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This historic hotel was built in the early twentieth century for workers constructing a nearby lock for the town dam. And according to some reports by guests, they may have never left. Ghostly music, disembodied footsteps, screams and a male apparition in workman clothes have all been reported by staff. The hotel is believed to have closed, and the building now serves commercial purposes.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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Geographic Information

401 Main Street
Keokuk, Iowa
United States

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40.395364, -91.38232699999998
Lee County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Keokuk, IA (0.2 mi.)
Hamilton, IL (2.3 mi.)
Warsaw, IL (3.7 mi.)
Alexandria, MO (4.6 mi.)
Elvaston, IL (7.0 mi.)
Montrose, IA (9.6 mi.)
Wayland, MO (10.6 mi.)
Basco, IL (10.7 mi.)
Nauvoo, IL (10.7 mi.)
Saint Francisville, MO (10.7 mi.)


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  1. I’ve been in this building plenty of times for a cleaning job and visiting people. It is not at all haunted, nor shut down.

  2. I am the manager of the hotel and its 53 apartments. I have had several experiences, as well as many tenants and other staff. The hotel is full of spirits, most of which are just passing through. There is nothing malevolent there however.

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