Des Moines International Airport

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There are two ghost stories around this airport. Some offices are haunted by a flight attendant, usually in the fall season. The offices used to be the site of a restaurant called the Cloud Room, and the flight attendant wanders there as if looking for her flight. Also, laughing and clinking glasses are heard, and cold spots are felt around this site.

And, in other lore, the head of a family who lost their southside plot of land to the airport still haunts the site. It is said that the airport lies over a small burial plot containing his family members (and perhaps himself). The apparition of a malicious-looking middle-aged farmer has been seen, and he rocks the area with footsteps, shadows, cold spots, and moans.

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Des Moines International Airport
Des Moines, Iowa
United States

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41.530254, -93.649923
Polk County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Norwalk, IA (4.1 mi.)
Des Moines, IA (5.3 mi.)
Windsor Heights, IA (5.6 mi.)
West Des Moines, IA (5.7 mi.)
Clive, IA (6.3 mi.)
Cumming, IA (6.7 mi.)
Urbandale, IA (7.4 mi.)
Pleasant Hill, IA (7.7 mi.)
Spring Hill, IA (8.2 mi.)
Carlisle, IA (8.5 mi.)


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  1. I’ve been a member of the Iowa Air National Guard for 8+ years. I’ve ended up having to stay late for work on several occasions. Sometimes, late at night when I’m locking up my shop on the North side of the Airport, I’ve seen and heard some strange things. Lights flick on and off, moans come from the hallways and shadows are glimpsed moving just around corners. Several times, I’ve ran out of the building because I was sure there was something watching and even chasing me. This is no joke! The old hangars will make the hairs on your next stand up at night!

  2. I know the family who lived there my friend Isabel lived near me around the air port but the air port took the land for use and never used it Isabel says that her grand parents died in the week after they where forced to leave

  3. I worked in Airport Operations for fifteen years and was frequently required to work the overnight shift. I can attest that myself and others heard strange things, saw items move by themselves, and felt cold spots in the offices on the second floor, just north of the former “Cloud Room” restaurant.

    When the airport purchased land for expansion in the early 2000’s, several homeowners were forced to move. One individual refused to leave and eventually took his own life in his home on the south side of the airport. I never experienced anything strange in that area; nor did I ever hear of others having any strange experiences there either.

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