Haunted Places in Ossian, Iowa



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    Conover Road Ghost Family

    Ridgeway, Iowa

    8.8 miles from Ossian, IA

    Acoording to local lore, a family of four once died near a group of evergreen trees along the road. Their four shadowy apparitions have been seen near the place.


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    Porter House Museum

    Decorah, Iowa

    10.8 miles from Ossian, IA

    Actual details of this haunting are vague and hard to come by. Most accounts simply refer to "playful spirits" who inhabit this estate, without any specifics on the actual details. If you've encountered any ghostly activity while visiting the museum, drop us a line and share some details!


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    Larsen Hall - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa

    11.5 miles from Ossian, IA

    The third floor is said to be haunted by Gertrude, a ghost who likes to pull fire alarms and hide students' belongings, or replace students' clothing with old-fashioned versions. She is reported to be the spirit of a prospective student of the college who was killed by a car while ...


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    Regents Center - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa

    11.7 miles from Ossian, IA

    Students tell the story of an unfortunate janitor at this sports facility who committed suicide in the 1990s. Staff members have reported seeing his ghost.


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    West Union Hardee's

    West Union, Iowa

    13 miles from Ossian, 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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    Lover's Leap

    Elkader, Iowa

    26.7 miles from Ossian, 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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    Effigy Mounds

    Harpers Ferry, Iowa

    29.6 miles from Ossian, 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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    Mossy Glen Hollow

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    33.7 miles from Ossian, 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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    Franklin Hotel

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    34 miles from Ossian, 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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    Swing Inn

    Ferryville, Wisconsin

    36.5 miles from Ossian, 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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    Big River Inn

    Genoa, Wisconsin

    40.1 miles from Ossian, IA

    This 1879 inn has a haunted restaurant. The ghost is said to be a former employee named Kenny who makes himself known by hiding things in the kitchen and turning on the TV.


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    Mrs B's Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lanesboro, Minnesota

    41.1 miles from Ossian, IA

    It just wouldn't be a haunted inn without a famous ghost, and this delightful historic bed and breakfast is allegedly haunted by Buffalo Bill, where he stayed the night on several occasions. In Room #001 (River Song Room), a curious apparition has been reported. Guests have reported seeing a shadowy ...


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    Children of Iron Hill

    Charles City, Iowa

    45.4 miles from Ossian, IA

    According to local lore, in the 1920s there was a fiery train crash that killed many passengers. One car was full of orphan children who perished in the fires. It is said that the ghost children can still be heard crying, and sometimes the smell of burning is detected. Some ...


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    Camp Ingawanis

    Waverly, Iowa

    45.6 miles from Ossian, IA

    It is said that a 12-year-old boy died here when he jumped from a swing and hit his head on a rock. Folks in the area have noted a moving swing when there is no breeze, and some have heard the boy's giggle.


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    Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Manchester, Iowa

    46.2 miles from Ossian, 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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    Riverside Cemetery

    Charles City, Iowa

    46.8 miles from Ossian, IA

    Visitors here have reported dark figures and a feeling of being watched. The ghost of a Native American is said to have been seen -- perhaps it is he who keeps an eye on the place.


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    Buchanan County Court House

    Independence, Iowa

    47.2 miles from Ossian, 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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    Pettlon Family House

    Manchester, Iowa

    48.4 miles from Ossian, 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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    Satan's Hollow Bridge

    Shell Rock, Iowa

    50.3 miles from Ossian, IA

    According to reports, those who go underneath the bridge may see tall white figures and hear strange sounds. The figures and a feeling of general unease are said to follow you the further you go.


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    Warehouse Concert Venue

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    52.6 miles from Ossian, IA

    We have owned the building for 25 years, operating on the 2nd and 3rd floors as a non-alcohol concert venue. Building was built in 1888, and has in the past had various businesses such as clothing stores, tailor shops, harness shop, general store, with the 2nd floor being ...


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    Bodega Brew Pub

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    52.7 miles from Ossian, IA

    The pub has changed ownership many times due to the haunting by former owner Paul Malin. Since his death, reports of activity in the building have included slamming doors, objects moving inexplicably and even the apparition of the deceased former owner. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Del's Bar

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    52.9 miles from Ossian, IA

    According to patrons, the bartenders at the bar are willing to dispense ghost stories, including tales of how a male maintenance employee was once told to leave the women's room by an unexplained voice. Giggling voices can also be heard in the bar. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Boscobel Hotel

    Boscobel, Wisconsin

    53.4 miles from Ossian, 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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    DiSciascio's - Legacy Grill

    Coon Valley, Wisconsin

    53.6 miles from Ossian, IA

    DiSciascio's was an Italian restaurant in operation for 26 years until 2013, when it was replaced by Legacy Grill. The spirits here were first noticed long ago when the building housed a bar. Witnesses have described a ghost lady, who has been nicknamed Mary by restaurant staff, and objects have ...


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    Old Holmbo Residence

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    54.9 miles from Ossian, IA

    Former owner Nicolai Holmbo hung himself in the front room of the house in 1904, and locals reported sighting his apparition staring down into the street late at night. Screams and moans came out of the building, and strange flashing lights moved around the house, despite the fact that it ...


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    Walmart - Flammang Drive

    Waterloo, Iowa

    55.5 miles from Ossian, 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 ...


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    Bartlett Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    56 miles from Ossian, 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 ...


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    Lawther Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    56 miles from Ossian, 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 ...


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    Strayer-Wood Theatre

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    56.3 miles from Ossian, 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.


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    Lennox College

    Hopkinton, Iowa

    61.4 miles from Ossian, 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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    Pizza Villa - West Salem

    West Salem, Wisconsin

    62.1 miles from Ossian, IA

    Doors shaking, lights flickering, cabinets open and close, dark shadows, spoons rattles, and boxes falling. (Submitted by Keelyn O)


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    St. Mary's College - Heffron Hall

    Winona, Minnesota

    62.2 miles from Ossian, IA

    Heffron Hall at St. Mary's College is known to have a ghost, that of Father Louis Lesches, who murdered Bishop Patrick Heffron in 1915, and who may have been involved in the suspicious burning death of Rev. Edward Lynch in 1931. Witnesses have seen apparitions, experienced cold spots, and had ...


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    Winona State University

    Winona, Minnesota

    62.6 miles from Ossian, IA

    At Winona State College, two halls are rumored to be haunted. On Lourdes Hall's 3rd floor, posters and pictures have been moved or taken off the wall, doors close and lock on their own, and voices can be heard when no one is there. On the 4th floor, which was ...


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    362 Cummings Street

    Winona, Minnesota

    62.8 miles from Ossian, IA

    The house at 362 Cummings Street is rumored to be haunted. Some of the things witnesses have experienced here include shadowy figures, moving objects, locked doors opening on their own, crashing sounds, and banging from the basement.


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    Pieces of the Past

    Winona, Minnesota

    63 miles from Ossian, IA

    Pieces of the Past is an antique store housed in an 1850s building that's the setting for many a local legend. It has housed many businesses, including a law office and a brothel (and at the same time). At the brothel, so the stories say, one of the women was ...


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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa

    69.2 miles from Ossian, 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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    Quarry Hill Nature Center

    Rochester, Minnesota

    69.5 miles from Ossian, IA

    The wooden "dead man's bridge" is, according to local legend, where a man hanged himself in the 1960s. Other eerie things on the premises are a small cemetery and several caves that are rumored to be haunted.


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    Mary Frances Hall - Clarke College

    Dubuque, Iowa

    69.9 miles from Ossian, 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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    The Kahler Hotel

    Rochester, Minnesota

    70 miles from Ossian, IA

    The ghosts of former Mayo Clinic patients are said to haunt the hotel, causing eerie sounds and smells and quick temperature changes.


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    Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

    Palo, Iowa

    70.2 miles from Ossian, 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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    Matthias Ham House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    70.6 miles from Ossian, 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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    Fischer Building

    Dubuque, Iowa

    71.2 miles from Ossian, 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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    Grand Opera House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    71.3 miles from Ossian, 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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    Redstone Inn and Suites

    Dubuque, Iowa

    71.4 miles from Ossian, 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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    Hotel Julien

    Dubuque, Iowa

    71.6 miles from Ossian, 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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    Shellsburg Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    72.7 miles from Ossian, 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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    Captain Merry Historic Inn

    East Dubuque, Illinois

    72.7 miles from Ossian, 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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    Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge

    Central City, Iowa

    72.8 miles from Ossian, 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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    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa

    75.1 miles from Ossian, 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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    Parkers Grove Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    75.7 miles from Ossian, 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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