Elk Grove Cemetery - Union Township Cemetery

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According to local legend there is a small headstone with an eerie ability: If you position yourself the right way in front of it, after a few minutes it will begin to glow.

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Dogwood Ave
South of Coon Rapids, Iowa
United States

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41.738853503072015, -94.6857812418603
Guthrie County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Coon Rapids, IA (9.1 mi.)
Bayard, IA (10.2 mi.)
Guthrie Center, IA (10.3 mi.)
Audubon, IA (12.8 mi.)
Dedham, IA (13.5 mi.)
Exira, IA (14.2 mi.)
Bagley, IA (15.1 mi.)
Adair, IA (16.6 mi.)
Gray, IA (16.8 mi.)
Panora, IA (17.0 mi.)


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  1. Been there twice with a friend and seen it glowing. Other times it never did. I have another 3 friends that have been there also (this website is what brought up the discussion) and they also have seen a glowing headstone. This was years apart and we weren’t friends at that time so their experience was totally separate from mine. My friend and I were actually in a car both times and we did not have to stand in front of the headstone or even go into the cemetery. it is across from a recreation area used for trail riding and a large parking area and It had nothing to do with what angle we looked at it as we tried several all from within the car of course! It still glowed!

  2. my brother teaches science. it’s the mineral the stone is made of that make it glow. it absorbs the sunlight during the day making it glow

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