium.
The pair uses its skills to solve unexplained paranormal phenomena in haunted locations.
Quincy Hill was the site of two water supply tanks. Around 5 a.m. March 19, 1909, one of the tanks collapsed, which toppled the second tank and in an instant two million gallons of water were roaring down the hillside.
The tsunami of water from the burst tanks cut a wide, wet swath, extending from 13th Street to the Little Kanawha River and from Avery Street to Ann Street.
In addition to the water tank collapse, Quincy Hill was also the site of a Civil War encampment and hospital. The site housed up to 1,000 soldiers. It's a popular spot for the Civil War artifact hunters as well as ghost hunters. It's one of several stops on ghost tours in the area.