Haunted Places in Cataract, Wisconsin



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    Pizza Villa - West Salem

    West Salem, Wisconsin

    17.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    Doors shaking, lights flickering, cabinets open and close, dark shadows, spoons rattles, and boxes falling. (Submitted by Keelyn O)


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    Old Holmbo Residence

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    25.9 miles from Cataract, WI

    Former owner Nicolai Holmbo hung himself in the front room of the house in 1904, and locals reported sighting his apparition staring down into the street late at night. Screams and moans came out of the building, and strange flashing lights moved around the house, despite the fact that it ...


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    Del's Bar

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    27.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    According to patrons, the bartenders at the bar are willing to dispense ghost stories, including tales of how a male maintenance employee was once told to leave the women's room by an unexplained voice. Giggling voices can also be heard in the bar. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Bodega Brew Pub

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    27.9 miles from Cataract, WI

    The pub has changed ownership many times due to the haunting by former owner Paul Malin. Since his death, reports of activity in the building have included slamming doors, objects moving inexplicably and even the apparition of the deceased former owner. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Warehouse Concert Venue

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    27.9 miles from Cataract, WI

    We have owned the building for 25 years, operating on the 2nd and 3rd floors as a non-alcohol concert venue. Building was built in 1888, and has in the past had various businesses such as clothing stores, tailor shops, harness shop, general store, with the 2nd floor being ...


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    DiSciascio's - Legacy Grill

    Coon Valley, Wisconsin

    28 miles from Cataract, WI

    DiSciascio's was an Italian restaurant in operation for 26 years until 2013, when it was replaced by Legacy Grill. The spirits here were first noticed long ago when the building housed a bar. Witnesses have described a ghost lady, who has been nicknamed Mary by restaurant staff, and objects have ...


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    Pieces of the Past

    Winona, Minnesota

    39.4 miles from Cataract, WI

    Pieces of the Past is an antique store housed in an 1850s building that's the setting for many a local legend. It has housed many businesses, including a law office and a brothel (and at the same time). At the brothel, so the stories say, one of the women was ...


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    Winona State University

    Winona, Minnesota

    39.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    At Winona State College, two halls are rumored to be haunted. On Lourdes Hall's 3rd floor, posters and pictures have been moved or taken off the wall, doors close and lock on their own, and voices can be heard when no one is there. On the 4th floor, which was ...


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    Big River Inn

    Genoa, Wisconsin

    40.3 miles from Cataract, WI

    This 1879 inn has a haunted restaurant. The ghost is said to be a former employee named Kenny who makes himself known by hiding things in the kitchen and turning on the TV.


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    362 Cummings Street

    Winona, Minnesota

    40.9 miles from Cataract, WI

    The house at 362 Cummings Street is rumored to be haunted. Some of the things witnesses have experienced here include shadowy figures, moving objects, locked doors opening on their own, crashing sounds, and banging from the basement.


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    St. Mary's College - Heffron Hall

    Winona, Minnesota

    42.4 miles from Cataract, WI

    Heffron Hall at St. Mary's College is known to have a ghost, that of Father Louis Lesches, who murdered Bishop Patrick Heffron in 1915, and who may have been involved in the suspicious burning death of Rev. Edward Lynch in 1931. Witnesses have seen apparitions, experienced cold spots, and had ...


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    Swing Inn

    Ferryville, Wisconsin

    52.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    On nights when business is slow, the apparition of a prostitute nicknamed Blue Moon may show up. She can be heard walking up and down the stairs.


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    Hotel Mead

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

    54.6 miles from Cataract, WI

    Folks in the know will tell you that the Shanghai Room, in the 1950s, was a bar in which a female bartender was stabbed to death. Witnesses say the lights flicker, the doors close on their own, the air is extremely cold, and the smell of blood is detectable from ...


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    Elizabeth Daly House

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

    54.9 miles from Cataract, WI

    This home on the National Register is occupied by "Cookie" the ghost that has been present for several home owners. Smells of cooking have been present, lights turned off and on, objects moved, and animals will not eat in Cookie's kitchen. She is a prankster, but a good ghost to ...


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    Forest Hill Cemetery

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

    55.7 miles from Cataract, WI

    Weirdness at this cemetery includes phantom babies crying in the infant section, apparitions, voices that call the names of cemetery visitors, and a monument that causes mechanical objects to fail.


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    University of Wisconsin - Kjer Theatre

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    58.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    Kjer Theatre founder Earl Kjer is known to haunt his theater by tinkering with the lights and moving the props and the curtains. His apparition has been seen observing performances from his usual seat.


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    Old Opera House Site

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    59.5 miles from Cataract, WI

    The Old Opera House was built in 1885, and is home to a spirit who moves chairs and closes doors; apparitions of two elderly folks have been spotted standing in corners, watching the staff.


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    Allen Cameron House

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    59.6 miles from Cataract, WI

    The ghost of Allen Cameron is said to haunt the room of the house where his own funeral was held. Objects move without explanation. People report cold spots in that room. Apparently people have also reported that the bed in that particular room of the house “shakes”. Dishes crash to ...


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    Stones Throw Restaurant and Bar

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    59.7 miles from Cataract, WI

    The historic building that houses this restaurant and bar is believed to be haunted by a man who hanged himself here in the early 1900s. The man has appeared as an apparition and has been known to throw or break beer bottles, open and close doors, and move objects to ...


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    Banbury Place

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    59.7 miles from Cataract, WI

    This bizarre labyrinth of buildings previously housed several factories, as well as an apartment block. It is said to be haunted by former residents and workers of Banbury Place. In Building #13, moans and screams, as well as the hum of an old air conditioning unit have been reported. An ...


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    Captain Brady's Showboat Saloon

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    61.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    According to local legend, a girl called Molly once lived above the saloon, and her ghost now haunts the establishment. Witnesses say they have heard voices near the stage, have seen apparitions of figures in period clothing in the saloon mirrors, and have felt cold spots and seen kegs move ...


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    Mrs B's Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lanesboro, Minnesota

    61.9 miles from Cataract, WI

    It just wouldn't be a haunted inn without a famous ghost, and this delightful historic bed and breakfast is allegedly haunted by Buffalo Bill, where he stayed the night on several occasions. In Room #001 (River Song Room), a curious apparition has been reported. Guests have reported seeing a shadowy ...


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    Fraternal Order of Eagles

    Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

    62 miles from Cataract, WI

    A woman named Beth is said to haunt the Eagles Club. Beth passed away of a heart attack during a 1985 wedding reception here. She was 65 years old. Now, folks say, those who hold their receptions here can expect an extra guest: Beth's ghost attends every wedding reception held ...


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    Dungeon of Horrors

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    62 miles from Cataract, WI

    The Dungeon of Horrors, which originally operated as a haunted house attraction, closed down recently due to the fact that the owner was unable to employ any staff due to reports of real paranormal activity. The apparition of a bespectacled man used to follow employees and visitors around the building, ...


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    Anderson House Hotel

    Wabasha, Minnesota

    62.5 miles from Cataract, WI

    Parts of this historic bed and breakfast inn date back to the 1850's, and it's not surprise that the place is said to be haunted. The most famous ghost in the old-fashioned establishment is a female spirit known as 'Sarah'. It is said that she was under the impression ...


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    James Sheeley House

    Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

    64.4 miles from Cataract, WI

    A former blacksmith shop, the 1860s building was converted to a saloon and boarding house by John B. Paul. Its name comes from Irish immigrant James Sheeley who, with his wife Kate, bought the building and took over in 1905. In 2001 when the building was being cleaned and touched ...


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    Amy’s Ritz

    Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

    64.5 miles from Cataract, WI

    "Small brown men" have been reported by witnesses in this bar, housed in an 1880s building that was converted to a tavern around 1933. If that's not unusual enough, things seem to move from one place to another when you're not looking, and doors are known to lock on their ...


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    Irvine Ghost Pub

    Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

    64.5 miles from Cataract, WI

    After new owners bought the Irvine Pub in 2008, they closed it for a few days for renovations. This is when strange things began to happen, such as apparitions, bar stools being knocked over, and electrical items going on the fritz. A paranormal investigation turned up the fact that a ...


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    Boscobel Hotel

    Boscobel, Wisconsin

    66.2 miles from Cataract, WI

    This hotel's claim to fame is that it was the spot where the Gideon's Bible originated. The ghost of Adam Bobel, the hotel's original builder, has been seen here by employees and guests alike.


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    Boy Scout Lane

    Stevens Point, Wisconsin

    66.5 miles from Cataract, WI

    Local legend tells of a group of boy scouts that were murdered along this road. While there is no evidence of this actually happening, people still report seeing disembodied faces as well as hearing voices when they travel along this road. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Elk Mound Tower

    Elk Mound, Wisconsin

    68.7 miles from Cataract, WI

    According to local folklore, a dragon is buried under Elk Mound and a ghost haunts Elk Mound Tower. Witnesses have reported screams, howls, laughter, eerie lights, unexplained mists, and a nauseated feeling after visiting.


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    Cottage House Restaurant

    Plover, Wisconsin

    69.1 miles from Cataract, WI

    The restaurant was originally called the Sherman House Restaurant, but closed down due to paranormal activity. Glass windows had a habit of shattering, glasses and plates would fly off bars and counters and explode in front of customers. Doors opened and closed by themselves and lights in the offices and ...


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    Al Ringling Mansion

    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    69.3 miles from Cataract, WI


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    Old Baraboo Inn

    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    69.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    This renovated, historic pub and grille, and former brewery and brothel, is believed to have many active spirits in the building according to paranormal investigators. Audio recordings of voices and sounds and video of orbs, light flashes, and anomalies have all been captured. Cowboys, a prostitute named Mary, several children, ...


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    Effigy Mounds

    Harpers Ferry, Iowa

    71.2 miles from Cataract, WI

    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 night.


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    Regents Center - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa

    72 miles from Cataract, WI

    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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    Porter House Museum

    Decorah, Iowa

    72 miles from Cataract, WI

    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

    72.1 miles from Cataract, WI

    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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    Taliesin

    Spring Green, Wisconsin

    76 miles from Cataract, WI

    The house (an estate once owned by Frank Lloyd Wright) is haunted by the apparition of a lady in a white gown. Windows open and close by themselves, and late at night, the lights in the building will flash on and off when no one is around.


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    The Devil's Punchbowl

    Menomonie, Wisconsin

    76 miles from Cataract, WI

    Visitors have heard strange noises and experienced unexplained temperature drops here. Balls of light are sometimes seen and some legends even talk about people encountering gnomes; guests who joke about these entities say their cars suddenly won't start upon returning back. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Cornell Public Library

    Cornell, Wisconsin

    76.1 miles from Cataract, WI

    Reports say the old building's basement, where the restroom lies, once was a jail. Witnesses have described an uncomfortable, oppressive feeling in the basement.


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    Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

    Menomonie, Wisconsin

    76.4 miles from Cataract, WI

    The center is believed to be haunted by the ghost who may be Mabel herself. She was the daughter of Captain Andrew and Bertha Tainter, who built the nonprofit theater for the community after their beloved daughter died at age 19. Other ghosts have been reported here as well, including ...


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    Conover Road Ghost Family

    Ridgeway, Iowa

    80 miles from Cataract, WI

    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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    Wasau Downtown Airport

    Wausau, Wisconsin

    83.4 miles from Cataract, WI

    Former airport manager Archie Towle haunts an airport hangar and his former residence at the airport, where numerous reports of ghostly activity have been reported. His shadowy apparition has been seen, as well as faucets going on and off by themselves, pounding on walls when no one is around and ...


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    Grand Theater

    Wausau, Wisconsin

    84.9 miles from Cataract, WI

    Grand Theater began in 1928, and is the site of many an unexplained noise or sight. The ghost in residence, according to eyewitnesses of apparitions, is a former theater manager who passed away more than a decade ago but apparently wasn't ready to quit his job.


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    Wasau Club

    Wausau, Wisconsin

    85 miles from Cataract, WI

    The building is haunted by the ghost of a lady named Martha, who hung herself in a guest bedroom in the west wing of the building. She is seen on the staircase and in doorways of the building. Cold spots have been reported, as well as lights going on and ...


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    Lover's Leap

    Elkader, Iowa

    89.2 miles from Cataract, WI

    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 Walker House

    Mineral Point, Wisconsin

    91.3 miles from Cataract, WI

    The magnificent stone hotel and restaurant dates back to the 1800s. It is said that the hauntings here may stem from a man during that century who was hanged from a tree outside by an angry mob after he stole a horse from his neighbor. Witnesses to the hauntings have ...


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    West Union Hardee's

    West Union, Iowa

    91.8 miles from Cataract, WI

    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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    El Rancho Motel

    Ladysmith, Wisconsin

    97.1 miles from Cataract, WI

    Reported sightings of the apparition of a man in a red flannel shirt roaming the hallways of the motel. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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