Haunted Places in Harpers Ferry, Iowa



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    Effigy Mounds

    Harpers Ferry, Iowa

    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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    Swing Inn

    Ferryville, Wisconsin

    10.4 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Boscobel Hotel

    Boscobel, Wisconsin

    23 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Big River Inn

    Genoa, Wisconsin

    26.1 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Lover's Leap

    Elkader, Iowa

    26.6 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Porter House Museum

    Decorah, Iowa

    32.8 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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

    33.7 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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

    33.8 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    DiSciascio's - Legacy Grill

    Coon Valley, Wisconsin

    35.3 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Mossy Glen Hollow

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    35.6 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    West Union Hardee's

    West Union, Iowa

    37.2 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Conover Road Ghost Family

    Ridgeway, Iowa

    37.9 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Franklin Hotel

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    40.5 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Warehouse Concert Venue

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    42.5 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Bodega Brew Pub

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    42.5 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Del's Bar

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    42.7 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Old Holmbo Residence

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    44.6 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Pizza Villa - West Salem

    West Salem, Wisconsin

    48.2 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

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


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    Pettlon Family House

    Manchester, Iowa

    51.7 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Manchester, Iowa

    52.3 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Matthias Ham House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    52.8 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    No one knows exactly who is haunting the Matthias Ham museum, but ghostly tales abound. People have felt icy drafts in rooms that are closed, objects move and lights turn on independently of any explainable source. People also claim to hear strange noises and occasional whispering. One of ...


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    Mary Frances Hall - Clarke College

    Dubuque, Iowa

    53.1 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    Called Mary Fran by students, this hall was built in 1924 and is said to be haunted by school founder Mary Frances Clarke. Students have experienced unexplained footsteps in the hall and an uneasy feeling of being watched, and they have seen a shrouded apparition near the chapel. In other ...


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    Fischer Building

    Dubuque, Iowa

    54.2 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    There are two ghosts that appear from time to time in the mid-19th-century Fischer Building, according to those in the know. One is a tall man who walks in the basement, and the other is a woman wearing a 1920s- or '30s-style dress and furs who walks around on the ...


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    Grand Opera House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    54.2 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    The haunts at this opera house, built between 1889 and 1890, like to pull pranks. The lights operate by themselves, and cameras and tape recorders behave strangely. Witnesses have also heard ghostly singing from a seemingly empty stage, and apparitions have been seen as well. The ghosts here are loved ...


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    Redstone Inn and Suites

    Dubuque, Iowa

    54.4 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    The nineteenth century inn was built in 1894 by a man who was forced to jump ship in the town and ended up prospering and owning a wagon empire. Staff and guests nowadays have reported seeing the apparition of an distinguished gentleman, while the owner claims to have heard ...


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    Hotel Julien

    Dubuque, Iowa

    54.6 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    According to staff and guests at this historic boutique hotel, sightings of the apparition of a man in period clothing on the upper floors of the hotel aren't uncommon; and neither are the legends surrounding his appearance. Some believe this spectre is Al Capone, who frequently stayed in the ...


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    Taliesin

    Spring Green, Wisconsin

    54.7 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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 Walker House

    Mineral Point, Wisconsin

    54.8 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Mrs B's Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lanesboro, Minnesota

    54.8 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Captain Merry Historic Inn

    East Dubuque, Illinois

    55.4 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    This historic inn is believed to have closed, and may now be a private residence. The building the inn was housed in has a colourful past, and is rumoured to be one of the most haunted houses in town. Reports range from sightings of a woman in a black ...


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    Lennox College

    Hopkinton, Iowa

    59.3 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Buchanan County Court House

    Independence, Iowa

    62.8 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Winona State University

    Winona, Minnesota

    63.5 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Pieces of the Past

    Winona, Minnesota

    63.6 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    362 Cummings Street

    Winona, Minnesota

    64.2 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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

    64.4 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    The Ably House

    Scales Mound, Illinois

    64.9 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    There were allegedly some murders that took place in this old home, and it is said that the spirits of the dead still remain within its walls.


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    Desoto House Hotel

    Galena, Illinois

    65.5 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    The 1855 DeSoto House Hotel boasts such esteemed former guests as Abraham Lincoln and William Jennings Bryan. It was also the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant, among others. Although the identity of the ghosts here is unknown, many folks have reported phantom cigar smoke, voices in the halls, ...


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    Otto's Place

    Galena, Illinois

    65.7 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    This quaint restaurant is haunted by Otto Sallman, the namesake of the establishment. A former tenant and café owner, his apparition has been seen walking the railroad tracks adjacent to the building. The current owners believe he is a welcoming spirit, who simply intends to greet customers to his ...


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    Camp Ingawanis

    Waverly, Iowa

    73 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Al Ringling Mansion

    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    73.2 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA


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    Old Baraboo Inn

    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    73.3 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Edinburgh Manor

    Monticello, Iowa

    73.7 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    Built in 1908, this building is rumored to be hopping with haunts. It has been a mental institution among other things, and at least 80 people are said to have died here. For ghost enthusiasts, the place is available for private lockdowns.


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    Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge

    Central City, Iowa

    74.8 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Captain Brady's Showboat Saloon

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    75.1 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Dungeon of Horrors

    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    75.3 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa

    75.4 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Satan's Hollow Bridge

    Shell Rock, Iowa

    78.5 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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    Walmart - Flammang Drive

    Waterloo, Iowa

    78.6 miles from Harpers Ferry, IA

    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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    Springville Cemetery‎

    Springville, Iowa

    80.4 miles from Harpers Ferry, 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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