Haunted Places in Hillsboro, Iowa



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    Mason House Inn and Caboose Cottage

    Keosauqua, Iowa

    10.5 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This historic 1846 hotel was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, and several spirits are living here. In Room 5, the ghost of a young boy pulls on people's clothing at night. His apparition has been seen on the landing. In Room 7, a man named Knapp was murdered, ...


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    Mason House Inn and Caboose Cottage

    Keosauqua, Iowa

    10.5 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This historic 1846 hotel was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, and several spirits are living here. In Room 5, the ghost of a young boy pulls on people's clothing at night. His apparition has been seen on the landing. In Room 7, a man named Knapp was murdered, ...


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    Birthday Bridge - Giblin Bridge

    Mount Pleasant, Iowa

    10.7 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This spot, near where Kentucky Avenue and US 218 meet, is said to be haunted by a local girl who hanged herself from the bridge after having an affair with a married doctor. The day she died was also her birthday. Legend has it that her ghost can be seen ...


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    Top of the Rock Grille

    Fairfield, Iowa

    17.6 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    The origin of the hauntings at this restaurant is uncertain. What IS certain, is that it's haunted. Witnesses have seen objects moving by themselves in the kitchen and heard whispering and voices in the bathrooms. They have also heard the sound of people walking on the upper floors when no ...


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    Players Workshop

    Burlington, Iowa

    31.5 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    A little theater for performing arts. Actors, actresses and stage crew report theater seats folding down on their own as if someone has a taken a seat. They've also reported cigar smoke smell, and electrical cords winding up in their own. Seems like a friendly spirit who wants the ...


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    Burlington National Guard Armory

    Burlington, Iowa

    31.6 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Horses' hooves and footsteps can be heard late at night, doors open and close by themselves, and one witness reported seeing a reflection of a man with a handlebar mustache in a computer screen, but when he turned around, no one was there.


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    Highway 34 Ghost

    Burlington, Iowa

    32 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    The ghost who walks along the highway at night is said to be an escaped slave who died in the 1860s of diptheria and was buried in the basement of a nearby home. He carries a leather bag and walks westward on the north side of the road between 1 ...


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    The Drake Bar and Restaurant

    Burlington, Iowa

    32.2 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This upscale restaurant is housed in a historic building, and staff and diners report that the women's restroom is haunted by a lady in an old-fashioned dress, who has been known to walk through the walls. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Mars Hill Church

    Bloomfield, Iowa

    33.8 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This old log cabin church is actually a restoration using salvaged timber from vintage barns. The church had been in existence from 1856 til 2006 when some dirtbag arsonist decided to burn the place to the ground. Rumors of it being haunted however have become something of local ...


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    Stony Hollow Road

    Burlington, Iowa

    34.5 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Spooky tales told here revolve around a ghost named Lucinda. She is said to have committed suicide by jumping off a cliff when her beloved failed to meet her to run away together. There are many reports of people seeing the ghost. Local urban legend also says that if you ...


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    220 North 4th - Keokuk

    Keokuk, Iowa

    35.1 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Built by businessman Enos H. Harrison in 1857, this house is reported to be the home of a friendly ghost, according to many witnesses who have seen and heard the spirit.


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    Hotel Iowa

    Keokuk, Iowa

    35.1 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This historic hotel was built in the early twentieth century for workers constructing a nearby lock for the town dam. And according to some reports by guests, they may have never left. Ghostly music, disembodied footsteps, screams and a male apparition in workman clothes have all been reported by staff. ...


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    Hotel Wapello

    Wapello, Iowa

    36.4 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    The old-fashioned hotel, furnished with original antiques, used to be a schoolhouse and a law office. In 1906 the place became the Commercial Hotel, which became the premier place to stay in town after their main rival burnt to the ground. Now a bed and breakfast inn, the place ...


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    Hotel Ottumwa

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    38.4 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    An apparition of a lady in white haunts the hotel basement, which formerly served as a ballroom. The ghost of a man in a suit haunts the hallways of the hotel. Strange noises and voices have been heard. The face of a man has also been seen in the hotel ...


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    Ottumwa Cemetery

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    38.5 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Night visitors to the cemetery have seen shadowed figures sitting on tombstones or running behind trees, and heard whispering and footsteps in the grass. There has also been reported a white cat who will run in circles around your feet, and then vanish.


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    Clubb House Restaurant

    Sigourney, Iowa

    42.7 miles from Hillsboro, IA

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


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    Riverside Cemetery

    Riverside, Iowa

    45.5 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    It is said that many pairs of glowing eyes, belonging to the many graveyard spirits, can be seen by those who drive past.


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    Hotel Baring

    Edina, Missouri

    48.4 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This historic hotel is believed to be haunted, and was formerly a railroad stopover during the early twentieth century era. The building is believed to be haunted by several apparitions, who are believed to be associated the building as it changed hands and uses over the many years of its ...


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    Vishnu Springs

    Colchester, Illinois

    51.4 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Back in the 1880s, the strange-tasting water at Vishnu Springs, named after a Hindu god, was thought to have healing properties. Holiness Camp Meetings of folks who wanted to partake of the magical waters drew 3,000 people to the area, and a town was formed. Witnesses say the area is ...


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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Muscatine, Iowa

    52.5 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    The Blue Angel is a statue with a legend. Reports say that back in the 1950s, she was thought of as the benevolent spirit of the cemetery, protecting it from vandals. Sometime since then, tales about her have become more sinister. She is said to have once held a rose; ...


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    Mercer County Courthouse

    Aledo, Illinois

    56.3 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    The courthouse building dates back to the 1890's, and in the 1930's a skeleton was removed from the basement when the interior was remodelled. Ever since, staff have reported hearing footsteps after the courthouse has been locked up for the night, and a woman leaving the building in the ...


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    Slater Hall - University of Iowa

    University Heights, Iowa

    57.4 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Watt's Antiques and Collectables

    Iowa City, Iowa

    57.5 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Currier Hall - University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa

    58.1 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Black Angel - Oakland Cemetery

    Iowa City, Iowa

    58.4 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Western Illinois University

    Macomb, Illinois

    60 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Lingering spirits are many at this university! Bayliss Hall, room 1117, is haunted by a former occupant who delivered a baby in secret, threw it down the trash chute, then hung herself in the closet. Cries and moans can be heard in her room. In room 501, a severely depressed ...


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    Super 8 Macomb

    Macomb, Illinois

    60.1 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This Super 8 has been the site of numerous strange happenings. Witnesses say the lights and air conditioning will turn on and off by themselves, doors will open on their own, and mysterious whistling can be heard. Clerks have experienced electrical malfunctions with the phone, such as all the lines ...


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    Centerville Railroad Tracks

    Centerville, Iowa

    60.6 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Local legend sayd that if you park your car on these railroad tracks and shut it off, an unseen force will push you off the tracks. Reports say you can hear footsteps in the gravel while the spirits of children are pushing your car.


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    Machinist's Hall

    Conroy, Iowa

    63.3 miles from Hillsboro, 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."


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    Greencastle Cemetery

    North Liberty, Iowa

    64.6 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Mary Wright - Granny Sprague Cemetery

    Homestead, Iowa

    64.9 miles from Hillsboro, 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.


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    Indian Dam - Indian Fish Trap State Preserve

    Homestead, Iowa

    65.5 miles from Hillsboro, 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.


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    Friendly Cafe

    Abingdon, Illinois

    68.9 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    The café is rumoured to be haunted. Employees have been touched by unseen hands, and a woman in a long dress appeared to a former owner in the main kitchen. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Penguin Lady of Graham Hall

    Pella, Iowa

    73.8 miles from Hillsboro, 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, ...


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    Stoneking Cemetery

    Russell, Iowa

    75.3 miles from Hillsboro, 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 ...


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    Scott City Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    75.9 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    An imposing building with a bell tower just begs to have a good ghost story associated with it, and this city hall building is no exception. People claim to see the ghost of a hanged man in the tower at night, allegedly from prisoners who were illegally hanged there. ...


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    Hotel Blackhawk

    Davenport, Iowa

    76 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This place has undergone extensive renovation since almost burning down in a fire started by a meth lab operating out of the eighth floor in 2006. Could meth fumes, seeping through the walls account for the reports of ghosts? Cary Grant suffered his fatal stroke on the eighth floor ...


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    Phi Kappa Chi

    Davenport, Iowa

    76.1 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This fraternity house has a haunt of its own, the apparition of a large man who enters at the front door and walks up the stairs to the front bedroom. He wears an overcoat with the collar turned up. Student lore says that the apparition belongs to a homeless man ...


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    Masonic Temple

    Davenport, Iowa

    76.1 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    A wide assortment of haunted activity is claimed to occur at this former masonic temple. These phenomena include disembodied voices carrying on a conversation, noises without a recognizable source such as footsteps when there is no one seen, names being called when there is no one present, etc. Objects ...


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    Palmer College of Chiropractic

    Davenport, Iowa

    76.2 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    There is a lecture hall, built in the 1800s, that is said to be haunted by ghosts who fly around the ceiling, making the hanging lamps sway. It is said that there are no air vents, fans, or windows of any sort placed in such a way that would cause ...


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    Ambrose Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    76.4 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    At this hall in St. Ambrose University, witnesses have reported hearing strange noises and footsteps late at night. They have also seen flickering lights. Some attribute the occurrences to the spirit of an old priest who died many years ago.


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    Alice French House

    Davenport, Iowa

    76.4 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This historic mansion was the residence of the notable writer, who spent her years throughout here during the warmer months. Her father, the town mayor, originally owned the house, and it may be his spirit that is often reported here by visitors. Witnesses claim to have seen a distinguished ...


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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    78.8 miles from Hillsboro, 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

    78.9 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    79.2 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Central Avenue Ghost

    Bettendorf, Iowa

    79.4 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    The spirit of a middle-aged washerwoman haunts the area with her wooden washtub. She has been reported since the late 1800s, but some say she upgraded her equipment and sometimes appears with a double-wringer washing machine.


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    Coe College

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    79.6 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Brucemore

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    80 miles from Hillsboro, 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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    Lula Belle's

    Hannibal, Missouri

    80 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    This one-time bordello opened in 1917, and is now a bed-and-breakfast and restaurant. The haunts here are known to move or throw things in the kitchen, or twist utensils into pretzels. They show themselves as orbs, shadows or mirror reflections, and can be heard as footsteps or disembodied voices. A ...


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    Garden House Bed & Breakfast

    Hannibal, Missouri

    80.1 miles from Hillsboro, IA

    Garden House Bed & Breakfast is a stop on the Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour, and folks who have stayed here have reported some very odd things. According to reports from the hotel staff, most incidents occur between 2 and 3 a.m.


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