Haunted Places in Marengo, Iowa



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    Machinist's Hall

    Conroy, Iowa

    6.2 miles from Marengo, IA

    This meetinghouse was once a school, and it is said to be haunted by flickering lights in the night. Voices have been heard behind the building, as well. Note: Some Internet sites mistakenly call it "Mechanists Hall."


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    Indian Dam - Indian Fish Trap State Preserve

    Homestead, Iowa

    9.4 miles from Marengo, IA

    The restless spirits of the Sauk Nation people who build the dam are said to haunt this area during full moons. The sounds of chanting and drums have been heard.


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    Mary Wright - Granny Sprague Cemetery

    Homestead, Iowa

    9.4 miles from Marengo, IA

    The ghost of Mary Wright, a child of 6 who died in 1854, appears as a pale blue light over her grave, some say. She is said to appear during the final minute of each year.


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    Greencastle Cemetery

    North Liberty, Iowa

    19.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    Something eerie may be going on in this old cemetery. Even though no one has been buried here for a long time, reports say the earth looks freshly dug up. Tombstones are said to move about, and some have seen a teenage witch dressed in black with long, dark hair. ...


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    Parkers Grove Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    19.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    According to reports, one gravestone boasts a carving of a face. The stone face is said to cry tears at night.


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    Shellsburg Cemetery

    Shellsburg, Iowa

    22.8 miles from Marengo, IA

    In the cemetery stands a statue of an angel, which marks the grave of two children who died in the 1940s. Locals say the angel statue will cry real tears at night.


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    Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    24.3 miles from Marengo, IA

    The building was the town library until 1985. According to stories told by locals, one day in the 1960s a regular patron named Hazel visited the library. She was seen walking through the rooms by patrons and employees alike. However, it was soon realized that Hazel had passed away in ...


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    Coe College

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    24.9 miles from Marengo, IA

    The resident ghost here is Helen, a student who died of influenza in 1918. A grandfather clock located here is said to have been donated by her parents; it used to be in her dorm. Some say the clock is where her spirit lives, but she may come out at ...


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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    25.1 miles from Marengo, IA

    The ghost of a little Czech girl named Tillie is said to linger in this cemetery, haunting through the night carrying a lit candle. It is said she may try to pull visitors into a mausoleum.


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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Vinton, Iowa

    25.3 miles from Marengo, IA

    This cemetery is home to a ghostly woman on horseback who wears a white dress and rides up and down the train tracks. There are also reports of strange phenomena surrounding a statue and apparitions of military men who wander in the portion of the cemetery for unknown soldiers.


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    Stello Performance Hall - Mount Mercy

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    25.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    Reports say that a nun once hanged herself from the choir loft balcony, and she now wanders the halls. Especially haunted is said to be Warde Hall.


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    Brucemore

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    25.9 miles from Marengo, IA

    The library is allegedly haunted by a poltergeist-type entity who moves objects, laughs and makes other noises. Some people claim to see a glowing "presence" in the library as well.


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    Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

    Palo, Iowa

    26.5 miles from Marengo, IA

    Locals will point out that there are 13 stairs that lead up a hill into this cemetery. Unexplained voices have been captured on tape here, and visitors have seen apparitions and felt the touch of something unseen.


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    Wildwood Apartments

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    26.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    It is said that a convicted child molestor once lived here and was beaten to death by one of the victims' parents. Some say you can hear the cries of his victims echoing through the apartment halls late at night.


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    Carlos O'Kelly's

    Marion, Iowa

    28.2 miles from Marengo, IA

    The bar is said to be haunted by prank-playing spirits. Workers say the lights flicker, the blenders start up by themselves even when unplugged, and plates fall off their racks.


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    Slater Hall - University of Iowa

    University Heights, Iowa

    28.8 miles from Marengo, IA

    It is reported that on the ninth floor a student once jumped to his death. Students say his ghost roams the halls carrying an ax, and footsteps and screams may be heard at night.


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    Currier Hall - University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa

    29.1 miles from Marengo, IA

    Students like to tell of a triple suicide that occurred on the 4th floor. The reason? Three roommates fell in love with the same man. It is said that if roommates get into arguments, their ghosts will step in to restore harmony. Rumor also has it that the ghost of ...


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    Granger House Museum

    Marion, Iowa

    29.3 miles from Marengo, IA

    Folks around these parts will tell of a ghost at the Granger House Museum. Her white figure is said to be seen at midnight, sitting in front of a window.


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    Black Angel - Oakland Cemetery

    Iowa City, Iowa

    29.6 miles from Marengo, IA

    Strange phenomona occur here, seemingly revolving around two statues: the Black Angel and a young girl set on a pedestal. Folks have reported seeing strange lights and the Angel walking about as a glowing shape. It is said that the little girl statue will pick out one member of a ...


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    The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    30 miles from Marengo, IA

    Is it an optical illusion or a spirited trick? Locals say that if you visit this cemetery at night and turn off your headlights, you will see a tree that looks as if it has no trunk. It appears to float in the air. Reports say there used to be ...


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    Watt's Antiques and Collectables

    Iowa City, Iowa

    30.4 miles from Marengo, IA

    This address, at the corner of Muscatine Ave. and Dearborn Rd., is now an antique store that is rumored rumored to be haunted. People are said to have heard footsteps, voices, seen apparitions, and felt patches of paranormal feelings (ex. cold spots, uncomfortable feelings...) A great place to visit for ...


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    Clubb House Restaurant

    Sigourney, Iowa

    32.9 miles from Marengo, IA

    Lots of orbs and ghosts, pans falling off shelves! Customers feeling people touching them. (Submitted by Debbie and Justin)


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    Riverside Cemetery

    Riverside, Iowa

    33.3 miles from Marengo, IA

    It is said that many pairs of glowing eyes, belonging to the many graveyard spirits, can be seen by those who drive past.


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    Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

    Tama, Iowa

    33.6 miles from Marengo, IA

    Screams and arguing voices have been heard when no one is around. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Bucksbaum Center - Grinnell College

    Grinnell, Iowa

    33.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    A haunted wheelchair is said to reside on the stage in the performing arts building. Sometimes it has been known to roll out onto the stage during rehearsals or performances. Legend has it that it is the spirit of a former theater director paying a friendly visit.


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    Springville Cemetery‎

    Springville, Iowa

    37.1 miles from Marengo, IA

    According to reports, a gravedigger died in 1920 while digging a grave. He fell in and broke his neck, which killed him instantly. It is said you can still see him working at night, with a glowing green shovel.


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    Matsell Bridge - Matt's Bridge

    Central City, Iowa

    42.1 miles from Marengo, IA

    Legend around town says that if you drive out the the middle of the bridge and shut off the car, an unseen force will push your car across the bridge. What's more, you will hear strange sounds outside around your car, and when you leave the place, you will see ...


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    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa

    45.4 miles from Marengo, IA

    An old hanging tree is said to lie behind the first group of trees in back of this cemetery. Orbs and shadowy figures are reported to appear here; the area is said to be an old Native American burial ground.


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    Riverside Cemetery

    Marshalltown, Iowa

    46.9 miles from Marengo, IA

    It is said that in the older part of the cemetery there was a chair that looked as if it had been made of wood, although it was concrete. Urban legend said that those who sat in the chair would die within a year. There are contradicting reports as to ...


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    Buchanan County Court House

    Independence, Iowa

    47.3 miles from Marengo, IA

    It is said that in the late 1800s or early 1900s a man was hung here, but something went awry with the process and he died a slow, painful death. His ghost is said to haunt the place at night; it has been seen hanging from a rope.


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    Walmart - Flammang Drive

    Waterloo, Iowa

    47.6 miles from Marengo, IA

    Even Wal-Mart is not immune to spirits. Employees say Jeremiah, a 12-year-old boy, haunts the store by playing pranks, moving merchandise and tugging on the employees' smocks. He also taps them on the shoulder at times. Those who have seen him say he is pale, thin, and wears black pants ...


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    Newton Community Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    50.1 miles from Marengo, IA

    T.G., or Theater Ghost, is said to haunt this building. One board member reported seeing an apparition of a man on the stage, and it is said that actors often have difficulty finding their props. Any such difficulty, of course, is attributed to T.G.


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    David Ryan House

    Newton, Iowa

    50.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    Actual details of this alleged haunting seem to spring from a single source, a local paranormal group who claims the house is haunted. Alleged haunting is basically hearing footsteps and voices. Some EVPs are claimed by the paranormal group that offers occasional tours of the house for interested ...


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    Newton Daily News

    Newton, Iowa

    51 miles from Marengo, IA

    The Daily News building was built in 1921 specifically for the town newspaper. Over the years, rumors and jokes have been heard from the newsroom to the press room about ghosts haunting the old building. Since inviting members of the Jasper County Paranormal Idealist to investigate the building on Oct. ...


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    Capitol II Theatre

    Newton, Iowa

    51.1 miles from Marengo, IA

    The theater, which first opened in 1927, is said to be haunted by an eerie presence. One employee was forcefully pulled backward by his hair. Paranormal researchers investigated in 2012, and the results turned up unexplained photos, strange sounds, and physical contact from the presence.


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    Children's Forest

    Newton, Iowa

    51.2 miles from Marengo, IA

    Locals will tell you that an antique glass jar was found in these woods and taken to a nearby resident's garage, and shortly thereafter, the spirit of a very sad-looking Native American appeared and walked right through a table. The next day, the jar was taken back to the forest ...


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    Penguin Lady of Graham Hall

    Pella, Iowa

    51.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    At Central College in Graham Hall, there is a locked room rumored to be inhabited by someone they've nicknamed the Penguin Lady. Residents there say if you place a sheet of paper under the door, it will be quickly sucked into the locked room. When the staff unlock the door, ...


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    Edinburgh Manor

    Monticello, Iowa

    53.4 miles from Marengo, IA

    Built in 1908, this building is rumored to be hopping with haunts. It has been a mental institution among other things, and at least 80 people are said to have died here. For ghost enthusiasts, the place is available for private lockdowns.


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    Strayer-Wood Theatre

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    53.4 miles from Marengo, IA

    Zelda is the nickname students have for a ghost who plays the piano, makes strange noises, or causes some of the equipment to work by itself.


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    Bartlett Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    53.5 miles from Marengo, IA

    Students tell of a Halloween haunted house that was to be set up in the hall, but the resident spirits must have liked the idea and were willing to lend a ghostly hand. During the setup, so many eerie things happened, flickering lights, slamming doors, temperature changes, that the students ...


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    Lawther Hall - University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    53.5 miles from Marengo, IA

    According to some reports, a soldier named Augie is said to haunt the building. It is said that he passed away there when the hall was used as the infirmary. Students have reported cold spots, strange sounds, and moving objects. Other reports say that the place was never an infirmary ...


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    Top of the Rock Grille

    Fairfield, Iowa

    54.9 miles from Marengo, IA

    The origin of the hauntings at this restaurant is uncertain. What IS certain, is that it's haunted. Witnesses have seen objects moving by themselves in the kitchen and heard whispering and voices in the bathrooms. They have also heard the sound of people walking on the upper floors when no ...


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    Ottumwa Cemetery

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    55.5 miles from Marengo, IA

    Night visitors to the cemetery have seen shadowed figures sitting on tombstones or running behind trees, and heard whispering and footsteps in the grass. There has also been reported a white cat who will run in circles around your feet, and then vanish.


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    Stagecoach Inn Museum

    Manchester, Iowa

    55.6 miles from Marengo, IA

    The Stagecoach House, formerly an inn and a museum, is now a private residence, so please respect the owners' privacy. The building is said to be haunted by the Baker family, who used to own and run the museum and are buried in a nearby graveyard.


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    Sugar Grove Cemetery - Metz Cemetery

    Newton, Iowa

    55.8 miles from Marengo, IA

    This old cemetery is known for a glowing tombstone, purportedly owned by Charles M. Baker, who died April 17, 1881. According to urban legend, when vehicle headlights shine into the cemetery from a nearby interstate bridge, the tombstone emits an eerie glow. No one knows the reason behind this phenomenon.


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    The Mud Man of Metz Bridge

    Newton, Iowa

    56.4 miles from Marengo, IA

    As urban legend has it, a mud monster, or Mud Man, lives under the bridge. Some say the Mud Man is a spirit lingering from a fatal car accident that once occurred in the mud near the river; the body was never found. Others assert the tale was created by ...


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    Hotel Ottumwa

    Ottumwa, Iowa

    56.7 miles from Marengo, IA

    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 ...


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    Lennox College

    Hopkinton, Iowa

    56.8 miles from Marengo, IA

    I was scrolling through the haunted places in Iowa and wanted to suggest adding the Lennox College campus in Hopkinton. A family friend is the mayor of the little town and said when people stop by for a tour, they've seen a woman in one of the dorm hall windows ...


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    Pettlon Family House

    Manchester, Iowa

    57.1 miles from Marengo, IA

    This home was built by the Pettlon family back in 1913, and has been in the family all that time. It is now for sale as of 2014. A member of the Pettlon family has shared with us her paranormal experiences there: "Visiting my Grandmother in the family home ...


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    Maple Hill Mansion

    Monroe, Iowa

    57.6 miles from Marengo, IA

    This home was picked up and moved in early 2013, to a spot some six miles away from its original location. The man who had purchased the land and house wanted to tear it down and build a new home on the spot, so a preservationist purchased the house ...


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