Haunted Places in Plainfield, Iowa



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    Satan's Hollow Bridge

    Shell Rock, Iowa

    10.9 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Camp Ingawanis

    Waverly, Iowa

    12.5 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Children of Iron Hill

    Charles City, Iowa

    16.8 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Riverside Cemetery

    Charles City, Iowa

    17.6 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Lawther Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    23.2 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Bartlett Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    23.2 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Strayer-Wood Theatre

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    23.3 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Walmart - Flammang Drive

    Waterloo, Iowa

    28.8 miles from Plainfield, 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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    West Union Hardee's

    West Union, Iowa

    37.5 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Hazel Green Cemetery

    Ackley, Iowa

    38 miles from Plainfield, 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 ...


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    Conover Road Ghost Family

    Ridgeway, Iowa

    41.1 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Buchanan County Court House

    Independence, Iowa

    42 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Thompson Hall Dormitory

    Iowa Falls, Iowa

    43.2 miles from Plainfield, 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.


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    Larsen Hall - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa

    48.9 miles from Plainfield, 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

    48.9 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Porter House Museum

    Decorah, Iowa

    49.1 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Buddy Holly Memorial

    Clear Lake, Iowa

    49.8 miles from Plainfield, IA

    Buddy Holly may be alive beyond the grave. According to reports, some have seen a phantom plane crashing that matches the one involved in the 1959 tragedy. Also, 3 orbs have been caught on tape in the spot where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died.


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    Franklin Hotel

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    52.1 miles from Plainfield, 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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    J L Reece Memorial Park

    New Providence, Iowa

    52.7 miles from Plainfield, 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.


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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa

    54.4 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Manchester, Iowa

    56.3 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Mossy Glen Hollow

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    56.9 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Lover's Leap

    Elkader, Iowa

    57.3 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Riverside Cemetery

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    57.8 miles from Plainfield, 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 ...


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    Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

    Tama, Iowa

    59.2 miles from Plainfield, IA

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


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    Pettlon Family House

    Manchester, Iowa

    60.7 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Shellsburg Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    61.4 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

    Palo, Iowa

    61.7 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Parkers Grove Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    63.6 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Mrs B's Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lanesboro, Minnesota

    66.6 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Effigy Mounds

    Harpers Ferry, Iowa

    70.4 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Wildwood Apartments

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    72.9 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Carlos O'Kelly's

    Marion, Iowa

    73.6 miles from Plainfield, 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

    73.7 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Stello Performance Hall - Mount Mercy

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    73.7 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Coe College

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    74.4 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Lennox College

    Hopkinton, Iowa

    74.4 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    74.7 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Brucemore

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    74.7 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    75.5 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Bucksbaum Center - Grinnell College

    Grinnell, Iowa

    76.7 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge

    Central City, Iowa

    76.9 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Springville Cemetery‎

    Springville, Iowa

    78.3 miles from Plainfield, IA

    According to reports, a gravedigger died in 1920 while digging a grave. He fell in and broke his neck, which killed him instantly. It is said you can still see him working at night, with a glowing green shovel.


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    The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    78.9 miles from Plainfield, 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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    Farm House Museum

    Ames, Iowa

    80 miles from Plainfield, IA

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


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    Fisher Theatre - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa

    80 miles from Plainfield, 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.


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    Iowa State University - C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

    Ames, Iowa

    80.1 miles from Plainfield, 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, ...


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    Iowa State University - Memorial Union

    Ames, Iowa

    80.2 miles from Plainfield, 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.


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    Vegors Cemetery

    Lehigh, Iowa

    80.3 miles from Plainfield, 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 ...


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    Friley Hall - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa

    80.4 miles from Plainfield, 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 ...


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