Big River Inn

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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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200 Beaver St
Genoa, WI 54632
United States

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43.574987481995514, -91.22586581117503
Vernon County, Wisconsin
Nearest Towns:
Genoa, WI (0.1 mi.)
Stoddard, WI (6.0 mi.)
New Albin, IA (6.3 mi.)
Chaseburg, WI (8.6 mi.)
Brownsville, MN (8.7 mi.)
De Soto, WI (10.6 mi.)
Eitzen, MN (12.7 mi.)
Coon Valley, WI (13.8 mi.)
Hokah, MN (14.1 mi.)
Caledonia, MN (14.2 mi.)

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  1. My mom Lois Bakkestuen formerly Henry worked as a waitress in the 1980s at the Big River Inn and used to complain and whine about a former boss named Kenny Beck.

  2. Kassie Kroning  |  

    My mom, Amy Kumlin worked here. Kenny wasn’t an employee, he owned the place. Things would be out of place all the time. One time she locked up but forgot something inside. When she went back in, there were empty plastic bags scattered all over the floor. She would hear bangs and go in to see the top to the quick bar on the floor, it wasn’t something that couldn’t just fall off and it would happen when nobody was around. Pictures would move constantly. It never really scared her but it was clear there was someone there. And every morning when they would go in to open, there was always a coffee cup sitting on the bar. And apparently Kenny liked coffee.

  3. My mother owns the motel now and B3 the room is haunted for sure. Also there was a lot of deaths on a boat and they hauled all the dead bodies up on the deck where my mom’s closet now is on the motel.

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