Haunted Places in Vilas, South Dakota



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    South Dakota State University - Doner Auditorium

    Brookings, South Dakota

    45.9 miles from Vilas, SD

    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 ...


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    Pettigrew House Museum

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    53.6 miles from Vilas, SD

    This historic mansion was built in 1889, and those on guided tours of the building may get more than they bargained for. The building is rumoured to be haunted by the wife of a former attorney who owned the building. Staff claim to have seen her inspecting the building, and ...


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    Old Minnehaha Courthouse Museum

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    53.7 miles from Vilas, SD

    This historic courthouse is now the county museum, and is believed to be haunted by many different spirits. Staff and visitors claim to have heard someone falling down the stairs, and have heard disembodied footsteps walking between various rooms. Various visitors have also seen an elderly man sweeping one of ...


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    Orpheum Theatre Center

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    53.8 miles from Vilas, SD

    At the 1913 Orpheum Theater, a deceased actor's ghost is said to linger. Nicknamed Larry, the unknown and angry ghost was first noticed by living actors around 1960. Larry was known to blow fuses and drop sandbags onto living actors. And in 1972, a technical director heard a loud noise ...


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    Washington Pavilion

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    54 miles from Vilas, SD

    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 watched.


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    715 South Phillips Avenue

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    54.3 miles from Vilas, SD

    This historic apartment block is believed to be haunted by the apparition of a barefooted man, who has been seen wandering through the corridors. Other paranormal activity reported includes disembodied footsteps, cold spots, ghostly voices and bizarre knocking noises. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Gitchie Manitou State Preserve

    Larchwood, Iowa

    61.8 miles from Vilas, SD

    The 1973 Gitchie Manitou Murders involved an attack on a group of five teenagers at Gitchie Manitou State Preserve in Lyon County, Iowa. Four of the teenagers were killed and a fifth was raped. We have been there several times and have got many voices and apparitions. I was ...


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    Daneville Inn

    Viborg, South Dakota

    63.5 miles from Vilas, SD

    There are reports at this historic building of people seeing a strange glowing apparition floating through the main bar area when the building has closed down for the night. Strange noises and disembodied footsteps have also been heard when there is no one around. It is unclear whether the inn ...


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    Calumet Historic Hotel

    Pipestone, Minnesota

    63.6 miles from Vilas, SD

    This historic hotel was erected during the nineteenth century to serve as a railroad stopover for the railway industry which at the time was the lifeblood of the township. The hotel featured two especially haunted rooms, which are always in demand by paranormal investigators and enthusiasts visiting the very ...


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    Pipestone County Museum

    Pipestone, Minnesota

    63.6 miles from Vilas, SD

    Housed in a building that was once the city hall, the museum is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little blonde girl who appears wearing a blue 19th-century dress and white apron. Footsteps and stomping are also heard, and reports say the ghost of the old doctor ...


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    Palace Theatre

    Luverne, Minnesota

    73.4 miles from Vilas, SD

    The Palace Theater was built by Herman Jochims in 1915, and his wife Maude played piano to accompany the silent films shown there. Her ghost is said to remain here playing the pipe organ, even though it no longer works. Both Herman and Maude have been seen as apparitions, and ...


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    Herrick Hotel

    Gary, South Dakota

    78.2 miles from Vilas, SD

    Patrons have heard the ghostly laughter of a child who lived at the historic hotel when it was a blind school. Others have reported hearing footsteps on the upper floor of the building when no one is around. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Mount Marty College

    Yankton, South Dakota

    79 miles from Vilas, SD

    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 ...


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    Dakota Theatre

    Yankton, South Dakota

    79.4 miles from Vilas, SD

    This historic theatre opened in 1902,changed owners and names on several occasions. Theatre patrons and cast have reported sighting a spectral face floating through the seating area after closing hours, as well as feeling cold spots, hearing screams and a bloodstains which appears during certain productions. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Libby's Steakhouse

    Springfield, South Dakota

    81.3 miles from Vilas, SD

    Some say the basement of Libby’s Steakhouse, formerly Hoch Drugstore, was haunted by the ghost of a girl, whose apparition was glimpsed once. Witnesses say bowls will fall over if the basement door is left open, and folks have noticed an uneasy feeling on the basement stairs. Rumor has it ...


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    Argo Hotel

    Crofton, Nebraska

    88.5 miles from Vilas, SD

    According to local legend, the ghost of a young girl who died in the basement can be seen here. Folks also say a baby's skeleton was found within the lounge walls during remodeling, and a ghostly mother is said to wail looking for her baby. Pictures also are said to ...


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    Akron Gold and Silver

    Akron, Iowa

    96.8 miles from Vilas, SD

    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 ...


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    Akron Area Museum

    Akron, Iowa

    97.1 miles from Vilas, SD

    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 ...


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    Northern State University

    Aberdeen, South Dakota

    108.6 miles from Vilas, SD

    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 ...


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    Calvary Cemetery

    Sioux City, Iowa

    118.2 miles from Vilas, SD

    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 ...


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