Gitchie Manitou State Preserve

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The 1973 Gitchie Manitou Murders involved an attack on a group of five teenagers at Gitchie Manitou State Preserve in Lyon County, Iowa. Four of the teenagers were killed and a fifth was raped. We have been there several times and have got many voices and apparitions. I was once scratched while out there.

(Submitted by Ivy B.)

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52141 Adams Ave
Larchwood, IA 51241
United States

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43.4934004, -96.58633479999997
Nearest Towns:
Shindler, SD (3.4 mi.)
Pine Lakes Addition, SD (4.7 mi.)
Sioux Falls, SD (6.9 mi.)
Harrisburg, SD (7.0 mi.)
Brandon, SD (7.0 mi.)
Larchwood, IA (8.1 mi.)
Valley Springs, SD (8.6 mi.)
Meadow View Addition, SD (10.7 mi.)
Hills, MN (11.7 mi.)
Renner Corner, SD (12.2 mi.)


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  1. I was there about 5 years ago at about 3 am it was fine until we got to the abondoned houses. We got the feeling we were being watched then it got cold. We decided to leave then we saw a fog that seemed to follow us so we started running untill we got to the gate then the gate slammed shut we left and ive never returned.

    • Then you weren’t at Gitchie. There aren’t any houses or gates there. There’s only an old, nearly-demolished, quartzite building that was a post office.

  2. This place holds has been a weird experence everytime ive been there, from my youth to the present ive found myself in several odd lets say situations for example a lone man sitting on a bench under a noose in the stone ruins back when there was a wooden plank on the ceiling area that a rope couldve been suspended from we all talked him out of whatever plans he was about to carry out and into hanging out drinking some beers and hanging out until somebody felt a red plastic gas can should be tossed into that now ruined stone fire pit and sent a fireball into the sky alerting a swat type team to appear shortly after truck, spotlights, and guns and all that. And thats only one night. This is a spooky ass place if you allow it to be. To me it is a place of sex, drugs, n rock n roll. Is it haunted no but given the right situation that mile hike is a very long and lonely one with only your thoughts fueling your fears. I suggest go with a group of friends no less then 3. A couple or solo is not anything to mess with this place will get into your head. So anyway hopes this helped and thanks for your time.

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