Haunted Places in Rochester, Minnesota



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    The Kahler Hotel

    Rochester, Minnesota

    The ghosts of former Mayo Clinic patients are said to haunt the hotel, causing eerie sounds and smells and quick temperature changes.


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    Quarry Hill Nature Center

    Rochester, Minnesota

    The wooden "dead man's bridge" is, according to local legend, where a man hanged himself in the 1960s. Other eerie things on the premises are a small cemetery and several caves that are rumored to be haunted.


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    Mantorville Opera House

    Kasson, Minnesota

    14.6 miles from Rochester, MN

    Built in 1918, the Mantorville Opera House building has been a club, a speakeasy, a silent movie house, a skating rink, a city hall and a civic center. It is believed to be haunted by several spirits, including former actors and entertainers and a woman who the staff nicknamed Ellen. ...


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    Mrs B's Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Lanesboro, Minnesota

    32.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    It just wouldn't be a haunted inn without a famous ghost, and this delightful historic bed and breakfast is allegedly haunted by Buffalo Bill, where he stayed the night on several occasions. In Room #001 (River Song Room), a curious apparition has been reported. Guests have reported seeing a shadowy ...


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    Anderson House Hotel

    Wabasha, Minnesota

    33.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    Parts of this historic bed and breakfast inn date back to the 1850's, and it's not surprise that the place is said to be haunted. The most famous ghost in the old-fashioned establishment is a female spirit known as 'Sarah'. It is said that she was under the impression ...


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    St. James Hotel

    Red Wing, Minnesota

    37.7 miles from Rochester, MN

    The hotel building was built in 1875, and several spirits are believed to haunt it. The first is a hostile entity that haunts all floors of the building, and which has been known to attack guests and to slam doors. The second apparition is that of a lady in a ...


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    It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

    Owatonna, Minnesota

    37.8 miles from Rochester, MN

    The bar called It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere is said to be haunted. Reports say the apparition of a man in old-fashioned duds and a puddle of blood appear out of nowhere. The bar was a funeral home and a used furniture store in past incarnations.


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    West Hills

    Owatonna, Minnesota

    38.4 miles from Rochester, MN

    Ghosts of orphaned children are rumored to linger in this former orphanage, laughing audibly. Witnesses also have seen the floor move and warp and smelled phantom cigar smoke. Books also have moved, temperature has been known to change drastically, and phone calls have been made to the police department from ...


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    St. Mary's College - Heffron Hall

    Winona, Minnesota

    38.6 miles from Rochester, MN

    Heffron Hall at St. Mary's College is known to have a ghost, that of Father Louis Lesches, who murdered Bishop Patrick Heffron in 1915, and who may have been involved in the suspicious burning death of Rev. Edward Lynch in 1931. Witnesses have seen apparitions, experienced cold spots, and had ...


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    362 Cummings Street

    Winona, Minnesota

    40 miles from Rochester, MN

    The house at 362 Cummings Street is rumored to be haunted. Some of the things witnesses have experienced here include shadowy figures, moving objects, locked doors opening on their own, crashing sounds, and banging from the basement.


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    Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast

    Cannon Falls, Minnesota

    40.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    Built in 1897 for a prominent local physician, this bed and breakfast inn appears to now be a private residence. During the establishments heyday, guests reported catching glimpse of a shadowy apparition in the Quilters Haven Room. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Winona State University

    Winona, Minnesota

    41.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    At Winona State College, two halls are rumored to be haunted. On Lourdes Hall's 3rd floor, posters and pictures have been moved or taken off the wall, doors close and lock on their own, and voices can be heard when no one is there. On the 4th floor, which was ...


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    Pieces of the Past

    Winona, Minnesota

    41.5 miles from Rochester, MN

    Pieces of the Past is an antique store housed in an 1850s building that's the setting for many a local legend. It has housed many businesses, including a law office and a brothel (and at the same time). At the brothel, so the stories say, one of the women was ...


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    Treasure Island Resort and Casino

    Welch, Minnesota

    43.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    One night after leaving the Treasure Island Resort and Casino, a man pulled over to take a nap. A few moments later, he heard footsteps coming toward his car, sounding like the walker was dragging one leg. The man looked out his car window and saw a bony old ghost ...


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    St. Olaf College

    Northfield, Minnesota

    46.6 miles from Rochester, MN

    The four buildings rumored to be haunted at St. Olaf College are Hilleboe Hall, where children singing and playing piano have been heard; Kelsey Theater, where deceased Miss Kelsey has been witnessed playing the piano onstage; Melby Hall, where the apparitions of a man and a woman in Victorian clothing ...


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    William G. LeDuc House

    Hastings, Minnesota

    52.4 miles from Rochester, MN

    Civil War quartermaster General William Leduc's home, built in 1865, and his family reportedly dabbled in spiritualism. Many spirits are said to reside here, and the apparition of General Leduc himself has been spotted. His daughter Alice and family friend Carroll Simmons are believed to be here as well, and ...


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    Rosewood Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Hastings, Minnesota

    53 miles from Rochester, MN

    People have reported seeing a strange glowing apparition walking around the grounds and inside the historic inn. When the inn was abandoned for a period of time, people were reportedly chased by the spirit on various occasions. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Treat Me Sweet

    Hastings, Minnesota

    53.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    Treat Me Sweet was a restaurant (no longer open) rumored to be haunted by a former owner who committed suicide in the kitchen.


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    Regents Center - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa

    59.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    Students tell the story of an unfortunate janitor at this sports facility who committed suicide in the 1990s. Staff members have reported seeing his ghost.


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    Larsen Hall - Luther College

    Decorah, Iowa

    59.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    The third floor is said to be haunted by Gertrude, a ghost who likes to pull fire alarms and hide students' belongings, or replace students' clothing with old-fashioned versions. She is reported to be the spirit of a prospective student of the college who was killed by a car while ...


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    Porter House Museum

    Decorah, Iowa

    60.2 miles from Rochester, MN

    Actual details of this haunting are vague and hard to come by. Most accounts simply refer to "playful spirits" who inhabit this estate, without any specifics on the actual details. If you've encountered any ghostly activity while visiting the museum, drop us a line and share some details!


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    Grey Cloud Island

    St. Paul Park, Minnesota

    60.3 miles from Rochester, MN


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    Hamlet Park - Dead Man's Pond

    Cottage Grove, Minnesota

    60.4 miles from Rochester, MN

    Legend has it that the little swampy, algae-covered pond in Hamlet Park claimed a victim long ago, and today it is haunted... and lies in wait for its next victim.


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    Cottage Grove Cemetery

    Cottage Grove, Minnesota

    60.6 miles from Rochester, MN

    Reported in this cemetery have been an apparition seen in the storage shed window and phantom perfume aromas.


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    Le Sueur County Historical Society Museum

    Elysian, Minnesota

    61 miles from Rochester, MN

    Some odd things have been reported at this museum: disembodied voices, a typewriter and a record player that worked by themselves, and a service bell that rang on its own.


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    Andy's Market Hill - Scott Park

    Apple Valley, Minnesota

    61.9 miles from Rochester, MN

    At the popular sledding spot called Andy's Market Hill, aka Dead Man's Hill in Scott Park, legend has it that a little boy named Dameon was sledding in 1998 when he was killed accidentally by an archer who shot him in the eye. Now, Dameon's sledding apparition is seen here ...


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    Conover Road Ghost Family

    Ridgeway, Iowa

    62 miles from Rochester, MN

    Acoording to local lore, a family of four once died near a group of evergreen trees along the road. Their four shadowy apparitions have been seen near the place.


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    Montgomery Golf Club

    Montgomery, Minnesota

    62.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    Montgomery Golf Club is home to two ghosts, maybe more. One's identity has been traced to a farmer who once lived on the land and is said to be buried on the first hole of the golf course. His apparition has been spotted in a hat and overalls. The other ...


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    Del's Bar

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    62.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    According to patrons, the bartenders at the bar are willing to dispense ghost stories, including tales of how a male maintenance employee was once told to leave the women's room by an unexplained voice. Giggling voices can also be heard in the bar. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Warehouse Concert Venue

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    62.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    We have owned the building for 25 years, operating on the 2nd and 3rd floors as a non-alcohol concert venue. Building was built in 1888, and has in the past had various businesses such as clothing stores, tailor shops, harness shop, general store, with the 2nd floor being ...


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    Bodega Brew Pub

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    62.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    The pub has changed ownership many times due to the haunting by former owner Paul Malin. Since his death, reports of activity in the building have included slamming doors, objects moving inexplicably and even the apparition of the deceased former owner. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Old Holmbo Residence

    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    62.5 miles from Rochester, MN

    Former owner Nicolai Holmbo hung himself in the front room of the house in 1904, and locals reported sighting his apparition staring down into the street late at night. Screams and moans came out of the building, and strange flashing lights moved around the house, despite the fact that it ...


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    Afton House Inn

    Afton, Minnesota

    62.7 miles from Rochester, MN

    The 1867 historic inn is rumoured to be haunted by a ghost or two. The spirit set here include a woman known as 'Margaret', a young boy in old-fashioned breeches and the apparition of a farmer. Other encounters indicate that disembodied footsteps, cold spots and the smell of ...


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    The Devil's Punchbowl

    Menomonie, Wisconsin

    63 miles from Rochester, MN

    Visitors have heard strange noises and experienced unexplained temperature drops here. Balls of light are sometimes seen and some legends even talk about people encountering gnomes; guests who joke about these entities say their cars suddenly won't start upon returning back. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

    Menomonie, Wisconsin

    64.8 miles from Rochester, MN

    The center is believed to be haunted by the ghost who may be Mabel herself. She was the daughter of Captain Andrew and Bertha Tainter, who built the nonprofit theater for the community after their beloved daughter died at age 19. Other ghosts have been reported here as well, including ...


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    Children of Iron Hill

    Charles City, Iowa

    66.2 miles from Rochester, MN

    According to local lore, in the 1920s there was a fiery train crash that killed many passengers. One car was full of orphan children who perished in the fires. It is said that the ghost children can still be heard crying, and sometimes the smell of burning is detected. Some ...


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    Riverside Cemetery

    Charles City, Iowa

    66.2 miles from Rochester, MN

    Visitors here have reported dark figures and a feeling of being watched. The ghost of a Native American is said to have been seen -- perhaps it is he who keeps an eye on the place.


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    Lake Elmo Park Reserve

    Lake Elmo, Minnesota

    68.9 miles from Rochester, MN

    The forest all around Lake Elmo (lake) is rumoured to be haunted by a middle-aged man who walks the trails in the early evening hours. Visitors who approach or greet the apparition get a surprise when the man disappears into thin air, no-where to be seen. People who walk ...


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    Big River Inn

    Genoa, Wisconsin

    69.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    This 1879 inn has a haunted restaurant. The ghost is said to be a former employee named Kenny who makes himself known by hiding things in the kitchen and turning on the TV.


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    Pizza Villa - West Salem

    West Salem, Wisconsin

    69.6 miles from Rochester, MN

    Doors shaking, lights flickering, cabinets open and close, dark shadows, spoons rattles, and boxes falling. (Submitted by Keelyn O)


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    Wabasha Street Caves

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    Wabasha Street Caves are sandstone underground caves available for tours. They are decorated with brick walls, stucco ceilings and carpet or tile floors. Apparitions seen here include a man in a panama hat, another man who meets a woman in the bar area around 3 a.m., a man who sits ...


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    The Jonathan Padelford

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.3 miles from Rochester, MN

    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 ...


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    Schmidt Brewery

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.4 miles from Rochester, MN

    Allegedly haunted by a variety of employees who died there in various ways. Details on the actual haunted activity are scarce but seem to fall primarily into the "eerie feeling" and "random sound" categories.


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    Mounds Theatre

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.5 miles from Rochester, MN

    At this 1922 playhouse building, folks have reported being grabbed physically while working late at night. An obscenity-shouting ghost named Red sometimes even throws objects at women, and a little girl in a pink dress may bounce a ball on the stage. But beware: Stories say some investigators didn't leave ...


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    Marie Schmidt-Bremer House

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.6 miles from Rochester, MN

    This house is known in these parts because it belonged to Marie Schmidt-Bremer, the daughter of Schmidt Brewing Company founder Jacob Schmidt. She and her husband Adolf Bremer had a son, Edward, who was kidnapped in 1934 by the Karpis-Barker gang. The house is haunted by an apparition of a ...


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    Elk Mound Tower

    Elk Mound, Wisconsin

    70.7 miles from Rochester, MN

    According to local folklore, a dragon is buried under Elk Mound and a ghost haunts Elk Mound Tower. Witnesses have reported screams, howls, laughter, eerie lights, unexplained mists, and a nauseated feeling after visiting.


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    St. Paul City Hall - Ramsey County Courthouse

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.8 miles from Rochester, MN

    The Ramsey County Courthouse is haunted, say witnesses who have seen apparitions in old-style clothes and heard laughter in empty rooms and high heels walking down empty halls. The apparition of a shoeshine man has been seen in the lobby, and another man has been seen hanging from a noose, ...


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    Forepaugh's Restaurant

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.8 miles from Rochester, MN

    Forepaugh's Restaurant serves French cuisine in an 1800s Victorian mansion. It is believed to be haunted by Molly, a young maid who had an affair with Joseph Lybrandt Forepaugh. When Joseph's wife Mary caught them in bed, pregnant Molly hanged herself from a chandelier and threw herself out a third-story ...


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    Landmark Center

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    70.9 miles from Rochester, MN

    This beautiful castle-like location is said to be haunted by Jack Pfeiffer, a former bellhop who got in with gangsters and began laudering money. He was arrested and, fearful of going to prison, killed himself by poisoning in his jail cell. Jack's ghost enjoys ladies, drinking and partying, and can ...


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    Fitzgerald Theater

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    71.1 miles from Rochester, MN

    The 1910 Fitzgerald Theater is reportedly haunted by Ben, thought to be a former stagehand, and Veronica, a former actress. During a restoration in 1985, workers removed a false ceiling and discovered a second balcony, on which was a note written to Ben. Since then, a male apparition has been ...


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