Haunted Places in Martinsburg, Iowa



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    Clubb House Restaurant

    Sigourney, Iowa

    10.9 miles from Martinsburg, IA

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


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    Ottumwa Cemetery

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    12.7 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Hotel Ottumwa

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    13.8 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Top of the Rock Grille

    Fairfield, Iowa

    19.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Mars Hill Church

    Bloomfield, Iowa

    20.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Mason House Inn and Caboose Cottage

    Keosauqua, Iowa

    37.6 miles from Martinsburg, 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

    37.6 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Penguin Lady of Graham Hall

    Pella, Iowa

    37.9 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Machinist's Hall

    Conroy, Iowa

    40.2 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Riverside Cemetery

    Riverside, Iowa

    40.9 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Birthday Bridge - Giblin Bridge

    Mount Pleasant, Iowa

    41.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Mary Wright - Granny Sprague Cemetery

    Homestead, Iowa

    44.6 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Centerville Railroad Tracks

    Centerville, Iowa

    44.9 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Indian Dam - Indian Fish Trap State Preserve

    Homestead, Iowa

    45.2 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Stoneking Cemetery

    Russell, Iowa

    45.4 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Bucksbaum Center - Grinnell College

    Grinnell, Iowa

    46.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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.


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    Slater Hall - University of Iowa

    University Heights, Iowa

    49.4 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Currier Hall - University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa

    50.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Greencastle Cemetery

    North Liberty, Iowa

    50.2 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Watt's Antiques and Collectables

    Iowa City, Iowa

    50.5 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Black Angel - Oakland Cemetery

    Iowa City, Iowa

    50.8 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Maple Hill Mansion

    Monroe, Iowa

    51.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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 ...


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    Newton Community Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    53.8 miles from Martinsburg, 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.


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    Children's Forest

    Newton, Iowa

    54.5 miles from Martinsburg, 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 ...


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    David Ryan House

    Newton, Iowa

    54.6 miles from Martinsburg, 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 ...


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    Newton Daily News

    Newton, Iowa

    54.9 miles from Martinsburg, 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. ...


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    Capitol II Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    55 miles from Martinsburg, 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.


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    Hotel Wapello

    Wapello, Iowa

    55.4 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    The Mud Man of Metz Bridge

    Newton, Iowa

    57.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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 ...


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    Sugar Grove Cemetery - Metz Cemetery

    Newton, Iowa

    57.5 miles from Martinsburg, 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.


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    Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

    Tama, Iowa

    60.4 miles from Martinsburg, IA

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


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    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    63 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Parkers Grove Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    63.2 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    63.4 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Muscatine, Iowa

    63.7 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Coe College

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    63.7 miles from Martinsburg, 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

    64.5 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Hotel Baring

    Edina, Missouri

    64.7 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Stony Hollow Road

    Burlington, Iowa

    64.7 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Players Workshop

    Burlington, Iowa

    64.8 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Stello Performance Hall - Mount Mercy

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    64.8 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Highway 34 Ghost

    Burlington, Iowa

    64.9 miles from Martinsburg, 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

    65.2 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Burlington National Guard Armory

    Burlington, Iowa

    65.3 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Wildwood Apartments

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    66.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    66.2 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Shellsburg Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    66.3 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Carlos O'Kelly's

    Marion, Iowa

    67.2 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Granger House Museum

    Marion, Iowa

    68.1 miles from Martinsburg, 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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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa

    69 miles from Martinsburg, 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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