Air Lanes Bowling Center

You are here Home  > Miscellaneous >  Air Lanes Bowling Center

According to local legend, behind the bowling alley is an upstairs area that was used for illegal gambling in the 1920s. Reports say if you gain access to a room down the hallway, you may hear people talking, dice rolling, and you may even hear a ghostly disembodied voice calling your name. It is unclear from reports whether this area is open to the public; take care not to access private property without permission.

If you've had a paranormal experience here, or have any additional information about this location, please let us know!

Rate this Haunted Place

What do you think? Is this place really haunted? Voice your opinion here! Click "thumbs up" if you think its haunted, or "thumbs down" if you think its all just a tall tale.

Geographic Information

4200 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA 50321
United States

Get Directions »
41.5457972, -93.64532659999998
Polk County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Des Moines, IA (4.2 mi.)
Windsor Heights, IA (4.8 mi.)
Norwalk, IA (5.2 mi.)
West Des Moines, IA (5.5 mi.)
Clive, IA (5.7 mi.)
Urbandale, IA (6.6 mi.)
Pleasant Hill, IA (7.0 mi.)
Cumming, IA (7.4 mi.)
Carlisle, IA (8.6 mi.)
Johnston, IA (9.2 mi.)


Please note: It is your responsibility to acquire appropriate permissions before investigating any location listed on this site. Private property should be respected at all times, as should all posted signs concerning trespassing, hours of operation and other local regulations. Many "ghost hunters" have been arrested because they failed to contact property owners and/or local authorities ahead of time.

Share Your Experiences

Close Comments

Comments (3)

  1. Theresa Talarico  |  

    I actually lived in an apartment above this bowling alley in 1996. You can hear the pinsetters upstairs but I never remember hearing anything else. There is 3 separate apartments above the center. 2 of which share an outside entrance that leads to a long hallway. Within the hallway there is 3 doors. 2 of which are the apartments and another that was chained closed and deadbolted. This room sounds like what you are describing. Maybe the noises I was hearing really wasn’t the workers in the back, but in fact what you are speaking of. It is a private entrance, so there is no public access to this area.

  2. Worked there in the back as a mechanic, and I will say.late at night there’s definitely something going on in that area. Plenty of interesting things that are hard to explain happen back there.

  3. I used to bowl there in High School and i have heard my name called and some of my friends have heard their names called when we were together there. The tales about this place are true. Last I knew they covered up the stairway that led to the old Gambling area so now there is not so much activity these days.

Share Your Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a photograph taken from this location? Use the "Browse" or "Choose File" button below to select an image to upload along with your comment.


Disclaimer: The stories posted here are user-submitted and are, in the nature of "ghost stories," largely unverifiable. makes no claims that any of the statements posted here are factually accurate. The vast majority of information provided on this web site is anecdotal, and as such, should be viewed in the same light as local folklore and urban legends.