Haunted Places in Waterloo, Iowa



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    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 ...


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    Bartlett Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    6.2 miles from Waterloo, 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

    6.3 miles from Waterloo, 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

    6.3 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Camp Ingawanis

    Waverly, Iowa

    14.1 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Satan's Hollow Bridge

    Shell Rock, Iowa

    16.9 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Buchanan County Court House

    Independence, Iowa

    23.2 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa

    28.4 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Shellsburg Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    35.8 miles from Waterloo, 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

    36.8 miles from Waterloo, 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

    37.7 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Hazel Green Cemetery

    Ackley, Iowa

    38.1 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

    Tama, Iowa

    38.2 miles from Waterloo, IA

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


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    Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Manchester, Iowa

    41.1 miles from Waterloo, 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

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    41.9 miles from Waterloo, 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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    West Union Hardee's

    West Union, Iowa

    42.1 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Franklin Hotel

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    43.2 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Children of Iron Hill

    Charles City, Iowa

    43.2 miles from Waterloo, 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

    44 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Pettlon Family House

    Manchester, Iowa

    45.5 miles from Waterloo, 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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    J L Reece Memorial Park

    New Providence, Iowa

    46.3 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Thompson Hall Dormitory

    Iowa Falls, Iowa

    47.2 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Wildwood Apartments

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    48.2 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Stello Performance Hall - Mount Mercy

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    48.8 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Carlos O'Kelly's

    Marion, Iowa

    49.2 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Mossy Glen Hollow

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    49.3 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Granger House Museum

    Marion, Iowa

    49.4 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Coe College

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    49.4 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    49.7 miles from Waterloo, 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

    49.9 miles from Waterloo, 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

    50.5 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Lover's Leap

    Elkader, Iowa

    54 miles from Waterloo, 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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    The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    54.5 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Indian Dam - Indian Fish Trap State Preserve

    Homestead, Iowa

    54.7 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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 heard.


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    Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge

    Central City, Iowa

    55.1 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Conover Road Ghost Family

    Ridgeway, Iowa

    55.1 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Bucksbaum Center - Grinnell College

    Grinnell, Iowa

    55.1 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Springville Cemetery‎

    Springville, Iowa

    55.2 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Mary Wright - Granny Sprague Cemetery

    Homestead, Iowa

    55.3 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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 year.


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    Machinist's Hall

    Conroy, Iowa

    55.7 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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 Hall."


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    Lennox College

    Hopkinton, Iowa

    57.1 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa

    59.5 miles from Waterloo, 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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    Greencastle Cemetery

    North Liberty, Iowa

    60 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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. ...


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    Porter House Museum

    Decorah, Iowa

    62.5 miles from Waterloo, 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

    62.7 miles from Waterloo, 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

    62.9 miles from Waterloo, 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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    David Ryan House

    Newton, Iowa

    65.6 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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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    Newton Community Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    65.7 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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 T.G.


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    Newton Daily News

    Newton, Iowa

    65.7 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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 Oct. ...


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    Capitol II Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    65.8 miles from Waterloo, IA

    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 presence.


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