Haunted Places in Wanatah, Indiana



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    Valparaiso University

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    7.8 miles from Wanatah, 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

    8.7 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Inn at Aberdeen

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    10.8 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Dog Face Bridge

    La Crosse, Indiana

    12.6 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Baums Bridge Inn

    Kouts, Indiana

    14 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Wolf Mansion - Josephus Wolf House

    Valparaiso, Indiana

    15.1 miles from Wanatah, 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

    17.2 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Indiana Dunes State Park

    Chesterton, Indiana

    17.9 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Carolina Street Demon House

    Gary, Indiana

    23.7 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Crown Point Sheriff's House and Jail

    Crown Point, Indiana

    24.1 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Posey Chapel

    Rolling Prairie, Indiana

    26.3 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Reeder Road

    Griffith, Indiana

    26.9 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Potato Creek State Park

    North Liberty, Indiana

    28.8 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Lake Prairie Cemetery

    Lowell, Indiana

    31.2 miles from Wanatah, 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

    32.4 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Ax-Man's House - Ax-Man's Bridge

    Crete, Illinois

    34 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Whihala Beach

    Whiting, Indiana

    35.3 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Tippecanoe Place

    South Bend, Indiana

    37.2 miles from Wanatah, 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

    37.5 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Memory Gardens

    Rensselaer, Indiana

    37.5 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Saint Joseph's College

    Collegeville, Indiana

    37.8 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Saint Mary's College - Le Mans Hall

    Notre Dame, Indiana

    38.3 miles from Wanatah, 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

    38.8 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Hacienda Restaurant

    Mishawaka, Indiana

    40 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Maple Tree Inn

    Blue Island, Illinois

    43.2 miles from Wanatah, 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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    The Givens Castle - Beverly Castle Academy

    Chicago, Illinois

    44.3 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Green Hornet Trolley Disaster Site

    Chicago, Illinois

    44.6 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Holmes Death Castle Location

    Chicago, Illinois

    45.3 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Evergreen Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    46.8 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Midlothian Turnpike

    Midlothian, Illinois

    47 miles from Wanatah, IN

    Drivers on the turnpike have reported phantom cars and trucks that appear suddenly, causing the drivers to swerve. Phantom gang activity also has been seen, involving car chases full of gangsters shooting at each other with tommy guns. Some drivers have collided with the ghostly vehicles, even hearing shattered glass ...


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    St. Mary's Cemetery

    Evergreen Park, Illinois

    47 miles from Wanatah, IN

    The cemetery and surrounding areas have seen a lot of violent deaths, but despite that, not a lot of ghostly phenomena have been reported or known here. However, drivers past the cemetery late at night have seen a man leaning against the fence and looking at them as they passed.


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    Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

    Midlothian, Illinois

    47.2 miles from Wanatah, IN

    Beginning in the 1970s, visitors here have seen orbs, apparitions, phantom vehicles, and even a floating, shrinking, and vanishing phantom farmhouse. A mysterious black dog and figures in monks' robes also have been seen. Investigations by ghost researchers have turned up ghostly images and electronic voice phenomena.


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    St. Rita of Cascia

    Chicago, Illinois

    47.6 miles from Wanatah, IN

    This site is known for a harrowing experience said to have happened on All Souls Day (November 2) in the 1960s. Reports say a small gathering of parishioners witnessed the organ begin to play by itself as 6 robed monks, 3 in red and 3 in white, advanced toward the ...


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    John J. Glessner House

    Chicago, Illinois

    47.6 miles from Wanatah, 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

    47.8 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Camp Falcon

    Wanatah, Illinois

    48.1 miles from Wanatah, IN

    Location is on 143rd street, (Midlothian Turnpike) about about a 1 mile west of Oak Park. Just a mere road across the street from Tinley Creek Woods about half a mile into the woods. It is unknown when the camp grounds were abandoned or why but location has been ...


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    Benton House

    Chicago, Illinois

    48.2 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Congress Plaza Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois

    48.5 miles from Wanatah, 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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    Chicago Board Options Exchange

    Chicago, Illinois

    48.8 miles from Wanatah, IN

    A 1979 battle over a trade has resulted in some lingering spirits. The two angry men involved in the conflict decided to step outside, where they fought near the horse statue fountain. One man was hurt so badly that he died before paramedics could help him. Janitors in the building ...


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    Manteno State Hospital

    Manteno, Illinois

    49 miles from Wanatah, IN

    The 1930s Manteno State Hospital suffered a typhoid fever epidemic in 1939, and more than 50 patients and staff members died. The hospital eventually was renamed the Manteno Mental Health Center; it ceased operations in 1985 and the complex became business rentals, a bank, part of the Illinois Diversatech Campus ...


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    Death Alley

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.1 miles from Wanatah, IN

    Death Alley is the alley behind the Oriental Theater, formerly the Iroquois Theater, believed to haunted by ghosts from Iroquois Theater Fire on December 30, 1903. The theater was full of nearly 2,000 people when the fire broke out, thought to be caused from faulty wiring, during a vaudeville show ...


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    Site of Fort Dearborn

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.1 miles from Wanatah, IN

    The intersection of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue in Chicago's Loop area was once the site of Fort Dearborn. Road workers there found many buried human skeletons, and since then there have been many sightings of ghostly apparitions of 19th-century settlers in the area. The fort is gone now, but ...


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    House of Blues

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.2 miles from Wanatah, IN

    Reports say the site is haunted by the ghost of a little girl who died of an illness. Witnesses have seen and heard her, and in one instance she was found playing with a living boy's toys. She asked the boy to play with her, but when he screamed, she ...


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    Jane Addams Hull House

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.2 miles from Wanatah, IN

    Used as a settlement house beginning in the late 19th century, Hull House operated as a place that attempted to influence and improve the lives of the poorer neighbors in the community. The most often repeated story about Hull House (and the inspiration for the story Rosemary's Baby) is that ...


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    Clark Street Bridge

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.3 miles from Wanatah, IN

    The Eastland Disaster occurred nearby in 1915, in which an overloaded passenger steamer Eastland capsized while still tied to the dock, killing over 800 people. It is said that their moans and cries can still be heard around the Clark Street Bridge.


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    Holy Family Church

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.4 miles from Wanatah, IN

    At this old church, one of the few structures that survived the Chicago Fire, parishioners have reported seeing a white apparition.


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    St Turibius Church

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.4 miles from Wanatah, IN

    At this old Roman Catholic church, the ghost of a priest named Father Joe Lechert lingers. It is said that after a church reorganization he was let go, and as a result, he died of a broken heart. Parishioners and altar boys say they have seen his ghostly figure and ...


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    Water Tower

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.4 miles from Wanatah, IN

    This 1869 limestone tower, one of the symbols of Old Chicago, was built for use in firefighting. It is said to be haunted by a man who died in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Instead of fleeing, the worker stayed to man the pumps, and it is said that when ...


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    The Dome Room - Excalibur Nightclub

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.5 miles from Wanatah, IN

    This night club is said to be haunted by presences that linger from when it was once used as a makeshift morgue, during the Eastland Disaster in 1915.


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    Drake Hotel

    Chicago, Illinois

    49.5 miles from Wanatah, IN

    The historic Drake Hotel's tenth floor is believed to be haunted by a ghostly woman in red. As legend has it, she was at a New Year's Eve party in 1920 when she caught her husband with another woman, and she flung herself to her death from the tenth-floor window.


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