Buchanan County Court House

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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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210 5th Ave NE
Independence, IA 50644
United States

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42.4699772, -91.88939959999999
Buchanan County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Independence, IA (0.1 mi.)
Rowley, IA (7.3 mi.)
Winthrop, IA (7.9 mi.)
Quasqueton, IA (8.4 mi.)
Jesup, IA (8.9 mi.)
Hazleton, IA (10.4 mi.)
Brandon, IA (12.2 mi.)
Stanley, IA (12.6 mi.)
Aurora, IA (13.1 mi.)
Walker, IA (13.8 mi.)


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  1. While I have no experiences there I can say that the story is true, though a bit inaccurate. First off, it wasn’t one man but two brothers. Their names were Isaac (Ike) and William (Bill) Barber who were accused of horse theft and murder in the late 1800s. After running around, evading the law, they were eventually caught and brought to the courthouse in 1883. However, a mob broke in and brought them out to be lynched. This story isn’t all that famous nowadays and you would have to do some digging to find actual records but it had happened.

  2. This building is currently a girls Jewish school, pervious to the school, it was the police department; Other uses has been a preschool, city office, the very first use of this building was a hospital, closing in mid 1950’s. A friend of mine was a police officer when their office was here in early 2000’s, the police has made the comment that he would fileing paperwork and security door alarms would beep( like when a beep alarms to let you know someone has entered) the officer would stand up and go to the door, no body around, no one waiting for assistance, this being the only issue reported with no other misplaced items, no shadow figures, just complete silence after the alarm sound.

    • I live literally 2 blocks from here and grew up in this town. It is not a girls Jewish school and has always been a courthouse/police department/jail. I think you have the wrong building.

  3. I live a few blocks away from here and experienced something while in the restroom. I was using the bathroom and the stall next to me closes I look under my stall and there is no one in there and when I walk out to wash my hands the stall is wide open.

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