Haunted Places in South Dakota

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    Black Hills Playhouse

    Custer, South Dakota
    This historic building was once Camp Lodge, Depression-era housing for unemployed men who were to work on the then-new national parks system. One of the workmen's daughters is said to haunt the playhouse's costume room. The ghost likes to lay out certain costumes in the night, which are found by...
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    Northern State University

    Aberdeen, South Dakota
    Two buildings at the university are rumored to be haunted. The Jerde Hall dormitory is home to a ghostly little girl who has been seen and heard in rooms and hallways. The Johnson Fine Arts Center has a ghost who whistles a tune from the empty men's restroom and occasionally jingles keys or tinkers...
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    South Dakota State University - Doner Auditorium

    Brookings, South Dakota
    The ghost who haunts Doner Auditorium is believed to be a former janitor who fell to his death in 1919 from an alcove that housed an organ. After that, the organ played randomly on its own until it was dismantled. The ghost still walks, though, tinkering with the electricity and playing pranks with...
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    Mount Moriah Cemetery

    Deadwood, South Dakota
    Several popular Wild West characters have been buried here, including Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny and Seth Bullock. Folks say you can't set foot on these grounds without an eerie feeling that their ghostly eyes are upon...
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    IOOF Cemetery

    Gregory, South Dakota
    Passersby have become concerned upon seeing a white-haired man wandering alone through the cemetery as if lost, or looking for something. When they stop to see if they can help him, he simply...
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    Mount Rushmore Brewing Company - Hill City Harley Davidson

    Hill City, South Dakota
    Formerly a restaurant and now a Harley-Davidson store, this building is no stranger to the spooky: It was once a funeral home and crematory. Reports say the crematory is still visible in the basement, and employees say objects move and strange noises are heard here. When the place housed pool...
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    Town of McLaughlin

    McLaughlin, South Dakota
    Yes, you read it right: The entire town of McLaughlin is haunted, locals say. Although many buildings in the town are said to be haunted, perhaps the most popular ghost story is that of the man who was in a car accident several decades ago. He lost his head, literally--it was found in a cow-pasture...
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    Sports Rock Pizza - Hooky Jacks

    Rapid City, South Dakota
    Reported to be the oldest building in town, the local hangout housed in an 1800s structure is said to be haunted by John “Hooky Jack” Leary, a former local policeman and night watchman who once lived in the building until he died in a 1928 car accident. His apparition has been seen looking out...
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    Black Hills State University

    Spearfish, South Dakota
    Students say the all-male Wenonah Cook dorm it is haunted by the ghost of a woman. They say her screams can sometimes be heard, and along with them may come the smell of decaying...
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    Keystone Cemetery

    Keystone, South Dakota
    Many workers who died during the construction of Mt. Rushmore are buried in this cemetery that overlooks the Mount itself. It is said that visitors who have taken video of this graveyard have caught images of ghostly figures and...
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    Washington Pavilion

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Locals tell of a construction worker who died after falling into an elevator shaft. Witnesses have described the unexplained sound of ghostly footsteps and an eerie feeling of being...
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    Shupic Park - City Park

    Eagle Butte, South Dakota
    A spooky local legend says that if you walk past the park late at night, you might hear the moaning and screams of a ghostly woman, one who was found frozen to death behind the nearby baseball field fence. Some folks claim to have seen her apparition walking in the...
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    Little Oak Road

    McLaughlin, South Dakota
    Locals tell of a spooky figure of a 6-foot-tall man who dances and jumps in the roadway. It looks at passersby with red glowing eyes, then disappears. This and other ghosts that appear on this stretch are said to be a result of the road being built overtop a former...
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    Jackpot Bingo Hall - Bear Soldier Bingo

    McLaughlin, South Dakota
    A former employee reported hearing the ghostly sound of a baby crying and furniture moving on its own. Rumor has it that the hall was built on top of a former...
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    Isabel Post Office

    Isabel, South Dakota
    Stories have been told of ghostly reflections in the post office windows and of folks being locked inside the post office at night by prankish...
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    Alpine Inn

    Hill City, South Dakota
    The second floor of this inn is said to be haunted. Witnesses have reported that the lights have gone out unexpectedly, and they have also heard disembodied footsteps and...
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    The Bullock Hotel

    Deadwood, South Dakota
    Folks say original owner Seth Bullock, who passed away in 1919, still remains in his hotel. Apparitions and orbs have been seen and an eerie presence has been felt, although witnesses say the ghost is not harmful. Ghost tours are held here...
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    Sioux San Hospital

    Rapid City, South Dakota
    It began in 1898 as a boarding school for Native Americans, but was turned into a sanitarium in 1933. In 1939 it was converted to a hospital for Native Americans with TB; then in the 1960s, it closed and stayed empty for a time. Currently it is a hospital. Reports say locals are trying to prevent...
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    Hotel Alex Johnson

    Rapid City, South Dakota
    Site of a "white lady" haunting, allegedly the ghost of a young woman who jumped or was thrown from the window of room 812. She is often seen wandering the halls in a white gown, and the room associated with her has numerous report of haunted activity, including the window opening of its own...
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    Mount Marty College

    Yankton, South Dakota
    Ghosts said to haunted this campus include construction workers who fiddle with the electricity, showers and water fountains; a nun; a music teacher; and numerous other apparitions. Students say Whitby Hall was so haunted that is was closed down, and it contains a ghost of a man in gray polyester...