Highway 34 Ghost

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The ghost who walks along the highway at night is said to be an escaped slave who died in the 1860s of diptheria and was buried in the basement of a nearby home. He carries a leather bag and walks westward on the north side of the road between 1 and 2 a.m.

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Geographic Information

Highway 34
Burlington, Iowa
United States

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40.81483118427653, -91.10508315702515
Des Moines County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Burlington, IA (0.6 mi.)
Gulfport, IL (1.0 mi.)
West Burlington, IA (2.8 mi.)
Beaverdale, IA (5.8 mi.)
Middletown, IA (8.1 mi.)
Gladstone, IL (8.3 mi.)
Lomax, IL (9.5 mi.)
Danville, IA (11.5 mi.)
Stronghurst, IL (11.5 mi.)
Oquawka, IL (11.6 mi.)


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  1. I have actually seen this ghost before I even knew he existed. I was going to of all places Walmart one night and I saw a man in very ragged clothing walking down the side of the road. My first thought was this man looks like he is a slave. I no sooner looked at the road and looked back to where he had been and he was gone. I was not on the highway when I saw him I was actually on Agency Street In Burlington Just East of Walmart. The Highway is Just to the North of Agency you can see one from the other, so they are not very far apart. I told a couple of people what I saw but I didn’t get confirmation until a gentleman who has co-written a book informed me that indeed this man is in his book. At that minute I realized I had in fact seen a ghost.

  2. Ok so my dad, me, and my sister were going down the highway because we were coming back from vacation. I was looking out the window when I saw this spirit. I could tell right away he was a spirit because he looked kind of transparent. He looked at me through the window. It was frickin scary.

  3. My husband and I have seen this ghost on our way back from St Louis! We travel back and forth alot and one night really late going back to Des Moines we saw him walking along side of the highway. We are now driving back to St Louis, and remembering what we saw I decided to Google if in fact there was any reports of a 34 ghost. Low and behold I found this article. Creepy we really did see a ghost!

      • I am a truck driver who is here reading because I am a skeptic who has some interest in paranormal stories. I never experienced anything here..part of the reason this story interests me is because I have traveled through here a lot…. That said, I go through here traveling from Des Moines to St Louis & back frequently because it is part of the most direct route..From St Louis i-70 w to us 61 n to us 218 n to us 34 w (this intersection is where Mt Pleasant is) to us 63 to iowa 163 all the way back to Des Moines (turns into university avenue once you cross Pleasant Hill into Des Moines) much shorter route from St Louis than sticking to the interstates.

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