Haunted Places in Balaton, Minnesota



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    Old Taunton Catholic Cemetery

    Taunton, Minnesota

    26.4 miles from Balaton, MN

    Reports say that the apparition of a 12-year-old girl in a rocking chair was seen rocking next to her grave.


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    Pipestone County Museum

    Pipestone, Minnesota

    27.3 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Calumet Historic Hotel

    Pipestone, Minnesota

    27.3 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Palace Theatre

    Luverne, Minnesota

    43.4 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Vicksburg Cemetery

    Renville, Minnesota

    43.5 miles from Balaton, MN

    Vicksburg Cemetery is said to have a glowing tombstone whose grave sports bleeding flowers in spring.


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    South Dakota State University - Doner Auditorium

    Brookings, South Dakota

    45.1 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Herrick Hotel

    Gary, South Dakota

    48.4 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Gitchie Manitou State Preserve

    Larchwood, Iowa

    62.3 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Loon Lake Cemetery

    Jackson, Minnesota

    62.4 miles from Balaton, MN

    Loon Lake Cemetery is said to be haunted--and dangerous. According to local lore, three witches were violently executed and were buried here, but not before threatening to curse anyone who desecrated their graves. Mary Jane, beheaded in 1881, was said to be the most powerful of the witches. Legend has ...


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    Old Minnehaha Courthouse Museum

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    63.5 miles from Balaton, MN

    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

    63.5 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Pettigrew House Museum

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    63.9 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Washington Pavilion

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    64 miles from Balaton, MN

    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

    64.1 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    Lambrecht's Gift Store

    New Ulm, Minnesota

    70 miles from Balaton, MN

    This gift store is housed in a historic building, which has a darker history in relation to the murder of a woman that occurred in the building many years before. The apparition of a pale-faced woman with a terrified expression has been seen knocking on the window of the ...


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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Estherville, Iowa

    76.9 miles from Balaton, MN

    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 ...


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    Moose Pond

    Spencer, Iowa

    84.7 miles from Balaton, MN

    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 ...


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    Ness Church

    Litchfield, Minnesota

    86.2 miles from Balaton, MN

    Legends of ghostly Sioux Indians and a little girl named Annie surround this church. Some say the church lights come on and apparitions can be seen around the grounds.


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    Harrington-Merrill House

    Hutchinson, Minnesota

    86.7 miles from Balaton, MN

    Built around 1820, the house is said to be haunted by a Native American Sioux named Little Crow and his son, who were both shot by a farmer while spending the night in the house. Some reports say the son was not killed.


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    Daneville Inn

    Viborg, South Dakota

    95.1 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    660th Ave - Gravity Hill

    Watkins, Minnesota

    97.9 miles from Balaton, MN

    One of those mysterious gravity-defying sites, legend has it that if you go there and put your car in neutral on the level road, you will be pulled backward. Some witnesses say they have suffered from headaches while on this road.


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    Lot Behind Nauss Oil

    Emmetsburg, Iowa

    98.1 miles from Balaton, MN

    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 ...


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    Cherokee Mental Health Institute Cemetery

    Cherokee, Iowa

    103 miles from Balaton, MN

    Behind the MHI on the north side there Is a locked gate about 4 feet tall, if you follow that path down about a foot ball field distance you should cross a small bridge,and there is a small cemetery that is home to nameless graves. It is said that if you ...


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    Akron Gold and Silver

    Akron, Iowa

    103 miles from Balaton, MN

    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

    103 miles from Balaton, MN

    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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    American Theatre

    Cherokee, Iowa

    103.8 miles from Balaton, MN

    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 tell.


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    Grotto of the Redemption

    West Bend, Iowa

    113.1 miles from Balaton, MN

    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 depicting the ...


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