Haunted Places in Bankston, Iowa



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    Mary Frances Hall - Clarke College

    Dubuque, Iowa

    13.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    Called Mary Fran by students, this hall was built in 1924 and is said to be haunted by school founder Mary Frances Clarke. Students have experienced unexplained footsteps in the hall and an uneasy feeling of being watched, and they have seen a shrouded apparition near the chapel. In other ...


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    Fischer Building

    Dubuque, Iowa

    15 miles from Bankston, IA

    There are two ghosts that appear from time to time in the mid-19th-century Fischer Building, according to those in the know. One is a tall man who walks in the basement, and the other is a woman wearing a 1920s- or '30s-style dress and furs who walks around on the ...


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    Redstone Inn and Suites

    Dubuque, Iowa

    15 miles from Bankston, IA

    The nineteenth century inn was built in 1894 by a man who was forced to jump ship in the town and ended up prospering and owning a wagon empire. Staff and guests nowadays have reported seeing the apparition of an distinguished gentleman, while the owner claims to have heard ...


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    Grand Opera House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    15.1 miles from Bankston, IA

    The haunts at this opera house, built between 1889 and 1890, like to pull pranks. The lights operate by themselves, and cameras and tape recorders behave strangely. Witnesses have also heard ghostly singing from a seemingly empty stage, and apparitions have been seen as well. The ghosts here are loved ...


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    Hotel Julien

    Dubuque, Iowa

    15.2 miles from Bankston, IA

    According to staff and guests at this historic boutique hotel, sightings of the apparition of a man in period clothing on the upper floors of the hotel aren't uncommon; and neither are the legends surrounding his appearance. Some believe this spectre is Al Capone, who frequently stayed in the ...


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    Matthias Ham House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    15.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    No one knows exactly who is haunting the Matthias Ham museum, but ghostly tales abound. People have felt icy drafts in rooms that are closed, objects move and lights turn on independently of any explainable source. People also claim to hear strange noises and occasional whispering. One of ...


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    Captain Merry Historic Inn

    East Dubuque, Illinois

    16.4 miles from Bankston, IA

    This historic inn is believed to have closed, and may now be a private residence. The building the inn was housed in has a colourful past, and is rumoured to be one of the most haunted houses in town. Reports range from sightings of a woman in a black ...


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    Lennox College

    Hopkinton, Iowa

    18.7 miles from Bankston, IA

    I was scrolling through the haunted places in Iowa and wanted to suggest adding the Lennox College campus in Hopkinton. A family friend is the mayor of the little town and said when people stop by for a tour, they've seen a woman in one of the dorm hall windows ...


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    Pettlon Family House

    Manchester, Iowa

    25 miles from Bankston, IA

    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 ...


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    Mossy Glen Hollow

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    27.7 miles from Bankston, IA

    Pearl Shine, a woman who in 1936 conspired with her hired hand to kill her husband, is said to haunt this peaceful area. Pearl was caught, tried, and convicted, and she died in prison. Other ghosts here include a man who committed suicide by walking into the muddy bog, and ...


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    Desoto House Hotel

    Galena, Illinois

    28 miles from Bankston, IA

    The 1855 DeSoto House Hotel boasts such esteemed former guests as Abraham Lincoln and William Jennings Bryan. It was also the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant, among others. Although the identity of the ghosts here is unknown, many folks have reported phantom cigar smoke, voices in the halls, ...


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    Edinburgh Manor

    Monticello, Iowa

    28 miles from Bankston, IA

    Built in 1908, this building is rumored to be hopping with haunts. It has been a mental institution among other things, and at least 80 people are said to have died here. For ghost enthusiasts, the place is available for private lockdowns.


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    Otto's Place

    Galena, Illinois

    28.1 miles from Bankston, IA

    This quaint restaurant is haunted by Otto Sallman, the namesake of the establishment. A former tenant and café owner, his apparition has been seen walking the railroad tracks adjacent to the building. The current owners believe he is a welcoming spirit, who simply intends to greet customers to his ...


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    Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Manchester, Iowa

    29.3 miles from Bankston, IA

    The Stagecoach House, formerly an inn and a museum, is now a private residence, so please respect the owners' privacy. The building is said to be haunted by the Baker family, who used to own and run the museum and are buried in a nearby graveyard.


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    The Ably House

    Scales Mound, Illinois

    30.9 miles from Bankston, IA

    There were allegedly some murders that took place in this old home, and it is said that the spirits of the dead still remain within its walls.


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    Franklin Hotel

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    31.3 miles from Bankston, IA

    This 1900’s hotel is believed to be haunted by two ghosts, including that of a woman named Lily and of a former merchant. Singing voice, and the apparition of a woman in a ballroom outfit (most likely Lily) have been seen on various floors of the hotel. Objects move around ...


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    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa

    32.7 miles from Bankston, IA

    An old hanging tree is said to lie behind the first group of trees in back of this cemetery. Orbs and shadowy figures are reported to appear here; the area is said to be an old Native American burial ground.


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    Lover's Leap

    Elkader, Iowa

    32.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    Local legend says that in the early 1830s, a young man named Lou Millville became friendly with the Native Americans who lived nearby, especially the chief's daughter White Cloud. One day, Lou followed two braves into the woods to learn the whereabouts of some nearby lead mines. He was discovered, ...


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    Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge

    Central City, Iowa

    34.4 miles from Bankston, IA

    Legend around town says that if you drive out the the middle of the bridge and shut off the car, an unseen force will push your car across the bridge. What's more, you will hear strange sounds outside around your car, and when you leave the place, you will see ...


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    1875 Decker Hotel

    Maquoketa, Iowa

    34.5 miles from Bankston, IA

    This hotel was built in (you guessed it) 1875, and is rumoured to be haunted by a prankster ghost who plays with the lights. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Springville Cemetery‎

    Springville, Iowa

    40.2 miles from Bankston, IA

    According to reports, a gravedigger died in 1920 while digging a grave. He fell in and broke his neck, which killed him instantly. It is said you can still see him working at night, with a glowing green shovel.


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    Effigy Mounds

    Harpers Ferry, Iowa

    40.9 miles from Bankston, IA

    The historic Indian Mounds are said to be haunted by the spirits of the Native Americans. Residents who live nearby have reported ghostly moans on the wind at night.


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    Boscobel Hotel

    Boscobel, Wisconsin

    44.5 miles from Bankston, IA

    This hotel's claim to fame is that it was the spot where the Gideon's Bible originated. The ghost of Adam Bobel, the hotel's original builder, has been seen here by employees and guests alike.


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    The Walker House

    Mineral Point, Wisconsin

    46.2 miles from Bankston, IA

    The magnificent stone hotel and restaurant dates back to the 1800s. It is said that the hauntings here may stem from a man during that century who was hanged from a tree outside by an angry mob after he stole a horse from his neighbor. Witnesses to the hauntings have ...


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    Granger House Museum

    Marion, Iowa

    46.7 miles from Bankston, IA

    Folks around these parts will tell of a ghost at the Granger House Museum. Her white figure is said to be seen at midnight, sitting in front of a window.


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    Hickory Hill Cemetery

    Charlotte, Iowa

    46.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    Legend has it that the ghost of a little girl doesn't want visitors here at all, and she may point at the gates as if telling you to leave. The sound of crying babies also has been heard here.


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    Buchanan County Court House

    Independence, Iowa

    47.4 miles from Bankston, IA

    It is said that in the late 1800s or early 1900s a man was hung here, but something went awry with the process and he died a slow, painful death. His ghost is said to haunt the place at night; it has been seen hanging from a rope.


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    Carlos O'Kelly's

    Marion, Iowa

    47.7 miles from Bankston, IA

    The bar is said to be haunted by prank-playing spirits. Workers say the lights flicker, the blenders start up by themselves even when unplugged, and plates fall off their racks.


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    The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    47.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    Is it an optical illusion or a spirited trick? Locals say that if you visit this cemetery at night and turn off your headlights, you will see a tree that looks as if it has no trunk. It appears to float in the air. Reports say there used to be ...


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    Wildwood Apartments

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    49.1 miles from Bankston, IA

    It is said that a convicted child molestor once lived here and was beaten to death by one of the victims' parents. Some say you can hear the cries of his victims echoing through the apartment halls late at night.


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    Stello Performance Hall - Mount Mercy

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    50.2 miles from Bankston, IA

    Reports say that a nun once hanged herself from the choir loft balcony, and she now wanders the halls. Especially haunted is said to be Warde Hall.


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    Brucemore

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    50.2 miles from Bankston, IA

    The library is allegedly haunted by a poltergeist-type entity who moves objects, laughs and makes other noises. Some people claim to see a glowing "presence" in the library as well.


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    Coe College

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    51.2 miles from Bankston, IA

    The resident ghost here is Helen, a student who died of influenza in 1918. A grandfather clock located here is said to have been donated by her parents; it used to be in her dorm. Some say the clock is where her spirit lives, but she may come out at ...


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    Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

    Palo, Iowa

    51.2 miles from Bankston, IA

    Locals will point out that there are 13 stairs that lead up a hill into this cemetery. Unexplained voices have been captured on tape here, and visitors have seen apparitions and felt the touch of something unseen.


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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    51.3 miles from Bankston, IA

    The ghost of a little Czech girl named Tillie is said to linger in this cemetery, haunting through the night carrying a lit candle. It is said she may try to pull visitors into a mausoleum.


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    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    51.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    The building was the town library until 1985. According to stories told by locals, one day in the 1960s a regular patron named Hazel visited the library. She was seen walking through the rooms by patrons and employees alike. However, it was soon realized that Hazel had passed away in ...


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    West Union Hardee's

    West Union, Iowa

    53 miles from Bankston, IA

    Reports say that highways were built over the old cemetery, which lies about where the Hardee's stands. Employees have heard their names being called when they were alone, have felt cold spots, and have had things misplaced. Some accounts tell of a Ouija board incident in which a spirit inhabited ...


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    Shellsburg Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    55.5 miles from Bankston, IA

    In the cemetery stands a statue of an angel, which marks the grave of two children who died in the 1940s. Locals say the angel statue will cry real tears at night.


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    Swing Inn

    Ferryville, Wisconsin

    57.5 miles from Bankston, IA

    On nights when business is slow, the apparition of a prostitute nicknamed Blue Moon may show up. She can be heard walking up and down the stairs.


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    Parkers Grove Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    57.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    According to reports, one gravestone boasts a carving of a face. The stone face is said to cry tears at night.


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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa

    59.1 miles from Bankston, IA

    This cemetery is home to a ghostly woman on horseback who wears a white dress and rides up and down the train tracks. There are also reports of strange phenomena surrounding a statue and apparitions of military men who wander in the portion of the cemetery for unknown soldiers.


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    Cotton House

    Clinton, Iowa

    60.1 miles from Bankston, IA

    This historic gothic mansion belonged to a family of barristers, who moved out after seeing the apparition of a woman in white roaming the hallways and ground after dark. Visitors to the house will not go down to the basement alone, which is believed to be haunted by an ...


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    Taliesin

    Spring Green, Wisconsin

    62.3 miles from Bankston, IA

    The house (an estate once owned by Frank Lloyd Wright) is haunted by the apparition of a lady in a white gown. Windows open and close by themselves, and late at night, the lights in the building will flash on and off when no one is around.


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    Willow Creek Farm

    Shannon, Illinois

    62.9 miles from Bankston, IA

    Willow Creek Farm was once the property of William Boardman and his wife Mary, who arrived in New York from England in 1835. Homes for his daughters and their families also were built on the property. It is said to be haunted by former residents and Native Americans; witnesses have ...


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    Greencastle Cemetery

    North Liberty, Iowa

    63.7 miles from Bankston, IA

    Something eerie may be going on in this old cemetery. Even though no one has been buried here for a long time, reports say the earth looks freshly dug up. Tombstones are said to move about, and some have seen a teenage witch dressed in black with long, dark hair. ...


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    Black Angel - Oakland Cemetery

    Iowa City, Iowa

    65.3 miles from Bankston, IA

    Strange phenomona occur here, seemingly revolving around two statues: the Black Angel and a young girl set on a pedestal. Folks have reported seeing strange lights and the Angel walking about as a glowing shape. It is said that the little girl statue will pick out one member of a ...


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    Currier Hall - University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa

    65.8 miles from Bankston, IA

    Students like to tell of a triple suicide that occurred on the 4th floor. The reason? Three roommates fell in love with the same man. It is said that if roommates get into arguments, their ghosts will step in to restore harmony. Rumor also has it that the ghost of ...


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    Watt's Antiques and Collectables

    Iowa City, Iowa

    66 miles from Bankston, IA

    This address, at the corner of Muscatine Ave. and Dearborn Rd., is now an antique store that is rumored rumored to be haunted. People are said to have heard footsteps, voices, seen apparitions, and felt patches of paranormal feelings (ex. cold spots, uncomfortable feelings...) A great place to visit for ...


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    Slater Hall - University of Iowa

    University Heights, Iowa

    66.6 miles from Bankston, IA

    It is reported that on the ninth floor a student once jumped to his death. Students say his ghost roams the halls carrying an ax, and footsteps and screams may be heard at night.


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    Ludlow Mansion - Idle Hour Farm

    Monroe, Wisconsin

    67.5 miles from Bankston, IA

    Once part of the Underground Railroad, the historic house is believed to be haunted by former owner Lady Ludlow. Witnesses have seen her apparition in the back hallway and experienced mysteriously floating objects, cold spots and flickering lights.


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