Haunted Places in Baxter, Iowa



  • 0

    Capitol II Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    10.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    The theater, which first opened in 1927, is said to be haunted by an eerie presence. One employee was forcefully pulled backward by his hair. Paranormal researchers investigated in 2012, and the results turned up unexplained photos, strange sounds, and physical contact from the presence.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Newton Daily News

    Newton, Iowa

    10.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    The Daily News building was built in 1921 specifically for the town newspaper. Over the years, rumors and jokes have been heard from the newsroom to the press room about ghosts haunting the old building. Since inviting members of the Jasper County Paranormal Idealist to investigate the building on Oct. ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    David Ryan House

    Newton, Iowa

    10.3 miles from Baxter, IA

    Actual details of this alleged haunting seem to spring from a single source, a local paranormal group who claims the house is haunted. Alleged haunting is basically hearing footsteps and voices. Some EVPs are claimed by the paranormal group that offers occasional tours of the house for interested ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Sugar Grove Cemetery - Metz Cemetery

    Newton, Iowa

    10.3 miles from Baxter, IA

    This old cemetery is known for a glowing tombstone, purportedly owned by Charles M. Baker, who died April 17, 1881. According to urban legend, when vehicle headlights shine into the cemetery from a nearby interstate bridge, the tombstone emits an eerie glow. No one knows the reason behind this phenomenon.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Children's Forest

    Newton, Iowa

    10.7 miles from Baxter, IA

    Locals will tell you that an antique glass jar was found in these woods and taken to a nearby resident's garage, and shortly thereafter, the spirit of a very sad-looking Native American appeared and walked right through a table. The next day, the jar was taken back to the forest ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Newton Community Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    11.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    T.G., or Theater Ghost, is said to haunt this building. One board member reported seeing an apparition of a man on the stage, and it is said that actors often have difficulty finding their props. Any such difficulty, of course, is attributed to T.G.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Farrar Schoolhouse

    Maxwell, Iowa

    11.3 miles from Baxter, IA

    This building, formerly a middle school, has been a private residence since 2008. Please respect the owners' privacy. Witnesses have seen the ghost of a small boy in the stairwell; one has also appeared in a photo sitting on the edge of the auditorium stage. Voices of children talking and ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    The Mud Man of Metz Bridge

    Newton, Iowa

    11.6 miles from Baxter, IA

    As urban legend has it, a mud monster, or Mud Man, lives under the bridge. Some say the Mud Man is a spirit lingering from a fatal car accident that once occurred in the mud near the river; the body was never found. Others assert the tale was created by ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Riverside Cemetery

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    20.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    It is said that in the older part of the cemetery there was a chair that looked as if it had been made of wood, although it was concrete. Urban legend said that those who sat in the chair would die within a year. There are contradicting reports as to ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Maple Hill Mansion

    Monroe, Iowa

    21 miles from Baxter, IA

    This home was picked up and moved in early 2013, to a spot some six miles away from its original location. The man who had purchased the land and house wanted to tear it down and build a new home on the spot, so a preservationist purchased the house ...


    Read more »

  • Haunted Iowa
    Kathleen Vyn

    Dubuque's Haunted History
    Richard Barker

    Haunted Iowa City
    Vernon Trollinger
  • 0

    Bucksbaum Center - Grinnell College

    Grinnell, Iowa

    22.8 miles from Baxter, IA

    A haunted wheelchair is said to reside on the stage in the performing arts building. Sometimes it has been known to roll out onto the stage during rehearsals or performances. Legend has it that it is the spirit of a former theater director paying a friendly visit.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Avon Railroad Tracks

    Carlisle, Iowa

    27.4 miles from Baxter, IA

    Reports say an apparition appears of an old man holding a lantern and walking along the tracks. Before too long, the man simply vanishes.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

    Tama, Iowa

    27.5 miles from Baxter, IA

    Screams and arguing voices have been heard when no one is around. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


    Read more »
  • 0

    Iowa State University - C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

    Ames, Iowa

    28.4 miles from Baxter, IA

    A friendly ghost, C.Y. Stephens himself, in fact, is known to haunt this auditorium. He has been seen in the basement tunnels or sitting in the back right corner of the 3rd balcony. He also makes himself known by cold spots and the sound of footsteps. When performers see him, ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Fisher Theatre - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa

    28.4 miles from Baxter, IA

    Named for contributor J.W. Fisher, the 1974 theater is rumored to be haunted by Frederica Shattuck, another university theater department contributor. So the story goes, the ghost took up residence in the Fisher Theatre after her Shattuck Theater was demolished.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Iowa State University - Memorial Union

    Ames, Iowa

    28.8 miles from Baxter, IA

    The hall is a tribute to graduate soldiers who died at war. According to reports, a strange low moan can be heard constantly here. Some say is it the voice of the only woman who ever graduated from the school who died in World War I.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Farm House Museum

    Ames, Iowa

    28.9 miles from Baxter, IA

    The spirits of two sisters are believed to reside at the museum; details of the hauntings are unknown.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Friley Hall - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa

    29.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    One dormitory room is nicknamed Satan’s Legion. Rumor has it that a student killed himself there, and everyone who is assigned to that room either dies or disappears. Reports say many students are afraid to go into the room, and some maintain that because of this, the university stopped assigning ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Old Red Horse Armory

    Des Moines, Iowa

    29.3 miles from Baxter, IA

    This old cavalry armory is now the housing for city school buses. There have been reports that members of the National Guard, when they occupied the building, heard ghostly sounds from long ago: clopping of horses' hooves and jingling of harnesses. An apparition of an older man in cavalry garb ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Spooky Table at the Weaver House

    Des Moines, Iowa

    29.3 miles from Baxter, IA

    Local legend has it that when the Weavers purchased a table in 1937, they bought a ghost along with it. The table is said to have made rapping noises and caused other disturbances until a minister's wife quieted it by reading from the Bible. A spiritualist consulted by the Weavers ...


    Read more »

  • Haunted Schools
    Allan S. Mott

    Ghosts of the Northeast
    David J. Pitkin
  • 0

    J L Reece Memorial Park

    New Providence, Iowa

    29.8 miles from Baxter, IA

    According to reports, a young woman committed suicide in the cornfield at this site. Witnesses have seen her appear in the field and have heard her screaming.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Terrace Hill

    Des Moines, Iowa

    30.7 miles from Baxter, IA

    At this 1860s historic building, home of the governor of Iowa, the ghost of a little girl has been seen. She is transparent, and some say she likes to work the elevator, even though it is only supposed to operate by the use of codes.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Merle Hay Mall

    Des Moines, Iowa

    31.4 miles from Baxter, IA

    The mall and its tower are rumored to be built over a monastery that was closed in the 1950s. According to the stories, some nuns became pregnant and had miscarriages, and the babies were buried in unmarked graves at this site. Reports say ghosts of both nuns and infants have ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Penguin Lady of Graham Hall

    Pella, Iowa

    31.8 miles from Baxter, IA

    At Central College in Graham Hall, there is a locked room rumored to be inhabited by someone they've nicknamed the Penguin Lady. Residents there say if you place a sheet of paper under the door, it will be quickly sucked into the locked room. When the staff unlock the door, ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Drake Municipal Observatory

    Des Moines, Iowa

    31.9 miles from Baxter, IA

    Dr. Robert Morehouse was the first chairman of the Astronomy and Physics department, and he discovered a comet in the 1920s. He also haunts the observatory, according to local legend, perhaps because the remains of Dr. Morehouse and his wife are buried in the entryway wall. Students working in the ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Air Lanes Bowling Center

    Des Moines, Iowa

    32 miles from Baxter, IA

    According to local legend, behind the bowling alley is an upstairs area that was used for illegal gambling in the 1920s. Reports say if you gain access to a room down the hallway, you may hear people talking, dice rolling, and you may even hear a ghostly disembodied voice calling ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Smelly Ghost of University Avenue

    Des Moines, Iowa

    32.4 miles from Baxter, IA

    Locals say a cloudlike presence occurs here, and it smells of kerosene. Sometimes within the cloud is the form of a man or several tiny flickering lights. Reports tell of a man who died nearby in 1881 as a result of his kerosene-soaked clothes catching fire.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Des Moines International Airport

    Des Moines, Iowa

    32.8 miles from Baxter, IA

    There are two ghost stories around this airport. Some offices are haunted by a flight attendant, usually in the fall season. The offices used to be the site of a restaurant called the Cloud Room, and the flight attendant wanders there as if looking for her flight. Also, laughing and ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Mt Hope Cemetery

    Madrid, Iowa

    34.3 miles from Baxter, IA

    The ghost of a child named Sara resides at this cemetery. She and four other children from her family are buried near the back. Sara is said to follow around visitors and ask for someone named Ree. She is also known to touch people and tug at clothing if her ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Jordan House

    West Des Moines, Iowa

    35.2 miles from Baxter, IA

    This museum is allegedly haunted by the ghost of the young daughter of the original owner. She died when she was three years old after falling from the stair railing she was sliding down and breaking her neck. People claim they still see and hear her playing throughout the ...


    Read more »

  • Historic Haunted America
    Michael Norman
  • 0

    Old Chapel - College Hall

    Indianola, Iowa

    38.3 miles from Baxter, IA

    Legend has it that around the turn of the 20th century, a young man, distraught over a love affair, killed himself here. Then in the 1920s, a young woman did the same. Several more people are rumored to have met their ends in this hall, and folks say their spirits ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    The Boone News-Republican

    Boone, Iowa

    39.6 miles from Baxter, IA

    Employees who work late have heard unexplained footsteps and, at times, have heard their names called. The phenomena seem to occur only when the place is nearly empty of people.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Boone County Historical Society - Masonic Temple

    Boone, Iowa

    40.8 miles from Baxter, IA

    Dating back to 1907, the historic former masonic temple and museum may have a resident ghost. Known as 'Frank', the poltergeist frequently slams doors and turns on lights after the place has been closed up for the night. Disembodied footsteps have also been heard on the second floor, and ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Kate Shelly High Bridge

    Boone, Iowa

    45 miles from Baxter, IA

    Local legend tells the tale of 15-year-old Kate Shelley, who in 1881 crawled across a badly damaged bridge during a terrible storm to warn an oncoming train that the bridge was out. This bridge, built in 1901, is said to be her ghost's home. Phantom trains also have been seen ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Hazel Green Cemetery

    Ackley, Iowa

    45.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    The gazebo in this old cemetery seems to be the central spot for the spiritual activity. In it, visitors have reported seeing an elderly woman's ghost sitting in a rocking chair, holding a baby. It is said that those who see her feel sadness, rather than fear. Reports say that ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    The Van Meter Creature

    Van Meter, Iowa

    46.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    First seen in 1903, the Van Meter Creature is a monster with batlike wings and a horn on its head that glows with blinding light. It may also manifest as a hovering spot of light. Shortly after it began to terrorize the townsfolk, strange sounds started coming from a coal ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Van Fossen Cemetery

    Adel, Iowa

    48.5 miles from Baxter, IA

    Since the 1850's, the Van Fossen cemetery has had many names, from Rodenbaugh Cemetery, the Old Adel Cemetery, to 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 ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Thompson Hall Dormitory

    Iowa Falls, Iowa

    48.9 miles from Baxter, IA

    The dorm at Ellsworth Community College and Union Cemetery across the street are both said to be haunted. The spirit of town benefactor Mr. Ellsworth himself has been seen, and footsteps and voices have been heard in the dorm's basement.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Stoneking Cemetery

    Russell, Iowa

    50.5 miles from Baxter, IA

    There is a lot of mystery and talk surrounding this cemetery, a family plot near what was once the abandoned house. Some say there are dangerous trees in the back of the cemetery, and those who walked behind them would catch a glimpse of the Stone King sitting on his ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Vegors Cemetery

    Lehigh, Iowa

    52.9 miles from Baxter, IA

    The cemetery is said to be haunted by the spirits of restless Native Americans and Mrs. Henry Lott, the wife of a man who was known to cheat the Native Americans and steal their horses. She was killed while trying to escape from angry Native Americans seeking revenge, although her ...


    Read more »

  • Ghost Dogs of the South
    Randy Russell
  • 0

    New Virginia Cemetery - Beymer Cemetery

    New Virginia, Iowa

    54 miles from Baxter, IA

    This is the gravesite of New Virginia's first settler. As legend has it, the gravestone has been replaced at some time over the years. Locals say an eerie glow will come from the stone at midnight, a protestation from the ghost, angry about the change.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Strayer-Wood Theatre

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    59.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    Zelda is the nickname students have for a ghost who plays the piano, makes strange noises, or causes some of the equipment to work by itself.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Lawther Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    59.4 miles from Baxter, IA

    According to some reports, a soldier named Augie is said to haunt the building. It is said that he passed away there when the hall was used as the infirmary. Students have reported cold spots, strange sounds, and moving objects. Other reports say that the place was never an infirmary ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Bartlett Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    59.4 miles from Baxter, IA

    Students tell of a Halloween haunted house that was to be set up in the hall, but the resident spirits must have liked the idea and were willing to lend a ghostly hand. During the setup, so many eerie things happened, flickering lights, slamming doors, temperature changes, that the students ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Clubb House Restaurant

    Sigourney, Iowa

    59.6 miles from Baxter, IA

    Lots of orbs and ghosts, pans falling off shelves! Customers feeling people touching them. (Submitted by Debbie and Justin)


    Read more »
  • 0

    Machinist's Hall

    Conroy, Iowa

    60 miles from Baxter, IA

    This meetinghouse was once a school, and it is said to be haunted by flickering lights in the night. Voices have been heard behind the building, as well. Note: Some Internet sites mistakenly call it "Mechanists Hall."


    Read more »
  • 0

    Walmart - Flammang Drive

    Waterloo, Iowa

    60.7 miles from Baxter, IA

    Even Wal-Mart is not immune to spirits. Employees say Jeremiah, a 12-year-old boy, haunts the store by playing pranks, moving merchandise and tugging on the employees' smocks. He also taps them on the shoulder at times. Those who have seen him say he is pale, thin, and wears black pants ...


    Read more »
  • 0

    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa

    62.9 miles from Baxter, 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.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Mary Wright - Granny Sprague Cemetery

    Homestead, Iowa

    65 miles from Baxter, IA

    The ghost of Mary Wright, a child of 6 who died in 1854, appears as a pale blue light over her grave, some say. She is said to appear during the final minute of each year.


    Read more »
  • 0

    Indian Dam - Indian Fish Trap State Preserve

    Homestead, Iowa

    65.1 miles from Baxter, IA

    The restless spirits of the Sauk Nation people who build the dam are said to haunt this area during full moons. The sounds of chanting and drums have been heard.


    Read more »


» Cemeteries near Baxter, IA

» Find museums in Baxter, IA