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An apparition of a lady in white haunts the hotel basement, which formerly served as a ballroom. The ghost of a man in a suit haunts the hallways of the hotel. Strange noises and voices have been heard. The face of a man has also been seen in the hotel basement. Shadowy apparitions are seen in various parts of the building. Heavy breathing is heard when there is no one around.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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107 E 2nd St
Ottumwa, IA 52501
United States

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41.01853788169737, -92.4113983512143
Wapello County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Ottumwa, IA (0.1 mi.)
Agency, IA (5.7 mi.)
Chillicothe, IA (7.7 mi.)
Kirkville, IA (10.0 mi.)
Floris, IA (11.4 mi.)
Hedrick, IA (11.9 mi.)
Eldon, IA (12.0 mi.)
Blakesburg, IA (12.2 mi.)
Batavia, IA (12.8 mi.)
Fremont, IA (13.5 mi.)

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  1. Employed here. Throughout the past year and a half I’ve heard many stories, such as whispering and voices in the empty ballroom on the second floor. Things moving by themselves in the kitchens and 2nd floor. A marker was once thrown at me from an empty room, and you can hear footsteps behind you when you walk by yourself. The aura of the hotel itself is creepy, ecspecially in the basement. You always feel as if someone is watching, running through the upstairs cause you can feel something following you. Never walk alone at night, and never visit the keg room alone.

  2. I was working 3rd shift in the laundry room which is located in the basement, I’d hear whispering, see shadows, I’d often hear someone whistling. I was the only one down there and only oneworking besides the front desk attendant. On the 3rd floor staircase I saw a shadow of a tall man and would hear foot steps but when I’d go look, nobody was there. I also had a bar of soap thrown at me while cleaning a room on the 3rd floor.

  3. I visited there this year during a band playing upstairs. I took out my phone to record. I caught 2 orbs fly away once they seen me recording. The entire place is creepy.

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