Haunted Places in Hancock County, Iowa



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    Buddy Holly Memorial

    Clear Lake, Iowa

    20.2 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Buddy Holly may be alive beyond the grave. According to reports, some have seen a phantom plane crashing that matches the one involved in the 1959 tragedy. Also, 3 orbs have been caught on tape in the spot where Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died.

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    Little Africa - Geigel Woods

    Algona, Iowa

    23.1 miles from Hancock County, IA

    This site is said to be very active with spirits, in part because the old bridge was the site of two hangings. Car accidents have been caused by apparitions standing in the middle of the road. Also, at the old farm house, the husband is said to have killed the ...

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    Plum Creek Pits

    Algona, Iowa

    23.9 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Locals say a little boy's ghost appears at this popular fishing spot. Some say the boy was once accidentally impaled by a stick when he fell while running nearby. The ghost has been seen walking along the bank of the pit.

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    Gypsy Cemetery - Union Township Cemetery

    Algona, Iowa

    26.9 miles from Hancock County, IA

    This small gypsy cemetery is said to be haunted by a gypsy queen, who is guarded by a murder of crows. Legend has it that in the 1800s gypsies came through here often with their wagons. If any member of their group was sick and dying, they would simply bury ...

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    Humboldt County Historical Museum

    Humboldt, Iowa

    33.9 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Lights are seen in the building at night and some people claim the ghost of a man who drowned in the nearby river has also been spotted roaming the grounds.

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    Grotto of the Redemption

    West Bend, Iowa

    36.8 miles from Hancock County, IA

    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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    Thompson Hall Dormitory

    Iowa Falls, Iowa

    45 miles from Hancock County, 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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    Hawkeye Community Theatre

    Fort Dodge, Iowa

    45.5 miles from Hancock County, IA

    This historic theatre is believed to be haunted by the apparition of a young girl who was murdered nearby. Witnesses claim to have seen her sitting in the hall after hours, and have felt her brush past them in the corridors. The chandelier at the entrance also moves of ...

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    Hawkeye Theatre

    Fort Dodge, Iowa

    45.5 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Reports say visitors to the theater get the feeling of being watched, and have seen a ghostly little girl. Also, some say if you are alone here you will feel the not-so-gentle touch of an invisible hand.

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    Lot Behind Nauss Oil

    Emmetsburg, Iowa

    47.2 miles from Hancock County, IA

    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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    Bannwell Bridge - Terror Bridge

    Barnum, Iowa

    50.5 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Local legend maintains that a woman once killed her 3 kids here. Some reports say she hung them from the bridge and they were hit by a train coming through. Her ghostly head is said to follow you down the road, and if you don't have your doors and windows ...

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    Riverside Cemetery

    Charles City, Iowa

    52.8 miles from Hancock County, 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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    Hazel Green Cemetery

    Ackley, Iowa

    53 miles from Hancock County, 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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    Vegors Cemetery

    Lehigh, Iowa

    53.9 miles from Hancock County, IA

    The cemetery is said to be haunted by the spirits of restless Native Americans and Mrs. Henry Lott, the wife of a man who was known to cheat the Native Americans and steal their horses. She was killed while trying to escape from angry Native Americans seeking revenge, although her ...

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    Children of Iron Hill

    Charles City, Iowa

    54.3 miles from Hancock County, 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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    J L Reece Memorial Park

    New Providence, Iowa

    63.4 miles from Hancock County, 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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    Boone County Historical Society - Masonic Temple

    Boone, Iowa

    70.9 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Dating back to 1907, the historic former masonic temple and museum may have a resident ghost. Known as 'Frank', the poltergeist frequently slams doors and turns on lights after the place has been closed up for the night. Disembodied footsteps have also been heard on the second floor, and ...

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    The Boone News-Republican

    Boone, Iowa

    71.1 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Employees who work late have heard unexplained footsteps and, at times, have heard their names called. The phenomena seem to occur only when the place is nearly empty of people.

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    Kate Shelly High Bridge

    Boone, Iowa

    71.6 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Local legend tells the tale of 15-year-old Kate Shelley, who in 1881 crawled across a badly damaged bridge during a terrible storm to warn an oncoming train that the bridge was out. This bridge, built in 1901, is said to be her ghost's home. Phantom trains also have been seen ...

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    Farm House Museum

    Ames, Iowa

    73 miles from Hancock County, IA

    The spirits of two sisters are believed to reside at the museum; details of the hauntings are unknown.

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    Friley Hall - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa

    73.2 miles from Hancock County, IA

    One dormitory room is nicknamed Satan’s Legion. Rumor has it that a student killed himself there, and everyone who is assigned to that room either dies or disappears. Reports say many students are afraid to go into the room, and some maintain that because of this, the university stopped assigning ...

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    Iowa State University - Memorial Union

    Ames, Iowa

    73.3 miles from Hancock County, IA

    The hall is a tribute to graduate soldiers who died at war. According to reports, a strange low moan can be heard constantly here. Some say is it the voice of the only woman who ever graduated from the school who died in World War I.

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    Fisher Theatre - Iowa State University

    Ames, Iowa

    73.4 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Named for contributor J.W. Fisher, the 1974 theater is rumored to be haunted by Frederica Shattuck, another university theater department contributor. So the story goes, the ghost took up residence in the Fisher Theatre after her Shattuck Theater was demolished.

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    Iowa State University - C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

    Ames, Iowa

    73.5 miles from Hancock County, IA

    A friendly ghost, C.Y. Stephens himself, in fact, is known to haunt this auditorium. He has been seen in the basement tunnels or sitting in the back right corner of the 3rd balcony. He also makes himself known by cold spots and the sound of footsteps. When performers see him, ...

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    It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

    Owatonna, Minnesota

    73.8 miles from Hancock County, IA

    The bar called It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere is said to be haunted. Reports say the apparition of a man in old-fashioned duds and a puddle of blood appear out of nowhere. The bar was a funeral home and a used furniture store in past incarnations.

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    West Hills

    Owatonna, Minnesota

    73.9 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Ghosts of orphaned children are rumored to linger in this former orphanage, laughing audibly. Witnesses also have seen the floor move and warp and smelled phantom cigar smoke. Books also have moved, temperature has been known to change drastically, and phone calls have been made to the police department from ...

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    Minnesota State University Mankato

    Mankato, Minnesota

    74.8 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Minnesota State University Mankato is said to have a ghost who rings buzzers and another who steals toilet paper in the Crawford Dorm. And in the Crawford-McElroy Complex, there is a ghost stuck in the 1960s who goes on panty raids.

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    R.D Hubbard House Museum

    Mankato, Minnesota

    75.8 miles from Hancock County, IA

    This historic mansion is currently operated as a museum by the Blue Earth County Historical Society, and staff claim that even after the building has closed down for the night, some still walk the halls of the old house. Visitors claim to have heard ghostly laughter, running footsteps in ...

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    Calvary Cemetery

    Mankato, Minnesota

    76.5 miles from Hancock County, IA

    At Calvary Cemetery, you can find the visuals for many stories told by school kids. There are several about an evil doctor who appears as a ghost-devil, and some about Hell Road, a nearby path where animal sacrifices were allegedly performed. Ghost hunters determined that no such devilish behavior really ...

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    Rainbow Bridge

    Lake City, Iowa

    78.5 miles from Hancock County, IA

    A chocolate-loving spirit resides at this old bowstring bridge. Stories say that if you bring an unopened chocolate bar to the bridge at midnight, lay it in the center of the bridge, and exit the bridge, after 5 minutes you will find an unopened and intact wrapper, but the chocolate ...

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    Riverside Cemetery

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    82.2 miles from Hancock County, 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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    Mantorville Opera House

    Kasson, Minnesota

    83.8 miles from Hancock County, IA

    Built in 1918, the Mantorville Opera House building has been a club, a speakeasy, a silent movie house, a skating rink, a city hall and a civic center. It is believed to be haunted by several spirits, including former actors and entertainers and a woman who the staff nicknamed Ellen. ...

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    Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

    Tama, Iowa

    92.6 miles from Hancock County, IA

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