The Jonathan Padelford

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The Jonathan Padelford is a Mississippi River steamboat that’s believed to be haunted by a man who drowned after climbing to the top of the pilothouse and then falling from it into the river. Both employees and passengers have heard this phantom scene replay, complete with footsteps and a large splash. No one is ever found in the water. Sightseeing cruises are offered on the steamboat.

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Dr Justus Ohage Blvd
St Paul, MN 55107
United States

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44.934966, -93.09776569999997
Ramsey County, Minnesota
Nearest Towns:
Saint Paul, MN (0.7 mi.)
West Saint Paul, MN (1.3 mi.)
Lilydale, MN (1.9 mi.)
Mendota Heights, MN (4.1 mi.)
South Saint Paul, MN (4.2 mi.)
Sunfish Lake, MN (4.4 mi.)
Mendota, MN (4.6 mi.)
Falcon Heights, MN (5.2 mi.)
Maplewood, MN (5.2 mi.)
Roseville, MN (5.7 mi.)

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  1. This phony “paddle-wheeler” (it has props below the water-line) has only been around since,like, the late 60’s or early 70’s. Don’t you think a spectacular accident like the one alleged would have at least been mentioned in one of the local newspapers,or even radio or T.V.? I suspect the only spirits that are on this tourist trap are in the weak drinks served to a captive audience! Save your $ and visit a local orchard or corn maze instead–at least at these alternatives you can leave when you realize it’s a sham and you’ve had enough!

  2. This phony “paddle-wheeler” (it has props under the water) has only been around since the late 1960’s or early1970’s. Don’t you think a dramatic fatal accident like the one alleged in this P.R. campaign would have been mentioned in at least ONE of the local newspapers, if not radio or even T.V.? I suspect the only spirits on this tourist trap are weak drinks poured for a captive audience. Save your $ and visit a corn maze or orchard–at least you can leave when you realize it’s a sham!

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