Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

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The center is believed to be haunted by the ghost who may be Mabel herself. She was the daughter of Captain Andrew and Bertha Tainter, who built the nonprofit theater for the community after their beloved daughter died at age 19. Other ghosts have been reported here as well, including apparitions who watch performances and entities who tinker with sound boards or show up as a light puttering around in the storage area.

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205 Main St E
Menomonie, WI 54751
United States

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44.876791, -91.92808200000002
Dunn County, Wisconsin
Nearest Towns:
Menomonie, WI (0.4 mi.)
Downsville, WI (7.1 mi.)
Tainter Lake, WI (8.7 mi.)
Knapp, WI (9.0 mi.)
Elk Mound, WI (11.6 mi.)
Wheeler, WI (11.6 mi.)
Elmwood, WI (12.6 mi.)
Boyceville, WI (12.8 mi.)
Colfax, WI (12.9 mi.)
Wilson, WI (13.1 mi.)

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  1. My mother used to work here. I remember coming into work with her one day as a kid to find cardboard boxes for a fort I was making and she gave me a tour. She took me into a room and I remember feeling like a painting on the wall was following me. I’m definitely going to check this place out.

  2. When I was younger I was in a lot of plays the theatre put on. They told us it was haunted, and back then my dream was to be a paranormal investigator. Pretty funny. I don’t remember really anything paranormal happening to me othe than one night we were having a long rehearsal and I went to the bathroom my myself. I went into the bathroom and saw a young woman looking in the mirror. She had older clothes on, but I didn’t recognize her as one of the cast so I smiled and did my business. When I came out there was no one there. I didn’t hear her leave, and in fact I didn’t hear anything. The only thing i noticed was that it was extremely cold in there. And when I opened the stall door, the temperature was normal again. I don’t know, maybe it was Mabel herself. Just thought I’d share.

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