Most Haunted Places in Iowa

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    Thompson Hall Dormitory

    Iowa Falls, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 89.5

    Vegors Cemetery

    Lehigh, Iowa
    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 husband survived....
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    EHP Rating: 88.1

    Edinburgh Manor

    Monticello, Iowa
    Built in 1908, this building is rumored to be hopping with haunts. It has been a mental institution among other things, and at least 80 people are said to have died here. For ghost enthusiasts, the place is available for private...
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    EHP Rating: 87.5

    Mary Frances Hall - Clarke College

    Dubuque, Iowa
    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 reports,...
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    EHP Rating: 86.1

    Stoneking Cemetery

    Russell, Iowa
    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 grave, and then would soon die....
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    EHP Rating: 85.0

    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Estherville, Iowa
    A couple of spooky stories surround this cemetery's hill, and the fact that your car, when put in neutral, will seem to travel up it by itself. According to one story, a car full of football players was in an accident here when the car stalled. While they were pushing the car up the hill, another...
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    EHP Rating: 84.6

    Masonic Temple

    Davenport, Iowa
    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....
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    EHP Rating: 84.2

    Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

    Palo, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 84.0

    The Earling Exorcism

    Earling, Iowa
    Earling is famous for a 1928 exorcism that lasted more than 3 weeks. A local Franciscan convent was the setting for the ceremony; the target was the demons inhabiting Emma Schmidt. As Roman Catholic Capuchin Theophilus Riesinger worked, Emma is said to have flown across the room and clung to the...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Farrar Schoolhouse

    Maxwell, Iowa
    This building, formerly a middle school, has been a private residence since 2008. Please respect the owners' privacy. Witnesses have seen the ghost of a small boy in the stairwell; one has also appeared in a photo sitting on the edge of the auditorium stage. Voices of children talking and laughing...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Villisca Axe Murder House

    Villisca, Iowa
    In 1912 an entire family was murdered here by axe, and it is said that the house is still haunted by their spirits. The house has been investigated and featured on the TV show Ghost...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Spooky Table at the Weaver House

    Des Moines, Iowa
    Local legend has it that when the Weavers purchased a table in 1937, they bought a ghost along with it. The table is said to have made rapping noises and caused other disturbances until a minister's wife quieted it by reading from the Bible. A spiritualist consulted by the Weavers determined that...
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    Drake Municipal Observatory

    Des Moines, Iowa
    Dr. Robert Morehouse was the first chairman of the Astronomy and Physics department, and he discovered a comet in the 1920s. He also haunts the observatory, according to local legend, perhaps because the remains of Dr. Morehouse and his wife are buried in the entryway wall. Students working in the...
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    EHP Rating: 83.3

    Scott City Hall

    Davenport, Iowa
    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. This is of course completely...
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    EHP Rating: 82.6

    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 82.5

    Stony Hollow Road

    Burlington, Iowa
    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 say her name three times...
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    EHP Rating: 82.4

    Dimmitt Hall - Morningside College

    Sioux City, Iowa
    Residents of this dorm have reported hearing a girl choking and gagging at night. Also, an apparition of a crying woman has been seen walking down the hall. She is said to be the ghost of a girl who committed suicide by hanging herself from the heating pipes in her dorm...
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    EHP Rating: 82.4

    Bannwell Bridge - Terror Bridge

    Barnum, Iowa
    Local legend maintains that a woman once killed her 3 kids here. Some reports say she hung them from the bridge and they were hit by a train coming through. Her ghostly head is said to follow you down the road, and if you don't have your doors and windows locked, she may get in and throw you over...
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    EHP Rating: 82.4

    Children of Iron Hill

    Charles City, Iowa
    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 have seen the ghost of a...
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    EHP Rating: 82.4

    Jordan House

    West Des Moines, Iowa
    This museum is allegedly haunted by the ghost of the young daughter of the original owner. She died when she was three years old after falling from the stair railing she was sliding down and breaking her neck. People claim they still see and hear her playing throughout the house....
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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    Union Pacific Railroad Museum

    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    This museum has been completely restored and renovated, but it was once the town library. Locals say that in the basement, books would often fly off the shelves, and shadowy figures have been seen. Also, items would disappear only to turn up again...
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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    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 a fire at 4...
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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    Bartlett Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    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 just...
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    EHP Rating: 81.8

    Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Manchester, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 81.3

    Iowa State University - C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

    Ames, Iowa
    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, it is said to be a...
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    EHP Rating: 81.3

    Lover's Leap

    Elkader, Iowa
    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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    Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge

    Central City, Iowa
    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 handprints on its surface. But beware!...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Buddy Holly Memorial

    Clear Lake, Iowa
    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...
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    Mossy Glen Hollow

    Strawberry Point, Iowa
    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 a traveling peddler who...
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    Old Red Horse Armory

    Des Moines, Iowa
    This old cavalry armory is now the housing for city school buses. There have been reports that members of the National Guard, when they occupied the building, heard ghostly sounds from long ago: clopping of horses' hooves and jingling of harnesses. An apparition of an older man in cavalry garb was...
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    Sioux City Municipal Auditorium

    Sioux City, Iowa
    Legend has it that Rodriguez, an electrician who was electrocuted in the 1940s during the building of the auditorium, haunts the area by flickering the lights and turning them off and on. There are also cold spots felt near the site of his death. The ghost of a 12-year-old boy also haunts the site....
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Hickory Hill Cemetery

    Charlotte, Iowa
    Legend has it that the ghost of a little girl doesn't want visitors here at all, and she may point at the gates as if telling you to leave. The sound of crying babies also has been heard...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Humboldt County Historical Museum

    Humboldt, Iowa
    Lights are seen in the building at night and some people claim the ghost of a man who drowned in the nearby river has also been spotted roaming the...
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    EHP Rating: 80.0

    Terre Haute Cemetery

    Decatur City, Iowa
    The spirit of a little boy can be seen playing on the swingset behind a cabin adjacent to the cemetery. He may motion for you to follow him into the cemetery, where he is buried. Once at his grave, he...
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    EHP Rating: 79.2

    Squirrel Cage - Old Pottawattamie County Jail

    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Built in 1885 and an innovation in jail cells for its time, this jail utilizes a "lazy susan" design, where the jail block is round and the cells form individual wedges like slices in a pie. With only one door leading in, the cells would be rotated by a hand crank to allow prisoners in and out of...
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    EHP Rating: 78.6

    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 78.6

    Old Chapel - College Hall

    Indianola, Iowa
    Legend has it that around the turn of the 20th century, a young man, distraught over a love affair, killed himself here. Then in the 1920s, a young woman did the same. Several more people are rumored to have met their ends in this hall, and folks say their spirits can be seen, heard, and felt here....
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Birthday Bridge - Giblin Bridge

    Mount Pleasant, Iowa
    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 hanging from the bridge every year on her...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Strayer-Wood Theatre

    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Rainbow Bridge

    Lake City, Iowa
    A chocolate-loving spirit resides at this old bowstring bridge. Stories say that if you bring an unopened chocolate bar to the bridge at midnight, lay it in the center of the bridge, and exit the bridge, after 5 minutes you will find an unopened and intact wrapper, but the chocolate inside will be...
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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    David Ryan House

    Newton, Iowa
    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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    EHP Rating: 77.8

    Top of the Rock Grille

    Fairfield, Iowa
    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 one is...
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    EHP Rating: 76.9

    Children's Forest

    Newton, Iowa
    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 and broken against...
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    EHP Rating: 76.9

    Highway 34 Ghost

    Burlington, Iowa
    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 and 2...
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    EHP Rating: 76.9

    General Dodge House

    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Folks say General Dodge himself is still hanging about the grounds. If you take a guided tour through the building, you may catch a glimpse of him sitting in his rocking chair. Around the grounds, light flashes and the smell of fire have been reported. Another strange occurrence that may happen...
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    Black Angel - Oakland Cemetery

    Iowa City, Iowa
    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 group of cemetery...
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    Akron Gold and Silver

    Akron, Iowa
    Some say not all the guests are going home at closing time at Akron Gold and Silver, a fine antiques and estate collectable shop in downtown Akron Iowa. A neighboring business owner heard a male voice after hours calling their dog by it's name "Sandy" after hours when the building was all locked...
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    Ottumwa Cemetery

    Ottumwa, Iowa
    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...
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    Davis City Cemetery

    Davis City, Iowa
    It is said that visitors to the cemetery may exoerience a sudden feeling of pressure as they enter. Shooting lights also have been reported streaming across the grounds very late at...
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    Larsen Hall - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa
    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 riding her...
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    Smelly Ghost of University Avenue

    Des Moines, Iowa
    Locals say a cloudlike presence occurs here, and it smells of kerosene. Sometimes within the cloud is the form of a man or several tiny flickering lights. Reports tell of a man who died nearby in 1881 as a result of his kerosene-soaked clothes catching...
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    Lot Behind Nauss Oil

    Emmetsburg, Iowa
    A motel once stood in this vacant lot, but it has since been demolished. The foundation/drive-/walkway is still there. Locals say the spirit of an old man in a plaid shirt and chinos walks along the way, stopping several times as if he is checking to make sure the motel room doors are...
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    Little Africa - Geigel Woods

    Algona, Iowa
    This site is said to be very active with spirits, in part because the old bridge was the site of two hangings. Car accidents have been caused by apparitions standing in the middle of the road. Also, at the old farm house, the husband is said to have killed the maid after she had an affair. It is...
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    Pettlon Family House

    Manchester, Iowa
    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 I experienced visitations from passed...
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    Coe College

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    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 night and play the piano in the parlor or pull...
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    Mary Wright - Granny Sprague Cemetery

    Homestead, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Indian Dam - Indian Fish Trap State Preserve

    Homestead, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    Mt Hope Cemetery

    Madrid, Iowa
    The ghost of a child named Sara resides at this cemetery. She and four other children from her family are buried near the back. Sara is said to follow around visitors and ask for someone named Ree. She is also known to touch people and tug at clothing if her queries are not answered. Many visitors...
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    EHP Rating: 75.0

    J L Reece Memorial Park

    New Providence, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 73.7

    Fairview Cemetery

    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    The Black Angel statue is said to follow visitors with their eyes, and may curse visitors with sickliness. Also reported here have been lights in the trees behind the older graves, and a feeling of being closely...
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    EHP Rating: 73.7

    Terrace Hill

    Des Moines, Iowa
    At this 1860s historic building, home of the governor of Iowa, the ghost of a little girl has been seen. She is transparent, and some say she likes to work the elevator, even though it is only supposed to operate by the use of...
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    EHP Rating: 73.3

    American Theatre

    Cherokee, Iowa
    Staff at the theatre maintain that it is haunted by previous owner Mr. Goldie. A seat has been seen rocking, slowly, all by itself, and it is said that the theatre's employees have many more stories to...
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    EHP Rating: 72.7

    Moose Pond

    Spencer, Iowa
    Locals tell a story of harrowing events that happen at 8:47 p.m. on December 23. If you visit the iced-over pond on that night, you can hear pounding on the ice and hear the screams of a young boy trapped beneath the ice. According to the story, the young boy had been ice fishing, fell through the...
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    EHP Rating: 72.2

    Air Lanes Bowling Center

    Des Moines, Iowa
    According to local legend, behind the bowling alley is an upstairs area that was used for illegal gambling in the 1920s. Reports say if you gain access to a room down the hallway, you may hear people talking, dice rolling, and you may even hear a ghostly disembodied voice calling your name. It is...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    Regents Center - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa
    Students tell the story of an unfortunate janitor at this sports facility who committed suicide in the 1990s. Staff members have reported seeing his...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    Wildwood Apartments

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    Phi Kappa Chi

    Davenport, Iowa
    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 who was brought inside from the cold...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    Mars Hill Church

    Bloomfield, Iowa
    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 lore, with the...
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    EHP Rating: 71.4

    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Hamburg, Iowa
    A mysterious spirit, that of a woman, has been seen kneeling at the feet of three of the cemetery's Virgin Mary statues. Also reported have been wailing sounds coming from the...
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    EHP Rating: 70.0

    Leflur / Lefler House

    Sioux City, Iowa
    Reports may differ as to spell the name of the locally famous haunted house, but its merit as a haunted site is hard to argue. Several murders have taken place on the premises. Phenomena reported include a red glow seen upstairs, a very cold attic (even in the heat of summer), and a washing machine...
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    EHP Rating: 70.0

    Kate Shelly High Bridge

    Boone, Iowa
    Local legend tells the tale of 15-year-old Kate Shelley, who in 1881 crawled across a badly damaged bridge during a terrible storm to warn an oncoming train that the bridge was out. This bridge, built in 1901, is said to be her ghost's home. Phantom trains also have been seen and heard...
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    EHP Rating: 70.0

    Burlington National Guard Armory

    Burlington, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 69.2

    Central Avenue Ghost

    Bettendorf, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Akron Area Museum

    Akron, Iowa
    The Akron Area Museum, formerly the home of the Ross Family is haunted some say by the Materiach, Mrs. Lucille Ross. The 100% volunteer staffed museum has had many members experience cold drafts, noises and a feeling of a presence around the main stairway and formal dining room in the former Ross...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Calvary Cemetery

    Sioux City, Iowa
    Visitors to this cemetery have experienced an unexplained ringing in their ears and the feeling of cobwebs draped over their faces. It is said that these sensations strengthen the closer one gets to a certain grave, one that has a headstone carved from part of a tree. Local legend has it that this...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Hotel Ottumwa

    Ottumwa, Iowa
    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 basement. Shadowy apparitions are seen in...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Franklin Hotel

    Strawberry Point, Iowa
    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 by...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    KD Station

    Sioux City, Iowa
    The building started out in 1915 as a meat-packing plant, but changed hands to a packing operation. In 1949 a gas leak and resulting explosion killed several people. Later on, the spot became a shopping center, and it is here that strange happenings have been reported. Lights turn on by themselves....
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Greenwood Cemetery

    Muscatine, Iowa
    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; if you looked at her and she...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Porter House Museum

    Decorah, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Union Cemetery - The Devil's Chair

    Guthrie Center, Iowa
    It is said that those who sit in the cement chair will receive a spell of bad luck. The Devil's Chair has no markings, and sits between the Peterson and Miller graves. According to reports, the chair has been believed to be cursed for at least 35...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Iowa State University - Memorial Union

    Ames, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Mason House Inn and Caboose Cottage

    Keosauqua, Iowa
    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, and his spirit lingers about...
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    EHP Rating: 66.7

    Mason House Inn and Caboose Cottage

    Keosauqua, Iowa
    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, and his spirit lingers about...
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    EHP Rating: 64.7

    Friley Hall - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa
    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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    EHP Rating: 64.7

    Ambrose Hall

    Davenport, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 64.3

    Hawkeye Theatre

    Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Reports say visitors to the theater get the feeling of being watched, and have seen a ghostly little girl. Also, some say if you are alone here you will feel the not-so-gentle touch of an invisible...
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    EHP Rating: 64.3

    Centerville Railroad Tracks

    Centerville, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 64.3

    Fischer Building

    Dubuque, Iowa
    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 fourth...
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    EHP Rating: 64.3

    Grand Opera House

    Dubuque, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 64.0

    Gypsy Cemetery - Union Township Cemetery

    Algona, Iowa
    This small gypsy cemetery is said to be haunted by a gypsy queen, who is guarded by a murder of crows. Legend has it that in the 1800s gypsies came through here often with their wagons. If any member of their group was sick and dying, they would simply bury them here, alive. Many ghosts have been...
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    EHP Rating: 63.6

    Currier Hall - University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa
    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 an stern-looking older gentleman...
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    EHP Rating: 63.6

    Avon Railroad Tracks

    Carlisle, Iowa
    Reports say an apparition appears of an old man holding a lantern and walking along the tracks. Before too long, the man simply...
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    EHP Rating: 62.5

    Newton Community Theatre

    Newton, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Riverside Cemetery

    Riverside, Iowa
    It is said that many pairs of glowing eyes, belonging to the many graveyard spirits, can be seen by those who drive...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Hotel Blackhawk

    Davenport, Iowa
    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 of the hotel,...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Riverside Cemetery

    Charles City, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    The Historic Klondike Hotel

    Manilla, Iowa
    The Klondike Hotel was built on the street that in 1897 was named Railroad Street. It faced to the west toward the bustling Milwaukee tracks and depot. An access road was completed shortly after the hotel was built which directly connected the Hotel with the Depot. The local drayman was kept...
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    EHP Rating: 60.0

    Old Highway 83

    Shelby, Iowa
    Different witnesses have reported seeing two young girls playing in the middle of the highway late at night. They wear flowing white dresses and are bathed in a glowing...
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    EHP Rating: 58.8

    West Union Hardee's

    West Union, Iowa
    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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    EHP Rating: 58.8

    The Van Meter Creature

    Van Meter, Iowa
    First seen in 1903, the Van Meter Creature is a monster with batlike wings and a horn on its head that glows with blinding light. It may also manifest as a hovering spot of light. Shortly after it began to terrorize the townsfolk, strange sounds started coming from a coal mine nearby, so a posse...
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    EHP Rating: 58.3

    Swope Hall - Buena Vista University

    Storm Lake, Iowa
    A ghost named Mary is said to haunt this hall. Legend says her house once stood in the very spot where Swope Hall stands today. She died of lead poisoning, which caused her to become mentally unstable and leap from a 3rd-story window. Phenomema experienced here involve the opening and closing of...
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    EHP Rating: 57.9

    Hazel Green Cemetery

    Ackley, Iowa
    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 people often leave...
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    EHP Rating: 57.1

    Shellsburg Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 57.1

    Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

    Tama, Iowa
    Screams and arguing voices have been heard when no one is around. (Submitted by Callum...
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    EHP Rating: 57.1

    Lawther Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    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 but was a...
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    EHP Rating: 55.6

    Graceland Park Cemetery

    Sioux City, Iowa
    It is said that orbs of light can be seen here, but visitors trying to take pictures report that they feel a bit disoriented and find that their cameras mysteriously fail to work until they leave the...
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    EHP Rating: 55.0

    Slater Hall - University of Iowa

    University Heights, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 54.6

    Fisher Theatre - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 54.6

    Tedrow Cemetery

    Kellerton, Iowa
    Rumor has it that it is not actually the small cemetery, but the surrounding woods, that are haunted. Phenomena experienced here include glowing lights coming from the woods, shadowed apparitions, and the sounds of footsteps, moaning, and other strange...
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    EHP Rating: 53.9

    Mathias Ham House

    Dubuque, Iowa
    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 the...
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    EHP Rating: 53.3

    Penguin Lady of Graham Hall

    Pella, Iowa
    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, they will find the paper...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Carlos O'Kelly's

    Marion, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Watt's Antiques and Collectables

    Iowa City, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Satan's Hollow Bridge

    Shell Rock, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Springville Cemetery‎

    Springville, Iowa
    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...
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    Bucksbaum Center - Grinnell College

    Grinnell, Iowa
    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...
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    Des Moines International Airport

    Des Moines, Iowa
    There are two ghost stories around this airport. Some offices are haunted by a flight attendant, usually in the fall season. The offices used to be the site of a restaurant called the Cloud Room, and the flight attendant wanders there as if looking for her flight. Also, laughing and clinking...
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    Machinist's Hall

    Conroy, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Elk Grove Cemetery - Union Township Cemetery

    Coon Rapids, Iowa
    According to local legend there is a small headstone with an eerie ability: If you position yourself the right way in front of it, after a few minutes it will begin to...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Lewis and Clark Park

    Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Unexplained feelings of sickness and disorientation have been reported by those who come to this park that honors the historic...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Parkers Grove Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa
    According to reports, one gravestone boasts a carving of a face. The stone face is said to cry tears at...
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    Lennox College

    Hopkinton, Iowa
    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 and it's said she's waiting for her...
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    EHP Rating: 50.0

    Newton Daily News

    Newton, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 46.2

    The Mud Man of Metz Bridge

    Newton, Iowa
    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 those who wanted to discourage teens from...
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    EHP Rating: 46.2

    The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    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 two such trees, but one has been cut...
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    EHP Rating: 45.5

    Plum Creek Pits

    Algona, Iowa
    Locals say a little boy's ghost appears at this popular fishing spot. Some say the boy was once accidentally impaled by a stick when he fell while running nearby. The ghost has been seen walking along the bank of the...
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    EHP Rating: 44.4

    Greencastle Cemetery

    North Liberty, Iowa
    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. The witch is said to try to engage...
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    EHP Rating: 44.4

    Walmart - Flammang Drive

    Waterloo, Iowa
    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 with...
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    EHP Rating: 44.4

    Sugar Grove Cemetery - Metz Cemetery

    Newton, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 42.9

    New Virginia Cemetery - Beymer Cemetery

    New Virginia, Iowa
    This is the gravesite of New Virginia's first settler. As legend has it, the gravestone has been replaced at some time over the years. Locals say an eerie glow will come from the stone at midnight, a protestation from the ghost, angry about the...
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    EHP Rating: 42.9

    Stello Performance Hall - Mount Mercy

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 42.9

    Grotto of the Redemption

    West Bend, Iowa
    This sacred site was constructed over a 42-year period, beginning in 1912, using semiprecious stones from every state in the U.S. and every world region. The Christmas Chapel contains a 300-lb. amethyst, and Bethlehem Cave contains 65 tons of petrified wood. The spiritual place has tons of statues...
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    EHP Rating: 40.0

    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 38.5

    Brucemore

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 37.5

    Farm House Museum

    Ames, Iowa
    The spirits of two sisters are believed to reside at the museum; details of the hauntings are...
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    EHP Rating: 36.8

    Merle Hay Mall

    Des Moines, Iowa
    The mall and its tower are rumored to be built over a monastery that was closed in the 1950s. According to the stories, some nuns became pregnant and had miscarriages, and the babies were buried in unmarked graves at this site. Reports say ghosts of both nuns and infants have been seen here, and...
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    EHP Rating: 36.4

    Palmer College of Chiropractic

    Davenport, Iowa
    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 such a thing to...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Effigy Mounds

    Harpers Ferry, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Buchanan County Court House

    Independence, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Camp Ingawanis

    Waverly, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    Maple Hill Mansion

    Monroe, Iowa
    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 alone from him and moved it a few miles down the...
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    EHP Rating: 33.3

    The Boone News-Republican

    Boone, Iowa
    Employees who work late have heard unexplained footsteps and, at times, have heard their names called. The phenomena seem to occur only when the place is nearly empty of...
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    EHP Rating: 31.3

    Granger House Museum

    Marion, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 31.3

    Riverside Cemetery

    Marshalltown, Iowa
    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 whether the chair still...
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    EHP Rating: 30.0

    Capitol II Theatre

    Newton, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 28.6

    Conover Road Ghost Family

    Ridgeway, Iowa
    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...
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    EHP Rating: 28.6

    220 North 4th - Keokuk

    Keokuk, Iowa
    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...