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Haunted Places in Iowa

Iowa Hauntings

 

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Ackley - Hazzl Green Cemetery - It's an old cemetery about 5 miles south of Ackley out in the country. There’s a gazebo and there is said to be and old lady sitting in a rocking chair holding a baby.


Algona - Gypsy Grave Yard - Just north of town is a small graveyard with an even smaller graveyard fenced off toward the back. It is said that when the Gypsy wagon trains would pass through town back in the 1800's, and one of their flock was sick and dying, instead of taking them further on the journey and not having Gypsy hollowed ground to bury them in they would just bury them there, while still alive. Many ghostly figures have been seen hanging around, and if you cross the small fence and walk on the hollowed ground you will be cursed. This is a favorite haunt for the local teens.


Algona - Plum Creek Pits - Back in the far corner there has been a little boy said to be playing near the waters edge legend has it that the little boy was running back to the river on the other side of the pits when he tripped on a stone and was stabbed by a stick he had fallen on. The local fisherman who use to fish their say they have seen this boy walking on the bank of the pit when they yelled to him he seemed to have looked up and ran back towards the river and disappear nobody knows what this boys name is or even his age.


Alton - Floyd River - It is said that three teenagers hung themselves in an old broken down house just off the Floyd River. You can still see three ropes hanging from the rafters of the house. There is a path elading to the house with a No Trespassing sign on it and when you cross it the haunting starts. Legend has it, the haunting never stops.


Amana - Ghost Corner- in a cemetery there. there is a stone that is said on the last minute of every year a light blue figure hovers over her grave.


Ames - Iowa State University - C. Y. Stephens Auditorium - The auditorium is haunted by the benevolent ghost of C. Y. Stephens. He is especially present in the basement tunnels that run between the auditorium and the coliseum and Fisher Building. Cold drafts and footsteps are among the ways he makes himself known. He can also be seen from the stage sitting in the back right corner of the third balcony whenever the house lights are on and the stage lights are low. His presence is thought of, at least by dancers in the annual
Nutcracker production, to be a sign of good luck for the performance.

Ames - Iowa State University - Memorial Union Hall - pays tribute to graduates of Iowa State that died in various wars. There is a low, eerie moan that can constantly be heard in this hall. No one can figure out any log ical reasons for this moan (and the college is flooded with engineering and architectural majors). Rumor has it that the moan is the voice of the only woman to graduate from ISU and die in WWI.


Anamosa - Holy Cross Cemetary - behind this small graveyard on a hill there is a grouping of trees that will lead you to one big tree. where it is said that many hangings occured. The area with the trees is said to be an old Indian burial ground as is much of Anamosa. Some have seen orbs and shadowey figures.


Appanoose - Centerville - Railroad Tracks - If you park your car on these tracks, turn it off, and put it in Neutral, little kids will push you off the tracks.. You will hear foot steps in the rocks while they are pushing you...


Avon - The track - Apparition of a man holding an old lantern walking the tracks, then disappears.


Bloomfield - Davis County Middle School and Elementary - If you are in the building at night you can see weird shadows and sometimes hear voices and moaning. Up by the 5th grade there is a corner and if you are up there sometimes you can see a shadow around the corner and hear a moan but if you look around the corner nothing is there. Also in the big storage room aka "bowling alley" you can hear moans and see shadows when nothing is there.


Boone - The Boone News - Republican - Working at night in the old news paper office you can hear footsteps running up or down six or so steps to and from the production area. No one is there. Also, once and awhile you might here your name called and people walking upstairs. Again the place is empty.


Boone - Kate Shelly High Bridge - Kate Shelly was famous for saving a train from going off of the tracks on the bridge that is now known as the Kate Shelly high bridge. It is said that if you look up at the tracks (bridge) at night you can see a mysterious outline of a person and a dim light like a lantern running on the tracks. People around here say that it's Kate forever reliving the incident that saved a train and lots of people. - September 2004 CORRECTION: located west of the City of Boone, is not the bridge where Kate Shelley saved the passenger train. It was actually first structured in early 1900's and was named "The Boone Viaduct". It was renamed for Kate Shelley in the 1960's. The bridge has wonderful tales of "Specter" Steam Engines and ghostly "watchmen" that walk it. The original bridge that Kate Shelley crossed was demolished in the 1930's. Kate Shelley's ghost, accordingly, haunts the hamlet of Moingona, Iowa, South West of City of Boone, where the story took place.


Boone - State Nursing Home & Hospital - Yelling and screaming has been heard & seeing apparitions of different people walking
around.- September 2004 Update: the old structure is falling in on its self and will be slated for de molition soon. The county has involved a no trespassing rule, since some people for Des Moines and the surrounding area decided to use it as "paint" ball battlefield two years ago. The home has several structural issues to it, including a collapsing floor. In regards to haunting and "things", yes, there's something to it. A lot of people suffered there, and the sadness of that place can be felt today.


Buckeye - House - There is a house and this only happens at night. This house is really old almost 100 years. At night, in upstairs the floorboards creek as if someone was walking up them one after another. The door in one of the rooms open on its own, but it jams shut.


Burlington - National Guard Armory - Reportedly there are doors that won't stay shut and that slam shut by themselves. People working there late at night have heard sounds of Horses and footsteps when there is no one there. A witness saw a reflection of a face of a man with a handle bar mustache in a computer screen and turned around to find no one there.


Burlington - Stony Hollow - Urban Legend - It is said that if you go to that bluff and say the ghosts name 3 times she will appear and if she drops a rose you will die the next day. It is said that a boy did it and died the next day.


Carroll County - Carrollton - This place is in Carroll County. You drive east out of Carroll on HWY 30, and turn right at the Deham=2 0turn, which is right by the Golf Club. Drive until you reach Willey,(about 5 miles) go through Willey, straight until you see a sign Carrollton 4 miles. Turn left and drive straight. You will come into the town and on your right there is an old abandon house that people have reported seeing, hearing and feelings the spirits. If you keep going, you will reach the school, which a boy killed his teacher in many years ago. You will enter the school seeing one thing, and the next day it won’t be there. There is also a cemetery here, where people have reported seeing figures from the gates. Little girls dancing were seen. Many reported that you will start walking in the cemetery and it will get foggy and you will be able to see your breath.


Cedar Falls - University of Northern Iowa - Lawther Hall - Was believed to be haunted by the spirit of a soldier named Augie, who died there when the building was being used as an infirmary. Students in this residential hall have reported strange noises, cold spots, and movement of objects. Lawther Hall has always been a women's dorm, and at no time was it ever used as an infirmary. During the war it was used partially as a dormitory for WAVES- definitely not men. In fact, the stories told of Augie center largely around the fifth (or perhaps fourth) floor attic areas. These were never used as rooms, but were originally recreational areas for the women in the dorm. In the early 70's, these rooms were closed (1972, I believe ) because they were deemed in disrepair and quite unsafe. For a few years, a hall Halloween Haunted House called "Augie's Attic" was held there until a fire started accidentally one year, and the activity was banned. In fact, to say that Lawther is the dorm that is primarily haunted could be entirely incorrect. Next door to Lawther, in fact attached to, is Bartlett Hall. Bartlett has an identical layout, and though is now coed, was once all female as well. To suggest that the two have been confused is not unlikely.


Cedar Falls - University of Northern Iowa - Bartlett Hall - Bartlett shows all signs of being haunted. This past Halloween, a "not exactly prohibited but very extremely hush hush" haunted house was held in the attics of Bartlett. Whilst setting up, students underwent lights flickering, doors shutting, and vast temperature changes. It got to the point that they were ready to stop bothering with their set up; simply take money and usher people through the rooms. However, to their great disappointment, subsequent trips have yielded nothing in comparison to October 30th.


Cedar Falls - University of Northern Iowa - The Strayer-Wood Theatre - is haunted by a ghost known affectionately by the theatre students as "Zelda", who apparently haunted the old theatre building before moving with the department into the new structure. Many theatre students have reported strange noises, including mysterious piano music (when no one else was in the building), and equipment has myste riously worked by itself.


Cedar Rapids - Brucemore - A glowing entity has been seen in the library of this building.


Cedar Rapids - Coe college - There have been reports that a ghost named "Helen" haunts the place. She died of influenza in the epidemic of 1918 and her parents donated a grandfather clock, which used to be in her dorm. Students say sometimes at night the her spirit leaves the clock, plays the piano in the parlor and stands by kids beds and pulls covers off of them.


Cedar Rapids - Domino's Pizza - Workers report cold spots, hearing foot steps walking around the store when you are the only person in there, pans started flying at us like someone was throwing them, but there was know one there. “We ran out of the store and when we got brave enough to go back in we found all the pans had been put back on the shelf.”


Cedar Rapids- Linn County - Mckinley Middle School - At night when the janitors are working they hear things and footsteps and they feel things touching them and cold spots when no ones around.


Cedar Rapids - Mount Mercy (Stello Preformance Hall) - A nun hung her self from the balcony of the choir loft. She is said to haunt the whole building of Warde Hall. Supposedly she wander the halls, people have been said to feel the presence of another entity behind them. Also she has been reported to been seen in the halls.


Ce dar Rapids - Oak Hill Cemetery - It is said that Tillie, a small Czech girl, can be seen at night caring a flickering candle, and has said to have tried to pull people into a nearby Mausoleum.


Cedar Rapids - Parkers Grove - There is a gravestone with a carving of a face here and when you go there at night, you can see the face cry and his eyes are wet!!


Cedar Rapids - Rawsons Flatland - This a supposed to be haunted by a two to three year old girl, named Josephine, wearing a white t-shirt and has short hair about to her cheeks. If you see her you will remember quite a bit about her, then by the time you turn to take a second look she will be gone.


Cedar Rapids - Westdale Mall - A young girl was working a late night shift, when she was about to close and turn all the lights off. The freezer door, which was shut & locked, Flung open for no apartment reason. The young girl ran and has never been alone again. It is said it is a ghost of a man whom died while building the mall.


Cedar Rapids - wildwood apartments - It is said that about 20 years ago, there was a convicted child molester living in one of the buildings. Years later one of the victim’s parents confronted the man and beat him to death. His body was found 3 days later. It is rumored that you can still hear the innocent cries of his victims echoing in the halls late at night in wildwood apartments.

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Charles City - Iron Hill - In these woods behind the old white farm there have been sightings of a little girl dressed in white, also various girls have been heard. Around Halloween you can hear faintly a chanting that is something like this, "ring around the rosy..." and "wanna come burn with me". Around 1920 there was a train car full of orphans that burned down on the railroad tracks that run through there. a burned rag doll has been found. They say it is there graveyard yet no family ties have been found.


Charles City - Riverside Cemetery - This cemetery next to the river is a very strange and eerie place, sensing the darkness and windy roads. Dark figures have been seen walking around and standing over graves and a few people have been attacked or approached by figures that refused to step into light. An Indian has also been seen out there, it is a place that you feel someone is watching you at all times. Being by the mausoleum is probably the best place to see or hear things or along the river bank.


Cherokee - American Theatre - East Main St. - It has been said by the employees that work in this old movie theatre that the former owner, Mr. Goldie, haunts it. A previous theatre manager related a story about an incident that occurred to him, when he was all-alone in the theatre. Apparently on day as he was walking across the stage he looked out at the seats where the customers would sit. And he saw one seat ab out 3-4 rows from the front and 2 seats in rocking slowly all by itself. There are other stories to be told of the hauntings there, but all you need to do...is come, and visit with the staff at the American Theatre.


Clarinda - Clarinda Academy - There are a lot of tunnels under the town and the Academy. They used these tunnels along time ago for the mentally ill. They starved them down there for years. It is said that five boys have disappeared when walking through the tunnels. Many people have seen and heard footsteps and screams.


Conover - 4 shadowy figures said to have been seen along Conover road, against a stand of evergreen trees. Supposedly a family died there years ago.


Coon Rapids - Elk Grove Cemetery - There is a little headstone. If you get in the right angle and just wait a couple minutes it will start to glow.


Council Bluffs - Fairview Cemetery - This cemetery is home of the "Black Angel." Dodge's wife died and in her remembrance they made a statue of the angel that she dreamt of before she died and put it in the front of the cemetery. The statue is known as The Black Angel. Her eyes follow you no matter what direction you go. Whoever is "blessed" by her is on the sickly side from then on. Small lights have been seen in the trees behind the older grave sites. Feelings of someone walking on the heels of visitors.


Council Bluffs - General Dodge's House - The Dodge House was owned by General Dodge and his family. The community has tours go through it, to make some money off of its beauty and age...The real story is that General Dodge is still there wandering around or sitting in his rocking chair. Around dusk everyday, you can hear 2 men arguing if you stand in the middle of the street. Late at night you can see small flashes of light around the dodge house lawn, and get a very faint smell of fire. Dodge's wife died and in her remembrance they made a statue of her and put it in the front of the cemetery. The statue is known as The Dark Angel. Her eyes follow you no matter what direction you go. Whoever is "blessed" by here is on the sickly side from then on.


Council Bluffs - Lewis and Clark monument - A submitter wrote in reporting having a scare there, if you know anything about this place, please email - HauntedPlaces and make sure you put the location and state in the heading.


Council Bluffs - Old library-Now Union Pacific museum - This is the old Council Bluffs library, which has now been restored to a wonderful looking and brand new Union Pacific railroad museum. Before the renovation occurred, many people were hesitant to venture into the basement of this Carneige structure due to books literally flying off the shelves. Many experienced items mysteriously disappearing, only to have them return later. Also, some have reported dark-shadowy figures being seen in the basement. Not too many folks want to go into this basement alone.


Dakota City - Historical Museum - It is said to be that the Dakota City Historical Museum is to be haunted at night. Some nights you can drive by it and see shadows, and lights going on and off in the windows. An old lady gives tours there in the summer and says that it could be haunted by the founders of Humboldt County or by the famous wrestler Gotch. - December 2003 update/addition: The submitter to the addition has heard of a fisherman walking around there, possibly he is there because the Des Moines river is right next to the museum and there is a story of a fisherman drowning to death there many years ago. Another story that is true is that if you walk up to the front sign of the museum and ask it any question it will move to the right-meaning yes or it will move to the left-meaning no. please note it is a hanging sign on hinges. Some people might think it is the wind doing this but it only happens on calm nights when there is no wind or gusts at all. There is a lot of history at the museum.


Davenport - Blackhawk Hotel - There has been many circumstances of seeing a lady roaming the halls wearing a red or blue evening gown. There has also been instances of pianos playing in the main ballroom misc. disturbances with employees. Acter Cary Grant also died on the 8th floor and has been seen walking the halls.


Davenport - Masonic Temple, Brady St. - Currently owned by Palmer College. Security reports many types of haunting phenomenon at all hours of the day.


Davenport - Palmer College of Chiropractic - One of the lecture halls which were built in the middle 1800's is residence to several ghosts which have been known to fly around the ceiling, causing the hanging lamps to swing back and forth. There are no air vents nor fans even near the ceiling. The occurrence happens on a regular basis and has been witnessed by many classes of soon to be
chiropractors.


Davenport - police station - Bell Tower - When the station was first built the guards used to hang prisoners in the bell tower so no one could hear or see what they were doing. If you go east behind the police station at night and look up to the bell tower you can see a man still hanging in the first window.


Davenport - Scott - City Hall - A heavyset man reportedly sits in the city council chamber. They call him Hal. The legend of Hal goes like this. Hal was a citizen who was extremely upset with city government. He ran for alderman of his ward.(3) He lost by a landslide to the incumbent, but Hal wasn't going to let that stop him. He attended every city meeting that was held in the chamber until he died of a heart attack at 63. Hal has been seen at least 100 times. He also has been said to walk around city hall, and former mayors have said they have seen them in their office on more than one occasion. Often t imes Hal is smoking a cigar.


Davenport - St. Ambrose University - Ambrose Hall - When there are only a few professors left in the building late at night, they have heard strange noises. They have heard foot steps and seen lights flickering on and off. It's said that it is an old priest that died many, many years ago.


Davis City - Cemetary - can be seen shooting across the cemetary very late at night. Animal sacrifices have also been known to be practiced in the early nineties. As you enter the cemetary a sudden feeling of pressure is often felt.


Davis County - Mars Hill - It's the only extant log church in Iowa now. There is a graveyard to the right of the church. Rumors are that is a hot spot for seeing UFOs, but other things have gone on there too--Black Mass has been held in the abandoned church; evidence has been left behind, like inverted pentagrams in red paint or blood on the floor. I've been there and there is a positively suffocating force
there--it's like you can't breathe and you get the impression there are tons of eyes watching you. Very creepy! And, just down the hill
from the church is Crybaby Bridge, where at midnight if you turn off your car on the bridge, you can hear the sounds of babies and small children crying.


Decorah - Luther College - Larsen Hall - The ghost's name is Gertrude. She has been known to open and close doors in rapid succession and move pencils a nd other small objects when students aren't looking.


Decorah - Luther College - Regents Center - Regents Center is an athletic facility. In the 90's janitor killed himself and other staff members report seeing his ghost.


Des Moines - Air Lanes - Be hind the bowling alley lanes there is an upstairs that is rumored to have been used to be used for illegal gambling in the 1920's. Well if you go up stairs, down the hallway, and into this room up there and wait a few minutes you can hear noises. Some of them are alot of people talking, or you can hear dice rolling. you could hear your name being called.


Des Moines - Dowling high school - Reports of a purple orb seen.


Des Moines - Drake University Observatory - The Drake University Observatory is said to be haunted by Dr. Robert Morehouse. He was the first Chairman of the Astronomy and Physics Department and his claim to fame was discovering a comet in the 1920's. His remains, along with those of his wife, are interred in the wall of the entryway. Students have reported many strange things happening in the basement, such as a feeling of being watched and an unknown force correcting the calculations in their observation logs.


Des Moines - Lincoln High School - Mainly occurs in the balcony of the auditorium. Unexplained lights flashing on and off in the light booth when it has been locked and nobody is in there. Seats of the wooden folding c hairs swinging up and down when nobody is around. Cold spots in certain areas. The curtains on the stage will rustle in a seemingly non-existent breeze when there is nothing that could cause it. There is no air conditioning in the school. There have also been unexplained noises such as tapping on the wooden floor of the stage, and banging on the seats in the balcony. If you go into the Paint Room, which is located in one of the wings of the stage, you get the feeling of someone watching you, and running their fingers up and down your back.


Des Moines - East High School - There has been seen a glowing blue light in a restroom there. The light flashed right behind two students who witnessed it in the mirror and disappeared before they could turn around. Before the flash there was a spark of electricity on the faucet when one of the students reached for it. This school is over 150 years old and there are at least 4 deaths.


Des Moines - Old Red Horse Armory - Was an old Cavalry armory. It is now the city school bus barn. When the National Guard was in the building soldiers who worked full time and were in there after hours reported hearing the clip clop of horses hooves and the jingle of harnesses off the small drill floor where the stables were. They also would catch glimpses of an older man dressed in an old cavalry uniform in the long back hall that only had a small light bulb at each end of it. They were not fanciful people=2 0who seen and heard these things. They were hardworking soldiers with their heads on straight who would never in a million years make up things like that.


Des Moines - Polk - Merle Hay Mall Tower - Merle Hay Mall, and a building in the mall known as the Merle Hay Tower, is built over the site of a Monastery that was closed in the 1950's. Rumor has it that on occasion a nun would become pregnant, with the pregnancy resulting in mis-carriage. These babies were buried in unmarked graves on the Monastery grounds, where the mall stands today. My grandfather used to drive an ice cream truck, and would deliver to the Monastery, and witnessed one of the nuns nursing (feeding) an infant in the kitchen of the Monastery. In present day, the Merle Hay Tower is said to be haunted by a figure wearing a very old style habit, who cries as she carries a dead child. People who have offices in the Tower report an elevator that moves between floors with no one aboard late at night. When the elevator stops, footsteps can be heard, but when the sounds are investigated, no one is around. Cold spots are frequent and a feeling of being watched when alone is also reported. Others report hearing someone walk into an office
and when they turn around, no one is there.


Des Moines - Saydel High School - there is a little girl that sings around the hallways at night.


Des Moines - Terrace Hill - There have been witnesses who have seen a trans parent little girl, eyes in pictures following them and many other things. In the middle of the elevator(which is code activated)goes up and down and opens.


Des Moines - Weaver House - this house has a table the seems to be haunted.


Dubuque - Grand Opera House - voices , footsteps and apparitions are present here.


Dubuque - The Ham House - This building is said to be one of the most haunted places in Dubuque. It was once a large private residence, but is now a museum. People have experienced classic encounters such as cold breezes, strange voices and chills running down people's spines. Several of the caretakers have reported objects mysteriously out of place and lights flickering. There have even been reports of eerie cries coming from the servant's house, the master bedroom, and the nursery.


Dubuque - The Saul House - In 1992 a 14 year old boy killed himself with a knife in his home. And the people that have moved in have said that knifes have been lying in an x on the exact spot he killed himself.


Eldora/Ackley - the Fellands old property - a stone garden is found there (one rock is found from the old Roman aqueducts) a spirit found from the norms house is alive there (under large center rock, never point him/her in the direction of the norms house. The second floor east room is a cross roads. The straight point in front lawn (most east north) has been used for magic rituals.

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Emmetsburg - Vacant lot behind Nauss Oil on Highway 18 - There once was a motel on this sight. The people that ran the motel lived in a house across the road for a while, then the motel was demolished but the drive way is still there. Sometimes an old man in a plaid shirt and chino slacks walks along the old drive way and stops 5 or 6 times like he is checking doors. The house across the street where the people lived was still standing in 2002 and they were renovating it.


Estherville - Oak Hill - its a cemetery and there is this hill that is haunted. The story is that a car full of football players were going to their game and their car stalled on this very hill. So they all got out and started to push the car up this hill then a car came around this bend and didn’t see the football players and hit them. All of the players died. People say that if you put your car in neutral between these 2 markers you will go uphill because the football players push you up the hill because they don’t want you to get hit by another car. Another story is that two children who lived in the nearby mansion were playing in the road when they were run over and killed. When your car moves, it is the children pushing it off of them. Anyway, the going up hill sensation is caused by an optical illusion. For this to work, you must be headed downhill. In the place where you stop, the road levels off and appears to go up in com parison to the rest of the road. If you go down the hill and around the curve and look back, you will realize that the entire road does indeed go down
hill.


Floyd - Charles City - Ioron Hill - Back on the new walking trail is the site where a train wreck happened. Reports of apparitions & people calling out your name.


Fort Dodge - Bannwell bridge - there is a bridge a few miles south west of clare. there is tree bridges total and if you look on a map it shows up like a triangle and a woman and her kids are supposed to haunt it. if you go there around midnight and stop on the bridge and get out of the car and wait. a womans face is supposed to come down the railroad tracks and it and follow you down the road till you go under a brigde about a quarter mile down the road. further on down the tracks where a road gos across the tracks you can stop your car and some kids will push you across. the story is that she hung her three children over the bridge and a train came along and hit the kids. - May 2004 update: they tore it down and are building a new bridge in its place.


Fort Dodge - Phillips Middle School - The school is supposedly haunted by a young boy who drowned in the pool. The boy has been sited peeking around corners and playing jokes on people. Also at night you can see a red glow and the smell of fire because of the alleged grease fire that happened in the home-ec room several years ago.


Fort Dodge - Hawkeye Theater - You always feel like someone is watching you. Whenever you are in a room by yourself, you are physically abused by an 'invisible hand'. Reports of a transparent little girl. IL


Fort Dodge - terror bridge - It has been said that a woman threw 3 of her 4 children off the bridge while a train was coming one of the 4 got away when you drive over the bridge at midnight your car will shutoff till your over the bridge and by her house where she hung herself and burnt down. if you go under the bridge her truck is still where she parked it. It is truly terrifying. it has also been said that you should lock your doors and roll up your windows or she will throw you over too.


Fort Madison - Iowa State Penitentiary - Built in the 1800's. Solitary confinement area: Guards refuse to go to the end of the corridor at night. Inmates have experienced cold spots, heard unexplainable moaning and chains clanking, seen apparitions and have been choked or physically attacked while alone in their 8x5(or smaller) locked cell.


Glenwood - Nuckolls Street - Located a block down the hill from the former Iowa Institution for Feeble Minded Children along the original banks of Keg Creek (where I've dug up several Indian artifacts while gardening). Mostly its been the typical kitchen cabinets opening and shutting for no reason along with cold spots and the feeling of an unseen presen ce. Its an old small house I bought a few years ago that was built before 1880. If I tell whatever-it-is to knock it off and go away things seem to calm down for awhile.


Grinnell - Grinnell College - according to an article in the Des Moines Register, there is an old wheelchair on the stage of the performing arts bldg. it belonged to the director of the theater dept, who retired by dying. It’s said to roll out on stage during rehearsals or performances for no reason. The students think it’s the friendly spirit of the theater director.


Guthrie Center - Cemetery - When going east out of Guthrie Center there is a cemetery to the left of you. In this cemetery is a gravestone shaped like a chair. This chair has been named "The Devil's Chair" it is said if you sit in it something bad will happen to you. My neighbor sat in it one night and two days later discovered he needed to have open heart surgery. Don't sit in this chair or you'll be sorry but if you do sit in it you're very brave, good for you!!!


Hamburg - Catholic Cemetery - Occasional sightings of a woman figure have been seen kneeling at the feet of the three Virgin Mary statues. Some have reported hearing wailing from the statues themselves.


Hardin - Eagle City - Eagle City Park - There are people that go to the park and worship the devil and chase you away if you try to watch them. There are rope that are in a barn=2 0at the park that are used to hang people at least it looks like that is what they are for. Also there is blood all over the ground in the barn.


Hutchinson - The Hutchinson Public Library- It is said that a lady was killed down in the basement and is still there today.


Independence - Buchanan County Court House - A man was hung sometime in the late 1800's to the early 1900's there, but when they did his neck didn’t snap, so he died slowly. Now he is supposed to haunt the building at night, walking around the building. a man who spent the night in one of the cells, said he saw it, but that it was a man hanging from a rope that went up into the ceiling. He isn't a very credible person though.


Indianola - Simpson College - In the late 1800s, a woman fell down the staircase of College Hall. She was apparently walking from the third floor when she tripped, broke her neck during the fall, and died instantly. On every Friday the 13th, it is said you can see her reflection or "shadow" in the third floor window while stepping on the college seal exactly at midnight.


Iowa City - Black Angel & Little Girl Statues - Reports of a glowing shape walking through the cemetery, believed to be the spirit of the Black Angel. She is also said to watch people and strange lights in connection with this statue. In there with the Black Angel is a small statue of a girl that is set up on a colu mn. If you walk under her and around her she will pick out someone in your group and stare at them until they leave. Also the closer you get to the little girl statue the warmer it gets. The farther you get the colder it gets.


Iowa City - University of Iowa - Currier Hall - According to rumor, a triple suicide occurred on the fourth floor when three dorm mates found themselves to be in love with the same man. They reappear to bickering roommates in order to promote friendship and harmony. There has also been a sighting of an older man on the E300's section of the building. This stern-faced man is the father of a former
tenant of Currier Hall.


Iowa City - Slater Hall - Floor 9 - Legend has it that a young student jumped to his death from the ninth floor. Ever since, footsteps can be heard, screams, and many residents have seen the young man's ghost walking late at night carrying an ax.


Iowa City - Slater Hall - Floor One - Legend has it that in the 1800's, a man they called "Penguin man" roamed the vicinity looking for young babies whose brains he liked to feast on. Legend has it that the "Penguin man" has been reincarnated into a fat, black, first floor RA. She roams the halls of Slater looking for innocent young students to eat. SLATER HALL IS VERY DANGEROUS. BEWARE THE WADDLER.


Iowa Falls - Eagle City - an outside church in lower Eagle city too many voices too recognize.


Iowa Falls - Thompson Hall Dormitory - This dorm and Union Cemetery across the road are both haunted. One resident advisor was
spending the Christmas holiday in the dorm alone, and reported hearing footsteps and voices from the unoccupied basement floor,
which was locked up, and no one could get into. There have also been sightings of Mr. Ellsworth (a town benefactor) and other ghosts in the cemetery, and strange noises can be heard in both places.


Johnson County - North Liberty - Green castles Cemetery - This is a very old cemetery, No one has been buried there in years. When you go there at night the dirt is freshly dug by many of the stones, as if someone was buried there that day. Tombstones move all by there self. Many people have seen a witch in black with long dark hair, she talks to young children. She looks like she is between 16 and 18 yrs. old.


Kossuth - Algona - Little Africa - Rumor is that there are several places here that have been the scene of murders. The old bridge you cross has been the place of 2 hangings. 2 of the roads have had accidents on them because people claims things have been standing the middle of the road and won't move. The old farm house is said to have the spirit of the old maid who worked for the family had an affair and the husband killed her...the family left rite after and everything in the house is still there. Out past the hospital cemetery. Worth going there.

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Lake City - Rainbow Bridge - A few miles south of Lake City, there is an old bow-string bridge, which is blocked off from traffic and cannot be driven on. If you walk out on the bridge at midnight, lay an unopened candy bar on the middle of the bridge and go back off the bridge and wait for 5 minutes in the dark, when you go back for it, the wrapper will be unopened and intact, but the chocolate is
gone. - October 2003 Update: visitors to our web site tried this and report it does not work.


Lamoni - Terre Haute – Terre Haute Cemetery - It is said that the cabin beside Terre Haute Cemetery, there is a little boy who plays on a swing set beside the cabin. He then motions for you to follow him and he guides you to the cemetery to where he is buried. When you reach the grave the boy disappears.


Laurens - infant cemetery - out in the middle of the country you will go up a hill on a gravel road. On top of that hill you will see an old run down white abandon house. To your left pushed back in the corner of A lot of trees you will see a small cemetery. No one has been buried here in years, and as you walk into the graveyard you will see to your left 3 small graves with the same last name. Legend has it that the three graves are from 3 little girls that lived in the house a long time ago until there father killed them. Some people went into the house and found a bunch of old toys and stuffed animals. Gusts of cold wind will blow as soon as you step out of your car, and many voices have been heard inside the small round cemetery.


Madrid - Mt Hope Cemetery - Toward the back of the cemetery there are five graves of children from the same family. One of them is Sara. She likes to follow visitors around and several have said they hear a child's voice asking for Ree. If she is not answered she will tug at clothes and touch people.


Manchester - Stage Coach House - The old stagecoach house and stables near Coffins Grove Park are said to be haunted by members of the Baker family who ran the stagecoach house and are buried in the family cemetery nearby.


Marion - Carlos O'Kellys - Many odd things occur including unplugged blenders going off, flickering lights, and plates falling off of racks for no apparent reason.


Marion - Granger House - It has been said that the white figure of a young woman can be scene sitting in front of a window at midnight.


Marion - group home for disabled adults - Many unexplainable things have happened here. Doors opening and slamming shut by themselves, cooking utensils flying out of their holder for no reason, knobs turned on the oven and coffee maker while no one in the room, fluorescent light bulb bursting even though it wasn't turned on.


Marshalltown - The ghost of the Quary, a 5th grade that was killed 30 years ago haunts the Quary forest. He calls to you from every corner of the forest and follows you around until you leave the forest. Also there are symbols carved into a wooden bridge in the forest.


Marshalltown - Riverside Cemetery - There is a chair made from concrete that looks like it is made of wood, that supposedly if you sit in it you will die within one year. There are rumors that some people, who died very normal deaths (like car accidents), sat in the chair a month or two before their deaths. - April 2004 Update:A visitor to our site reported the chair it is not there any more, but in fact it is there as of November 28th of 2004. It is in the older part of the cemetery. If you look for it you can find it.


Mason City - Ghosts of the rock stars - Some people occasionaly spot a plane crashing, and some say it was from the 1959 tragedy, when The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly died in the plane crash. Their spirits are rarely spotted, but 3 orbs were caught
on tape once, and it was in the same spot where the 3 rock stars died.


Metz - Sugar Grove Cemetery and Metz Bridge- Within the Cemetery there is a "Glowing" Tombstone...on the "Metz Bride" there is a story of the Metz Mud Monster where I guy wrecked his car into the mud, now river below and was never yet found...while on the bridge with my fellow friends we taped it and when viewing the tape later that night we saw a black "bei ng" run across the screen.


Milton - old house - this house used to be on the SE side of town and was then back in the late 1850s or so was a mortuary it was later moved to a central part of the town and occupied by residents these residents claim that the upstairs of this house is haunted by an old man and a little girl you can hear people talking and sobbing.


Missouri Valley - Roberts House - In the Winter months, (at night) you can hear, vividly, footfalls on the basement steps then a very loud crash, as if someone on the steps fell and hit the walls very hard. On the top floor sounds of doors closing, and water turning on and off. Outside (usually near 11:00pm) a Very loud boom sound, as if an entire wall was knocked in, is CLEARLY, heard. Smells of flowers and items being misplaced are reported.


Mitchellville - Iowa Correctional Institute For Women - Two little girls are repeatedly spotted wandering around these grounds, and another can be heard singing in the basement of one of the oldest buildings there.


Mount Ayr - Ted Row - Ted Row is a small cemetery in the country. In the daytime, there is a tree that contains an evil face. But at night, the spirits frequently make themselves known. It is not the cemetery but it is the woods that surrounds the cemetery that is haunted. Apparently about fifty to a hundred years ago, a small cult came the cemetery and did ceremonies. Now whenever yo u drive at night into the cemetery, you may enter but you may not be able to get out. The reason for this is because there is a glowing object in the woods and if this glowing object gets too close to you, you will not be able to start your car. But in order to witness the strange happenings you need to have your car turned off and lights turned off. You can have a flashlight with you but that is it. While you are in complete silence and complete darkness, something might run passed you several times and when you look nothing will be there. Sometimes you might hear moaning in the woods, sometimes you will hear what sounds like somebody pounding a metal sheet against a tree. Sometimes you will see a dark figure staring at you from a tree. And if you are really lucky, you will witness the strangest and scariest experience that you ever had. At times you might wait for a good five or ten minutes and nothing will seem to happen, but when you have given up all hope and decide to leave, all at once there will sound like a herd of elephants are all around you and make the loudest racket. You are guaranteed to jump in your car and take off, but that is just the beginning. If you leave your window open, while your driving, you will hear the object following you until you have reached the end of the pathway leading to the cemetery. Also the weather is completely different there, it could be a hot day and when you reach the cemetery, it will be cold. And it could be=2 0the clearest day and when you reach the cemetery it will begin to rain. And there could be no wind at all and when you reach the cemetery there will be ten to twenty mile an hour winds. - Fair WARNING – As with all other haunted places, you need to get permission before going in to a cemetery late at night. There may be NO TRESPASSING and you could be fined. Be smart and be safe, do it the legal way.


Mount Pleasant - Hwy 218 on Kentucky Rd.-Birthday Bridge - Supposedly years ago a girl hung herself from the bridge on her birthday if you go out there at night you can see her and on her birthday see her hanging.


Mount Pleasant - The Medium security Prison - This building used to be a Mental hospital and was built in the middle 1800s. It consists of an old stone center building with newer brick wings extending off the center to the east and west. Before it was converted to a prison in the 1980s a former worker on the 11pm to 7am shift on the top floor in the middle ward on the east wing. There were Offices and group rooms in the ward to the west of ours and the ward to the east was "empty". When they first started working that unit quite a few of the coworkers asked them things like, “aren't you afraid to work on that unit its so creepy up there and have you ever seen anything up there.” Not understanding their questions until one night when a terrible racket began on the empty unit. The only way it can be described is the sound of heavy metal furniture being dragged across the floor and slammed into the connecting door and wall. It shook the walls and actually woke up the patients on a few occasions. When it was searched the "empty" unit was always empty and looked like nobody had been in there for years. Apparitions have been seen in the halls.


Muscatine - Greenwood Cemetery - If you walk down the center of the cemetery you will hear the sound of footsteps running at you but when you turn to look at the direction the noise is coming from you will see nothing. A strong feeling of being watched and followed is felt. Even reports of a strange scream that seems to come from the other side of the cemetery but can hurt your ears at the same time.


Muscatine - Greenwood Cemetery - The Blue Angel - is a statue in the Greenwood Cemetery who used to hold a rose and if the person looking at the angel, if she dropped the rose, you were doomed to death. Eventually some people cut off her hand so that she wouldn't be able to hurt anyone anymore, but at night time her hand was still there, glowing in the night holding the rose that she might drop on you. When approaching the angel you will see the sky turn blood red and when you look at the trees cause the angel is set back all by itself in a cove, the short side of the trees will be swaying and the tall side will not.


Muscatine - Lutheran Holmes/ Luth eran Drive - Lutheran Holmes now a nursing home use to be an orphanage. There is said to be old tunnels underneath the building but have never been seen. Workers say that on the seven hundred in one of the room every time a new patient comes to that room they soon die. Also the six hundred hall call lights will come on and nobody is in that room. Residents say they see children running at night and asked the staff to ask them to be quiet. Behind is an old cemetery, which is closed and has a no trespassing sign. It is small and consists of mostly orphan graves. You get an uneasy feeling and want to leave.


Muscatine - Old Hershey Street Hospital - Some times you will be walking past the old hospital and the curtains will flutter or you might catch a glimpse of movement through the balcony. It was present during the civil war times and the owner says that sometimes he hears a stumble or a person limping at night.


Nevada - old story county home - The old Story county home is said to be haunted it closed down 15 yrs ago. They say if you drive by it at night you can see glows like a light was on. It is condemned now with no trespassing signs in front. It was an asylum where people with mental illness lived. They say you can hear moans and cries. So many people died there. It has been said some teenagers went to it one night at midnight and one of them got struck on the head by a piece of falling debris, like someone=2 0was jumping on the floor above them to make it fall.


New Providence - Reece park - A young women will appear in the corn field and you will hear her screaming. The young women killed herself out there, and it is her ghost that is known to haunt that very place.


New Virginia - cemetery - the grave of the first settler in New Virginia is said to be haunted. At midnight every night you can see a glowing light coming from this stone. They say the ghost if mad because they changed his gravestone.


Newton - Children's Forest - It is known that a neighboring resident found an antique glass jar in the woods of Children's Forest. A week later, when the jar was kept inside the resident's garage, a group of teenagers saw a depressed indian walking through a table. The next day they busted the jar against a tree inside the Forest, and now they say you can hear Indian calls from within the woods.


Ottumwa- Good Sam Nursing Home - a lady was screaming one night that she would not go to sleep untill the lady left the room, the people on duty that night tried to explain that there was nobody in the room. The lady replied that "yes there is, she's sitting at the end of my bed". sure enough there was an area on the bed that was pushed down that looked like there was sombody there, but there was nobody. The people noticed this and talked to the "invisible ghost" saying that "your scareing this poor lady and she cant go to sleep, could you please leave the room for tonight so she can get to sleep." sure enough right after they said that the spot on the bed when back to its normal stage where it didnt look like anybody was sitting there, the lady calmed down and went to sleep, but there have been more reports of the same thing at good sam's since then.


Pacific Junction - Ghost Town - It is said that on the other side of the train tracks, on some private property, there are some haunted houses. There have been sightings of orbs and also at least 3 entites. It is located just outside of town in between it and Glenwood.


Palo - Pleasant Ridge Cemetery - Pleasant Ridge is more commonly known as 13 stairs, because of the 13 stairs leading up a hill into the cemetery. Voices have been recorded on tape(EVP) that were not heard while there. Also, people have been touched by unseen things. Visitors have seen things human like shapes appear and disappear.


Pella - Central College - Graham Hall - A room that is locked up, believed to be haunted by the Penguin Lady. Residents have held sheets of paper under her door to watch her grab them with a sucking action, and later when the room is unlocked by staff, the residents find the paper placed neatly atop an extra desk or dresser.


Polk - Pleasant Hill - El Azteca Restaurant - When this restaurant was called Clay's, one evening while dining a butter knife forg ed it's way up between two tables that were pushed together (teeth side up) and fell suddenly on the floor. Witnessed by two people there was no possible reasoning behind this action - very bizarre!


Polk - West Des Moines - Barnes and Noble - Employees and patrons have seen books pulled off of shelves and dropped. They don't fall off it looks like an invisible hand has pulled it off and then it drops straight down.


Protivin - the creamery - witnesses have seen a face in the window. There has been Other reporting of strange noises and movements. A long time ago part of it burned down killing 2 people inside.


Oakdale - Iowa Medical and Classification Center - At night on certain units, especially segregation, you can sometimes see the shadowy figure of a man walking along the cells. You can only see the head and shoulders. Eerie feelings and cold sensations are also very common. More than a few guards and inmates have reported experiencing this.


Oskaloosa - Youngberg house - Faint, deep moans can be heard on the second story. Feet have appeared to be dangling down from the attic door. Right when you get up on the second story, an overwhelming feeling of fear and pain is reported by the owners. The house has had many owners and has been around for nearly 100 years.


Ottumwa - house of ghosts - In 1856 there was a man who had to go to war. His wife had died when his daughter was t wo. He had died the third week of war. His daughter and their servants were very sad. Three years after he had died she was 13 and she got sick. She died in 1870.In 1996 Brad Leedom was taking a shower in the house. Then he heard something up stairs. He walked up the stairs and saw writing on the window it said "Are You My Father". It is said on calm nights you can hear her singing and playing.


Ottumwa - Mars Hill - There are many legends about Mars Hill, a church and cemetery outside of Ottawa. there is said to be a "suffocating force" upon the place. Thumping against the side of your car along with dirty little hand prints.


Ridge Hauntings - Marquette is surrounded by bluffs on three sides, and the river on one side. It is rumored that the Indian mounds atop these hills are haunted. No one thought much of it until the hauntings started to happen closer and closer to peoples homes. At night, you can hear the ghastly moan of the lost souls of the Indians. There is much speculation of these happenings because there was a U.S. military trail about two miles north of Marquette used to transport Indians from fort Atkinson in Wisconsin, to Fort Atkinson in Iowa.


Rockwell City - North Central Correctional Facility - In the education building which is one of the oldest buildings on grounds and is said to have previously been the hospital, there have been sightings of a female walking on the lower level, screams, and doors=2 0opening and closing. The prison itself was a female prison prior to 1982, and has its own graveyard for several female inmates that passed away while in custody.


Sheldon - 9th Street Graveyard - It is said that if you walk into the graveyard at 12:00 midnight you can see a white shadowy ghost floating in the air.


Shell Rock - Satan's Hollow Bridge - Under the bridge there are experiences of being watched unexplained sounds and tall white figures also you hear all around you moving and following as you go further down. There is a feeling of not wanting to be there.


Shellsburg - Shellsburg Cemetery - Just outside of Shellsburg, there is a statue of an angel marking the grave of 2 young children that died in the late 1940's. It is said that if you walk up to her at night,she will softly start crying and tears will run down her face and fall to the ground.


Sioux city - Airport - Reports of orb, moans and screams on the runway. United Flight 232 crashed there on July 19, 1989, and 112 of the 376 on board died.


Sioux City - Cavalry Cemetery - Many visitors report two things after walking through the grounds: Their ears ring persistently, and they feel the sensation of fingertips or cobwebs drifting over their face. Some report that both sensations get stronger as they approach a gravestone with a tree growing out of it- half of the tree is dead, half of it still produces green leave s every year.


Sioux City - Graceland Park Cemetery - People taking pictures, hunting for orbs, experience slight disorientation, and cameras stop functioning until you leave the premises.


Sioux City - Joy Hollow - Mary the virgin has been seen with blood running down her face in one of the older cabins girl scouts that died in that cabin haunted it reports of floating objects girls coming out of the shower with hand prints on them


Sioux City - KD Station - The building was originally built around 1915 as a state-of-the-art meat packing plant. However, shortly after it was built the company went bankrupt. It was later purchased by Swift and Co. who operated a packing operation in it for many years. In 1949, however, a gas leak caused an explosion that killed a number of people. Later after Swift moved out it was purchased and made into a shopping center that included store shops, a bowling alley and miniture golf course. A friend that worked as security and also operated a martial arts studio in the building reported a number of strange happenings. There at one time was a terrace that was had lights that required them to be unscrewed to turn off. One night he turned them off and proceeded to close the two doors that were required to be entered to get back into the building. He reported that something made him get the urge to turn around and he seen that all the nights were back on. In the time it took him to go back insid e there was no way someone would have time to screw back in all the lights and there was no on/off switch for these lights. He also reported times when it seemed the elevators were moving when they really were not. This happened to other patrons also. For many years, the owners of the building used to print on their brochure "Paul Pulaski, our in house ghost welcomes you" for more information go to: Disasters | Sioux City History


Sioux City - Leflur house - It's located in Morningside near the collage and it has been in a magazine. It has been investigated before. There has been sightings of a Red glow in the upstairs. The workmen who did some remodeling there would always find there tools in the basement in the mornings. The birds they tried to keep would always die on them and the dog would never go into the house. In the middle of July the attic would be so cold that you could see your breath. The house has been surrounded by death. There has been many murders there. There has been a count of seven entities there.


Sioux City - pre school - orbs seen on the first floor where children sleep. It also seems that there has been a sighting of a young male there as well. All the activities seem to only be done there in the lower level. The ghost maybe that of a young man who was gunned down on the Morningside loop during the mid 1990's. It use to be Lutheran Social Services at one time.


Spencer - Moose Pond=2 0- a long long time ago there was a boy ice fishing on the pond, It was getting late so the boy was starting to pack up when the ice broke he fell in the water which is 40ft deep and drowned. now if you go down there at 8:47 pm on the 23rd of December you can hear thumping on the ice and the screams of a young dying child.


Springville - Springville Cemetery - There is a grave where in the way back that is not in the cemetery and in the trees and it was said to be moved back there from a ghost, because everything was moved even the body and there were no marks of some one who dug in the ground, or grass took off ground. If you go there in the night you can see the guy digging a hole with a glowing green shovel. He was said to work as a gravedigger in 1902 but then fell in the grave and broke his neck and died instantly.


Stockport - Silos - Stockport is an old run down town and on the outskirts of it there are two silos where a little boy once jumped across and fell to his death, you can still see him jumping back and forth.


Storm Lake - Buena Vista University - McAllister Cottage - This location on College Ave, has been the home of six Buena Vista University Students who repeatedly saw, from their back porch, the spirit of a woman. Strange occurrences of lights turning on and off, as well as strange smells and hot musty drafts have also been encountered. The second McAllister cottage ha s since been demolished and made a parking lot.


Storm Lake - Swope Hall 305 - The ghosts name is Mary. Died of lead posening causing her to go crazy and jump out of the third floor window of her house that used to be located in the same location as Swope Hall Room 305. Likes to open and close doors, even when locked, and will open and close the closet doors of that room. Also will venture into other rooms and play pranks, especially with electrical equipment. - *Note: There is a false rumor around the college that she was a student and jumped out the window of 305, or that she lived in 305 and jumped off Smith Hall, but this has no historical backing and all of the people who have see talked to her have nothing from the conversations to support this.


Story City - apartment building - The apartment building use to be a an old funeral home. There are only 3 apartments. In the 3rd apartment there is 18 steps and when you go down the steps someone always follows yous. You can also here some weird noises, usually when your alone.


Stratford - Vegor's Cemetery - In the middle of three miles of woods, is a cemetery that is over 150 years old. It was once the ancient burial ground of the local Indian tribe. When the settlers came, they dug the Indians' graves and placed them in five mounds throughout the hilltop. In retaliation, the Indians killed a white woman names Mrs. Henry Lott. She was the first white woman ki lled in Webster County. She was buried there. Over fifty small children are buried there along with many soldiers. If you go there at night, you can hear children laughing and the sound of Indians. If you roll down the hill three times, you will see the stairway to heaven. Also, legend has it if you desecrate and Indian mound, you will be cursed. I have known two men to have done so, and they were involved in serious car accidents within a week of visiting the cemetery. An interesting link is Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857, not sure of the validity of the story in the link, though. There is a large monument to her there, presumably above her grave.


Urbandale - Urbandale High School - Bulit over an old coal mine, footsteps and talking voices can be heard lat at night when nobody is around.


Van Meter - Brick factory - This Factory was burned down twice in the early 1900's and never rebuilt. If you get there at certain times of the year you can hear bricks being thrown around.


Villisca - Villisca Axe Murder House - Believed to be haunted by the family that was murdered there. Doors slam, and ghost talk and lots of other things.


Vinton - Evergreen Cemetery - There is an apparition of a woman wearing a white dress that rides a horse up and down the railroad tracks.


Viola - Matt's Bridge- When you go out to the bridge and you park your car near the middle of the bridge and shut it off you will get pushed across the bridge. You will see and hear things outside your car. After you leave get to a road with light to see the handprints on your car. Be careful thought if you go there to many times and they recognize you they'll get mad and try to push you off the bridge or brake your windows. Even if you catch them on a bad night they might try. If you have you windows down you can hear a lot of noises and voices in the woods.


Vinton - Evergreen Cemetery - there is a statue in the unknown soldier section of the graveyard and the right eye of the statue is missing at night - Rumor is that the statues has both eyes and they follow you also that the unknown soldiers wonder that part of the cemetery. Also reports of a woman’s voice being heard.


Wapello - South End Park - Certain nights (none in particular) you can here people chanting and fire crackling and sometimes you see this certain owl (the same one every time) and if you spot it, it will stare right back at you and cry it's horrible cry. At this moment if you look at the moon it has two circles around it, and that is the haunting of south end park.


Waterloo - Wal-Mart Store on Flammang Dr- Crossroads shopping center. Haunted by the ghost of a small boy of about twelve years of age named Jeremiah. He loves to play small pranks on people such as moving merchandise from one spot in the store to another, tugging on e mployee's smocks, tapping on your shoulder, and causing mischief. He was seen one time by an employee who described him as small, very pale and thin, wearing black trousers with suspenders, white shirt, and an Amish looking straw hat.


Waverly - Camp Ingawanas - A rumor around here says that the spirit of a 12-year-old boy haunts this Boy Scout camp. Apparently while playing one day, he was swinging when he jumped, and hit his head on a 5-inch rock. Some say he was killed instantly, some slow and painfully. This happened 3 years ago. Anyway, a swing moving at the same height never higher never lower. Even creepier, there is never a breeze when this happens some say. I've only been going for a year, but it's been the same condition as they say. Some have even heard a giggle.


Webster City - Hamilton County Hospital - Years ago a med student killed himself in the old surgery room. It was on the 3rd floor along with obstetrics. The large heavy doors have been heard opening and slamming, but no one there. On 3rd shift and evenings is when this always happens. Also many pts and nurses have reported seeing a nurse in a white uniform in the dark halls and in rooms. Call lights going off in empty rooms. When OB is closed not uncommon to hear babies crying.


West Union - Hardee's - The old cemetery used be located there, and when the highways came through, it was built over. Employees have had things misplaced, heard their name bein g called when no one is there, and have very cold spots in the building year round. There was one incident with an Ouija board, where a ghost claimed to be embodied in a moth flying around. When one of the players taunted it to fly at her, it flew over several persons to land on her face.


Williamson - Stoneking Cemetery - trees in the back of this cemetery are dangerous. The story was that anyone that walked behind these trees and see Stone King sitting on his grave then they would die, Rumor is a man did see him & week later in a motorcycle accident.- December 2003 update/addition: Stoneking Cemetery was a family plot for members of the Stoneking family. The submitter of the correction believes that the headstone of Joseph Stoneking was featured in the original "Children of the Corn" movie, but would need to verify that. Words on the headstone seem to indicate that the reader of the stone will be joining Joseph "down below" in hell.
Then ending of the epitaph is: "As you are now, I once was. As I am now, you soon will be. So, come face death and follow me." It is said that nobody can climb the stairs of the abandoned family home located on the property...something ALWAYS stops you from succeeding Sightings of people with horrible burns and missing hands are rumored to have occurred repeatedly in the area.- February 2004 addition. There aren't any remains of the old family house. There also aren't any graves behind the trees. There are a lot of strange20happenings though. There is a bright light that comes at you.