Lover's Leap

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Local legend says that in the early 1830s, a young man named Lou Millville became friendly with the Native Americans who lived nearby, especially the chief’s daughter White Cloud. One day, Lou followed two braves into the woods to learn the whereabouts of some nearby lead mines. He was discovered, captured, and ordered to jump from the cliff. Instead of jumping, he attacked his captors, forcing them over the cliff before he lost consciousness. When he came to, he found White Cloud’s moccasins beside him. Having secretly followed him in her canoe, and thinking him dead, White Cloud had removed her shoes and leaped over the cliff. Millville found her as she lay dying on the rocks below. He buried her on the cliff where she had jumped.

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Elkader Iowa
United States

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42.86281363157952, -91.40688586165197
Clayton County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Elkader, IA (0.6 mi.)
Saint Olaf, IA (4.7 mi.)
Farmersburg, IA (7.1 mi.)
Littleport, IA (7.7 mi.)
Volga, IA (7.9 mi.)
Garnavillo, IA (8.7 mi.)
Elkport, IA (10.7 mi.)
Garber, IA (11.1 mi.)
Wadena, IA (12.7 mi.)
Monona, IA (13.1 mi.)


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  1. I have stayed at the ole holiday inn(now the clarion inn) at the amana colonies I-80 several times and each time I have asked the maids if the inn was haunted and they all say “yes” but few people ask about it anymore…..they call it “a friendly ghost” who haunts the hallways and rooms…they have all seen and heard her…..she isn’t scary….she just wanders around ….in 1980 there was a double axe murder there and the ghost has been there every since…here is the link to the murders ….

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