Haunted Places in Koontz Lake, Indiana



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    Potato Creek State Park

    North Liberty, Indiana

    10.4 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Potato Creek State Park has 327 acres of fields, woodlands, prairies and wetlands. It is said to be haunted by ghostly children who have drowned here while swimming or fishing over the years. The plaintive sound of a child crying or calling for its mother has been rumored to come ...


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    Tippecanoe Place

    South Bend, Indiana

    21.4 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Tippecanoe Place is a restaurant within the Studebaker Mansion, once owned by Clement Studebaker of automobile fame. Studebaker's child and nanny were seriously injured when a fire broke out in the nursery and he killed himself not long after. Employees see things moving from the corner of their eye and ...


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    Holiday Inn City Center

    South Bend, Indiana

    21.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Pilots and flight attendants staying at this hotel have reported seeing a ghostly flight attendant in the mirror and sitting on the edge of their beds. Rumor has it she was killed by a pilot at the hotel. Now known as the Magnuson Grand Hotel South Bend.


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    Hacienda Restaurant

    Mishawaka, Indiana

    22.7 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Once a private mansion, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant is rumored to be haunted by apparitions of those who used to live here. Some stories say one apparition belongs to a maid with whom the mansion's owner had an affair. When the maid became pregnant, he shunned her, so she hanged herself ...


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    Saint Mary's College - Le Mans Hall

    Notre Dame, Indiana

    23.2 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    A scary apparition of a girl hanging from a noose has been witnessed at the Le Mans Hall bell tower. Legend has it that she committed suicide in that very spot years ago. Also, the infirmary on the fourth floor is said to sport blood stains resulting from a girls' ...


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    University of Notre Dame

    Notre Dame, Indiana

    23.3 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    "Win one for the Gipper" is a term that references the University of Notre Dame ghost George Gipp, a legendary Notre Dame footballer. His ghost is reputed to haunt Washington Hall ever since he died from strep throat in December 1920. He manifests as night noises and footsteps, slamming doors, ...


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    Posey Chapel

    Rolling Prairie, Indiana

    24.3 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    According to stories, over 150 years the church burned down and its preacher hanged himself from the tree near the gate. Now, folks say red eyes and a red light are seen here and in the woods. Orbs and the voice of a woman singing to guitar music also have ...


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    Dog Face Bridge

    La Crosse, Indiana

    24.9 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Spooky legends surround this old bridge. The stories involve a honeymooning 1950s couple and a dog that ran out in front of the car, causing them to drive off of the bridge. Reports of many things have been made in the vicinity, including apparitions of bodies, apparitions of a females ...


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    Valparaiso University

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    28.9 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    At the Alumni Hall at Valparaiso University, two ghost children, age 8 or 9 and wearing jogging pants, are known to run up and down the hallways at about 2 a.m. According to some of the student residents, the ghosts have spoken to them and told them they were playing ...


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    Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    29.9 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Porter County Jail and Sheriff's House is rumored to be haunted and has been used at Halloween for a haunted house attraction. Witnesses have described many strange occurrences including orbs of light and objects that turn up missing.


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    Baums Bridge Inn

    Kouts, Indiana

    32 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    This inn is reported to be home to a the apparition of a man surrounded by a dim light. He is said to appear around midnight and may be a bit shy: Rumor has it that if you look at him too long, he will become enraged and appear in ...


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    Inn at Aberdeen

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    32.2 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    A playful haunt at this 1830s-era inn has been known to hide guests' belongings in odd places. For example, one guest's missing lipstick turned up in a shoe. Cold spots and disembodied footsteps also have been reported, and psychic and ghost-hunting teams have determined that there are spirits of a ...


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    Winchester Mansion

    Elkhart, Indiana

    32.2 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The 1905 Winchester Mansion is home to the ghost of former resident Nellie Knickerbocker, some say. Folks working at the businesses housed in the mansion have noted the attic light coming on by itself, objects falling off shelves, and strange sounds. Reports tell us that when Nellie Knickerbocker was alive, ...


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    Lerner Theatre

    Elkhart, Indiana

    32.3 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Lerner Theatre is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a tech director who had a heart attack and died on the job. Witnesses say lights flicker and strange sounds come from the attic, and a ghostly figure, some say, can be seen in the second-floor box seats when ...


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    Ruthmere Mansion

    Elkhart, Indiana

    32.6 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Ruthmere Mansion is rumored to be haunted; witnesses say the ghosts set off alarms and sirens inside the mansion especially on Halloween. Some report the sound of phantom gunshots here as well. It should be noted that employees at the house museum say they have never experienced any hauntings here.


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    Indiana Dunes State Park

    Chesterton, Indiana

    34.1 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Around 1915, this area was mostly wilderness, and stories often came from fishermen about a naked woman who would swim in the lake. She was said to be Alice Marble Gray, a hermit who lived along the beach. She was the daughter of a Chicago couple and was cultured and ...


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    Old Kosciusko County Jail and Museum

    Warsaw, Indiana

    35 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The Old Kosciusko County Jail was in operation from 1870 to 1982. In 1982 the new Justice Building was completed and took over the housing of the inmates. The Old Jail subsequently became the home of the Kosciusko Historical Society now shares the county Genealogy Library. Employees, volunteers and visitors ...


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    Wolf Mansion - Josephus Wolf House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    35.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Legend has it that the mansion owner went crazy after slavery was abolished, and in his rage, he killed all of his slaves and their children. Some stories say he even killed his family while he was at it. Then he killed himself. Now, folks say, an unexplained light comes ...


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    Old Porter Road

    Portage, Indiana

    36.3 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The shadowy figures that have been seen along the train tracks by Old Porter Road are a mystery. Some say they are almost doglike, with a tail and glowing yellow eyes. They have been known to run alongside trains and bay into the night.


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    Elkheart Civic Theatre

    Bristol, Indiana

    40.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The Elkhart Civic Theatre (aka Bristol Opera House), housed in an 1897 building, is said to be haunted by ghosts who send books and papers flying off shelves, levitate small objects, run sewing machines and project moving shafts of light. Shadows and an apparition of a floating dark-haired woman have ...


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    Frost Cemetery

    Dowagiac, Michigan

    40.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    If you drive by there is also a head stone that glows green. You can hear giggling from insides the cemetery late at night. And you will sometimes see figures hiding among the stone. (Submitted by Kollin)


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    Barbee Hotel

    Warsaw, Indiana

    41 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    This historic hotel was frequented by Al Capone, who would stay in Room 301 and clear out all the rest of the guests so he could be alone. Cleaning staff have smelled cigar smoke coming from his room and have seen an ghostly man sitting in a booth in the ...


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    Olympia Books

    Dowagiac, Michigan

    43.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Olympia Books is no longer in operation according to reports, but it is said to have a ghost named Mr. Bock. His name comes from lettering stenciled in the hallway that leads to the apartment upstairs. The ghost has been known to knock books off of shelves or place them ...


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    Beckwith Theatre Company

    Dowagiac, Michigan

    43.6 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Dating back to the 1800s, the theater company is haunted by a young Depression-era girl. Her apparition has in rare cases been seen, sometimes along with whispers or laughter, but more often witnesses will find that their personal objects have been moved or hidden.


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    Carolina Street Demon House

    Gary, Indiana

    44.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The house was said to be haunted by more than 200 demons. Witnesses have reported levitating children, swarms of flies that mysteriously appear in winter, footprints, and apparitions. The demons were believed to have possessed the three children of the family who lived there, and case workers, priests and police ...


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    Mount Hope Cemetery

    Logansport, Indiana

    45.3 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Phantom sounds of horses and whistles that echo your own have been reported in this cemetery that dates back to the 1800s. Also, some reports say there are mausoleums here with spooky inscriptions like "Knock three times and they shall come."


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    Crown Point Sheriff's House and Jail

    Crown Point, Indiana

    45.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The Crown Point Sheriff's House was built in 1882, and the jail was added on in 1926. This is the very jail from which John Dillinger made his notorious escape in 1934. He used jail-issued razor blades to carved a gun out of part of a wooden washboard. He used ...


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    Reeder Road

    Griffith, Indiana

    48.1 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Local lore about Reder Road tells of Elizabeth Wilson, a hitchhiking ghost who drowned in a swamp when her car went off the road. Her ghost waits at the roadside for a ride to her former house, but she disappears from cars at Ross Cemetery, where she was buried in ...


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    Saint Joseph's College

    Collegeville, Indiana

    49 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Some of the many oddities at St. Joseph's College include a spirit in the chapel, a rumored exorcism at Aquinas Hall and reports of witnesses hearing voices in their heads inside Drexel Hall. Also, Dwenger Hall is rumored to be possessed, and the ghost of a baby is said to ...


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    Tillett Cemetery - Hookman's Cemetery

    Peru, Indiana

    49.4 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Tillett Cemetery is also known as Hookman's Cemetery because of a local tale of a ghostly man with a hook for a hand who prowls the nearby roads looking for victims. Thick, eerie fogs and cold spots are known to materialize in the area as well.


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    Memory Gardens

    Rensselaer, Indiana

    50 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Memory Gardens is a cemetery with a haunted statue, locals claim. The saint statue at the back of the graveyard is rumored to move at night, keeping watch on visitors. Some say its head and arms will change position. However, the cemetery is closed after dark and trespassers will be ...


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    Lake Prairie Cemetery

    Lowell, Indiana

    51.8 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Apparitions of deceased townspeople, ghostly mists, and orbs all have been reported at this cemetery, especially in the southern half, which is the oldest.


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    Stallbohm-Kaske House

    Munster, Indiana

    53.4 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    According to locals, the original inn that stood here burned down on Halloween of 1909. And in 1949, resident Wilhelmina Kaske passed away in a front bedroom, and these incidents may have led to the house's hauntings. Witnesses have reported a figure leaning out of the barn window, a presence ...


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    Anderson Cemetery

    Lawton, Michigan

    54.7 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Anderson Cemetery has a legend that explains a glowing headstone. So the story goes, a man came to the Morris family home and shot the whole family and the maid, then stole a horse. The family was buried here, and on the anniversary of the murder, the headstone is said ...


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    Okie Pinokie

    Peru, Indiana

    54.8 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The Okie Pinokie Woods, according to local legend, are full of disembodied spirits. One of the many legends about the place centers on Joey Peoria, a young man who disappeared while camping in 1976. Brutally murdered men began showing up in the area, and folks say it was Joey who ...


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    Old Whitley Jail

    Columbia City, Indiana

    54.9 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Old Whitley Jail, constructed in 1875, is said to be haunted by Charles Butler, a bully and alcoholic who shot his wife in the back in 1883. He was jailed here but escaped with four other prisoners when Sheriff Frank Allwein was out. But Butler was caught shortly thereafter when ...


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    Whihala Beach

    Whiting, Indiana

    55.1 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Some say that at Whihala Beach at night, you can see and hear phantom sailboats and apparitions of folks swimming and playing with innertubes in old-fashioned bathing suits.


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    Ax-Man's House - Ax-Man's Bridge

    Crete, Illinois

    55.4 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Legends told by locals say that in the 1970s, a man killed his wife, kids, and two policeman with an ax before hanging their bodies from meat hooks in his shed. When the police found out, he ran from them. The police gave pursuit and shot him in the woods ...


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    Strand Theatre

    Kendallville, Indiana

    63.3 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The Strand movie theater is haunted by a previous owner, whose apparition has been seen by many people in different locations throughout the building. The ghost also has been known to watch patrons through the projection room window, but ducks when anyone looks at him.


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    Restoration Lutheran Church

    Kendallville, Indiana

    63.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    At Restoration Lutheran Church, witnesses say, you may hear ghostly footsteps on the stairs, see apparitions of faces in mirrors, and hear strange scratching sounds. You might detect hot and cold spots and see tall, dark figures that may even toss chairs at you.


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    Maple Tree Inn

    Blue Island, Illinois

    63.9 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    This Louisiana-style brasserie serves up classic southern fare in a historic former speakeasy dating back to the early 1920's, and is rumoured to be haunted be a former owner. Known as 'Helen', the spirit haunting the place is not pleased with the changes occurring in her former establishment, and ...


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    Green Hornet Trolley Disaster Site

    Chicago, Illinois

    64 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    33 people were burned alive when a trolley collided with a tanker carrying gasoline. It is believed that victims may still be here reliving that fateful day. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    The Givens Castle - Beverly Castle Academy

    Chicago, Illinois

    64.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The 1886 limestone-towered castle built by real estate promoter and novelist Robert G. Givens is said to be haunted by his Irish wife, who passed away before she could come to America to live in her castle. Witnesses say her apparition has been seen walking up the hill to the ...


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    Holmes Death Castle Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    64.7 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    A post office now stands on the former site of the Holmes Death Castle, or Murder Castle, built by serial killer H.H. Holmes. He built the hotel to lure in 1893 Chicago World's Fair visitors, then tortured and murdered his guests, including women and children. In this area, witnesses say ...


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    2220 N Armstrong St

    Kokomo, Indiana

    65.5 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    2220 N. Armstrong Kokomo Indiana is now an empty lot. There is no longer a home on the property. It was burned by a serial arsonist. He caused more than 22 structural fires in Kokomo. My childhood home was his last. The arsonist lived ...


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    John J. Glessner House

    Chicago, Illinois

    66 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The prisonlike 1887 mansion is said to be haunted by its architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. His white apparition has been seen in the bedroom and on the stairs, and cold spots are felt about the mansion.


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    Triple Crown Seafood Restaurant

    Chicago, Illinois

    66.3 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    Housed in an old apartment building, this restaurant is rumoured to be haunted by a former resident. A shadowy apparition has been seen lurking near the bathrooms, and dirty dishes left out overnight have been known to clean themselves. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Congress Plaza Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois

    66.7 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    This is one of those hotels that is so old and has so much history floating around it that there are practically as many ghost stories as there are room. The Al Capone one (where people claim to see him waking the halls) however is one that is certainly ...


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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    66.8 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The phantom hitchhiker in this ghost story is a teenaged girl who looks for a ride to Evergreen Park, where she vanishes from the vehicle. Legends say her body is buried in Evergreen Cemetery within the park, but her identity or the reason for her restlessness is unknown. This ghost ...


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    Benton House

    Chicago, Illinois

    67 miles from Koontz Lake, IN

    The Benton House, circa 1909, may be haunted by “Ma” Benton. Witnesses have seen apparitions and heard slamming doors and footsteps, and someone unseen has been known to put out the fire in the fireplace. The place was featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters.


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