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Real Haunts in Iowa- Paranormal IA

Did you know Iowa is home to dozens of REAL Haunted Places? From haunted roadways and buildings where the dearly departed still lurk among us, to burial grounds and sacred places that are haunted by spirits who seemingly want to stay in this world, Iowa has some truly eerie landmarks and historical sites that are hot spots for paranormal activity. Iowa's Real Haunts are home to ghosts and spirits year-round - they're not your average Halloween Haunt. Find out all about Iowa's Haunted History, and learn all about haunted places across the state that are plagued with REAL ghosts, ghouls, apparitions, and things that go bump in the night!
 
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    In 1973, the Gitchie Manitour Murders involved an attack on a group of five teenagers at Gitchie Manitou State Preserve. One of the teens was raped and four were killed. There have been reports of apparitions and voices here. Read More

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  •   Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Cedar Rapids, IA
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    This building once operated at the town's library until 1985 and according to local stories, it is haunted by a regular patron named Hazel. She had visited the library in the 1960s and was seen wandering through the rooms by both employees and visitors. It was realized soon after that she had died in a fire that same morning. Read More

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    The ghost of a man who drowned in a nearby river has supposedly been seen roaming the grounds, while lights have also been seen in the building at night. Read More

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    Students at this university tell of a story that included a Halloween haunted house set up inside Bartlett Hall. While working on the setup, a number of strange things occurred, including flickering lights, slamming doors and temperature changes. Because of this, the students stopped trying to set up for the haunted house and let all the ghosts do the work... and it ended up being a... Read More

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  •   West Union Hardee's West Union, IA
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    It has been said that the highways were built over an old cemetery, which lies right about where the Hardee's is located. Employees have heard their names being called when they were alone, have experienced cold spots and said that items had been misplaced. Some reports tell of a Ouija board incident in which a spirit inhabited the body of a moth and landed on one of the participants’... Read More

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  •   Stony Hollow Road Burlington, IA
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    This road is believed to be haunted by a ghost named Lucinda. She reportedly committed suicide by jumping off a cliff when her lover did not meet up with her to run away together. There have been many reports of ghostly sightings and local urban legend says that if you call out her name three times, she will appear. If she drops a rose, you will supposedly die the next day. Read More

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  •   Highway 34 Ghost Burlington, IA
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    The Highway 24 Ghost is rumored to be an escaped slave who died in the 1860s of diphtheria and was buried in a nearby home's basement. He is said to carry a leather bag while walking west bound on the north side of the road, usually between 1 and 2 AM. Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Bridges & Overpasses | Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Nature & Outdoors (ie. Haunted Woods)

  •   Porter House Museum Decorah, IA
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    The hauntings at Porter House Museum are pretty vague and hard to come by. Most say that the spirits that linger here are playful. Read More

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  •   KD Station Sioux City, IA
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    This building dates back to 1915 when it was used as a meat-packing plant, before being turned into a packing operation. A gas leak occurred in 1949 and as a result, an explosion killed several people. After, the location became a shopping center and it is here where strange occurrences have been reported. Elevators have seemed to move when they aren't and it is reported that for a few... Read More

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  •   Leflur / Lefler House Sioux City, IA
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    This home has been the site to several murders and is believed to be quite haunted. Some strange happenings that have been reported here include a red glow that has been seen upstairs, an extremely cold attic (even during the hot summers), and a washing machine that runs all on its own. The owner has reported seeing a lady ghost wearing a blue dress and saw a marble being throw across... Read More

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  •   J L Reece Memorial Park New Providence, IA
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    A young woman reportedly killed herself in the cornfield at this site and witnesses have said she appears in the field and can be heard screaming. Read More

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    Those that live in this dorm have reported hearing a girl choking and gagging at night. A crying woman apparition has also been seen walking down the hall. She is believed to be the spirit of a girl who hanged herself from the heating pipes in her dorm room. Read More

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  •   Top of the Rock Grille Fairfield, IA
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    This restaurant is said to be haunted, but the origin of the hauntings is unknown. People have reported seeing objects move on their own in the kitchen and have heard voices and whispering in the bathrooms. The sound of people walking on the upper floors has also been heard, even though no one is up there. This location is no longer the Top of the Rock Grille. Read More

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    This jail features a "lazy Susan" design which makes the jail block round and the cells form individual wedges like slices in a pie. There is only one door that leads into the cells and it would be rotated by a hand crank to let prisoners in and out. This location is unique, being that it is the only three story wheel jail ever built. The wheel mechanism no longer operates but the... Read More

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  •   Riverside Cemetery Charles City, IA
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    Visitors of this cemetery have reported seeing dark figures and experiencing a feeling of being watched. A Native American ghost has also been seen here, possibly looking over the place. Read More

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  • Hotel Julien Dubuque, IA
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    The apparition of a man wearing period clothing has been seen on the upper floors of the hotel. Some believe it is the spirit of Al Capone, who stayed in the hotel frequently and is also rumored to have owned it at some point in time. Read More

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  • Terrace Hill Des Moines, IA
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    This 1860s building is home of the governor of Iowa and is believed to be haunted by a ghostly little girl. She is reportedly transparent and some say she likes to work the elevator, although it is only supposed to work when certain codes are used. Read More

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  •   Hawkeye Community Theatre Fort Dodge, IA
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    A young girl was murdered nearby and she is believed to be the ghost that haunts this theater. Witnesses have reported seeing her sitting in the hall after hours, and have even felt her presence brush past them in the corridors. There is a chandelier in the entrance that has also been known to move on its own and turns on and off by itself. Read More

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  •   Union Pacific Railroad Museum Council Bluffs, IA
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    This location was once the town library but has been renovated and restored and is now a museum. Witnesses have reported books flying off the shelves in the basement and shadowy figures. Items have also been known to vanish, only to appear later. Read More

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  • Tedrow Cemetery Mount Ayr, IA
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    Many believe that it is not the cemetery here that is actually haunted, but the woods that surround it. People have reported seeing glowing lights coming from the woods, shadowy apparitions and the sounds of moaning and footsteps. Read More

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  •   Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge Central City, IA
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    The story of this bridge is that if you drive all the way out into the middle of it, your car shuts off and an unseen force pushes you across the bridge. It has also been said that you can hear eerie noises outside your car, and when you leave, you will see hand prints on its surface. It's been reported that if the spirits notice you have been there a few times, they will try and push... Read More

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  •   Air Lanes Bowling Center Des Moines, IA
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    In the 1920s, the upstairs area behind this bowling alley was used for illegal gambling, according to local legend. People say if you gain access to a room down the hallway, you can hear people talking and dice rolling. You might even hear a ghostly disembodied voice calling your name. It is not clear whether or not this location is open to the public, so before trying to enter, be sure... Read More

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  •   Old Red Horse Armory Des Moines, IA
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    This location was once a cavalry armory and now houses the city school buses. Members of the National Guard have reportedly been known to occupy the building and people have heard ghostly sounds from long ago: clopping of horses’ hooves and jingling of harnesses. The apparition of an older man wearing cavalry grub has also been seen in the back hall. Read More

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    The Weavers apparently bought a table in 1937 that brought along some spirits. The table has reportedly made rapping noises and caused other disturbances until a minister's wife quieted it by reading from the Bible. The Weavers had a spiritualist come in and determine what may be causing the occurrences. It was said that the table had been used in a seance and became possessed by a... Read More

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    This auditorium is believed to be haunted by C.Y. Stephens himself. He has reportedly been seen in the basement tunnels or sitting in the back right corner of the 3rd balcony. Cold spots and footsteps have also been reported here and performers say when they see him, it's a sign of good luck. Read More

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    This cemetery is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Wright, a child of 6 who died in 1854. She is said to appear as a pale blue light over her grave and during the final minute of each year. Read More

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    This cemetery is said to be haunted by its Black Angel statue and a young girl set on a pedestal. Strange lights have been reported here and the Angel has been seen walking around as a glowing shape. It is said that the little girl statue will pick out one member of a group of cemetery visitors and stare at that person until they leave the premises. It has also been reported that the... Read More

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  •   David Ryan House Newton, IA
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    A local paranormal group reports that this location is haunted and that voices and footsteps can be heard. Some EVPs are claimed by the group and reportedly tours of the house are offered for those who are interested in taking a look around. Please note that this location is a home on private property, no trespassing is allowed without permission. Read More

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  •   Moose Pond Spencer, IA
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    This pond is believed to be haunted and locals tell the story of strange events that happen on December 23rd at 8:47 PM. It is reported that if you visit the iced-over pond on that night, you can hear pounding on the ice and hear a young boy screaming from beneath the ice. The boy had apparently been ice fishing when he fell through the ice and drowned. Read More

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  •   Akron Gold and Silver Akron, IA
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    A neighboring business owner at this antiques and collectibles shop reported hearing the voice of a male after hours, calling their dog by it's name "Sandy." This took place after the shop has been locked up for the night. Sandy was the building's guard dog, and she heard the voice as well, and went to look who was calling her name, but no one was found. Reports of bangs and crashing... Read More

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  •   Stoneking Cemetery Russell, IA
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    This cemetery is rumored to be quite haunted and is located on a family plot that used to have an abandoned house. Some believe the trees in the back of the cemetery are dangerous and that anyone who walks behind them can see the Stone King sitting on his grave, and then they soon die. Others believe Joseph Stoneking was featured in the original "Children of the Corn" movie. Words on... Read More

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    Students at this college tell the story of a janitor who killed himself in the 1990s. Staff members at the sports facility have apparently seen his ghost. Read More

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  •   Players Workshop Burlington, IA
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    This location is a small theater for performing arts and actors, actresses and stage crew have stated the seats fold down on their own as if someone has taken a seat. A phantom cigar smoke smell has also been reported, along with electrical cords that wind up all on their own. Read More

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    In 1940, an electrician named Rodriguez was electrocuted here while the auditorium was being built. He is said to haunt the area by flickering the lights and turning them on and off. Cold spots have also been felt near the location he died. A ghostly 12-year-old boy also haunts the place by cold spots and sounds of crying. It was said that he died here in the early 1960s when he fell... Read More

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  •   Ambrose Hall Davenport, IA
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    This hall has had some eerie occurrences, including strange noises and footsteps that can be heard late at night. Flickering lights have also been seen. Some believe it is the spirit of an old priest who died quite some time ago. Read More

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  •   Ottumwa Cemetery Ottumwa, IA
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    Those that visit this cemetery at night have reported seeing shadowy figures sitting on tombstones or running behind the trees. Whispers and footsteps have also been heard. A white cat that circles your feet and disappears has also been reported here. Read More

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  •   Pettlon Family House Manchester, IA
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    This home was built by the Pettlon family back in 1913, and has been in the family all that time. It is now for sale as of 2014. A member of the Pettlon family has shared with us her paranormal experiences there: “Visiting my Grandmother in the family home I experienced visitations from passed relatives. Usually upstairs in the north large bedroom while sleeping in the high top bed. A... Read More

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  •   Scott City Hall Davenport, IA
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    This city hall building is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a man who was hanged in the tower at night, reportedly from prisoners who were hanged here illegally. This story has been told but there it is said that there is a very little chance that could of happened at this location, if for no other reason than police would hardly be likely to illegally execute someone in plain... Read More

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  •   Lover's Leap Elkader, IA
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    It is believed that in the early 1830s, a man named Lou Millville became friends with the Native Americans that lived nearby, especially the chief’s daughter White Cloud. Lou had followed two braves into the woods one day to find out where some of the local lead mines were. While doing this, he was found, captured and ordered to jump off a cliff. He attacked his captors instead of... Read More

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  •   Greenwood Cemetery Muscatine, IA
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    This cemetery has a statue, The Blue Angel, that is part of a legend. It was said that back in the 1950s, the statue was thought of as the benevolent spirit of the cemetery, protecting it from vandals. Tales about the statue have since then become more sinister. She is said to have once held a rose; if you looked at her and she dropped the rose, you were doomed to die. Reports have said... Read More

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    It is said that at this cemetery, there is a small headstone that begins to glow after someone stands right in front of it for a few minutes. Read More

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  •   Centerville Railroad Tracks Centerville, IA
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    The local legend surrounding these tracks says if you park your car on the railroad and shut it off, an unseen force will push you off. There have also been reports of footsteps being heard in the gravel while the ghostly children are pushing your car. Read More

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    "This hall dates back to 1924 and is called Mary Fran by students. It is also rumored to be haunted by the school founder, Mary Frances Clarke. Students have reported hearing footeps in the hallways and experiencing an uneasy feeling of someone watching them. A shrouded apparition has also been seen near the chapel. The fourth floor, used for storage, is also said to be haunted by a... Read More

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  •   Akron Area Museum Akron, IA
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    This museum was once the home of the Ross Family and some believe it is haunted by the Materiach, Mrs. Lucille Ross. Members of the museum have reported feeling cold spots, hearing strange noises and feeling a presence around the main stairway and formal dining room. One volunteer reported feeling a hand push him from behind as he was about to from the third to second floor. The museum... Read More

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  •   Van Fossen Cemetery Adel, IA
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    "This cemetery dates back to the 1850s and has gone by a bunch of different names, including the Van Fossen cemeter, Rodenbaugh Cemetery, the Old Adel Cemetery, and the “official” name recorded by the state, the Gibson Cemetery. Along old highway 6, the cemetery is sometimes just called the Bilderback Cemetery, after the massive headstones that mark the graves of two of the town’s... Read More

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  •   Strayer-Wood Theatre Cedar Falls, IA
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    The students of this theatre have nicknamed its ghost Zelda, who enjoys playing the piano, making eerie sounds and causing some of the equipment to work all on its own. Read More

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  •   Stagecoach Inn Museum Manchester, IA
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    This location was once an inn and a museum and is now a private residence that allows no trespassing, unless permission is granted. The home is rumored to be haunted by the Baker family, who once owned and ran the museum. They are buried in a graveyard nearby. Read More

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  •   Jordan House West Des Moines, IA
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    The Jordan House is a museum that is believed to be haunted by the original owners young daughter. She passed away when she was just three years old after she fell from the stair railing while sliding down, breaking her neck. People have reported seeing her and hearing her playing all throughout the home. Read More

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  •   Newton Community Theatre Newton, IA
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    This building is rumored to be haunted by Theater Ghost or T.G. A board member reported seeing a man's apparition on the stage, and it has been said that the actors often have trouble finding their props. Read More

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  •   Buddy Holly Memorial Clear Lake, IA
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    Reports say that there is a phantom plane crash that matches the one involved in the 1959 tragedy. 3 orbs have been captured on tape in the spot where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died. Others have also claimed to see a plane shaped object crash near the site. The object is said to be an apparition, not an actual airplane. Some have also reported hearing voices or... Read More

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  •   Hotel Ottumwa Ottumwa, IA
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    This hotel is said to be haunted by the apparition of a lady wearing white in the basement, which once served as a ballroom. The hallways of the hotel are rumored to be haunted by a man wearing a suit and voices and eerie sounds can be heard as well. In the basement, the face of a man has appeared and shadowy apparitions have been seen in different parts of the building. Also, when no... Read More

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    Local legend of this bridge says that a mother once killed all three of her kids here. Some say she hung them from the bridge and they were hit by a train. Her ghostly head is said to follow you down the road and apparently if your doors or windows aren't locked, she will try to make her way inside your car, trying to throw you off the bridge. It was reported that the bridge was taken... Read More

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    This location is said to be haunted by a few spirits, one being a young man who was distraught over a love affair and killed himself, and a young woman who did the same in the 1920s. Several others have reportedly died at the location, and people say they can see, hear and feel their spirits here. The location has been renovated and used as offices. It is unclear if the spirits remained... Read More

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  •   Oak Hill Cemetery Cedar Rapids, IA
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    This cemetery is believed to be haunted by a young Czech girl named Tillie. She is said to linger the grounds in the middle of the night, carrying a lit candle. It has also been reported that she might try to pull visitors into a mausoleum. Read More

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    Strange occurrences at this location include footsteps and the sounds of horses' hooves late at night, doors operating on their own, and a report from one witness that they saw a reflection of a man with a handlebar mustache in a computer screen. When they turned around, no one was there. Read More

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  •   Grand Opera House Dubuque, IA
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    This opera house was built between 1889 and 1890 and the ghost that haunts the place is rumored to enjoy playing pranks. The lights go on and off by themselves and tape recorders and cameras act strangely. Ghostly singing has also been heard from an empty stage and apparitions have also been seen here. The ghosts seem to love the theater and those who work here seem to be ok with the... Read More

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  •   American Theatre Cherokee, IA
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    Many believe that this theater is haunted by Mr. Goldie, a previous owner. There is a seat that is known to rock slowly by itself. Read More

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  •   Calvary Cemetery Sioux City, IA
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    This cemetery is rumored to be haunted and those that enter have experienced an unexplained ringing in their ears and the feeling of cobwebs draped over their faces. It has been said that these sensations only get stronger when approaching a certain grave, one that has a headstone carved from part of a tree. The local legend says that the tree was once used for hangings. Read More

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    This cemetery has 13 stairs that lead up to it and locals say they have heard unexplained voices on tape, and witnessed apparitions, and being touched by something unseen. Before entering, look for signs of no trespassing, the laws may have changed at the location. Read More

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  •   St. Mary's Cemetery Hamburg, IA
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    This cemetery is rumored to have a spirit of a woman that has been seen kneeling at the feet of three of the cemetery's Virgin Mary statues. Wailing sounds coming from the statues have also been reported here. Read More

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  •   Central Avenue Ghost Bettendorf, IA
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    This area is said to be haunted by the spirt of a middle-aged washerwoman who has reportedly lingered the grounds since the late 1800s. Some reports say she has appeared with a double-winger washing machine. Read More

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    Arguing voices and screams have been heard at this location while no one is around. Read More

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    "This location is believed to be quite haunted since it was once the site of two hangings. Apparitions have been seen standing in the middle of the road, causing car accidents. The Old Farm House is also believed to be haunted and was the location of a murder. The husband is said to have killed the maid after she had an affair. A spirit named Michael is also believed to haunt the area... Read More

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    Memorial Union Hall is a tribute to the graduate soldiers who died while at war. Reports say that a strange low moan can be heard quite frequently here. Some believe it is the voice of the only woman who ever graduated from the school and then died in World War I. Read More

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  • Rainbow Bridge Lake City, IA
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    The ghost that haunts this bridge is said to love chocolate and it has been said that if you bring her an unopened chocolate bar at midnight and lay it in the center of the bridge, and leave. After 5 minutes, it has been said that the chocolate will be missing from the inside but the wrapper still intact and unopened. The bridge is closed to automotive traffic. Read More

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  •   Riverside Cemetery Riverside, IA
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    It has been reported that many pairs of glowing eyes, belonging to the many graveyard spirits, can be seen by those who drive past this cemetery, Read More

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    This hotel dates back to 1846 and was one a stop on the Underground Railroad. Several spirits are rumored to reside here and in room 5, the ghost of a young boy reportedly tugs on people's clothing at night. His apparition has also been seen on the landing. A man named Knapp was murdered in room 7 and his ghost lingers the room. A floating head has been seen in room 8 and in several... Read More

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  •   Thompson Hall Dormitory Iowa Falls, IA
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    Both the dorm at this college and the cemetery across the street are rumored to be haunted. Mr. Ellsworth, the town benefactor is believed to be the ghost that lingers. He has been seen and voices and footsteps can be heard in the basement of the dorm. Read More

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  •   Drake Municipal Observatory Des Moines, IA
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    Dr. Robert Morehouse is the ghost that is rumored to haunt this location. He was the first chairman of the Astronomy and Physics department, and he discovered a comet in the 1920s. People believe he haunts the observatory since both him and wife are buried in the entryway wall. Students have reported experiencing feelings of being watched while working in the basement and said that an... Read More

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  •   Davis City Cemetery Davis City, IA
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    Visitors of this cemetery have experience sudden feelings of pressure as they enter. Also reported here are shooting lights that stream across the premises late at night. Read More

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  •   Edinburgh Manor Monticello, IA
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    This building dates back to 1908 and is believed to be haunted by those that had died here while the location was a mental institution. As many as 80 people died at the institution. For those that are interested, private lockdowns are offered. Read More

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  •   The Earling Exorcism Earling, IA
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    The town of Earling is famous for an exorcism that took place in 1928. It lasted for more than 3 weeks and took place at a local Franciscan convent. The target of the exorcism was the demons that had taken over Emma Schmidt. While Roman Catholic Capuchin Theophilus Riesinger worked on Emma, it is said that she flown across the room and clung to the wall above the door. The demons left... Read More

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  •   Hickory Hill Cemetery Charlotte, IA
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    This cemetery is believed to be haunted by a young girl who apparently doesn't like to get any visitors. She has reportedly pointed at the gates, telling visitors to leave. Reports of babies crying has also been heard. Read More

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  •   Children's Forest Newton, IA
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    Locals tell a story of an antique glass jar that was found in these woods and taken to a nearby resident’s garage. Shortly thereafter, the spirit of a sad-looking Native American appeared and walked right through a table. The jar was taken back to the forest the next day and broken against a tree, and since then, Indian calls have been heard coming from the forest. Read More

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  •   Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA
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    The ghost that haunts this college is rumored to be a student named Helen who died here of influenza in 1918. Her parents supposedly donated a grandfather clock here and it used to be in her dorm. Some believe the clock is where her spirit resides, and that she may come out at night and play the piano in the parlor or mess with the students by taking their covers off them while they're... Read More

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  •   Mt Hope Cemetery Madrid, IA
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    This cemetery is rumored to be haunted by a ghostly child named Sara. She is buried near the back of the cemetery with four other children from her family. She is said to follow people around and ask for someone named Ree. She has also reportedly touched people and tugged at their clothing if her queries are not answered. Read More

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  •   Phi Kappa Chi Davenport, IA
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    The apparition of a large man has been seen entering the front door of this fraternity house and walks up the stairs to the front bedroom. He is dressed in an overcoat with the collar turned up. Some believe the spirit belongs to a homeless man who was brought inside from the cold in 1922, when the location was a private home. The man reportedly died in the front bedroom. Read More

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    Rumor says that a student killed himself here and everyone who is assigned to his room dies or vanishes. Students are reportedly afraid to go into the room, and it seems the university stopped assigning it because of this. Others say the room isn't used because of safety issues, stating that it does not have access to a fire escape. Read More

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    This hall's third floor is rumored to be haunted by a ghost named Gertrude who enjoys pulling fire alarms and hiding students' things, or replacing their clothing with old-fashioned versions. She is believed to be a student of the college who was hit and killed by a car while riding her bicycle on West Broadway back in 1918, right before her first term at the school would have started.... Read More

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  •   Birthday Bridge - Giblin Bridge Mount Pleasant, IA
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    This bridge is located near where Kentucky Avenue and US 218 meet and is believed to be haunted by a local girl who was having an affair with a married doctor and killed herself by hanging herself from the bridge. She died on her birthday and legend says that she can be seen hanging from the bridge each year on that day. In 1972, the bridge became more well-known when the book “Irene... Read More

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  •   Newton Daily News Newton, IA
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    This building dates back to 1921 and was made specifically for the town newspaper. There have been many jokes and rumors about the place being haunted. On Oct. 20th, the Jasper County Paranormal Idealist investigated the premises and ever since then, employees have reported papers disappearing off their desks and clocks being turned back. Read More

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  •   Mossy Glen Hollow Lodomillo, IA
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    In 1936, a woman named Pearl Shine was hired to kill her husband and she is believed to haunt the area. Pearl was caught and convicted of the murder and ended up dying while in prison. Other spirits are said to wander here, including that of a man who committed suicide by walking into the muddy bog, and a traveling peddler who was robbed and decapitated at the location in 1858. People... Read More

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    In 1881, 15 year old Kate Shelley, apparently crawled across a badly damaged bridge in the middle of a horrible storm to warn an oncoming train that the bridge was out. The bridge dates back to 1901 and is rumored to be her ghost's home. Phantom train rides have also been seen and heard at the location. Read More

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  •   Fairview Cemetery Council Bluffs, IA
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    The Black Angel statue at this cemetery is rumored to follow people with their eyes and may even curse visitors with sickliness. Lights have also been seen here in the trees behind the older graves and people have reported feeling watched or closely followed. Read More

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  •   Masonic Temple Davenport, IA
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    This former masonic temple is said to be a hot spot for paranormal activity. The strange occurrences here include voices having a conversation, noises with no source such as footsteps, names being called when no one is around, objects moving on their own, including furniture. There have also been reports of people being touched by an unseen presence or they have felt like they were... Read More

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  •   Children of Iron Hill Charles City, IA
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    A story tells of a 1920s fiery train crash that had killed a bunch of passengers. One car had been filled with orphan children, who all burned to death in the crash. It is rumored that the ghostly children can still be heard crying and sometimes the smell of burning is reported. Some people have reported seeing the spirit of a little girl wandering through the woods wearing a white... Read More

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  •   Evergreen Cemetery Vinton, IA
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    This cemetery is rumored to be the home to a ghostly woman on a horse who wears a white dress and likes to ride up and down the train tracks. Reports of strange phenomena have also been reported surrounding a statue and apparitions of military men. They are said to wander around the area of the cemetery that is for unknown soldiers. Read More

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  •   Wildwood Apartments Cedar Rapids, IA
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    It is rumored that a convicted child molester once lived here and was beaten to death by one of the victims' parents. Cries of his victims have been heard echoing throughout the apartment halls late at night. Read More

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  •   Mars Hill Church Bloomfield, IA
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    This old church dates back to 1856 and was actually a restoration using salvaged timber from vintage barns. It was destroyed in 2006 when it was lit on fire by an arsonist. It is rumored to be haunted because some believe it is the site where alleged "black rites" and other nonsense have taken place. Read More

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    During full moons, it is said that the spirits of the Sauk Nation people haunt the location. They built the dam and can be heard using drums and chanting. Read More

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    An entire family was brutally murdered in this home back in 1912. Two adults and six children were killed with an axe, and the home is believed to be haunted by their spirits. The house was investigated and featured on the TV show Ghost Adventures and renovated in the 1990s to serve as a local museum. A documentary had also been made surrounding the home and its murders, which to this... Read More

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  •   Franklin Hotel Strawberry Point, IA
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    This hotel dates back to the 1900s and is rumored to be haunted by at least two ghosts. One being a woman named Lily and the other a former merchant. The apparition of a woman dressed in a ballroom outfit has been seen and a singing voice has been heard. Objects have reportedly been seen moving on their own as well. Read More

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  •   Farrar Schoolhouse Maxwell, IA
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    This building has been a private residence since 2008 but was once a middle school. The ghost of a young boy has been seen in the stairwell and another ghost has appeared in a photo sitting on the edge of the auditorium stage. Children's laughter and talking have been recorded here and an unseen steadying hand was reported from one witness who almost fell down the stairs. Read More

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  •   Alice French House Davenport, IA
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    This mansion was once the home to the notable writer, who spent her time here during the warmer months. Her father was the town mayor and was the original owner of the home, and it is his spirit that is rumored to linger the premises. Witnesses have reported seeing a distinguished man wearing an old-fashioned suit sitting in the parlor room, seeing lights turn on and off on their own,... Read More

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  •   Terre Haute Cemetery Decatur City, IA
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    This cemetery is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young boy who can be seen playing on the swing set behind a cabin that is adjacent to the cemetery. It has been said that he motions for you to follow him into the cemetery where he is buried, only to vanish once you arrive at his grave. Read More

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    This hotel dates back to 1897 and was built on a street that was named Railroad Street. It faced west towards the Milwaukee tracks and depot and an access road was finished shortly after the hotel was built which directly connected the Hotel with the Depot. The local drayman was kept busy shuttling passengers and luggage along this roadway. EVP's have been captured here, rocking chairs... Read More

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  • Vegors Cemetery Lehigh, IA
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    Vegors Cemetery is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Native Americans and Mrs. Henry Lott. Lott was the wife of a man who was known to cheat the Native Americans, stealing their homes. She had been killed while trying to escape from angry Native Americans seeking revenge, although her husband survived. It is believed that the grounds were once an ancient Indian burial site, but the... Read More

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