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.

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