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Real Haunted Places Across Iowa

Across ##Region##, there are countless locations that are believed to be haunted, ranging from houses & hotels, to lighthouses, roadways, and wooded areas - ghosts and spirits don't seem to discriminate when it comes to what locations they're haunting! Find out all about Iowa's unique haunted locales, many of which are open to the public, and if you're feeling very brave, visit one of these exciting haunted places!
 
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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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  •   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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    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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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

    Categories: Real Haunted Bridges & Overpasses | Real Haunted Places

  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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    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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  •   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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  •   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)

  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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